Is this Program Right for You?
China as a country is undergoing tremendous change in recent years. It is a place of dynamic contrasts, of rapid industrialization and technological development alongside a beautiful and rich traditional culture. At the forefront of this transition is Hong Kong. One of the world's major cultural and economic centers, this amazing metropolis is considered the crossroad of Asia, combining traditional Chinese culture with the frenzied energy of an urban, cosmopolitan city. AU students now can experience this extraordinary place firsthand through study abroad and directly enrolling at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
Since CityU's establishment in 1984, it has grown remarkably in both size and prestige. It is currently a highly world ranked university and has more than 20,000 students enrolled in over 140 programs. It also has a large, robust program for study abroad and exchange students offering a wide range of courses taught in English. CityU is a particularly strong option for students interested in creative media and media/communications, and also computer science, business, law and public policy. AU students integrate into campus life at CityU and live and take courses directly within the university alongside local students and other international students.
AU students directly enroll in the City University of Hong Kong
for either a semester or a full year and earn full AU credit. International students can take courses offered by the various Schools and Departments including their School of Creative Media and the Department of Media and Communication, both of which offer extensive course offerings. CityU also has extensive course offerings in Business, Law, Computer Science and Public Policy. As CityU is a bilingual university, courses are primarily taught in English. For more information on courses available, please visit the Course Information section of the CityU website
Most classes at CityU are composed of lectures and tutorials. You will have numerous opportunities to interact with the local students, such as having discussion with them during tutorials, and working on projects or presentations together.
Course Equivalency: View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Life in Hong Kong
Studying at CityU puts you right amidst the vibrant, bustling life of Hong Kong
. A shopping and dining paradise, Hong Kong also offers a wide choice of entertainment, outdoor and indoor, daytime and nighttime. Navigate amidst Hong Kong's sleepless entertainment world and feel the liveliness of this international metropolitan. It is also a thriving center for traditional arts and culture.
CityU provides a downtown campus environment and a range of student life programs
, including a variety of multicultural activities and celebrations held on campus every year. The university has over 15 sports teams that take part in inter-school sports competitions. All students are welcome to try out for the teams. City University of Hong Kong Students' Union (SU) has more than 60 student associations and societies under the umbrella of the Students' Union (SU), therefore, it's easy to get involved on campus and meet people with similar interests. Other ways to get involved include:
- International Society (ISoc) - An affiliated organization under the Students’ Union serving the non-local student community. The Society will organize various events/activities to promote cultural integration and internationalization. The executive committee of the Society also acts as a bridging role between the local and non-local students.
- The City-Youth Empowerment Project provides opportunities for students to engage in the local community through voluntary service and community immersion activities
- The English Language Centre (ELC) organizes various programmes and activities to help students polish their English. Native English speakers are invited to volunteer as peer English mentors and interact with students whose mother tongue is not English through lively and interesting English communication projects
Housing and Meals
The Student Residence provides on-campus accommodation for almost 3,700 students. Most of the residence halls cluster at Cornwall Street, forming a complex of student dormitories about 10 minutes away from main campus on foot. In addition to the Student Residence at Cornwall Street, Jockey Club House on the main campus also provides accommodation for students. The basic facilities in each room include:
Magnetic key-card door system
Window-type air conditioner with meter
IP phone and network connection
A washroom shared by residents of two neighbouring rooms
Writing desk, chair, lamp, bookshelf, wall-mounted whiteboard, pedestal, wardrobe and rubbish bin
Single bed with mattress and mattress pad
Due to very limited residence places and increasing demand, the University is unable to offer residence places to all students. There are off-campus private accommodation also available near campus.
See the accommodations section of the CityU website
for more information.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals. There is no meal plan, but there are many alternatives such as the college cafeterias, or in the university area's many restaurants.
The City University of Hong Kong program is available for Fall semester, Spring semester and Full Year. Please view the Program Dates on the CityU website
Fall Semester: early September – late December
Spring Semester: early January – late May
Academic Year: September - May