Introduction

The concept behind HKU’s 4-year undergraduate curriculum is the totality of the student learning experience. As you enter university, you are likely to be bewildered by new demands and challenges that you seldom faced during secondary school education. You need to decide for yourselves where you want to go and what you want to achieve when you graduate. It is important that you have appropriate and realistic expectations of a university education and know how far you can go towards achieving your personal and academic goals, so that you will have a sense of achievement at the end of your first year as well as when you graduate.

This website aims to be a quick one stop information hub to help you understand more about learning at HKU, adapt to university life and make better use of HKU’s support services, meet your learning buddies and develop academic and personal goals.

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University Life is an adventure that – literally – everyone here is a key player.

Your strategic moves at each stage have a direct impact on the outcomes of this adventure. Other than the core expedition (your academic studies), there are some fun and important mini explorations – like internship, exchange, hall education, competitions, student societies, dating, etc. The key to winning is mainly about how you manage your resources, especially your time. Most successful players engage themselves in activities that meet their needs and goals.

First Year Experience

As a new player, you may find yourself standing at the crossroads and wondering which directions you should go. An open mind for handling novel challenges and a roadmap (this first year brochure) for planning and setting priorities during your stay at HKU are what you need to start your journey.

And don’t forget to check out the following to familiarise yourself with the “game rules”, “support and resources” and “opportunity cards” on hand:

  • HKU Educational Aims to know what you are expected to achieve
  • The key cards that contribute to your academic, professional and social excellence, e.g. Horizons Office, Common Core, Centre for Sports and Exercise (CSE), General Education Unit (GEU), Hall Education, Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES).
  • Your WILD card, CEDARS, your student service and resources centre, AND your co-curricular learning hub