Princeton Program: University of Hong Kong, Exchange in Architecture
Hong Kong, China
Exchange programs in both Architecture and Engineering are available to Princeton students at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), The exchange program in architecture is in the spring; the engineering program can be either fall or spring.
The course of study in HKU’s B.A. in Architectural Studies is centered on the design studio and structured to encourage a sense of community, self-discipline, and creativity. Students are organized in small groups working directly with staff tutors on guided research and design projects over the length of a full term. Design programs in the studios are based on topical issues while encouraging a wide range of approaches to functional, environmental, contextual, and symbolic challenges.
The University of Hong Kong is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong. It was founded in 1911 and opened in 1912 with teaching programs in medicine, engineering, and arts. Since then, the University has grown substantially and now embraces a wide range of teaching and research programs. The student population of the University (including postgraduate students) is approximately 22,150. There are ten faculties: Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Sciences. Each faculty has a faculty office, which provides advice on academic matters.
Hong Kong consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and more than 260 outlying islands. Most of the territory’s almost 7 million inhabitants live on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and various “New Towns” such as Ma On Shan and Tin Shui Wai. The rest of the New Territories is hilly and sparsely populated. Scattered throughout the region are fishermen and agricultural communities whose clans trace their Hong Kong ancestors back for centuries.