Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) (Chinese: ??????) is a publicly funded tertiary institution with a Christian education heritage. It was established as Hong Kong Baptist College with the support of American Baptists, who provided both operating and construction funds and personnel to the school in its early years.
HKBU has five main campuses: Ho Sin Hang Campus (1966), Shaw Campus (1995), Baptist University Road Campus (1998), “Kai Tak Campus” (2005), and Shek Mun Campus (2006) for the College of International Education and the Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School. The first three campuses are located in the urban heart of Kowloon Tong, while the Kai Tak Campus is on Kwun Tong Road and the Shek Mun Campus in Sha Tin.
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) offers one semester and one year exchanges, and the freedom to take courses from across our undergraduate programmes. Experienced and caring faculty members provide expert and individual tuition. Our campus facilities, located in the heart of the vibrant city, offer world-class library and research resources. Student life is dynamic and varied. Exchange students come to HKBU from partner institutions world-wide.
Hong Kong itself offers a unique window into China and a gateway to other Asian countries. There is no better way to learn about the many changes and challenges facing China and Asian as a whole first hand – living and learning with students not only from Hong Kong, but also from China and many other countries. Living in a multi-cultural environment in the heart of Asia, you will also learn what makes another society unique and gain a fresh perspective on your own home.
The HKBU exchange programme offers the opportunity for a one-semester or a one-year study exchange. The HKBU academic calendar comprises two semesters of fifteen weeks each. The first semester runs from September to December, and the second semester from January through May.
- You have completed at least one year of university study;
- You have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4-point scale) or equivalent; and
- You have the endorsement from your home institution.
If you are not a native English speaker, you are required to have a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) / 213 (computer-based) / 80 (internet-based) or above in TOEFL; or a score of 6.0 or above in IELTS, unless otherwise exempted per the terms of the partnership agreement between HKBU and your home institution.
HKBU does not normally accept final-year-final-semester students.
Please note that you are REQUIRED to stay through the semester(s). The examination system in Hong Kong is VERY different from that in North American universities/colleges with very tight security, centrally-controlled examination files, and external examiner-reviewed examination papers. Therefore, it is not possible for early examinations to be arranged. Please bear this in mind when submitting your application. If you cannot stay through the examination period, you should delay until you can come for a semester in which you can remain throughout the full examination period.
The minimum study load for a full-time student at HKBU is 12 credits (or 4 courses) per semester. In other words, you will be required to enrol for at least 12 credits per semester (or 4 courses per semester) to be considered a full-time student at HKBU, and to satisfy the immigration laws of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
To get a real feel of the academic exchange, we encourage students to enrol for 5 (or 6) courses to start with. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home institution.
Nomination deadlines (for exchange partners)
1st (Fall) Semester: 5 March
2nd (Spring) Semester: 15 September
Faculty of Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Recreation Management
Bachelor of Social Sciences in European Studies – French Stream
Bachelor of Social Sciences in European Studies – German Stream
Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies (Economics / Geography / History / Sociology)
Bachelor of Social Work
Estimated Living Cost
|(a)||Students pay tuition and other relevant fees to HKBU during the period of exchange.|
|(b)||Students are responsible for passage, accommodation, insurance, incidental expenses, and all other fees as required by the respective host institutions. The following expenses might serve as a general guideline for you:|
|Tuition||Pay HKBU Tuition|
|Accommodation||Pay Host Institution / Landlord|
|Student Activities and Other Mandatory Fees||HK$ 1,500|
|Personal Expenses||HK$ 6,000|
|Health/Medical/Travel Insurance||HK$ 2,500|
|Student Visa Application Fee||HK$ 3,500|