HKU International Affairs Office

Academic Information


Academic Information

Key Semester Dates

HKU uses the semester system, Semester 1 (September to December) and Semester 2 (Mid-Jan to May).
Students should visit Academic Advising and Scholarships Office's page for Important Academic Dates and plan for their studies in HKU.


Key Dates for Academic Year 2023-24

Student Exchange Period Full Year
Fall (Semester 1 / Full Year Intake) Spring (Semester 2 Intake)

Accommodation Move-in on or after Date

(Final announcement will be made by respective halls)

23 Aug 2023 5 Jan 2024 (TBC)
IAO Orientation 31 Aug 2023 12 Jan 2024
First Day of Teaching 1 Sep 2023 15 Jan 2024
Course Selection Period 17 Aug 2023 (10:00am) - 24 Aug 2023 (4:00pm) Not Available 
Course Add/Drop Period 31 Aug 2023 (10:00am) - 18 Sep 2023 (4:00pm) 15 Jan 2024 (10:00am) - 29 Jan 2024 (4:00pm)
Reading Week 16 Oct 2023 - 21 Oct 2023 4 Mar 2024 - 9 Mar 2024
Last Day of Teaching 30 Nov 2023 27 Apr 2024
Revision Period 1 Dec 2023 - 7 Dec 2023 29 Apr 2024 - 4 May 2024
Assessment Period 8 Dec 2023 - 23 Dec 2023 6 May 2024 - 21 May 2024
Semester End Date 23 Dec 2023 21 May 2024
Accommodation Move-out Date By 31 Dec 2023 By 27 May 2024 (TBC)
Result Release Date Late Jan (TBC) Late Jun (TBC)
HKU Portal Account Closing Date Around Mid Feb Around Mid Jul
Transcript Release Date Feb - Mar Jul - Aug


Course Load
  • Students are required to take 24-30 credits (6 credits per course in general) for each semester.
  • 50% of the course load must be chosen from one Faculty (your intended host faculty). It is optional for students to take the remaining credits from other faculties. Common Core courses will not count as part of the fulfilment of the 50% requirement of course enrolment for incoming students.
  • Students admitted to Faculty of Law can choose no more than 6 credits of non-law course (i.e. 1 course) in each semester.
  • Students may take up to two Common Core courses from a selective menu, each from a different Area of Inquiry - 'Scientific and Technological Literacy', 'Humanities', 'Global Issues' and 'China: Culture, State and Society'. The approval of course is on a case-by-case basis.
  • Approval on taking Common Core courses is on a first-come-first-served basis during the course selection period, and by auto-ballot during the add/drop period. More details are available here.


Course Information
  • All courses are taught in English, except courses offered by the School of Chinese.
  • The HKU credit system is based on the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) model. A semester of study in HKU and in an ECTS-compliant institution will be considered as equal in credit value under normal circumstances. The actual credit transfer of courses will be subject to the policies and procedures of your home institution.
  • Students are recommended to check the course pre-requisites before selecting courses.
  • Taught master-level programmes are generally not offered to incoming students. If you wish to conduct research under a supervisor, please contact Faculties to make appropriate arrangements.
  • The approval of courses is on a case-by-case basis and subject to the Faculty's approval. Actual enrolment is subject to class availability, courses offered in the first semester, quota and class schedule. [The information is subject to change without prior notice]


Restricted Courses or Programmes

The following programmes/courses are NOT opened to incoming students:

  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
  • BSc (Exercise and Health) Programme
  • Most final year project courses provided by all faculties


Available Courses Offered by Faculties

The confirmed course list for each academic year will only be ready in early August. Please take reference from courses offered in the past academic year for your course study plan.

For further information about the syllabi of courses, please contact respective faculties/departments accordingly.

Faculties Available Courses
Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Architecture has extremely limited spots for accepting incoming students who have high academic grades.
  • Application to Faculty of Architecture would be considered on a case-by-case basis and subject to whether the Faculty is included in student exchange programme agreement between HKU and the partner institution.
  • Students should check with their home institution before the application period for whether they are eligible to apply for the Faculty.

Faculty of Architecture Course List 2023/24


Faculty of Arts
  • School of Chinese includes all courses taught in English, except courses offered by Chinese History and Culture, Chinese Language and Literature and Translation which are taught in Chinese.
  • School of English – English Studies
  • School of Humanities includes Arts History / Comparative Literature / Gender Studies / General Linguistics / History / Music / Philosophy
  • School of Modern Languages and Cultures includes African Studies / American Studies / Arabic / China Studies (Arts Stream) / European Studies / French / German / Italian / Japanese Studies / Korean Studies / Portuguese / Spanish / Swedish / Thai
  • Centre of Buddhist Studies – Buddhist Studies

Faculty of Arts Course List 2023/24


Faculty of Business and Economics

(HKU Business School)

  • Courses offered by Faculty of Business and Economics (HKU Business School) are highly competitive.
  • Students who are in their final year in particular, should note that course enrolment is NOT guaranteed.
  • Students who apply to HKU Business School should have a grade level of B average / CGPA 3.0 / Satisfactory level.
  • Students should have already completed the course prerequisites before requesting to enrol in courses with pre-requirements (Co-registration e.g. taking Microeconomics I and II together in a semester is not allowed).
  • Economics and Finances courses highly emphasize mathematics.

HKU Business School Course List 2023/24

IMPORTANT: Course code with *** are only opened to students nominated under faculty-level agreement with HKU Business School. Please check with your home university’s exchange coordinator on the agreement type before selecting these courses.


Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education Course List 2023/24


Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Course List 2023/24


Faculty of Law
  • The minimum standard for admission for incoming students is a grade point average of 3.33 (which converts to the letter grade of B+) on a 4.3 scale. Applications with a slightly lower GPA will be considered only if justifications are provided.
  • For students whose host faculty will be Faculty of Law, please refer to their website for detailed course list. 

Faculty of Law Course List 2023/24


Faculty of Science

Faculty of Science Course List 2023/24


Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences Course List 2023/24