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.
HKBU's School of Business is a provider of innovative business education in Hong Kong. The School of Business has achieved recognition from the three largest and most influential business school accreditation associations: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), The Association of MBAs (AMBA), and The European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). HKBU School of Business is among the 1 percent of the world's business schools to hold triple accreditation.
HKBU School of Business offers a wide range of bachelor's courses in accounting and law, economics, finance and decision sciences, management and marketing.
HKBU is located in Kowloon Tong in the central part of the New Territories in Hong Kong.
The city of Hong Kong is almost like a gigantic but living, breathing organism -- a multitude of separate parts and systems that work to the common purpose of the city itself. In Hong Kong, the modern stands side-by-side with the traditional. It's a city that boasts many seemingly contradictory titles. One of these, the East-meets-West cultural aspect, is enduringly interesting. Whatever your level of exposure to the culture of Hong Kong, as a student living abroad there, you'll be astonished at the opportunities you have to expose yourself to the people, life, and history surrounding you.
Hong Kong is one of the best places to study business. Hong Kong is the perfect entry point to the exciting Chinese mainland. It is a land of vast opportunities and strong degree of economic competitiveness. The city is characterized by its high degree of internationalization, business-friendly environment, rule of law, free trade and free flow of information, open and fair competition, well-established and comprehensive financial networks, superb transport and communications infrastructure, sophisticated support services, and well-educated workforce complemented by a pool of efficient and energetic entrepreneurs. Added to these are substantial foreign exchange reserves, a fully convertible and stable currency, and a simple tax system that attracts a number of foreign companies.
Hong Kong is an international financial center in which many multinational financial institutions have set up operations. It is also the premier trading hub between mainland China and the rest of the world.
Another simple thing that living abroad in Hong Kong has going for it is its proximity to other cities and places -- you can travel by train to mainland China. Hong Kong is also a perfect homebase for exploring other countries in Asia. Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, South Korea, and other countries are just a couple hours -- and a direct flight -- away.
Student life at HKBU is dynamic and varied. HKBU has a student population of approximately 9,000 students. Active participation in campus life is an important component of the HKBU student experience. Incoming exchange students are encouraged to participate in student organizations and societies. For more information about student organizations and opportunities for involvement on campus, visit HKBU's Student Life website: https://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/cls.
International exchange students at HKBU are invited to participate in the "East-West Encounters" Programme. The "East-West Encounters" Programme aims to orientate newly arrived international exchange students and to foster cross-cultural exchanges between local and non-local students at HKBU. It does so by mixing the student ambassadors and the non-local students in a range of educational and cultural activities including Buddies Scheme, Orientation for International Students, Global Café and Monthly Outing. The Programme is designed to nurture student ambassadors to cultivate their leadership, organisation and communication skills. It is hoped that through this means friendships are developed between local and non-local students.
HKBU follows a calendar similar to the U.S. academic calendar. The Fall semester runs from August to December. The Spring semester runs from January to May.
Ranking and Rigor
Top 251 - 300 bracket in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane.
On this exchange program, students directly enroll in courses in English with local students and other international exchange students. All courses are taught by HKBU Business School faculty.
HKUST offers comprehensive undergraduate business programs in English. For a list of sample course offerings and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, see HKBU's course catalog.
The program at HKBU also offers students the opportunity to enroll in Chinese language classes. Language classes are free-of-charge and credit-bearing.
All undergraduate students are required to participate in a Course Pre-registration exercise every semester to select elective courses for which they will register. The Course Pre-registration exercise is conducted twice a year (once in each semester) in late July and mid-November. The exact dates and the assigned timeslots will be announced via email nearer the time. Normally, Pre-registration results are released in late August and late December each year. Students who fail to complete the Course Pre-registration exercise on time can only complete the course registration during the add/drop period after classes have begun. However, it should be noted that many courses will be full and thus not available for registration by that time.
Adding and dropping of courses is allowed during the first two weeks of classes. Students can complete the add/drop procedures online. Normally, only students who wish to add new course(s), drop the already enrolled course(s) and change section of the enrolled course(s) would need to add or drop course(s).
Class formats vary. Lectures and case analyses are common. Student work is typically assessed on a combination of attendance, presentations, papers, projects and exams. Class attendance is mandatory until the last day of classes. Class participation is part of the student’s final grade in most courses. Students typically enroll in 4 - 6 courses per semester.
Teaching and learning styles in Hong Kong may be somewhat different from what you are accustomed to at Freeman. Many professors use the teaching format of lecture only with little interaction between student and professor; the tutorial will serve usually as a platform for student/teacher interaction. Expect these differences. As is the case in any institution, some professors are more creative/innovative than others and will do their best to make the classroom experience both interesting and stimulating. The Chinese classroom is usually a one-way street with the professor giving and the students receiving (this is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and tradition). Take up the challenge of this different classroom culture. Make it one of your goals to adapt and function successfully in a different environment.
Expect language differences and difficulties. Many of the classes in which you enroll will be taught by Chinese professors who will use English as the medium of instruction. Remember that English is often not their first language and sometimes pronunciations and ease of communication is not as efficient as it might be if they were using their first language. The same is true for the local Hong Kong students; their first language is Chinese. They will be communicating with you in English, their second/third language. You will need to be patient and flexible when it comes to communication. A helpful reminder: Suppose it were you attempting to express yourself in Cantonese or Mandarin.
As a general rule, professors grade on the curve. In most cases, there is no continuous assessment throughout the semester. Semester grades are usually determined by grades given on assigned papers, projects, and presentations; by mid-term tests (if any); and by the final exam which often carries a high percentage of the final semester grade.
In the beginning of the semester, you may think that the assignment load and expectations are few; you may be deceived into thinking that there is no academic challenge. Then towards the end of the semester, papers, projects, tests, and exams begin to take their toll. Do not wait until the end of the semester to begin your study. Keep up with your reading assignments on a daily basis; take good class notes and review them periodically. Often, professors expect to see their examples/illustrations presented to you during lecture cited in your exam responses; they will draw heavily on the assigned readings for exam questions and responses. Again, the advice is: Do not wait until the end of the semester to begin your study.
Class attendance is required. International students must be careful to give attention to class attendance. With the central location of Hong Kong in Asia and with economical airfares, international students are tempted to take advantage of extensive travel in the East and Southeast Asian regions at the expense of class attendance and academic performance. Unapproved, excessive absenteeism can get the student into serious trouble academically. Students are advised to limit travel outside Hong Kong to weekends and official holidays.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
The Hong Kong grading system is similar to the U.S. grading system. Please note that unlike Tulane University, however, most professors in Hong Kong grade on a curve. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at HKBU:
Remember that you are participating in a short-term academic/cultural exchange program. While your fascination with the city and culture of Hong Kong will tempt you to put academia aside for the semester, you must remember that your academic performance will be transferred to your home institutions via your academic transcript and will become a part of your permanent record. Most international students do well.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the HKBU's Factsheet for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet.
In order to integrate more fully into the University experience, you are encouraged to live in on-campus dormitories. For students who decide to live in on-campus housing, you will be notified of the application details after you are formally admitted for studies at HKBU.
Undergraduate exchange students are housed in the University's 21-storey Undergraduate Halls on the Baptist University Road Campus (BURC). The Undergraduate Halls are composed of the South Tower and the North Tower providing some 800 rooms. Majority of the rooms accommodate two students and are air-conditioned (separately controlled in each room). For each occupant, the provision includes one bed, closet, desk and shelf, one chair, and one LAN point and wifi connected to the University's network system. HKBU offers both single-gender and co-ed floors. You can indicate a preference on your housing application. Your preference will be considered as much as possible subject to availability.