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Life in HKU

Semester Dates
Academic Tips
Student Resources and Campus Facilities

Student Attire

There is no official dress code in HKU. Students dress casually for lectures and tutorials most of the time. It is a norm for students to put on business attire for class presentations. Formal dress code is required for formal functions like “High Table Dinner”, official ceremonies and special occasions. If you participate in competitions or sports games, you are expected to wear team uniforms.

Smoke-free Campus

HKU is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the University.

Language and Slangs

Hong Kong has two official languages: English and Chinese. English is spoken widely by the foreign community and in business circles. The local Chinese community speaks Cantonese, a dialect spoken in the neighbouring Chinese province of Guangdong. Putonghua is becoming widespread while other Chinese dialects such as Shanghainese, Hakka, Teochew may also be heard. You may hear a lot of slangs in daily conversations among local people. Acquisition of some common phrases will smooth your daily life.

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