|| Are academic programmes at HKBU organized in a similar manner
as those in North American institutions?
Yes, academic programmes are organized in a similar way as those
in North American institutions. Our programmes are tailor-made and
highly structured placing emphasis on coherence, progression, and
integration within a four-year duration.
Except for the MBA programmes, all undergraduate and graduate programmes
follow a two-semester calendar that runs from September to December
for the 1st (Fall) Semester, and from mid-January to May for the
2nd (Spring) Semester. Exchange students are free to depart Hong
Kong after finishing the final exams.
Likewise, a credit-unit system is adopted whereby students must
fulfill the credits and grade point average requirements for graduation
in addition to subject requirements as well as university attendance
The number of credits assigned to a subject is indicative of the
contact time with a teacher and/or the study time associated with
that subject on a weekly basis over a period of one semester. In
general, a single credit represents attendance once a week throughout
the semester at a lecture or recitation lasting 50 minutes. Students
are classified as full-time when registering for a minimum of 12
credits per semester (students must maintain 12 credits to satisfy
the Hong Kong Immigration student visa requirements). A student
should follow a study plan comprising subjects of not normally more
than 18 units per semester.
|| What is the range of course choices available to me?
HKBU offers undergraduate programmes leading to the
award of Bachelor's degrees (with Honours in most cases) in Arts,
Business, Chinese Medicine, Communication, Science, Social Sciences
and Visual Arts. The list of courses offered to international students
is available here.
The updated list of course offerings will usually
be available in April.
In general, exchange students are allowed to take any courses from
the course list, provided they do not foresee any problem in the
medium of teaching and have met the prerequisite requirements.
|| How do the prerequisites apply to exchange students?
Generally, prerequisites are not rigidly applied, but the backgrounds
of exchange students are examined to ensure suitability for the
|| How are subjects qualified for credit transfer back to my
Exchange students should check carefully with their home institutions
about credit transfer of courses.
|| Is there any study-related fee?
Generally, there is no laboratory fee but students are required
to pay for the materials fees if they are enrolled in the Visual
Arts courses. An estimate of US$250.00 per semester for books is also