Information for Newly Arrived Non-local Students

Weeks of Welcome (WoW)

A series of induction programmes for newly arrived non-local students will be held from Aug 21 to Oct and in the second semester. The activities, a mixture of fun, fact-finding, visits and tours, aim to help the newly arrived students settle down, induct into the local way and get to know about the new environment and people.

Programme highlights:

  • Orientation for Non-local Students
  • WoW Party
  • HKUSU Fair

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Visa Formalities

Upon entry into Hong Kong, you should have already activated your student visa and got a permission to stay. You have to extend your student visa if you have extended your study or your limit of stay is shorter than the normal duration of your study programme. If you have any outstanding visa formalities, please consult CEDARS-Campus Life as soon as possible. Non-local students are expected to have a valid student visa before commencement of studies. You also need to inform Hong Kong Immigration Department of any subsequent changes in your study status or programmes. For undergraduates and taught course postgraduates from the Mainland, the contact office is the China Affairs Office (Email:


In case you have not secured an accommodation, CEDARS’ accommodation service may help. CEDARS provides information on both university and privately rented rooms/ flats nearby and advises on tenancy agreement and rights. For details, please visit CEDARS-Campus Life website.

You can also search for privately rented rooms, flats and even roommates via iMAP.

Adjustment Tips for Non-local Students

Check out what other non-local students say about life at HKU and their tips on settling in at this

Buddy Programme

A Buddy Mentor will be assigned to all incoming international undergraduates and exchange students. Your Buddy Mentor will be happy to provide linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at HKU to you.


Eat To-gather  入屋食飯

Eating together as a family is highly valued in the Chinese culture, as it is one of the best opportunities to connect with one another.

In this programme, non-local students will enjoy a homey meal with a local host family to have an authentic taste of the family life in Hong Kong. Beyond the dining table, non-local students will also have the chance to engage in deeper cultural exchange with the host family through different gatherings and outings. Local students are invited to join as “foodmates” of the non-locals in these family meals and gatherings to help promote their integration into the Chinese culture and adaptation to life in Hong Kong.

Enquiry: (Email:

Chinese Language and Cultural Courses

The Chinese Language Centre offers a wide range of highly popular courses, including Cantonese courses for Mainland and foreign students, as well as Chinese language and cultural courses for international students.

Information Guides

CEDARS publishes a “Guide for Newcomers” and a “HKU Preparatory Guide for Non-local Students”. These publications provide you with handy tips on settling in. You can download the online version here.

Other Activities

Check out for the following activities throughout the year:

  • City tours and outings
  • Integration programmes
  • Weekend excursions and many more