Hong Kong (SAR), China  

Hong Kong is a city and special administrative region of China with a population of over seven million. It is one of the most densely populated and highly developed places in the world, a major global financial hub, and home to one of the most active ports. The city has a vibrant and bustling urban center that blends Eastern and Western influence. Known for its iconic skyline, many are surprised to find that Hong Kong is surrounded by nature with access to mountains, over 450 miles of coastline, and 200+ surrounding islands. The climate is humid, subtropical.

Tufts in Hong Kong invites you to experience this unique city while enrolling in courses at the University of Hong Kong, one of the most prestigious universities in Asia and the most international university in the world.

Term Spring
Language Prerequisites  None
GPA Requirement  3.0
Host University  University of Hong Kong
Language of Instruction  English
Housing  Student Residence Hall


University of Hong Kong courses are taught in English—except courses offered by the School of Chinese—and are offered across a broad curriculum. Faculties open to Tufts students include Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, and Social Sciences (students applying from other institutions will be limited to Arts, Engineering, Science, and Social Sciences).

Applicants are admitted to one HKU faculty and must take at least two courses (or 50% of the total course load) in that faculty. It is optimal for students to take the remaining credits from other faculties. Students are required to take 24-30 HKU credits, which is typically four or five courses (six credits per course, in general). Common Core courses will not count as part of the fulfillment of the 50% requirement of course enrollment for exchange 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. 

Be sure to review our academic policies for education abroad and plan accordingly with your academic advisor(s). 

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This program is open to Tufts undergraduate juniors and seniors who meet the general eligibility requirements. Students from all academic majors are encouraged to apply and there are no language prerequisites. Per our agreement with the University of Hong Kong, non-Tufts applicants to the program may only take courses in the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, and Social Sciences.

University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is a public research university that evolved from the former Hong Kong College of Medicine instituted in 1887. Since HKU's founding in 1911, the University has embodied the pioneering spirit of Hong Kong and it remains at the forefront of breakthroughs in medical and scientific research. HKU has a total student population of around 31,000 (undergraduate and graduate), with about 11,000 international students.

Student Life


Students arrive in Hong Kong in early January and participate in a week-long orientation before classes begin. The orientation includes an introduction to campus and to the city, as well as cultural information and excursions. In addition to the Tufts-specific orientation, students also join a two-hour orientation for all HKU international students.

Housing and Meals

Students live in shared rooms in university dormitories with Hong Kong or exchange students. A meal stipend is provided to purchase meals either on- or off-campus.

Co-Curricular Activities

The University of Hong Kong has many student associations and clubs ranging from sports to specific academic interests to arts and music, and a wide range of other hobbies and interests. In addition, each residence hall and each faculty have their own Student Association. Students have access to fitness facilities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and there are various fitness classes, like yoga or kickboxing, available off-campus for a discounted student rate. Volunteer opportunities at local organizations are also available, upon request.

The program director arranges cultural outings, dinners, and group excursions throughout the semester to deepen students' understanding of Hong Kong and the region, its culture, and its people. In the past, the program director has brought students to Taiwan and Beijing, and local excursions have included visits to the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, the Mai Po Marsh Reserve, museums, Chinese orchestra concerts, and other nearby points of interest.

Note that cultural excursions are subject to change.

Student Perspectives

Tufts in Hong Kong was an extremely rewarding experience. In addition to getting to experience an incredible city, the support and opportunities provided by the program were immense. I appreciated the ability to see other parts of Asia through TIHK, and these trips definitely helped to make the program for me. In addition, Hong Kong is an incredible place to study abroad, with things to do and experience for practically every type of program, and our orientation for TIHK certainly helped make sure we were aware of all of them.

Spring 2023 Participant

Program Staff

The on-site director advises students on academics and co-curricular activities and organizes study tours, events, and cultural excursions.

Tufts in Hong Kong director Vera Yip standing next to an abstract painting

Vera S. Yip (she/her/hers)

Director, Tufts in Hong Kong 

Vera Yip has been the director of the Tufts in Hong Kong program since 2003. She advises students on the University of Hong Kong application process and course selection. In addition, she organizes special events and co-curricular activities during their stay in Hong Kong. Vera serves as a resource to students about Hong Kong culture and local customs, and throughout the program, she shows students how to explore Hong Kong as a local. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring different cuisines locally and abroad. According to Vera, “Meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds is one of the greatest benefits as the director of the Tufts in Hong Kong program.”

Dates and Fees

2024-2025 Program Fees

Spring Semester: $44,646 ($34,573 tuition plus $10,073 program fee)

What’s included:

  • One-week orientation program
  • Full food and housing.
  • Full tuition and fees at the University of Hong Kong
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Cultural events and excursions
  • Hong Kong student visa application fee

What's not included:

  • Airfare and other travel costs are not included; student is responsible for these charges.

For more details on Tufts University's Cost of Attendance, please consult Financial Services' Direct and Indirect Costs for Undergraduate Students.

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Academic Calendar

Note that dates are approximate and subject to change.  

Spring Semester: Early January to late May

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