From 2014, the Faculty of Law introduced a formalized Visiting Student Scheme. Participation is limited to 10 students (double degree 4th and 5th or LLB degree 3rd and 4th). Students selected to join the Visiting Students Scheme will be able to transfer credits obtained as Visiting Students at Oxford, Cambridge, Yale and Harvard. Priority will be given to students wishing to participate in the Faculty of Law programme with Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1-2 students per year) and/ or the HKU programmes with Hertford College, Oxford and Yale College. Students wishing to apply to Harvard for one semester or for a full year at other Oxford colleges, such as St Catherine’s, or other Cambridge colleges, are also very much encouraged to apply for the Visiting Students Scheme.
IMPORTANT: Apart from bilateral exchange and approved summer programmes, only HKU students who study at other law schools pursuant to the Visiting Students Scheme will be able to transfer credits gained into their HKU LLB degrees.
Students wishing to apply for the Visiting Student Scheme should indicate this, together with their intended universities, in the space provided in the online exchange application form. Eligible students who have applied for the Visiting Student Scheme will be invited to attend interviews in early January each year.
Students who wish to apply for the Visiting Student Scheme should proceed with their applications to their chosen universities, taking careful note of the application deadlines for each particular institution.
Students are welcome to apply for both visiting student scheme and exchange scheme. Application to the Visiting Student Scheme will not jeopardize the student’s Law Faculty exchange applications.
IMPORTANT: Subject to limited scholarship assistance, students who attend these universities should be prepared to pay the substantial fees themselves.
IMPORTANT: Any student who wishes to spend a year at a foreign university may apply to defer their studies for a year. Such students will not need to pay HKU fees for the year they are on leave but they will also NOT able to transfer credits into their HKU degrees, unless within the approved Visiting Student Schemes, such students will need to return to HKU and all the requirements for the degree.