Programmes Offered

A. Semester Exchange

B. Summer Programme



A. Semester Exchange


Course Load


  • Students are required to take 24 -30 credits (6 credits per course in general) per semester. 50% of the course load must be chosen from one single faculty (host faculty), with the remaining credits from other faculties.

Remarks: For the Faculty of Business and Economics, the minimum and maximum credits are 6 and 30, respectively.


  • All courses, except those offered by the School of Chinese, are taught in English.


  • Taught master-level programmes are generally not offered to exchange students. If you wish to conduct research under a supervisor, please contact for procedures. 


  • The approval of courses is on a case-by-case basis / subject to the Faculty's approval. Actual enrolment is subject to class availability and class schedule as well. Students are required to check the course pre-requisites and requirements before selecting a course. 


  • The HKU credit system is based on the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) model. A semester of study in HKU and in an ECTS-compliant institution will be considered as equal in credit value under normal circumstances. However, the actual credit transfer of courses will be subject to the policies and procedures of your home institution. 


Semester Dates

HKU uses the semester system and detailed semester dates can be found here.



Course Information for Exchange Students


1. Course Study Plan


  • In your Exchange Online Application, you are required to complete a "Proposed Study at HKU". Students have to inidcate which courses they plan to study during their exchange in HKU.  Please note that the proposed study plan is only a preliminary course plan for the faculty’s review of your application. You are still required to enroll in courses during the course selection period in the beginning of the semesters.


  • If you could not find certain course codes in our system, it means that they are currently unavailable/subject to change. 


  • For further information about the syllabuses of courses, please contact respective faculties/departments accordingly.

[The information is subject to change without prior notice]


Courses Offered by Faculties



Available Courses

Faculty of Architecture


  • Faculty of Architecture has limited spots for accepting incoming exchange students. 


  • Application to the Faculty of Architecture would be considered on a case-by-case basis and subject to whether the Faculty is included in student exchange programme agreement between HKU and the partner institution. 


  • Students should check with their home institution before the application period for whether they are eligible to apply for the Faculty.



Faculty of Arts


  • School of Chinese - all courses offered by the School of Chinese are taught in either Cantonese or Mandarin



Comparative Literature / Fine Arts / History / Linguistics / Music / Philosophy


African Studies / Japanese Studies / Korean Studies American Studies / European Studies / Modern China Studies / Hong Kong Studies / Global Creative Industries 

and other Languages Studies including:

Arabic / French German Greek Italian / Japanese Korean / Portuguese Spanish Swedish Thai   


Faculty of Business and Economics


  • Courses offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) are highly competitive.


  • Students who are in their final year in particular, should note that course enrollment is NOT guaranteed.


  • Students who apply to FBE should have a grade level of B average / CGPA 3.0 / Satisfactory level.


  • Students should have already completed the course prerequisites before requesting to enroll in courses with pre- requirements (Co-registration e.g taking Microeconomics I and II together in a semester is not allowed).


  • Economics and Finances courses highly emphasize mathematics.


IMPORTANT: Course code with *** are only opened to students nominated under faculty-level agreement with Faculty of Business and Economics. Please check with you home university’s exchange coordinator on the agreement type before selecting these courses.


Faculty of Education



Faculty of Engineering








Faculty of Law


  • The standards for admission for exchange and visiting students are at least upper second-class honours (2:1) results (which converts to approximately a CGPA of 3.33). 


  • For exchange students whose host faculty will be Faculty of Law, please refer to their website for detailed course list. 


  • For Non-law students, you may select law courses which are marked as free electives. Please visit here for more information. 


Faculty of Science








Faculty of Social Sciences


Courses offered to Exchange/Visiting Students in Academic Year 2018-19









*Restricted programmes or courses NOT opened to exchange students:

  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
  • BSc (Exercise and Health) Programme
  • Most final year project courses provided by all faculties



2. Credit Bearing Cantonese/Mandarin Courses for Exchange Students



3. Common Core Courses

Common Core courses will not count as part of the fulfillment of the 50% requirement of course enrollment for exchange students.
  • Subject to availability, Exchange/Visiting students may take up to two CC courses from a selective menu, each from a different Area of Inquiry (AoI) - Scientific and Technological Literacy, Humanities, Global Issues and China: Culture, State and Society.
(Exchange students should select the special sub classes with an “X” marked.)
  • Course selection period in August

During the course selection period in August, your selections of Common Core courses are time-stamped. Pending approval of courses enrollment, you are able to check your position in the queue as well as the number of vacancies available in the course. The approval of your courses is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Any enrollments not approved as a result of oversubscription will be placed on a ranked waiting list. The system will perform the enrollment approval process a few times a day and you can check and make changes to your course selection online during the course selection period.
After the course selection period closes, all the waiting lists generated during the course selection period will be purged. You will not be allow to make any changes to your course selection until the add/drop period.
  • Add/Drop Period in September or Mid-January (Course approval method: Auto-Ballot)
During the add/drop period, you may select Common Core courses with available places and the system will approve your new enrollments by auto-ballot. The system will perform auto-balloting jobs a few times a day and you may check your course selection status and ballot result online after the suspension period.
*IMPORTANT: You should ensure that your Common Core course selection does not violate the requirement of not taking more than one course from any Aol in an academic year. Otherwise, your enrollment will be disapproved by the system.



B. Summer Programme


Some of our faculties offer summer programmes and welcome international students to enroll. A comprehensive programme list will be announced for the programmes that will be offered in the coming summer. Please go to for details.