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Hong Kong Baptist University

Founded in 1956, Hong Kong Baptist University is Hong Kong’s second-oldest higher learning institution. It has an established place in Hong Kong’s tertiary education sector, emphasizing academic excellence and a well-rounded education. The university has four campuses located in the heart of Kowloon. Together they provide an attractive, student-focused, urban university environment that helps to nurture body, mind, and spirit.

Program dates

  • Fall Semester: late August through late December
  • Spring Semester: early January through late May
  • Academic Year: late August through late May


Exchange participants are required to take a full-time course load (at least 12 Temple credits) while abroad and will earn transfer credit.

Course Offerings

A number of courses taught in English are available in the following disciplines.
  • Accounting
  • Adult and Organizational Development
  • Advertising
  • Asian Studies
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film
  • Foreign Languages
  • Finance
  • Geography
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Sociology
  • Visual Arts
Students proficient in Cantonese may have additional course options.

Course Approvals

Prior to departure, students must complete the Course Approval process. Part of this process will require students to speak with the appropriate faculty members to evaluate courses and assign a corresponding Temple requirement. Courses that are taken abroad may have a direct Temple course equivalent, may fulfill an upper level elective or a lower level elective, general education requirement etc. Faculty will approve and assign corresponding Temple courses or requirement, but do not indicate the number of Temple credits that will be received for each course taken abroad. Students are advised to seek pre-approval for about twice as many courses as they can take, in the event that they need to change their schedules upon arrival. 

Upon arrival, if students find that they must make a last-minute course change and enroll in a course that has not been pre-approved, students should e-mail the details of any new courses to the appropriate departments for evaluation. However, due to the time it takes to have a course approved from overseas, in some cases final determination on course approval may not be made until students return. It is therefore always advised to include any and all courses that a student might take abroad on their External Program approval form.

Transfer of Credits

After Temple receives an official transcript from HKBU, approved courses that have been passed with a grade equivalent to a C or better will be accepted by Temple and appear on students' transcripts as transfer credit. The number of credits received for each course will be evaluated at this time. HKBU classes typically transfer on a 1:1 ratio with Temple (e.g. 3 HKBU credits equals 3 Temple credits). Temple GPAs will not be affected by grades earned on an exchange.

Grading Scale

HKBU Grade  Temple Equivalent
A- A-
B+ B+
B- B-
C+ C+
C- C-

Language of instruction

  • English
  • Chinese (Cantonese)

School location

The campus is located in Kowloon Tong, Kowloon. Kowloon is located on the peninsula to the north of Hong Kong Island. With over 2.1 million people living in an area of less than 47 square kilometers, Kowloon is one of the most densely populated places on the planet, and has a matching array of places to shop, eat and sleep. “Kowloon side,” as it is often known, managed to escape some of the British colonial influences that characterize the “Hong Kong Island” side. Kowloon is a less touristy part of Hong Kong; therefore less English is spoken, and prices overall tend to be less expensive.


  • Classrooms equipped with smart technology
  • Computer labs and campus Wi-Fi
  • Student Union
  • Gym and Sports facilities
  • Library
  • Creative Arts Center
  • Art & Exhibition Galleries
  • Conference Center
  • Administrative offices


Students may choose to live in university-arranged housing or find independent housing.

Students who decide to live in university-arranged housing will be placed in the University's Undergraduate Halls on the Baptist University Road Campus (BURC). Facilities include a common lounge (with small pantry and kitchenette) on each floor, a music and TV room, multi-purpose room, table tennis room, computer room, gym room, study room, and laundry area.

Undergraduate Halls on BURC
Exchange students are assigned to double rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with the following amenities:

  • Bed, desk, closet, shelf, chair
  • Internet access (ethernet and wifi)
  • Bathrooms shared between two rooms

Linens are the responsibility of each occupant; students will need to bring their own or buy them in Hong Kong.

Students may request to stay on a single-gender floor or co-ed floor. Requests are subject to availability.

Independent Housing
Students may elect to find independent housing, but please note that off-campus housing can be significantly more expensive than on-campus housing. Students will need to start searching immediately for independent housing if they choose to do so. Once students have decided to live off-campus, they will not be able to request on-campus housing should they be unable to find off-campus housing.

Program costs

Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple.


Open to qualified students matriculated at Temple University.

Applying to the program

Application Deadline: March 1 for the fall semester/academic year and spring priority; September 1 for the spring semester