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For centuries Hong Kong has been a key city in East / West relations. After the First Opium War in the nineteenth century Hong Kong was occupied by and eventually ceded to the British Empire. The territory was established as a free port due to its location on the South China Sea and its naturally deep harbor. For the rest of the nineteenth and most of the twentieth century Hong Kong served as a valuable trading post for China and much of Europe.

Hong Kong Skyline at Night

After WWII and the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China many Chinese citizens and businesses fled to Hong Kong, setting the groundwork for a rapid increase in industrialization from the 1950s onward. On July 1, 1997 Britain officially relinquished sovereignty of the area to the People’s Republic of China. It has remained a “Special Administrative Region” of China. Citizens of Hong Kong enjoy the protections of a constitution and a legal tradition based on the Common Law of England.

The University of Hong Kong was established in 1911 and enjoys a reputation of legal excellence throughout China and the world. The Faculty of Law is regarded as the best law school in Hong Kong and in the top tier of the Asia-Pacific area. The law school was founded in 1969 and its graduates have formed a rich mosaic of business leaders, academics, and civil servants. The law school has a large undergraduate population and a smaller JD and postgraduate population.

Hong Kong at Dusk

Visitors to Hong Kong enjoy a rich and vibrant culture from their first day. Hong Kong boasts an impressive cultural and night life as well as a rich and varied assortment of cuisines. Many students enjoy the opportunities for shopping in the city. Students who enjoy the outdoors have access to beaches, city parks, hiking trails, cycling roads, nature parks, and beaches on the outlying islands.

A tram line circumnavigates the city.

Additional Resources

HKU's Centre of Development and Resources (CEDARS) publishes a useful guide for international students detailing campus resources, travel information, financial advice, and even culinary suggestions. CEDARS also offers a guide to obtaining your student visa (PDF) to study in Hong Kong. The faculty of law also offers course selection directions for incoming exchange students. Interested students should also consult HKU's yearly academic calendar. U.S. citizens planning to study for a semester do need to get a student visa. The CEDARS unit of HKU provides information on the steps required to secure this visa before traveling to Hong Kong.

Second- and third-year UNC law students take 12-15 credit hours at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) which are applicable toward their J.D. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. Students are able to choose from a broad spectrum of classes to fit their particular interests. Students interested in studying at Hong Kong University should meet with the Office of International Programs by early October for a spring semester exchange and by early March for a fall semester exchange

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