Quick Info

  • Hong Kong
  • Spring, Fall, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computing and Information Science, East Asian Languages, Literature, and Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, English Literature, French Language, Literature, and Studies, German Language, Literature, and Studies, Health in a Global Context, History, Italian Language, Literature, and Studies, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Portuguese Language, Literature, and Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Language, Literature, and Studies, Statistics, Studio Arts
  • : 8/20/2019 - 12/23/2019
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare. See details in Inclusions & Exclusions.
  • : Fall: Friday, 03/22/2019; additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


Course Load

  • A course at HKU usually has 6 HKU credits (3 credits for broadening courses). A full load is 30 credits for one semester (60 credits for a year) but you might also take a minimum of 24 credits to a maximum of 36 credits each semester, subject to the approval of the Dean/Head of the Department at HKU.
  • Within each semester's full load of 30 credits, more than half of them must come from one single faculty (or college). That means you should pick three courses from one faculty while the remainding can be chosen from other faculties.
  • All courses, except those offered by the School of Chinese, are taught in English.

As a comprehensive research university, HKU has a variety of courses available for exchange students to take, from a number of faculties.  These include: 

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

For more detailed information, please see HKU's website.  

Student Life

Student Life at HKU is supported by the Center of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS).  There are many resources available to students at HKU.  On the campus, there are restaurants and cafes to grab a meal or just a snack.  In addition, sports facilties and health and wellness centers support a health lifestyle.  Check on the Student Life website for more information.  

In addition, there over 100 clubs, socieities and associations in which students can join that may be for cultural, social, recreational and academically related.  For a full list, please see this webpage.  

All HKU exchange students are automatically paired with a Buddy Mentor to help incoming students adapt to the new academic environment and culture.  

Videos with additional information produced by HKU about campus life may be found here.  


Student residences and housing are called "halls" at HKU. There are at present thirteen halls, which vary considerably in size and character. The halls are principally for undergraduate students, but they also accept a small number of postgraduate students.

All halls have common rooms and recreational facilities. Each floor has its own pantry and is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven, hotplate, kettle and drinking fountain. Communal bathrooms and toilet facilities are provided on each floor. All rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with beds and mattresses. Each student is provided with a wardrobe, desk, desk-lamp, chair and bookshelf. Internet access and telephone line are provided in each room in most of the halls. Coin-operated washing and drying machines are provided in each hall as well.

More information about housing at HKU can be found here.  

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Hong Kong Depart Hong Kong
Early January Late May

Arrive in Hong Kong Depart Hong Kong
Late August Late December


Keep in mind that dates change.  You should book airfare per the instructions given to you by the exchange university.

Inclusions & Exclusions

You will pay for tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees (Student Activity Fee; Wellness Fee; Computer and Network Services Fee; Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee; International Services Fee (if applicable)), keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Deposit ($350, to be credited to your PittPay account)
  • Airfare (roundtrip ~ $1,000-2,000)
  • Visa Fee
  • Room and Board 
  • Meals and personal expenses ($500-$1,000 per month, depending on lifestyle and housing)
  • Books ($100-$300 per semester)

Personal expenses varies with individual students. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Wonder about the cost of living? You can review the HKU website for more information. Also, visit our Budgeting page for more information.


Special Information

Acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university. 

Visa: All incoming students who do not have a right of abode in Hong Kong are required to apply for a student visa. Make sure you review the details online here.  

Insurance: Students are required to purchase medical insurance covering the period of stay in Hong Kong.  HKU does not participate in any insurance plans, so students will be required to find a plan of their own.  HKU also has the University Health Service (UHS) which provides general health care for reigstered students.  

Scholarships: HKU may have some scholarships available for students. Please review this website for details.  


Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.