First Year Experience – HKU

Internships and Other Learning Opportunities

HKU promotes a total learning experience approach which combines inside and outside classroom learning. Various units in HKU such as Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS), Centre  for  Sports  and  Exercise  (CSE), etc. provide non-credit bearing, outside classroom learning opportunities for students.  They  enable  students  to  achieve  the  HKU  educational  aims,  such  as fostering students’ abilities in intercultural understanding, enhancing their awareness and commitment to global citizenship, and preparing them to be leaders and advocates for improvement of the human condition.

Here are some of the diverse learning opportunities at HKU:

Department / Network

Learning Opportunities

CEDARS-Campus Life Student financial management and investment workshops, training of student leaders and volunteer work opportunities
CEDARS-Careers and Placement  Career advising, co-curricular programmes, entrepreneurial support, industry talks, training workshops, internships and work placements
CEDARS-Counselling and Person Enrichment Person Enrichment (PE) Workshops (Confidence & Social Communication, Relaxation & Resilience, and Thinking & Study Skills), Leadership and Life Skills Training Programme (LLS), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Service opportunities and trainings to support people with disabilities or Special Educational Needs (SEN) both inside and outside campus to participate fully in life through SEN Peer Impact Network (PIN)
CEDARS-Student Development Educational programmes on leadership development, community engagement and global citizenship
CEDARS-General Education ¹ Non-credit bearing programmes for ALL students in whole- person education, interactive and lively learning activities
CEDARS-Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre (CYMCC) Student Theatrical Technician Programme on essential stage lighting principles and the use of audio-visual equipment to train students to become CYMCC part- time student technicians
Centre for Applied English Studies English language support courses for all undergraduate students, thesis writing and academic English support for postgraduate students, an extensive range of self- access learning opportunities (such as Advisory Zone and Student-Tutor Writing Consultation) and summer intensive courses
Centre for Sports and Exercise Sports, health and fitness programmes
Chinese Language Centre Putonghua and Cantonese courses, Chinese language and cultural courses
Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre (GHELC)  Tailor-made training workshops on general knowledge and skills, such as safety and  security,  cultural sensitivity, volunteering, internship skills and project management to help students maximise their learning

Green Gown Guides


Apply to be Green Gown Guides to share the University’s historical stories and traditions with visitors during a one-hour campus tour as student volunteers

HKU Mentorship


Mentees have the chance to look beyond the classroom and learn from HKU Mentors who are professionals and experts from different walks of life
HKU Summer Institute Summer programmes
Horizons Office Experiential learning programmes beyond Hong Kong and financial support to students
School of Modern Languages and Cultures  European and Asian language courses
University Health Service Health education
University Libraries  Library courses to enhance your information literacy skills

¹ Subject to Senate’s approval for the restructuring of CEDARS and General Education Unit.