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University of Hong Kong

Mount Holyoke students may apply to study on exchange at the University of Hong Kong for a full academic year or for one semester, either fall or spring. The number of exchange places is limited (generally two or three students per year), but typically we have been able to nominate all qualified applicants. Application for the exchange is open to qualified students regardless of their financial aid status.

About the University of Hong Kong

  • Oldest higher education institution in Hong Kong
  • Courses are taught in English, except for courses offered by the Department of Chinese
  • Approximately 27,000 students
  • Departments organized into 10 faculties, including Arts, Business and Economics, Science, and Social Sciences
  • Main campus set along the northwestern slopes of the Hong Kong Island
  • Wide range of student activities, societies, sports, and events

Hong Kong

  • Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Located on China's south coast, east of Macau and opposite the Pearl River Delta
  • Consists of Hong Kong Island (the most populated), Lantau Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories, and about 260 other islands
  • Population about 7,000,000

Academic Program

  • Two semesters: first semester runs from early September to late December, second semester from mid-January to late May
  • Students may apply for the full academic year, or for first or second semester only
  • Students enroll directly into courses offered by HKU to its degree-seeking students
  • Students may register for courses in any combination of subjects
  • Normal course load is 30 HKU credits per semester (which transfers as 16 MHC credits); students generally take 5 6-credit courses each semester
  • Optional courses are offered in Chinese language (Cantonese and Putonghua) and culture

Living Arrangements

  • Students may apply for a place in an HKU hall of residence; housing is not guaranteed, but students who apply usually are accommodated (housing is more readily available for spring than fall)


  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed sophomore year (or at least three semesters, for spring entrants) prior to enrolling at HKU
  • No previous knowledge of Chinese is required

Financial Arrangements

  • Exchange student pays MHC tuition; HKU waives its tuition
  • Exchange student pays directly for room and hall fees, and is responsible for her own meals, as well as nominal university fees, round-trip travel to Hong Kong, books, and personal expenses
  • Students selected for the exchange who are eligible for need-based financial aid are guaranteed Laurel Fellowships; financial aid award will be based on total budget, including MHC tuition, MHC administrative fee, any nominal HKU fees, and allowances toward room and board, books, personal expenses, and round-trip airfare
  • Students receiving merit aid (which ordinarily does not travel) may use that aid on the HKU exchange

How to Apply

  • Submit Mount Holyoke's Request to Study Abroad (including the Laurel Fellowship application, if applicable) in MyMountHolyoke according to the instructions on the Deadlines page; applications are ordinarily due in late November for the full year or fall semester, late March for spring
  • Students will be notified by early February (for the fall or full year) or early May (for spring) whether they have been selected for the exchange
  • McCulloch Center will submit the nomination to HKU, which will e-mail student with application forms and instructions (students must also be accepted by HKU)