Hong Kong

hong kong harbour

Important visa information

Visas: Students going on exchange to Hong Kong must obtain a Hong Kong SAR visa before they leave Australia. Most Monash partner universities will arrange this for you; otherwise you can apply in person at the Chinese Consulate-General in Melbourne. The University of Hong Kong website (below) has an excellent guide to Hong Kong visas.

General information about studying in Hong Kong.

Special opportunity in Hong Kong

Students applying to the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong may be eligible to apply for the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Asian Exchange Scholarship.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English
Minimum Grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • First semester: early September – late December
  • Second semester: early January – mid May

Full time study load: 9 – 18 units per semester (usually three to six courses)

About the Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was founded on the hope that it would serve as a bridge between China and the West, as well as modernity and tradition. The campus comprises of 137.3-hectares, which house libraries, art museums, music halls, swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, water sports centre and gymnasiums. The pedestrian-friendly university campus looks over Tolo Harbour, inviting visitors to take a break and share in the sustainability efforts to help preserve the native flora and fauna.

The university is particularly renowned for its commitment to the fields of physical sciences and mathematics, has notable Nobel Prize Laureates serving as professors, including Chen Ning Yang, James Mirrlees, Robert Alexander Mundell and Charles K. Kao, mathematician Shing-Tung Yau, laureate of the prestigious Fields Medal and Veblen Prize, and computational theorist Andrew Yao, laureate of the Turing Award.

The specifics

Undergraduate exchange students can enrol in Chinese language units free of charge (up to six CUHK credits) but postgraduate students have to pay tuition fees. Read carefully through the course catalogue, and make sure that the classes you enrol in are available in English (C = Cantonese; E = English; P = Putonghua/Mandarin).

Transportation around the campus is facilitated by a shuttle bus service, however many students also walk or ride bikes.

About 40% of CUHK students live on campus in university colleges, and these accommodation services are guaranteed for all exchange students. Here you’ll also find information on nearby facilities and amenities, as well as the many features of the CUHK campus.

City University of Hong Kong

Faculties: Business, Economics and Law only
Level: Undergraduate only
Language of instruction: English and Chinese
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 65; Law GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Semester A: early September – mid December
  • Semester B: mid-January – mid May

Full time study load: 12 – 18 credits per semester (usually four to six courses)

About the City University of Hong Kong

Ranked 95th in the world and 12th in Asia by QS International University Rankings, the City University of Hong Kong (also known as CityU) is both highly prestigious and selective. The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, as well as EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (Association of MBAs). CityU has recently committed itself to both social and environmental responsibility programs, with a range of actions including initiatives on food waste and social innovation.

The specifics

As an exchange student, you will be able to take a variety of courses in Accountancy, Economics and Finance, Information Systems, Management, Management Sciences, and Marketing (contingent on demand and availability, and whether you decide to go in semester A or B). All FAQs can be found at the Exchange Student Programme, as well as information on on-campus accommodation, library and computer services, residential life and information for further travelling.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Faculties: Science only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 65
Semester dates:

  • Fall: late August – late December
  • Spring: late January – late May

Full time study load: 12 – 18 credits per semester (usually three to six courses)

About the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

A relatively young university, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has been teaching since 1991, based on Clear Water Bay Peninsula. You can take a virtual tour of the campus grounds.

The HKUST Library owns a collection of maps of China and the rest of Asia, produced by Chinese and Western cartographers which date back over the past 500 years. A selection of these maps, providing an insight into the history of international geographic knowledge, was published by the library in a limited-edition volume in 2003.

The specifics

The exchange program to HKUST is through the School of Science and Monash students should select units taught by the School.

The Global Students Office is responsible for all exchange students coming into HKUST, and manages everything from pre-arrival ‘what to bring’ to the exchange buddy program. See the Global Student Guide Book for a more comprehensive introduction to life as a HKUST exchange student.

Accommodation is available on resident’s halls, which come recommended as off-campus accommodation can be difficult to secure in Hong Kong.

University of Hong Kong

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Language of instruction: English
Minimum Grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • First semester: early September – late December
  • Second semester: mid-January – late May

Full time study load: 24 – 30 credits per semester (usually five to six courses)
Other: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply.

About the University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong (UHK) was established in 1887 as the London Missionary School, whose very first graduate, Sun Yet-San led the Chinese Revolution of 1911 and effectively transformed China from an empire to a republic. Since then, the university has grown and prospered and is now ranked 23rd in the world and 1st in both Asia and Hong Kong by QS International University Rankings, the City University.

The campus is located on the Western part of the island, and the grounds are home to historical monuments and heritage buildings – some of the oldest in Hong Kong and relics of British colonialism. A campus tour can be arranged when you arrive, or you can take a virtual photo or video tour.

The specifics

The Office of International Student Exchange has been running since 1998, and provides all the information and support you will need to embark on your studies at UHK. A buddy program has been set up to assist exchange students with settling into the life and culture of Hong Kong, and there are a range of sporting facilities, libraries and restaurants on the campus grounds. Accommodation on campus is highly recommended as however the Campus Life centre does have some information regarding private rentals. This is available in either the Halls of Residence or student residences.

While most classes are taught in English, you can also study Chinese as a Foreign Language, or classes within the School of Chinese (which are taught in Cantonese or Mandarin).