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Drexel in Hong Kong: Hong Kong University (HKU)
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
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Fact Sheet:
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Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Academic Pre-Approval, See Brochure for details
Eligible Majors:
All Majors
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Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Mary Hagenbach
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Program Description:

The Program

HKU logoThe Hong Kong University (HKU) exchange program is open to all majors.  Drexel's exchange program with HKU allows Drexel students to study at one of the top universities in Hong Kong, becoming fully immersed in the education, culture and daily life of both Hong Kong and HKU. It a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and explore your academic interests from a different perspective.

All classes at HKU are in English. There is no language requirement for this program.

Please note: The Exchange program with Hong Kong University is often limited to roughly 4 spots, and is very popular.  Students applying to this program are strongly encouraged to select an alternate program.


Course Catalog: Use this link to search coursework offered at Hong Kong University

Course Equivalents: This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at HKU before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.

Course Approvals: Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take at HKU if the course is not on the course equivalency spreadsheet (linked above).  For example, if you want to take a sociology course at HKU for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.

Grading: Students are taught and graded by Hong Kong faculty at HKU. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.

Although all coursework is offered in English at HKU, Drexel students are encouraged to take Chin 101 in order to get a sense of Chinese culture as well as Mandarin, the official language of mainland China.

Program Calendar

HKU operates on a semester system. Click here for the academic calendar. 

Fall semester: Early September - Mid December
This is a fall only program. Students will need to leave before the end of the summer term in order to arrive in time for orientation. Students will need to be on spring/summer co-op, and must leave their co-op a few weeks early. Due to the need for cycle adjustments, students should begin planning 12-18 months in advance.


The Experience

HKU has a number of halls of residence. Each hall reserves a small number of places for non-local students. However competition is keen. Admission to the University does not provide guarantee of accommodation, which remains the responsibility of each student. It is important that students apply to housing early..

All students are required to obtain a student visa for entry into Hong Kong. Students will be given instructions about visas after acceptance to the program.

For more informartion about the HKU exchange program, visit HKU's exchange student website.

Cost and Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during your term abroad. For program costs, please consult the budget sheet.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (after acceptance).

To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to the Financial Aid Office to see if additional funding may be available.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016 03/01/2016 TBA TBA
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