This guide has been created specially by the Programme
Office for the PRC and international students enrolling in the MSc(ECom&IComp)
and the MSc(CS) programmes full-time in Hong Kong. It should be used
together with the FAQ page on the Intranet which contains more academic and
2 University map
HKU is situated in the "mid-level" on the Hong Kong Island, and can easily be
reached from the Central Business District by mini buses or buses. No 4 on the
map is the Graduate House where the Programme Office is located, the keys to the
other buildings can be found in
3 Primary contacts
Before and/or soon after your arrival, the following are the
three offices within the University which you should contact if you need help.
They will refer you to other units if they feel you can be helped better.
- Address: P3-02, Graduate House, University of Hong Kong ,
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (see 4a on map at
- Tel: (852) 2249-1870
- Fax: (852) 2547-4442
The Office looks after your admission, enrolment, fees
payment, examination, graduation and academic matters. The two staff you will
deal with most are Martin Chan and Ellen Lam, the former being the co-ordinator
of the MSc(CompSc) programme and the designated PRC student liaison person, and the
latter is in charge of all admission/enrolment matters of the two programmes.
MSc(ECom&IComp) students can use the back room in the IT Projects Lab in P2-07
for relaxation and meetings provided that they do not disturb those studying or
working in the lab.
- Address: Room 303, 3/fl., Meng Wah Complex
- Tel: (852) 2859-2305
- Fax: (852) 2546-0184
- Email: email@example.com
The CEDARS is a central unit which looks after all students,
both local or non-local. For non-local students, it can help specifically with
- It is the University's designated sponsor for student visa
application and visa extension. (PRC students should apply for sponsorship to
the China Affairs Office.)
- It provides you with information about accommodation in
halls and private rooms near the University.
- It runs information sessions and drop-in hours for urgent
issues (Mon to Fri; 2 to 5 p.m.)
- It organises induction meetings, campus tour, City tour,
cultural and leisure events within and outside the University.
- It can pair you with a local "buddy" to help you adjust to
the different study and academic environment.
- Address: 9/F, Knowles Building
- Tel: (852) 2241-5437
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The China Affairs Office is part of the Academic Liaison
Section of Registry. It has been established to help departments maintain a
closer communication with Mainland China on student exchange, academic
collaboration and cultural activities. It does not deal with individual student
individual enquiries as such but will still take questions on general matters.
It is also the University's designated sponsor for PRC student visa application
and visa extension.
4 Other useful centres
- Address: Library Building
- Tel: 2859-2203
- Fax: 2858-9420
- Email: email@example.com
The main library is on the Pokfulam Road main campus, and is
opened during term from 8:30 am to 11:00 pm on weekdays, 8:30 am to 7:00 pm on
Saturday, and 10 am to 7pm on Sundays. There are staff to help you use its
extensive physical and on-line resources.
Facilities are normally available for individual bookings
when they are not in use for teaching, training, competition or external
bookings. Showers, changing facilities and coin refund lockers are available at
- Address: 2/F, Meng Wah Complex
- Tel: 2549-4686
- Fax: 2548-1430
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A well-equipped clinic with a number of doctors and nurses
are on duty throughout the year. The opening hours are Mondays to Fridays,
8:40am - 5:00pm, and Saturday 8:25 am to 12:45 pm. There is also a dental clinic
and a physiotherapy unit. Most services are free or charge at cost. Referral
service is provided to other medical sources, which will charge. You will need
to book beforehand
5 Student associations
The Association is run by an active committee who organises
talks, social events and a mentoring scheme for new students, who can also join
as members even though they have not yet graduated. Its current president is
The CSSA is for students and scholars from China. You are
given automatic membership if you are from China. Do contact them at email@example.com.
The PGSA has an office in Graduate House and a common room
in P4-07 for its predominantly research student members. It organises many
social and cultural activities for its members, often together with the Graduate
House Management Office.
The universities have many halls of residences, but mainly
for undergraduates. For taught postgraduates, there are only four halls, and
even so, the priority is given to research students (meaning those who enroll in
M.Phil and PhD programmes). Application is opened around June-July every year,
which can be done by post. If you are given an offer, you must immediately
accept it, otherwise it will be given to someone else on the waiting list.
Lodging fee will be calculated on a semester basis. It is payable after arrival for one
semester. For whole year residence, lodging fees are to be paid by 2
installments in September and January. The Residences are about ten minutes by
bus from the Main Campus, or half an hour if you prefer to walk.
The Residence is within walking distance (20 minutes) to the
University's Main Campus. The Flora Ho Sports Centre is just less than 10
minutes walk from the Residences. There are frequent buses and minibus services
which travel along Bonham Road, Pokfulam Road and Sassoon Road among the Main
Campus, the Residence and Sassoon Road Campus, for which there is a small
Opened in April 1998 and located on the main campus, the
very popular Graduate House on campus provides fully furnished and
air-conditioned accommodation for 200 local and overseas postgraduate students.
There are 190 single rooms, all of which have a bathroom shared between the
adjacent rooms and 10 double rooms with private bathrooms for married students
without children. Application for admission must be submitted before mid July. The room charges are $2,700 to $4,950 per month respectively for
single and double. More than half of its residents are from the PRC.
As of date, it has 110 fully-furnished and air-conditioned
single and double rooms of $3,800 and $4,300 per month rental respectively. You
will have to add approximately another $300 per month for electricity and other
You will not have time to take up any employment during the
day, even if there are no weekday day classes. The study programme is very
intense, there is a lot of preparation before class and review and homework
after class. In any case, the HKSAR government forbids students to take up any
form of employment, whether paid or unpaid. Even for part-time internships, the
Programme Office will have to certify to the government that there is no
employer-employee relationship involved before the government will allow it.
You could of course consider working in Hong Kong near the
end of your study by planning ahead. To do so after you become a registered
student, you can find out about job vacancies and employment opportunities of
the Careers Education and Employment Centre by subscribing to its Netmatch
9 Some campus notes
There are two banks on the main campus, The Hong Kong Bank
and the Bank of East Asia. Their staff can speak Putonghua. They and the Bank of
China also have ATM machines for your campus withdrawal of money.
The Graduate School organises some Cantonese classes for
postgraduate students at a cost of around HK$500, but competition for places is
very keen. The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE), the
extension arm of the University, has many such courses, albeit more expensive,
and you can make enquiries at its campus office at the T. T. Tsui Building, or visit its website at:
The AV Department of the HKU Main Library carries many
newspapers, so do the Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre, the Hsu Long Sing
Amenities Centre Office. The Programme Office also subscribe to one newspaper
(Mingpao in Chinese) and we leave the
recent back issues in the backroom of the IT Projects Lab in P2-07 of the
Graduate House for our students to for some quick scanning during study breaks.
There is a post box at the bottom of the Knowles Building
for you to post your letters. There is also a regional post office down the road
at Shops C & D, G/F Chi Ping Bldg, 38 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town. The General
Post Office is next to the Star Ferry Terminal in the Central Business District,
which stays open on Saturday afternoons. The opening hours are 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Mon to Sat; and 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. For postal rates, visit
10 University Orientation
The OSA will organize an University Orientation for all new
non-local students in September every year. We strongly advise you to register
for the events.