FAQs

1. Before the application

1.1 Who is eligible for HKU Summer Programme?

University students and anyone who meets the entrance requirements of HKU Summer Institute programmes

1.2 Can I apply for more than one programme?

Yes, you may apply for more than one programme as long as the programmes do not have conflicting schedules.

1.3 In Hong Kong, how much should I expect per meal?

On average, students should expect to pay HK $25 for breakfast, HK $40 for lunch and HK $50 for dinner. For information on general living expenses, please visit here

1.4 What is the medium of instruction?

Our programmes are instructed in English with exception in a small number of language courses.

2. During application

2.1 Can I apply for credit transfer?

The availability to credit transfer arrangement is determined by your home institution. Please confirm with your home university whether HKU credits could be transferred toward your degree.

2.2 What should I do if I have forgotten my application number?

When you create the account, the online application system will send you an email with the application number. Please refer to the email you received when you first created your account.

2.3 Can I combine my transcripts into a single file to upload?

Yes. You may combine your transcripts to upload as a single file.

2.4 How can I know if my online application has been successfully submitted?

Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an email confirmation. Please read the application instructions carefully and ensure that you have provided all the requested documents.

2.5 Is the application fee changeable for each programme applied?

The application fee is a one-time fee for applicants who apply to one or more programmes.

For applicants who would like to apply both credit bearing programmes and non-credit bearing programmes, you only have to pay one time HK $350. 

2.6 I am a native English speaker, what should I upload for English proficiency documents?

If your first language is English, please upload a paper with a statement written that your first language is English.

3. After application

3.1 I would like to make amendments to my uploaded documents. Can I revise the files that have already been uploaded to the Online Document Upload System?

You cannot make amendments to your application once it has been submitted, but you can upload the document anew. Please indicate “revised” in the file name if you would like to upload a new version of supporting documents. 

3.2 Can I cancel my application or withdraw from the programme? Will there be a programme fee refund?

Yes. You can cancel your application through your registration account by clicking “Cancel” beside the column. However, both the programme fee and application fee are non-refundable.

3.3 Will there be any interviews?

Depending on the programme you have registered for, there may or may not be an interview. Please refer to the programme webpage for details.

3.4 Will I receive a certificate once I complete the programme?

Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate, while students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with number of credits upon completion. Link to apply for transcript: http://www.ase.hku.hk/asoffice/

3.5 I just received the admission offer from HKU Summer Institute. How can I confirm my offer?

Please proceed to your online account to accept the offer before the acceptance deadline. Click here for detail instruction.

4. HKU accommodation

4.1 How can I apply for a place in a residential hall?

When you are accepted to a programme , please indicate your decision whether you would like to apply for HKU accommodation via the online application system. Places at HKU halls are competitive during summer, you are encouraged to apply for accommodation as soon as you have been accepted into a programme.

4.2 Can I apply to stay in a residential hall longer than my programme period?

Due to limited hall places, you are only allowed to apply for hall accommodation during the programme period. You are suggested to stay 1 day prior to programme commencement and 1 day after the programme ends.

4.3 Do they provide bed sheets and blankets at the hall?

Bed sheets and blankets are provided at the halls. Towels will not be provided.

4.4 Is accommodation fee included in all programmes?

Multi location programmes will have accommodation arrangement included. They will state so in the programme description. For campus based programmes, you can choose to opt out from accommodation arrangement.

If you are coming from overseas and would like to apply for accommodation, please apply housing as early as possible once you are accepted by HKU Summer Institute programmes.

5. Before arrival to Hong Kong
 
5.1 Do I need to arrange my own insurance?

Activities that are organised by HKU Summer Institute are all under insurance coverage.

In any case, you are strongly recommended to make your own insurance arrangements throughout the entire period of your studies in Hong Kong. Students will be responsible for their own medical and dental costs during the period of the programme.

If you have to travel outside Hong Kong, you should make sure that your existing insurance policy covers your destination. Otherwise, you are advised to buy additional travel insurance before your trip.

Please check with your insurance agent and ensure that the scheme covers travel / flight delays, theft of personal belongings and medical and health cover for an injury or sudden illness abroad for the programme period. 

5.2 Where should I apply for my Hong Kong Student Visa?

If you do not have the right of abode in Hong Kong, regardless of the length of study, are required by law to obtain a student visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department. HKU could provide assistance in your application for the Student Visa at Hong Kong. You are advised to submit the visa application as soon as you receive a Notice of Admission from HKU.

Please click here for more details about student visa application. For enquiries about Student Visa application, please contact visaapp@hku.hk