Study Abroad

Exchange Program

Exchange Program fees are set based on UW-L tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan charges.  Fee inclusion varies by program.  Please refer to the Fees link on this website for more information.

City University of Hong Kong

City University is one of eight Hong Kong higher education institutions funded by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Established in 1984, City University now has 18,000 full-time and part-time students offering more than 100 academic programs in a wide range of disciplines. Some 900 full-time academic staff and 400 full-time research staff are devoted to teaching, basic and applied research, consultancy and other scholarly activities.

The university offers a wide range of learning opportunities from associate and bachelor’s degrees to postgraduate studies and continuing education. The programs are offered by the Faculties of Business, Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Creative Media, the School of Law, the College of Higher Vocational Studies and the School of Continuing and Professional Education.

An orientation program is tailor-made for exchange students and mainland students during the week before the semester starts. During the orientation, you will get to know your local ‘buddies’, who will help you with enrollment and class registration, show you around the campus and the neighborhood, and accompany you on excursions around Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
In this thriving East-meets-West metropolis, western life style mingles with ancient Chinese culture, and old traditions co-exist with the new. The Victoria Harbour, separating the glass towers of Hong Kong Island and the busy streets of Kowloon, is one of the worlds’ most spectacular waterways. Beyond the commercial districts of Kowloon are beautiful islands and unspoiled beaches along the coast. One of the world’s tallest Buddha statues is found on Lantau Island, the largest outlying island in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, is situated on the south-eastern coast of China and spreads out over 1,100 square kilometers (424 square miles). Hong Kong is a fast-paced cosmopolitan and an exciting city with over six million people. It is a gateway to China and a hub of international transportation, communication and commerce.  An international metropolis, the official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese and English. Cantonese is the indigenous and most widely spoken dialect. Use of Putonghua (Mandarin) is growing. All major signage is in English or bilingual. City University is located in Kowloon Tong on the Kowloon peninsula. The University is close to the Kowloon Tong Station, which connects the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR).

Living in Hong Kong

Academic Program
City University of Hong Kong offers a wide range of courses in many disciplines. A comprehensive list of the courses and the approved equivalencies is available from the Office of International Education. For a complete list of descriptions go to:

Course schedules and timetable are available on-line three (3) weeks prior to the start of the term.

Courses are available in the following disciplines:

Faculty of Business

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
Gender Studies
Public Administration

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Computer Science

School of Creative Media

School of Law
Business Law
International Law

Please note when selecting courses that those with a “DSS” prefix are taught at the associate level and will not be valid for credits.  Do NOT select courses with a DSS prefix!

Chinese Civilisation Centre
The Chinese Civilisation Centre grew out of a belief that every CityU graduate should have some understanding of China's cultural heritage. The centre's two courses are a prescribed part of most associate and bachelor's degree programs. The courses were introduced as part of the university's move to a credit unit system. The system is designed to help students broaden their intellectual horizons.

The first Chinese Civilisation Course was offered as a pilot to 260 students in September 1998. Today the centre accepts some 3,600 students in its semester-long courses, which are delivered through an integrated system of conventional and web-based methods. Videos, online assignments, discussions and tests complement lectures, demonstrations, workshops, tutorials and field trips conducted by staff members, visiting professors and guest lecturers.

Student Development Services Physical Education Courses
The mission of the Student Development Services (SDS) is to enrich students' educational experience and whole person development at The City University of Hong Kong. Several non-credit Physical Education courses offered which may include badminton, squash, table-tennis, basketball, volleyball, swimming, physical fitness, social dance, fencing, trampolining and so on. They are catered for both beginners and improvers with the aim of introducing them to new activities, improving their skills and fostering a life-long participation in sports. Courses normally last for eight weeks with one contact hour per week.

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms.  They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse.  You may notice that some classes satisfied several UWL options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of  meeting with your advisor for final approval!  They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

Housing and Meals
Accommodation for exchange students is available at the Student Residence located at Cornwall Street. The Student Residence is within 10 to 15 minutes walking distance to the main campus. The cost of housing is not included in the program fee, however, the Office of International Education will assist you in the application/reservation process. Each room has a computer network connection point, washbasin and mirror, air-conditioner, and telephone. A shower room and toilet are shared between two neighboring rooms. Common facilities include a lounge area on each floor with basic pantry facilities and a TV-set, a computer room on the ground floors, a laundry room with coin-operated washers and dryers in each building, and a music room.

Meals are not included in the program fee. There are three food outlets on the main campus of City University, a cozy café on the ground floor of the Academic Exchange Building (close to Jockey Club House and To Yuen Building). There is a friendly, co-operated store at the Student Residence at Cornwall Street that is very convenient for packaged meals, snacks and soft drinks.

Hong Kong City University On-Campus Housing

Details and procedures can be found at and (click ‘Visa’ under ‘International/Non-local students’).  The university will assist in the visa application by acting as the local sponsor for exchange students.  Completed application form and other necessary document should be sent to the University at least six (6) weeks before the semester started.

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

Hong Kong City University Academic Calendar

Fall: late-August to mid-December
Spring: early-January to mid-May
For current academic calendar refer to the Program Dates.

2.5 GPA minimum, 2.75+ GPA preferred
Second-semester sophomore standing (45 credits minimum), Junior standing preferred
Open to students from other universities

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (12-15 credits) and Administrative Fees
  • Orientation to Study Abroad Class
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (required by UW System)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare is not included in the program price.
Financial Aid is applicable to program fees.
Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

The cost of housing is not included in the program fee, however, the Office of International Education will assist in making housing arrangements. The cost of housing in a double room is approximately $950 per semester (as of 2004-2005 academic year).

The program fee does not include a meal plan or meal stipend of any kind. 

For More Information
HKCU Homepage
Admissions Office
Guide for International and Non-local Students
Course Descriptions

Campus Map
A Guide for Overseas Exchange Students
Tips and Advice from Program Alumni


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