- 3.1 Language
Hong Kong’s education emphasizes on bilingualism which equips students to go global. English is the official language of HKBU for teaching except Chinese related courses and other language courses.
The University also provides different foreign language courses (either credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing) for students. For example, the Mainland Student Services Unit offers Cantonese class for non-local students; Language Centre provides courses on Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, etc for all students.
3.2.1 Teaching Modes
The two main teaching modes in the university are lecture and tutorial. Professors give presentations in lectures. In tutorials, tutors guide students to discuss and present in groups with the aim of facilitating exchange of ideas. Besides, for particular programmes, there are experiments, workshops and internships based on the design of each programme.
University education focuses on proactive learning and critical thinking. Apart from learning in lectures, students should do research individually or study in groups to accomplish required coursework like group projects and final term papers.
3.2.2 Examination reference
Students can download examination past papers at the library examination paper database according to their faculties, departments, course code and name of the courses. It helps students to prepare for final examinations (applicable for certain courses). For more information, please refer to the following website:
3.2.3 Grade Point Average Calculation
|Letter Grade||Academic Performance||Grade Point Per Unit|
|I||Incomplete||Not included in GPA calculation|
|NR||Not Yet Reported|
|PR||Project to be resubmitted|
For more information, please refer to the following website:
Students receive notice about tuition fee by the end of each semester. Normally, the first payment is due in September and the second payment is due in December. Students can print out the debit note and settle the payment at Hang Seng Bank or through online banking. Late submission will result in a penalty of extra charges. For more information, please refer to the website: http://fohome.hkbu.edu.hk/fopage.html
Undergraduates are required to take Co-curricular Learning (CCL) as part of requirements of the University Life (U-Life) programme. CCL activities aim at enriching students’ knowledge apart from formal education modes, broadening one’s mind and guide their way to a holistic personal development.
CCL is a prerequisite for undergraduates’ graduation. Students are required to attend 8 CCL activities within 4 semesters (in the first two years). Students who cannot fulfil the requirement are forbidden to register for courses in the fifth semester.
For more information about CCL, please refer to the website: http://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/ccl
BUniport (University Cyber Port System) is a convenient information gateway that bridges the University, students and staff through a unique, universal and unified cyber port. Students can login by entering their student number and password to get the latest information about the university, check eAnnouncement, course information, timetable, emails and personal information.
Student Learning Experience System (SLES) provides an integrated platform for HKBU students to keep track of their co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Students can check their activities records anytime so that they can have the information to monitor their personal growth, leadership development as well as career preparation and development.
SLES login platform: https://sles.hkbu.edu.hk/
The Students’ Union organises a computer sales exhibition in every September or October. Students can buy laptops/notebooks with a special offer by presenting their student identity cards. For more information, please pay attention to school notices.
According to the immigration ordinance of Hong Kong, non-local students can only do three types of part-time job by adhering to some specified conditions. Students cannot accept any paid or unpaid work, start or participate in any business activities without fulfilling the following conditions.
Non-local students can apply for internships under the following conditions:
i. The study programmes are full-time locally-accredited degree level or above;
ii. The study period is not shorter than one academic year;
iii. The internship must be study/curriculum-related and arranged or endorsed by the university of the students; AND
iv. The duration of the internship is up to one academic year, or one-third of the normal duration of the relevant full-time academic programme, whichever is shorter.
There is no restriction on the nature of work, level of salary, location, number of working hours and employers. However, students should not take internships before starting their academic programme or after accomplishing the required subjects/ grade points for graduation.
B. Part-time on-campus jobs
Non-local students can apply for part-time on-campus jobs under the following conditions:
i. The study programmes are full-time locally-accredited at degree level or above;
ii. The study period is not shorter than one academic year (excluding exchange students); AND
iii. The employment must take place within the campus of the university.
Working hours of on-campus part time jobs is limited to no more than 20 hours per week.
C. Summer jobs
Non-local students can apply for summer jobs under the following conditions:
i. The study programmes are full-time locally-accredited at degree or above;
ii. The study period is not shorter than one academic year (excluding exchange students); AND
iii. The working period is limited to
Undergraduates: 1 June – 31 August
Postgraduates: 1 June – 31 August or the expiry date of the student visa (whichever is earlier)
There is no restriction on the nature of work, level of salary, location, number of working hours and employers for the summer jobs.
For any particular cases, please inquire the Career Center of Office of Student Affairs or faculties. Related information is also available from the following websites:
The Hong Kong Immigration Department: http://www.immd.gov.hk/hkt/services/visas/study.html
Career Center of Office of Student Affairs: https://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/career/policy-and-legal-matters/non-local-taught-postgraduate
Remarks: Non-local students receive a “No Objection Letter” along with other documents from the Hong Kong Immigration Department before arriving Hong Kong. It contains detail information of nature of work that students can apply for and the conditions. Students must show this letter to the employer to finalise the employment. (Please refer to the Career Center-Office of Student Affairs website for the letter sample).
The “HKBU Mobile” App is the official one-stop information platform of HKBU. You can:
- Access your academic related information including class timetable, examination timetable and grade records.
- Access your financial related information including e-Statement, exchange disbursement and scholarship, etc.
- Find out the information of catering services and the location of campuses, buildings and green campus facilities in the University.
- Register for student co-curricular activities and take attendance by QR Code.
- Read the latest news of HGKBU, faculties, schools, academic departments, research centres and administrative offices.
- View the HKBU Event Calendar
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Based on the programme requirement and the result of pre-registration, the University will arrange and release the class schedule before the start of each semester. Depending on the individual’s study plans, students can add or drop courses through the BUniPort within the first two weeks of each semester. This is called the "Add/Drop period".
3.10.1 Undergraduate Programme
|1.||University Core Course: Students are required to complete 13 credits|
|a.||University English I (3 credits)|
|b.||University English II (3 credits)|
|c.||University Chinese (3 credits)|
|d.||Healthy Lifestyle (2 credits)|
|e.||Art of Persuasion (2 credits)|
|2.||General Education (GE) Course: Students are required to complete 18 credits|
|a.||Foundational Courses (9 credits)|
|b.||Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses (6 credits)|
|c.||GE Capstone (3 credits)|
|3.||Major Core Course: Compulsory courses of the major|
|4.||Major Elective Course: Elective courses of the major|
|5.||Free Elective Course: Students can take any courses according to their interests and credit requirements|
Special courses/ Requirements
Some courses or special requests can be applied through the BUniPort's online form. (Location: Studies> My e-Application> Online Form> Online Form):
|Excess Study Load||Department Head / Programme Director|
|Pre-/Co-requisite Requirements||Head of Course Offering Department|
|Target Student Requirements||Course Instructor|
|Adding a Course (for course which requires instructor's approval only)||Course Instructor|
3.10.2 Taught Postgraduate Programme
Most of the taught postgraduate programmes are one-year programmes. Programme structures are comparatively simpler with fewer credits.
|1.||Major Core Course: Compulsory courses of the major|
|2.||Major Elective Course: Elective courses of the major|
|3.||Others: internship, etc.University English II (3 credits)|
3.10.3 Research Postgraduate Programme
Research postgraduate students are required to conduct their research project and complete a few courses (12-15 credits). Students are advised to consult their supervisor before taking any course.
Remarks: A course code is composed of English letters and a four-digit number with the first number of the course code representing the level of the course. A larger number represents a more advanced level. Students should choose their courses with thorough consideration.