University of Hong Kong

Exchange Programs in Asia

About the University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the territory’s oldest higher education institution, is recognized worldwide for its contributions as a research-based university. With its predominantly international faculty and strong rankings, HKU offers a top-tier international campus that attracts students from all over the world.

Learning at HKU

HKU offers a wide array of courses in English in the following faculties (schools):

Courses at HKU are worth 6 HKU credits and a full course load is considered 30 HKU credits (the equivalent of 15 GWU credits). Students must take half of their credits (at least 3 classes) from a single faculty (school) and then are free to take the remaining courses from other faculties. 

Life at HKU

HKU enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate students and is located on the edge of the beautiful Lung Fu Shan Country Park. HKU offers numerous opportunities for student involvement, through student activities, clubs, sports, and residence halls. The campus offers many services, including dining facilities, a grocery store, a gym, and even a hair salon. Students can learn more about life at HKU here.


Most exchange students elect to live in the residence halls located on the HKU campus. At HKU, there is a strong hall spirit and students who live in the same residence act together as a community, hosting various cultural and sporting activities throughout the semester to continually engage students.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: Early September to late December

Spring semester: Mid-January to late May

Academic year: Early September to late May


How to Apply for a GW Exchange Program

Students can begin a GW Exchange program application at anytime by searching for their program of choice on GW Passport. Students must meet with their study abroad advisor prior to the GW Exchange program deadline for their applications to be considered.  Please refer to our Advising Services page to find the appropriate study abroad advisor for your school.

University of Hong Kong Deadlines

Fall/Academic Year: March 15th
Spring: August 20th