Tufts in Hong Kong

Location: Hong Kong (SAR), China
Program option: Spring Semester
Language of instruction: English

Hong Kong, an affluent modern city of more than seven million, offers visitors a unique blend of Eastern history and Western influence. Returned to China in July 1997 after more than 150 years as a British Crown Colony, Hong Kong continues to enjoy a high degree of autonomy as a Special Administrative Region. It is home to one of the most active ports in the world and is an important global financial hub. The city has a vibrant and bustling urban center with an iconic skyline and a world-class gastronomic scene. At the same time, however, a variety of natural delights can be found within easy reach of the city: mountains, lush islands, and sprawling country parks. 

The Tufts-in-Hong Kong program is affiliated with the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and offered for the spring semester. HKU evolved from the former Hong Kong College of Medicine, which was instituted in 1887. Since HKU's founding in 1911, the University has embodied the pioneering spirit of Hong Kong. It remains at the forefront of breakthroughs in medical and scientific research. HKU has a total student population of around 31,000 (undergraduate and graduate), with about 11,000 international students.

Courses are taught in English—except courses offered by the School of Chinese—and are offered across a broad curriculum. Faculties open to Tufts-in-Hong Kong students include Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, and Social Sciences.

Program Staff

Director: Vera Sui Ping Yip, BA, Southern Illinois University; LLB, University of London; PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin.

The onsite director advises students on academic and extracurricular matters and organizes special trips and activities.


The Tufts-in-Hong Kong program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors who meet the general eligibility requirements. Students from all academic majors are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate that a semester in Hong Kong will benefit their overall undergraduate program and to students who have taken courses related to Asia. Applications are first reviewed by a committee at Tufts and then are submitted to the intended faculty at HKU, which makes the final admission decision (possibly as late as November of the semester prior to study in Hong Kong). Only Tufts students may apply, per our agreement with HKU.


$41,001 for spring semester includes:

  • One-week orientation program
  • Full room and board
  • Full tuition and fees at the University of Hong Kong
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Cultural events and excursions
  • Hong Kong student visa application fee
  • Please note that airfare and certain other travel costs (visas, etc.) are *not* included- student is responsible for these charges.


Students are fully integrated into the University of Hong Kong system, and you will be required to take at least four courses (equivalent to twenty-four or more HKU credits) in the faculty through which you are admitted, which does not necessarily have to be the subject of your major at Tufts. Each faculty at HKU comprises several departments. Faculties include Arts; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Science; and Social Sciences. Courses can be selected from no more than two faculties. 

Although courses at the University of Hong Kong are taught in English, you are encouraged to take additional elective courses in Chinese language, such as "Introduction to Cantonese" or "Introduction to Putonghua (Mandarin)," to facilitate your cultural integration. Language courses do not count toward the limit of courses from only two faculties.

Faculties and Departments of HKU

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Business and Economics (HKU Business School)


  • Business Administration
  • Accounting and Finance
  • International Business and Global Management
  • Information Systems
  • Accounting and Law
  • Economic and Finance
  • Asset Management and Private Banking
  • Quantitative Finance



  • Language Education (English and Chinese)
  • Early Childhood and Special Education
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Details

Accommodations and Meals

You will be housed in university dormitories with Hong Kong or exchange students. You should be prepared to share a room with a local student. A meal stipend is provided for you to purchase meals either on- or off-campus.


Primary care medical services are provided at the HKU University Health Service (UHS). Referrals to specialist clinics of Hospital Authority hospitals will be made as necessary, but you are required to have your own health insurance.


You will arrive in Hong Kong in early January and take part in a week-long orientation before classes begin. The orientation will include cultural information, orientation to campus and to the city, and excursions. Cultural outings, dinners, and group excursions are arranged throughout the semester to deepen students' understanding of Hong Kong and the region, its culture, and its people.

Student Activities

The University of Hong Kong has many student associations and clubs . Some of them are directly related to a particular academic subject or to sports, while others cater to a wider range of interests and hobbies. In addition, each residential hall and each faculty has its own Student Association.

Program Dates

Dates are approximate and subject to change.

The program runs from early January to late May.

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