China: Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)

The Rollins College exchange program at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) offers students the opportunity to directly enroll into courses at HKBU and to live in one of the most exciting, dynamic, and economically important cities in Asia. 

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Overview

At Hong Kong Baptist University, all courses, except for language instruction, are taught in English, so students have access to courses in a wide range of fields.  This exchange program is an excellent fit for students looking to fulfill major and minor requirements who also have an interest in China and Asia.  The direct enrollment structure means that Rollins students will be fully integrated into the host university, taking classes and living with local and other international students and taking full advantage of all the activities and resources available to students at HKBU.

* If you plan to participate in two approved semester programs abroad, you can apply your full Rollins financial aid package to both programs as long as one of them is an exchange program. This qualifies as an exchange program so will allow you to carry your full aid package on this program and any other approved semester program of your choosing – whether that program is an exchange or not. 

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Incoming Exchange Students

Incoming Exchange Students

The coordinator for incoming exchange students is Jenifer Ruby, Director of International Student & Scholar Services. For information about application and advising for incoming exchange students, please visit the website for International Student & Scholar Services. You may also contact Ms. Ruby for more details.

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • Aug 28 - 29: Required Arrival Period
  • Aug 30 - Sept 1: Orientation
  • Sep 4: First Day of Classes
  • Dec 4: Last Day of Classes
  • Dec 8-21: Final Exam Period (specific exam times depend on specific courses)
  • Dec 22: Program End Date

Spring 2018

  • Jan 8-9:  Required Arrival Period
  • Jan 10-Jan 12: Orientation
  • Jan 15: First Day of Classes
  • Apr 28: Last Day of Classes
  • May 4-16: Final Exam Period (specific exam times depend on specific courses)
  • May 17: Programs End Date

Getting There

Flight & Orientation

Students are responsible for booking their own flights. Round-trip airfare from Orlando is estimated at $1500.  HKBU provides airport pick-up on on the scheduled arrival dates. The International Office and the East-West Encounters Programme offers an orientation for new international students.  The orientation includes an introduction to the University and welcome information and activities.

Visa

US citizens will need a visa in order to study in Hong Kong. For more general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

Academic Information

Hong Kong Baptist University

Established in 1956, HKBU offers excellent undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the arts, humanities, business, social sciences and sciences.  At around 5000 undergraduates, HKBU is one of the smaller institutions in Asia and can therefore offer strong support to the hundreds of study abroad and exchange students who they welcome each year from their partner institutions around the globe.  Most courses at HKBU are taught entirely in English.

Courses

Students can select from all the courses offered at HKBU—provided they have fulfilled any required pre-requisites.  Since courses are not finalized until arrival at HKBU and some courses may not be available due to scheduling conflicts or enrollment limits, students typically select six to eight courses initially.  Since most courses are worth three credits, students typically take four to six courses—for a total of 12-18 credits.  Since the educational system in Hong Kong is quite different, first-year courses at HKBU are appropriate for sophomores and juniors while second-year HKBU courses are appropriate for juniors and seniors.  For further information on courses and links to course listings click here. Courses are offered in a wide range of fields, including business, the sciences, communications, political science, history, sociology, religion, and studio art.  Students can also take courses in more unique areas such as Chinese Medicine and can choose to take Chinese or Cantonese language.

Exchange

The number of available exchange places changes year to year and exchange places will be allocated to Rollins students based on the merit of the application.  Exchange places are not guaranteed and interested students should visit IP for advising.

Transfer of credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete the HKBU program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Hong Kong Baptist University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing & Meals

Housing

Visiting students live in the University residence halls on the Baptist University Road Campus.  The fully-furnished double rooms in the residence halls are air-conditioned and include an internet connection.  Every two rooms share a bathroom.  All rooms are single-sex.  Common areas in the residence halls include: laundry room, recreation room, TV room, computer room, gym, study area, and a student lounge with small pantry area on each floor.  Students have the option of living with another international student, a local student from Hong Kong, or a student from mainland China.

Meals

There is no meal plan at HKBU.  Students eat meals at the dining halls and cafeterias on campus and at nearby restaurants.  The cost for a meal on campus runs between $2 and $15 depending on the particular dining hall (some are more restaurant style, while others are more casual grab-and-go) and the size of the meal.

Student Life

Activities

Visiting students are encouraged to participate in sports activities and student organizations. Both the Wai Hang Sports Centre and the Joint Sports Centre are multi-purpose sports complexes which provide modern sports facilities to all students and organize various athletic activities.  The International Office organizes the East-West Encounters Programme in which HKBU students are grouped together with international students for cultural and language exchange.  This program holds bi-weekly gatherings at the Global Cafe --the gatherings range from welcome events to workshops on Chinese calligraphy and Chinese cooking (dumplings!).  The East-West Encounters Programme also organizes an end of the semester party. The Office of Student Affairs oversees a range of student organizations and offers a multitude of student events: join the Investment club or the Karate club!  A number of activities for students are organized by the staff of the Student Residence Halls to encourage cross-cultural communication.  In addition, the Chaplain's Office organizes Christian programmes and activities for interested students.

Excursions

The International Office and the East-West Encounters Programme offers monthly outings to various locations of interest in and around Hong Kong.  For more information about the types of outings and a recent sample schedule click here.  In addition, the Office of Student Affairs and some of the student organizations may organizes excursion to locations in mainland China. 

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition, program administration, housing, internet access, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, visa fee, HKBU caution money and smart card (about $150 US)

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,100 (estimate)
  • On-site transportation: $100 - $300 (estimate)
  • HKBU caution money and smart card (about $150 US)
  • Air Conditioning expenses: $20 - $100 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $600 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary widely but an average estimate is $1,000 - $1,800
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Discount on Student Account

In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program.  The discount should cover normal, basic costs for meals on campus. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Becky Johnson (rejohnson@rollins.edu) to schedule an appointment. Walk-in advising is for informational purposes only.