About The Programme

The Dual Degree Programme between the HKU Business School of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and UBC Sauder School of Business of the University of British Columbia offers students two distinct academic and cultural environments to earn two degrees from two world-leading universities in Asia and North America. This impressive HKU-UBC Dual Degree Programme opens the door for students to study on two continents, experience new cultures, gain valuable exposure and discover a rewarding career ahead. Graduates of this Dual Degree Programme will earn a Bachelor of Business Administration from HKU and a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC Sauder.

About UBC Sauder

As Canada's economic gateway to the Pacific Rim, Vancouver boasts a growing digital economy and now hosts major tech companies such as Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc and Amazon. In 2019, the city was ranked as the sixth most livable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

UBC Sauder is a world-leading research institution that has achieved AACSB accreditation since 2003 in recognition of its ability to offer the highest standards of business education. It offers degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD level, diploma programmes, professional development courses, a Real Estate Division, the Ch'nook Indigenous Business Education initiative and much more.

Maclean's Magazine has ranked UBC as having the #1 business programme in Canada for 2020, a position it has held for the past three years. Additionally, UBC is ranked #2 in Canada for research, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

UBC Sauder's global reputation is owed in part to the school's vision to build a more just, sustainable and prosperous world through innovation and responsible leadership.

Programme Highlights

• Obtain two degrees in four years from two leading international universities in Asia and North America.
• Capitalise on the strengths of two world-class business schools:

UBC Sauder

  • UBC ranked #1 in Canada for business and economics Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020

  • UBC ranked as having the #1 Best Business Program in Canada Maclean’s University Rankings 2020

  • UBC ranked #34 university in the world Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

HKU Business School

  • HKU ranked #30 in the world for business and economics Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020

  • HKU ranked #41 in the world for business and management studies QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

  • HKU ranked #22 in the world QS World University Rankings 2021

• Acquire unique cross-cultural experience and double the network through learning and living in Canada and Hong Kong.
• Enjoy a wide choice of study options at HKU and UBC, and flexibility to pursue studies in non-business areas.

Outside of the classroom, you will have many opportunities for career development and extracurricular activities at UBC Sauder, including:

• Co-operative Education:  With the Co-op Programme, gain a full year of paid work experience that is relevant to your Bachelor of Commerce option and get paid to do it. When you graduate, you'll have professional experience, new skills and a network to help you launch your career and put you on the fast track to success.

• Access to the Business Career Centre: At the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre, access resources that help you excel in the competitive job market, from career skills assessment and resume writing to job search strategies, interview techniques, and recruiter contacts.

• Mentorship and training programmes: Build your experience and develop new skills with the help of industry professionals.

• UBC Sauder Social Entrepreneurship: Participate in a four-week exchange of business skills and knowledge with local entrepreneurs in Kenya. This unique programme allows you to share your business acumen with aspiring entrepreneurs, while learning about other cultures. 

• Build your network: Network with your peers and industry leaders at conferences, events and industry-specific networking events.

International exchanges and Mainland learning experiences
Students may join the HKU Business School or the University exchange programmes with over 360 prestigious partner institutions across continents, including top business schools. The School is also in partnership with different leading universities in the Mainland for students to acquire an in-depth understanding on the development and latest trend of the economics, finance, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in China.

Case competitions
The School provides ample opportunities to refine students' presentation and analytical skills in a myriad of local and overseas competitions with other students from the world's leading universities. Students are equipped with different skillsets through extensive training to analyse business cases.

Internships
HKU Business School students may acquire hands-on experience through different internships opportunities, including those offered by major companies in the local business market. Dedicated resources in career development and training are made available by the School to support students with their future career goals. 

Mentorship programme
Leveraging the School's extensive network in the business and finance industry, the HKU Business School Mentorship Programme furnishes students with opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge essential for their future career development, through direct and active interaction with seasoned professionals, executives and entrepreneurs.

Fees

For Years 1 and 4, tuition and fees are paid to HKU. For Years 2 and 3 of the programme, tuition and fees are paid to UBC Sauder. Tuition and fees for both institutions are subject to change.

HKU UBC Sauder
Tuition Fees

Students who have Right of Abode in Hong Kong: HK$42,100 p.a.

Non-local students: HK$171,000 p.a.

Tuition fees are calculated per-credit and based on student status (domestic or international). Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the Board of Governors. More information on tuition can be found here

Scholarships

  • Students accepted to the Dual Degree Programme will be considered for the HKU Foundation Entrance Scholarship upon admission to HKU. Separate application is not required. The scholarship may cover up to full tuition plus living expenses.
  • Students accepted to the Dual Degree Programme will be considered for all applicable UBC and UBC Sauder entrance scholarships. Scholarship funds will apply during the years spent at UBC Sauder. More information on scholarships and financing can be found here.

HKU UBC Sauder
Accommodation Non-local (non-HK) students: accommodation is guaranteed in Year 1. Students can apply online through CEDARS (Centre of Development and Resources for Students). Details of the application procedure for non-local students and available hall options are found here. Accommodation in Year 2 is guaranteed for all Dual Degree students. Students can apply online through UBC Student Housing. Details can be found here.

Admissions Process

The HKU-UBC Dual Degree is a direct entry programme, open to local and non-local applicants applying from a secondary school programme. This programme is not open to students with a previous degree or students who have already completed some post-secondary studies.

All students applying to the HKU-UBC Dual Degree programme must meet UBC's and HKU's general admission requirements and programme-specific requirements for the UBC Sauder School of Business Bachelor of Commerce programme and HKU Bachelor of Business Administration programme. Applicants must also provide proof of English language competency.

Requirements will differ based on the curriculum of your secondary school. To learn more about general admission and programme-specific requirements, please refer to the UBC Admission requirements page and and HKU Admissions requirements page.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit two applications:

1. An online general application to UBC at you.ubc.ca.*
2. A supplemental application for the HKU-UBC Dual Degree programme.

Please note that in order to complete the supplemental application, you will be asked for the following information:

Biographical information
Name, UBC student number (this is issued to you once you submit your general application to UBC), residency, school, curriculum, email, phone number.

Written response
A 250 to 500 word essay describing the motivations that have led you to apply to the Dual Degree programme. You may explain how and why the multidisciplinary educational environments of the two universities will help you to achieve your intellectual, personal, and professional aspirations. You may also choose to explain how you foresee your involvement in campus life outside of the classroom.

Academic documents
Upload of one single PDF file which includes your TOEFL/IELTs scores if applicable, reference letters from the two referees named in the References section of your Personal Profile, and your academic transcripts for the last two years (2019-2020 and your first report card or most recent grades for 2020-2021 prior to the application deadline).

Note: Applicants who do not submit a supplemental application with the required upload of documents by the deadline will not be considered for admission to the Dual Degree programme.

*Submitting your required documents to UBC Admissions

Note that you are asked to send copies of your transcripts and English Language Test scores to both UBC Admissions and to the HKU-UBC Dual Degree separately. In order to complete the admission process, all applicants must also submit a set of their required documents to UBC Admissions by the designated deadlines; these documents must be sent directly to UBC Admissions. This allows us to process your application for the regular BCOM at UBC and the Dual Degree at the same time.

If you are unsuccessful in your application to the Dual Degree programme, you will automatically be considered for admission to UBC's BCOM programme and HKU's BBA programme independently.

Timeline

September 2020 UBC online application and Dual Degree supplemental application opens.
December 1, 2020 Submit your UBC online application by this date in order to be considered for the Major Entrance Scholarship and UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award (open to Canadian students and permanent residents).

Direct-entry high school students who follow the Canadian curriculum and wish to be considered for first round offers of admission must apply by this date.

January 15, 2021 Deadline for applying to UBC for the 2021 Winter Session (September to April).
January 31, 2021 Deadline for submitting the Dual Degree supplemental application and uploading documents for the 2021 Winter Session (September to April).
March 15 - 19, 2021 HKU interviews of shortlisted candidates.
March 15, 2021 Undergraduate Admissions document deadline to submit required documents for the 2021 Winter Session (September to April).
First week of April  2021 Conditional offers of admission to be sent.

All offers of admission are conditional and require applicants to maintain the same level of achievement as at the time of application.

May 1, 2021 Accept or decline your Dual Degree offer.

HKU-UBC Dual Degree Supplemental Application