Hong Kong Shue Yan University – Hong Kong, SAR China

Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU) is the first private university in Hong Kong. It was founded as Shue Yan College in 1971 and attained its university status in 2006. During the past four decades, the University has built up a solid reputation in the educational community both in Hong Kong and internationally. Ranked at 301-305 in the QS Asia University Rankings 2021, HKSYU is now comprised of 12 academic departments under the Faculties of Arts, Commerce and Social Sciences. The University currently offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for more than 4000 students. To find out more, why not take a virtual tour of the campus here.

Hong Kong itself is a special administrative region of China (SAR). With a population of over 7.5 million people and over 200 islands it is known for being a cosmopolitan financial and technological hub. While Cantonese is the most common language, English and Mandarin are also spoken. Its rich history and western influence make it a unique destination to witness both the past and the future.

Programmes of study

DMU students on the following study programmes are eligible to apply to study on exchange at HSKYU: Creative Writing, English Language, English Literature, History, Accounting and Finance, Business Administration, Economics, International Business, Marketing, Journalism, Media, Health and Wellbeing, Psychology.

A tentative list of modules offered to exchange students can be found here. To view further details, select the relevant department from this page and check the programme structure.

Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. This includes enrolling into 4 courses or 12 credits (3 credits per course) per 15-week semester.

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest major airport to Hong Kong Shue Yan University is Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Upon arrival, an HKSYU student (exchange buddy) , will meet students at the airport to take them to their accommodation by the airport express train or bus.
  • Accommodation – guaranteed on-campus accommodation is available in the undergraduate residence hall. This is designed in a dormitory style and is gender-segregated by floor. Students usually reside in twin (approx. £180 per month) or triple (approx. £150 per month) rooms as single-occupancy rooms are limited. Rooms are en-suite with shared common areas and a pantry with basic equipment for food preparation. Further details are available here.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – to take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that meet Hong Kong immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in Hong Kong, and students are required to purchase their own policy. The insurance should cover, but is not limited to, travel, personal accidents, medical expenses (accident and non-accident), hospitalization and emergency evacuation/ repatriation.


Living costs in Hong Kong tend to vary therefore we recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Hong Kong: