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UMD Exchange: University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English

Univ. of Hong Kong

Host Institution
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the premier institution of higher education in Hong Kong. It ranked 22nd and Best in Asia in the world in the QS World University Ranking 2011/12.  Professors at HKU are selected from around the world and come from over 40 different countries. The medium of teaching at HKU is English, and you can learn Mandarin or Cantonese according to your own level. HKU has a supportive learning environment, with a library opened seven days a week and wireless internet access throughout the main campus. Students at HKU are able to enjoy a well-rounded campus life that includes fitness centers, swimming pools, computer centers, health clinic and dental services, canteens or dining halls serving various cuisines, and numerous student societies and interest clubs.

Host City
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China and a thriving metropolis of roughly 7 million people. It is situated on China's south coast on the South China Sea and is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor.  It's a leading financial center and one of the most densely populated cities in the world.  This lack of space has caused city planners and architects to build up, which makes the city the most vertical in the world with its notorious skyline and modern architecture.  Although the majority of city residents are ethnically Chinese, English is widely spoken. World-renowned for its intersection of Western technology and education and Eastern tradition, Hong Kong is an exciting destination for study abroad.

Universitas 21
The University of Hong Kong and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 and it's programs and mission on the U21 website: http://universitas21.com/ 


Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.


  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  6. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Students can take courses in the faculties of arts, language, economics, education, engineering, science, and social sciences.  Not all classes offered by the University of Hong Kong are open to exchange students. Visit the HKU website to explore more course options.  

Courses are primarily taught in English, however some Mandarin and Cantonese language courses are available.

Credit

All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:

HKU Credit UMD Credit
1 HKU credit x .5     1 credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on April 24, 2014.

Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

FOR ENGR: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university. You can also refer to the full list of ENGR course equivalencies.To view previously approved study abroad courses by engineering department, view the Engineering Study Abroad Course Guide.

FOR UMD: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university.

FOR BMGT: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents by viewing the BMGT course list for this university.


Student "halls" are available to exchange students while studying at HKU. The halls all have common rooms and recreational facilities and each floor has its own pantry and is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, hotplate, kettle and drinking fountain. Communal bathrooms and toilet facilities are provided on each floor. All rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with beds and mattresses. Each student is provided with a wardrobe, desk, desk-lamp, chair and bookshelf. Internet access and telephone line are provided in each room in most of the halls. Coin-operated washing and drying machines are provided in each hall as well. 

For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.cedars.hku.hk/sections/Accommodation/News/HallsofRes.php


UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:


Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Year (Fall-Spring) 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017