Students in Traditional Garb

Hong Kong University (HKU) Summer Institute

Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Hong Kong,
Term: Summer

Learn Cantonese during the summer session at the University of Hong Kong.

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Please be advised that undergraduate participation in study abroad programs offered by institutions outside of Columbia University (Columbia-approved) are suspended through August 1, 2021.This includes the program on this webpage. For alternative summer opportunities offered by UGE, please see here:


To enhance your language learning, enroll in a beginner Cantonese language course during summer session at the University of Hong Kong. Throughout the summer, you live in international student housing on campus.


You enroll in a Cantonese course, while also taking advantage of learning outside the classroom as well.

SEAS students may also take courses English. Columbia College and SEAS students have different summer transfer credit rules, especially for courses taught in English. Students interested in this program should review summer transfer credit eligibility to help determine which courses offered on the summer program will be eligible for transfer credit.

Program Features

The program offers a wide variety of social and cultural activities to round out your experience in Hong Kong.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Hong Kong,
Asia and the Pacific

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020