ABOUT HONG KONG, CHINA
Hong Kong was a British Colony until 1997 when it was returned to China and became officially known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Today it is known as a major port and global financial center and is one of the world's most vibrant cities; a cultural crossroads where East and West meet. Though very much an open society informed by Western traditions, Hong Kong still has its feet firmly planted in the Chinese cultural traditions. Where one can enjoy extravagant high tea with Cantonese dim sum and take in the show-stopping skyline. English and Cantonese Chinese are commonly heard and seen on all public transportation. Students can take the ferry to the mainland or Macau, visit the cathedrals or temples, and the nunneries or night markets. Hong Kong is compact enough that most residents use an excellent transportation network of buses, taxis, and a subway.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM & UNIVERSITY
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is one of Asia's oldest universities with a Christian heritage. Founded in 1956, it is the second oldest institution of higher education in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Baptist University has more than 5000 undergraduate and 2000 postgraduate and research students. The university has 28 departments in three faculties: Arts, Science, and Social Sciences; and three schools: Business, Chinese Medicine, and Communication.
HKBU is consistently at the cutting-edge of the sciences and highly reputed for its commitment to the humanities and arts. The University also encourages service to society among its staff and students, making it a beloved part of the Hong Kong community.
At HKBU, education is far more than simply equipping students with professional knowledge and skills. The University is committed to providing Whole Person Education that inculcates intellectual, cultural, social and sporting skills outside the classroom in addition to training the minds within. We are not just grooming the workforce of tomorrow, we are shaping future leaders.
A wide variety of courses in different departments are available in English.
Faculty of Arts: Chinese language & literature; English language & literature; music; religion & philosophy; visual arts
Faculty of Social Sciences: Education; Geography; Government & International Studies; History; Physical Education; Social Work; Sociology
Faculty of Science: Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Mathematics; Physics
School of Business: Accounting & Law; Economics; Finance & Decision Sciences; Management; Marketing
School of Communication: Cinema & Television; Communication Studies; Journalism
Special Semester Certificate Study Options are for International Exchange Students only
The following semester study options are especially designed for exchange students. To recognize and award the academic achievement of students who enroll in and complete these special semester options, a Certificate of Completion will be issued to each student completing FIVE subjects in each semester option in addition to the issuance of an official academic transcript.
Getting Credit for Studies Abroad
Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.
Detailed Academic Calendar
Semester I: Early September to Mid December
Semester II: Mid January to Mid May
Hong Kong Baptist University has a student residence hall available for visiting exchange students. Rooms are double occupancy, and furnished with attached bathroom and shower. Each room has internet access. In addition, each hall has: air conditioning, telephone and computer connections, laundry facilities, common kitchens, television and game rooms, fitness center, computer center, study rooms and cafeteria.
To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
US Citizens are REQUIRED to obtain a visa if the program is 90 days or longer. HKBU will apply on your behalf for a visa with the Hong Kong Immigration Department. This generally takes 6-10 weeks. Once the visa is completed it will be mailed to the student or advisor. Upon arrival students will need to pay HKBU the visa fee.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
Junior status or above
Questions? Talk to an Advisor!
If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.
"A few of us made some awesome Chinese friends. They showed us their favorite places to eat and constantly helped us learn common Chinese phrases. For many days, we just shared our differences and lifestyles with one another." - Jasmine Lowther
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