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Office of International Programs

China: Hong Kong Baptist University

I became much more confident and independent during my time in Hong Kong. - Rollins Study Abroad Alum 
Experience Hong Kong!

Experience Hong Kong!

Experience Hong Kong!

Live in one of the most exciting, dynamic, and economically important cities in Asia through this exchange program with HKBU. All courses, except for language are taught in English. Great fit for many majors.HKBU Exchange Video

  • 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
  • The government of Hong Kong requires non-Hong Kong resident travelers from overseas be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to enter.
  • Required advising session (30 minutes). Please visit our home page to schedule an appointment.

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 at for more details.

Fall 2023

  • Aug 23: Residence Halls Open
  • Aug 30: Required Welcome Orientation
  • Sept 3: Classes Begin
  • Sept 16: Add/Drop Ends
  • Dec 4: Classes End
  • Dec 8-21: Final Exam Period
  • Dec 22: Check out Residence Hall (by noon)

Spring 2024

  • TBD: Required Arrival Period 
  • Jan 5: Orientation 
  • Jan 8: First Day of Classes 
  • Jan 20: Add/Drop Ends
  • Mar 29 - Apr 1: Easter Holidays
  • Apr 20: Last Day of Classes 
  • Apr 25 – May 10: Final Exam Period 
  • May 11Program End Date

Flight & Orientation

  • Students arrange their own flight to Hong Kong
  • HKBU provides airport pick-up on scheduled arrival dates.
  • The International Office and the East-West Encounters Programme offer an orientation for new international students,including an introduction to the University and welcome information and activities.


  • U.S. citizens must obtain a visa to study in Hong Kong and HKBU will provide instructions for the the process.

For general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

Hong Kong Baptist University offers excellent undergraduate programs in the arts, humanities, business, social sciences and sciences. At around 5000 undergraduates, HKBU is one of the smaller institutions in Asia.


  • HKBU Course Catalogue: select any courses, provided you have fulfilled any required pre-requisites.
  • First-year courses at HKBU are appropriate for sophomores and juniors and Second-year courses are appropriate for juniors and seniors.

Transfer of credit

  • Students take four or five courses, typically worth three credits, for a total of 12-15 credits.
  • Grades appear on the Rollins transcript and factor into the GPA. It can take up to three months for grades to be processed.
  • Students can take major and minor courses abroad (with approval from the academic department) and can also take competencies and rFLA200-level seminars abroad (with approval from the Registrar).


  • Students live in fully-furnished single-sex double rooms and share a connected bathroom with one other room in the University residence halls. Residence halls include internet and air-conditioning.
  • Common areas in the residence halls include a laundry room, small gym, and spaces for studying and socializing.
  • Students have the option of living with another international student or a local student from Hong Kong.


  • Students eat at the different dining halls and restaurants on and around campus, but there is no meal plan. Meals on campus are quite inexpensive.
  • There are plenty of nearby, local restaurants offering very inexpensive meals and a Western-style mall in walking distance with a wide range of restaurants.

Student Activities

  • Multi-purpose sports complexes provide modern sports facilities to all students and organize various athletic activities.
  • The East-West Encounters Programme connects HKBU and international students for cultural and language exchange and features outings to locations of interest in and around Hong Kong. Residence hall staff also organize activities to encourage cross-cultural communication.
  • The Office of Student Affairs oversees a range of student organizations and offers a multitude of student events. They also sometimes offer optional excursions to locations in mainland China.
  • The Chaplain's Office organizes Christian programmes and activities for interested students.

Things to Consider

Non-Asian students, especially BIPOC, may experience stares and heightened curiosity from locals. Make sure to check the resources available on the IP Your Identity Abroad page. 

Although there are no legal restrictions on same-sex relationships attitudes toward members of the LGBTQIA+ community vary. Make sure to check the US Department of State LGBTI Travelers page and ILGA Sexual Orientation Laws in the World for more information and other resources on the IP Your Identity Abroad page. 

Students with mobility disabilities may find accessibility and accommodations different from the United States. Check the US Department of State Travelers with Disabilities and specific to the country, Mobility International USA, and the IP Your Identity Abroad page for resources.

Program Fee

Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: $30,290
  • Housing: $5,115

Also Includes

Orientation, visa fee, internet access, program administration, and emergency insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs

  • Transportation: Round-trip airfare from FL $1,900, on-site $460
  • Meals/food: $1,285
  • US Passport: $165
  • HKBU caution money and smart card $150
  • Air Conditioning: $190
  • Books, course materials, supplies: $0
  • Personal expenses: $1,160
  • Federal student loan fees if applicable: $40
  • Professional licensure, certification or credentials costs: $0

Need-Based Scholarships

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

Living and Working

Having a credit card while abroad is very helpful. Hong Kong has a higher cost of living as compared to the United States.