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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior Type of Program: Exchange
Program Advisor: Lisa Shen Academic Focus: All Academic Focuses, Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics, Formal and Natural Sciences, Health, Pre-med, and Nursing, Humanities and Social Sciences, No or Minimal Language Requirement
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

Drexel in Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Program Overview

Established in 1984, City University (City U) has quickly become a leading university in Hong Kong.  The school boasts 130 programs at the associate degree, undergraduate and post graduate levels. All courses are taught in English and students from every major are eligible to attend. The location of the university in Kowloon bay allows for easy access to both Hong Kong Island and mainland China via public transportation.  Students will be fully immersed in a campus setting but have the opportunity to experience all the culture and history the city has to offer. Click here to view the City U exchange site. 

City U is a popular university for exchange students from all around the world.  They have a long standing study abroad program and offer a number of student services to make international students feel at home.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Prior study of Chinese language encouraged, but not required
  • Sophomore status or higher


Course Availability
Course Catalog: Use this link to search coursework offered at City University Hong Kong. Drexel students can choose from any courses in City U’s course catalog so long as they are eligible for the course. Just as at Drexel, courses cannot be guaranteed and students should be flexible in their study abroad planning.

Course Equivalencies
Course Equivalents: This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at City U before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.

Course Approvals 
Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take at City U if the course is not on the course equivalency spreadsheet (linked above).  For example, if you want to take a sociology course at City U for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.

Students are taught and graded by Hong Kong faculty. Grades are noted as Credit/Non-credit ("CR/NCR") on the transcript and will NOT affect the GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.
Although all coursework is offered in English at City U, Drexel students are encouraged to take Chin 101 in order to get a sense of Chinese culture as well as Mandarin, the official language of mainland China.

Program Calendar

City U runs on a semester calendar so students should prepare to make adjustments and be flexible in fitting this program into their Drexel schedule. Due to the need for cycle adjustments, students should begin planning 12-18 months in advance.

Fall Semester (Drexel's Fall Term)
Program Start Date Early September
Program End Date Mid-December

Spring Semester (Drexel's Winter Term)
Program Start Date Early-January
Program End Date Early-May

Click here to see more details regarding the City U academic calendar.
Students participating in fall term will need to leave before the end of the summer term in order to arrive in time for orientation, thus it is best to be on co-op during spring/summer rather than in class during the summer term.
Students interested in going to City U for the Winter term will have to start their spring/summer co-op late. Before choosing this option, it is imperative that you speak with your co-op coordinator.


On-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. On-campus housing is not guaranteed and students should be prepared to apply for housing as soon as the application becomes available.

The on-campus accommodations will have a shared kitchen facility so students can prepare their own meals. Students can also opt to live off-campus but keep in mind that housing rentals may be much more expensive in the city.  There are a number of meal options including dining canteens on campus and nearby food courts with affordable Asian food.  There is also a Western supermarket within walking distance if students choose to buy and prepare meals on their own.


Students will be required to obtain a visa to participate on this exchange. Instructions can be found here

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

More Information

  • Read all about Christine Tang's, Biological Science '17, experience at City University of Hong Kong at the Drexel Study Abroad blog!
  • Activities: Exchange students may apply for associate membership and join the activities organised by the Students’ Union at CityU which include: Student residence hall activities, Peer support from International Friends Club (IFC), Community service work organized by the University, e.g. City-Youth Empowerment Project, and Access to campus facilities including library, sports complex and medical centre, etc. Note: Fees will be charged for some of the activities and services. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/01/2018
03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fall/Winter 2018-2019 02/01/2018
03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Winter 2019 09/04/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA

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