First Year Experience – HKU

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 August 23 to September and before 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

For more information, please visit .

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 website.

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.