To promote the good practice of continuous learning, students are encouraged to make good use of the winter time and join some fun online programmes from the comfort of your home! With easy access to the Internet nowadays, you can enjoy internationalisation no matter where you are and whenever you want.


Participating in one of the following online courses is a great way to immerse yourself in fruitful virtual learning with professors from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands to get connected with international students all over the world. You are recommended to choose your favourite programme and apply with the host institutions directly. A few winter programmes may offer in-person/hybird learning options, please note that our office will only endorse virtual winter programmes this time. 


IAO is happy to connect students who will join the same online winter programme, as togetherness and mutual support can have positive impact on your learning progress. If you would like to learn with other HKU students and be better prepared for your winter programme, please register HERE by December 20, 2021.



Sophia University, Japan

Since 2014, Sophia University’s January Session has provided students from around the world with the opportunity to learn unique aspects of Japanese Studies in a comprehensive and intensive manner amongst a lively cosmopolitan community.


  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts
  • Highlighted courses: Japanese Society: Unique Insights and Perspectives, Media and Contemporary Issues in Japan
  • Programme: January Session in Japanese Studies
  • Duration: January 7 – 28, 2022
  • Fee: JPY 74,400 – 203,200
  • Apply by November 24, 2021 (extended)



Korea University, South Korea

International Winter Campus is a 3-week programme which allows students to take a maximum of 2 courses each worth 3 credits. Course related to Arts & Humanities, Business, Economics & Management, Science and Social Sciences are offered in this programme. They offer a total of 23 online courses for students to choose from.


  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Highlighted courses: Mass Media & Popular Culture in Korea, Sustainability Strategies, International Business
  • Programme: International Winter Campus, IWC Leaflet
  • Duration: December 27, 2021 – January 14, 2022
  • Fee: KRW 1,300,000  (One online course, please check website for details)
  • Apply by November 19, 2021



Yonsei University, South Korea

Winter Abroad at Yonsei is a 3-week programme focusing on academic achievement with various courses such as AI & Design, Contemporary Korean Cinema and Society, Korean Language and Literature, Phyton Programming, Computer Graphics etc. Most of the courses except online courses will be conducted in blended style (in-person class with online participants


  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Highlighted courses: AI & Design, Phyton Programming, Computer Graphics
  • Programme: Winter Abroad at Yonsei, WAY Leaflet
  • Duration: December 27, 2021 – January 14, 2022
  • Fee: KRW 1,450,000* (One online course)
  • Apply by November 30, 2021

*Early bird tuition fee discount is available, please check details on host university's website


National Taiwan University, Taiwan

The 3 programmes are designed for diverse learners to gain a basic understanding of AI or to study advanced cutting-edge AI applications under the guidance of NTU distinguished professors. Module A and B participants will take part in online meetings with the professor, generate discussion, and engage in conversation to reflect their learning of the program.


*Early bird discount is available, please check details on website.


Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany

The TU Berlin Winter School Online 2022 offers intensive, interactive online courses in fields such python programming, entrepreneurship, space science and German language. Expand your knowledge, network with international peers, gain university credit points and get to know Berlin with our digital cultural program.


  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science
  • Highlighted courses: Data Science with Python, Space Mission Design, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Programme: TU Berlin Winter University
  • Duration: January 3 – 28, 2022
  • Fee: EUR 980
  • Apply by December 20, 2021



University of Tübingen, Germany

The Online Winter School will deal with the historical, political, and economic dynamics of European Integration, and cover the current challenges Europe and the EU face today: Brexit, political fragmentation and radicalization, economic turmoil and more.


  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics and Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Highlighted courses: The European Union in Crisis? Politics and Economics in Europe Today
  • Programme: Online Winter School
  • Duration: January 5 – 28, 2022
  • Fee: EUR 100
  • Apply by November 30, 2021



KU Leuven, Belgium

KU Leuven is the oldest university in Belgium, it’s also Belgium’s largest higher education institution and is considered to be one of the most prestigious research universities in Europe. During this 2-week Programme jointly offered by the KU Leuven Faculties of Arts and Economics & Business, students can take multidisciplinary courses by combining two majors, chosen from a list of three: Doing Business with Europe(ans); Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe and Cultural Interactions within Europe. The course includes virtual visits to the European Parliament and the Groeningemuseum. 


  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Programme: Winter School
  • Duration: January 17 – 28, 2022
  • Fee: EUR 500
  • Apply by November 15, 2021



University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

These 2-week interactive and collaborative online programmes will make use of pre-recorded and live sessions (lecture and seminar/workgroups), guided self-study, and innovative online content to help participants explore the topic from the comfort of their own home.


*Since HKU is part of the U21 network, EUR 200 tuition fee reduction scholarships are available to HKU students. Please note that the scholarships are limited, you should apply asap. 


*Points to note

  • Above information is accurate at the time of compiling the list. As the information is subject to change by host institutions, please refer to the institutions’ websites for the most up-to-date programme details.
  • Students should be aware of the programme start dates and end dates.