University of Hong Kong

- Hong Kong


The University of Hong Kong (or HKU, as it is familiarly known to students, staff and alumni) is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong. The University of Hong Kong is a public research university located in Pokfulam, founded in 1911 during the British Colonial era.

Today, HKU has gained international recognition for its accomplishments as a research-led comprehensive university.

In 2003, during the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), HKU medical researchers became the first in the world to identify the coronavirus that caused the SARS.

In 2005, the Faculty of Medicine was renamed the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.

From 2010 to 2012, the University held Centenary Celebrations to mark its 100th anniversary.

In 2012 – along with all the other institutions of higher learning in Hong Kong and in accordance with the government’s education policy – the University officially launches its 4-year undergraduate curriculum.

HKU continues to attract the best local students, along with many Mainland China and international students. The University’s academics have outstanding achievements in teaching and research, and about half of HKU’s faculty are from overseas.

All ten faculties and their departments provide teaching and supervision for postgraduate-level research (MPhil and PhD) students, with administration undertaken by the Graduate School.


The University of Hong Kong, as a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia, strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, contributing to the advancement of society and the development of leaders through a global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China.


The University of Hong Kong will endeavor:

  • To advance constantly the bounds of scholarship, building upon its proud traditions and strengths
  • To provide a comprehensive education, developing fully the intellectual and personal strengths of its students while developing and extending lifelong learning opportunities for the community
  • To produce graduates of distinction committed to lifelong learning, integrity and professionalism, capable of being responsive leaders and communicators in their fields
  • To develop a collegial, flexible, pluralistic and supportive intellectual environment that inspires and attracts, retains and nurtures scholars, students and staff of the highest caliber in a culture that fosters creativity, learning and freedom of thought, enquiry and expression
  • To provide a safe, healthy and sustainable workplace to support and advance teaching, learning and research at the University
  • To engage in innovative, high-impact and leading-edge research within and across disciplines
  • To be fully accountable for the effective management of public and private resources bestowed upon the institution and act in partnership with the community over the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge
  • To serve as a focal point of intellectual and academic endeavor in Hong Kong, China and Asia and act as a gateway and forum for scholarship with the rest of the world


  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Graduate School

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The University of Hong Kong offers a number of student awards which could be broadly categorized as follows:

Entrance Scholarships for Undergraduate Students 

These are geared to attract local and non-local students pursuing full-time undergraduate degrees and are awarded on the basis of students' academic performances at prevailing public examinations for admissions to HKU.

Faculty / Discipline-specific Scholarships / Prizes 

These recognise the achievement of students who have the best overall performance in a particular major of studies.

Student Enrichment Scholarships 

The undergraduate curriculum places a strong emphasis on building a student's interdisciplinary knowledge base, and advocates experiential learning in addition to classroom learning. These enrichment scholarships encourage students to take part in a wide range of learning activities mostly overseas, such as academic exchange, study tours, internships, research fellowships, service learning / volunteering.


These aim to support less privileged students and free them from financial constraints during their studies at HKU. An example is the First-in-the-Family Education Fund which supports students who are the first generation in their families to attend university to partake outside- classroom learning activities.

Postgraduate Fellowships 

These enable the University to attract high-calibre students to pursue research postgraduate studies and to raise its research capabilities. These fellowships include awards for first-year research postgraduate students enrolled in the regular PhD or the joint PhD degree programmes; and for current PhD students to pursue MPhil degrees at partner institutions.

Tution Fee

Fees and Tuition


Amount (HK$/US$)1

Tuition Fee

HK$135,000 p.a.2

US$16,875 p.a.2


HK$9,200 – HK$16,560 p.a.

US$1,150 – US$2,070 p.a.

Living expenses

Approx. HK$40,000 p.a.

Approx. US$5,000 p.a.


Approx. HK$15,000 p.a.

Approx. US$1,875 p.a.