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Engineering in Hong Kong - University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Hong Kong, China (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Non-Illinois Student Options:
All non-Illinois students
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Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
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Program Overview
University of Hong Kong (HKU) offers over 300 different academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All courses are taught in English; however, students have the option to take Chinese and Cantonese language classes. With Hong Kong the gateway to business and research in Asia, architecture, business and economics, education, engineering, science and social science, students will find the course offerings at HKU an exciting and useful complement to their academic study.
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General Study Abroad Information
The Country of Hong Kong

A frantic, hurly-burly mixture of capitalism and exoticism, Hong Kong has been called the “most thrilling city on the planet.” Change is the constant in this city of 6.9 million. Its main attractions lie in Kowloon, which juts from the tip of southern China, and on Hong Kong Island, with its Central downtown district, just across the harbor. The island of Lantau is home to the airport and several large country parks. Outlying islands are less densely populated but readily accessible. An extensive transportation network linking the city’s various districts include tunnels, ferries, subways, and, of course, taxis, which are plentiful and cheaper than those in comparably sized cities. [Read More]

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Academic Environment

Where you will study
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the oldest and arguably the best university in Hong Kong. The University is located on the north-western slopes of Hong Kong Island, overlooking Victoria Harbor and the skyscrapers of downtown Hong Kong. Students benefit from HKU's unique fusion of East and West that takes the best from both the Chinese and Western academic traditions. HKU's student population is over 20,000, with more than 2,000 international students. The Exchange Program with HKU is a unique program that allow students to take regular university classes with local students. HKU offers a comprehensive curriculum in English and students can also enroll in Mandarin or Cantonese language classes.

As one of the top universities in Asia, HKU has all the modern facilities you would expect from a major university. The library, computer labs, halls of residence, etc. are all top notch. With public transportation only a stone's throw away, all parts of Hong Kong are easily accessible for students. HKU's proximity to Hong Kong cultural and business centers also makes it the ideal location for students to take advantage of all that Hong Kong has to offer. Students can jump right in to the fast-paced life of this Asian metropolis.

Student Life

Many HKU students live on campus, so there are ample chances for interaction with local students. Illinois students will likely live with someone from Hong Kong, providing an excellent opportunity for interaction. The Office of International Student Exchange also organizes several field trips, dinners and other activities for exchange students throughout the semester. In addition, each Illinois student will be assigned an HKU 'Buddy,' a local undergraduate or graduate student, to meet them at the airport, help them get settled into the on-campus housing, and get students involved in local student clubs and Hong Kong life.

Hong Kong is a large city, so there are many activities for students to pursue. Visitors to Hong Kong are encouraged to sample the local cuisine and do some bargain shopping. Going to watch the horse races is also a popular past time. Public transportation connects the university with the rest of Hong Kong; the bus/train station is within walking distance from anywhere on campus. From the HKU campus, students can access the rest of Hong Kong where there is no shortage of things to do.


HKU offers over 300 different academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All courses are taught in english, however, students have the option to take Chinese and Cantonese language classes. With Hong Kong the gateway to business and research in Asia, and especially in China, architecture, business and economics, education, engineering, science and social science students will find the course offerings at HKU an exciting and useful complement to their academic study.

Please note: Physics in not in Engineering at HKU.

For course information [click here].

Note: As a study abroad participant through a University of Illinois approved program, once you are accepted, you will be required to go through a Course Approval Process, during which the courses you plan on taking abroad will be evaluated by a 299 Advisor for Illinois credit (that can then be used to fulfill major, minor, general education, or elective credit). Details about this process will be provided once you are accepted to a program.


All classes in this program will be taught in English.

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Onsite Support

Each exchange program offered through the College of Engineering utilizes an on-site coordinator.

International Student Office

The international student office assists students with local issues (from classes to accommodation) and may host social gatherings throughout the semester.

As an exchange student, you may apply for on-campus hostel facilities. [Read More]

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Credit will be given for courses taken abroad with prior approval of the student’s advisor and the IPENG office. Credit earned abroad can be transferred to UIUC and used to satisfy curriculum requirements as approved.

Students must have completed the basic engineering requirements and show a strong commitment to academic achievement. They must have at least a 3.0 GPA to participate in this program.

Eligible applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first serve basis of completion of all application materials in the pre-acceptance phase of the application.

Returned Study Abroad Student Reflections

Student Experiences

Engineering students returning from a program abroad (winterbreak, summer, semester or even academic year) write about their experiences to provide students a firsthand knowledge of their thoughts and activities while they were away. The following website will provide you both written and PowerPoint versions of experiences of students abroad – whether on an IPENG program or campus related program. ( )

Contact Former Study Abroad Students

Having trouble deciding on a location? Unsure about what to pack, or which classes to take? Send an email to someone who has been there! Our returnees love talking about their time abroad, so send them an email!

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Additional Program Resources

Before You Leave

The “preparing to go” section on our website provides you with information on what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure. (

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Application Process

Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines posted on the brochure page: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.

Spring Semester Programs
Deadline: September 15

Fall/Academic Year Programs
Deadline: February 15

How to Apply

Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.

This program has a two-step application process:

Step 1.) The Study Abroad Application which includes:
  • Letter of Recommendation (if applicable) - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Official Transcript (prefer a hard copy transcript)
  • Online questionnaires

If you are nominated by the International Programs in Engineering Office based on your application in Step 1, you will then be notified to submit a host-university application to CityU. Your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will follow.

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Who Can Apply?
  • Engineering students who have met the basic eligibility requirements listed above may apply for this program.
This program is open to non-engineering UIUC students. Non-engineering students participating in this program will be required to pay a program fee of $2750 per semester.
Please note: If there are more applicants than space available, engineering students will receive first priority. Non-engineering students are not eligible for the International Engineering Fellowship.
This program is open to non-UIUC engineering students. Non-UIUC engineering students participating in this program will be required to do the following:
  • Apply as a non-degree student during term abroad
  • Pay a non-refundable processing fee of $475
  • Pay a program fee of $4750 per semester in addition UIUC Range IV tuition. See current tuition rates:
  • Complete all required paperwork and attend meetings, if possible.
Please note: If there are more applicants than space available, UIUC students will receive first priority. Non-UIUC students are not eligible for the International Engineering Fellowship.
Contact Information

International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)
1308 West Green St.
210 Engineering Hall
Urbana, IL 61801

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

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Program Cost and Advance Fees

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets,” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information, which also includes information on Financial Aid, and Scholarships.

All students should be aware that once they are accepted and commit to a program, they will be charged the non-refundable processing fee.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Because this program is sponsored by the University of Illinois, financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with a financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.

In addition to financial aid, there are other alternatives to funding your time abroad. Click here to learn more about our over $850,000 in scholarship opportunities. One scholarship that everyone is eligible for is the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship. For more information, click

Interested UIUC Engineering students may also want to receive the International Engineering Fellowship to help with airfare. Check the IPENG website for further information on eligibility and guidelines for the fellowship. ( ) Application deadlines are very strict for this fellowship. Only students planning to study abroad during a current application cycle may apply.

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Health, Safety, Pre-Departure

Pre-Departure Activities

All students are required to attend all Pre-Departure Activities the semester before their term abroad. The exact dates, times, and location will be given to students post-acceptance so that they can arrange for their attendance at the activity(ies). Topics such as Culture Shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. This is also a really great opportunity to talk about packing, meet other classmates on a program, and talk to returnees who have already been to the host country. Check the IPENG Calendar for upcoming dates.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found on our website:

Additionally, students are required to sign off on a Health and Safety Orientation , and are encouraged to read through the Safety and Security section of our website which includes topics from road safety and keeping your valuables and money safe, to nontraditional student identities while abroad. This link includes information on our 24-hour Emergency service, Health Matters, Insurance, and Safety and Security

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Passport/Visa Information

You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance.

You may also be required to get a visa for your program. Please note that visa/entry applications are supplied by the Hong Kong host university and should be submitted to the host university through the IPENG office. (

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Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy

To change to a different program during the application process, please visit this link (

To withdraw from a program after committing to participation, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy ( )

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2017 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 08/25/2017 12/23/2017
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017
02/15/2017 08/29/2017 05/26/2018
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017 09/15/2017 01/07/2018 05/28/2018
Fall Semester 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA

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