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Hong Kong: HKBU Exchange

China- HKBU


Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)  is located in the heart of the Kowloon Tong district. HKBU offers undergraduate students a diverse array of study options. Students will immerse themselves in rich cultural diversity, extensive shopping, miles of hiking, over 235 islands, beautiful beaches, and thousands of restaurants—all while earning college credit at our partner university.

There is no foreign language requirement for enrollment at HKBU. Although the majority of its seven million residents are ethnically Chinese, English is widely spoken in Hong Kong. The official languages are English and Chinese.

Students have access to two sports centers that offer an array of exercise options including a fitness center multi-purpose gymnasium, a soccer field, squash courts, a swimming pool, table tennis rooms, and roof-top tennis courts. Support services are provided by the International Student Exchange Centre (ISEC) who offer counseling services for international students and organize orientation programs to familiarize visiting students with HKBU and Hong Kong culture.

Program length

  • Fall Semester: late August - Late December
  • Spring Semester: Early January– late May
  • Academic year: late August- late May

Eligibility and Selection Process

This program is open to undergraduate students of all majors who have a 2.5 GPA. As part of the application, students need to submit two letters of reference and an essay. They must also complete an interview as part of the selection process.

Applicants will be asked to submit a copy of their passport soon after their application is received by OGO. If you are considering applying for this exchange program and do not currently hold a valid passport, you are advised to  apply for your passport  as soon as possible.  

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

This program does not accept Non-Ohio University students.

Click  here  to apply.

Application Deadline

Living Arrangements

Students are housed in a modern residence hall comprised of a North and South tower and four living communities. The hall can accommodate approximately 1,800 students. When applying to live in the residence hall, students may indicate their preference of a roommate from Hong Kong, mainland China, or another international student to enhance the cultural experience.

Courses and Credits: Semester or Year Option

Students are expected to register for a minimum of 12 HKBU credits. They can select from a wide variety of Disciplines offering  courses taught in English  including:  Business, Cinema and Television, Communications, Economics, Geography, History, Humanities, Information Systems Management, Journalism, Political Science, Religion, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Sociology, and more.

HKBU also offers a variety of Chinese cultural courses as well as beginning and intermediate courses in Mandarin.

Courses and Credits: Summer Option - not offered summer 2020

HKBU offers a 5-week summer program in July 2020. Participating students may choose from over 30 courses in the areas of Business, Communication, Economics, English, Film, Finance, History, Journalism, Marketing, Religion, Science and Sociology. All courses are taught in English and participants will earn up to 6 credits on the program.

You can read more about the HKBU Summer Program 2019. For details on the courses offered, click  here

Recommended Pre-Departure Course: INST 1001

All students participating in an OHIO Exchange Program are encouraged to take INST 1001 "Cross-Cultural Preparation for Study Abroad" the semester prior to departure. Read more about  INST 1001 here.



Fall 2020 HKBU Student Budget Worksheet
Spring 2021 HKBU Student Budget Worksheet


Find out about scholarships, using your financial aid and more for this program.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Additional Information on Hong Kong

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook .

  Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the  recommendations  of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department site  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. 

US citizens will need a visa to enter the country for the length of this  program. Students participating in the HKBU summer program will additionally need a short-term, single-entry visa to China.  HKBU and OGO will advise you on the visa process.  You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country.  Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program.  Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page.  

Information for  Non-US citizens  can be found  here.  

For more information, contact:

Kirsten Dabelko
Exchange Program Coordinator
Office of Global Opportunities






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