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Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Core Program Attributes: Direct Enrollment
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Dormitory/Residence Hall, Student Responsibility
Click here for a definition of this term Approved by: A&S, AAP, CALS, ENG, HUM EC, ILR, SHA Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Student Status: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Advisor: Dr. Kristen Grace Curricular Highlights: Economics & Business, Media/Communications, Politics/Policy/Law
Program Description:

University of Hong KongHong Kong Island Skyline

The University of Hong Kong received well-deserved recognition from prestigious global institutions.

1st in Hong Kong1
30th in the World2
1st in Hong Kong for Best Global Universities3
3rd in the World for International Outlook4

HKU also ranked among the world's top 20 universities in 10 academic disciplines. 

QS University Rankings: Asia 2015 | 2 QS World University Rankings 2015/16 | 3 US News 2016 | 4 THE Top 200 most international universities in the world 2016

The University of Hong KongEligibility

Cornell students can apply for admission as visiting students to attend courses for one semester or one year of study in a degree, diploma or other curriculum. 

To qualify for admission as a visiting student, an applicant should have reached the educational standards in the English language and the subjects of his or her choice considered adequate by the head of the relevant department. The University is unlikely to have enough places for everyone applying for admission as visiting students, and selects those most likely to benefit from studies at the University.

Courses Offered

For general information of the courses on offer, please refer to the Degree Regulations and Course Descriptions. The relevant faculty will be able to indicate whether a particular course is available during a specific semester. Visiting students can be admitted to read for the Diploma/Certificate course in Chinese Language offered by the School of Chinese in the Faculty of Arts if they do not intend to attend these courses for the full duration.

Application Procedures

  1. Start and complete the Cornell Abroad application before the deadline listed below.

  2. Before making the application directly to the University of Hong Kong, please read the Notes for Visiting Students.

    1. For admission in the first semester, in September you must apply by May 31 of the same year.

    2. For admission in the second semester, in January you must apply by September 30 of the preceding year.

Program Costs

Students are billed the visiting student tuition rate plus the Cornell International Program Tuition of $2,500. This is lower than in-state or endowed tuition. Students purchase plane tickets and pay remaining costs such as housing, meals, student visa application fees, local travel, and personal expenses. Some partner institutions charge student activity fees and/or health insurance plans which students are also responsible for. Financial aid travels with students going abroad.

Financial aid for study abroad is need-based, consistent with university and government policies and covers all costs relevant to study abroad, including tuition, all mandatory program fees, housing, meals, books, personal expenses, and round-trip airfare. If you are currently receiving financial aid, your aid package will be adjusted based on your determined level of need and the projected costs for your study abroad program. University grant aid and loan awards may be either increased or decreased to meet study abroad need. The normal work-study component of aid packages will be converted to student loans.

Application fee 

HK$350 (non-refundable) 

for the academic year 2016-2017 


for each/part of the semester in 2016-2017   






Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.