First Year Study
HKU’s 4-year undergraduate curriculum structure provides flexibility for you to design your own combination of disciplinary Majors, Minors and electives under proper academic advising to pursue your own academic interests, and enables you to engage in diverse learning experiences, such as overseas exchange programme, internships, real-life projects, etc. The distinctive features of the 4-year undergraduate curriculum can be viewed at http://tl.hku.hk/reform/#anchor-2.
|Component||Courses||No. of Credits*||% of Total
No. of Credits
|Compulsory Courses||Common Core||36 credits||22.5%|
|Specialisation||Major||72 – 96 credits||30% – 40%|
|Minor||36 – 48 credits||15% – 20%|
|Electives||Electives for all Students||Remainder to complete 240 credits||17.5% -32.5%|
|Total No. of Required Credits **||240 credits||100%|
* 6 credits = 120 – 180 student workload hours
** Students are allowed to take additional credits of up to 6 credits per semester and graduate with a total of 288 credits
For more information on the curriculum structure, regulations and selection of major(s) and minor(s), please refer to the website of Academic Advising Office.
At HKU, academic advising helps you understand the aims of university education, the culture and ethos of learning, the available educational options and the paths that can be taken so that you can draw your own roadmaps to achieve your goals and monitor your own progress. Academic advising enables you to have greater satisfaction with your academic experience, better self-understanding and a sense of success in the achievement of personal and academic goals.
All first-year undergraduates will be assigned to a Faculty Academic Adviser upon registration. You are required to meet with your Faculty Academic Adviser once every semester in your first year of study to discuss different academic issues.
You can find out more from the website of Academic Advising Office.
Language Requirement and Pre-requisites
You are advised to pay attention in completing the language and pre-requisite course(s) required by your Faculty in your first year of study.
Some Faculties require students to complete certain introductory course(s) in their first year to facilitate smooth progression to senior years and better understanding of the subject in question. At the programme level, majors and minors may also require students to complete certain pre-requisite(s) in the first year, the failing of which may affect their taking of senior courses and declaration of the relevant major or minor. Please check with your Faculty for the details of the courses.
Common Core Curriculum
Students are normally required to take six 6-credit courses, one from each Area of Inquiry (AoI) and not more than two from any AoI. However, the number of courses required and the year and semester in which they are taken vary from programme to programme. Please refer to the Common Core Curriculum website to find out the requirements for your programme.
The Common Core Curriculum has proved to be effective in creating cross-faculty and cross-disciplinary learning communities. Tutorials engage students from different disciplines in stimulating and in-depth discussions and have received high ratings from students.
Common Core Curriculum’s website: tl.hku.hk/common-core-curriculum