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Why HKU-UC Berkeley

Established in 1911, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the territory's oldest institute of higher learning and also an internationally recognised, research-led comprehensive university.  Located in a tech hub with a thriving digital economy, The University of California, Berkeley is the number one public university in the world that is internationally renowned for excellence and pioneering achievements across all disciplines. With a multidisciplinary education in Asia and North America, you can open up limitless opportunities in the global job market and develop your local and global network!


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Two Top Schools, Two Degrees

In this programme, you will spend your first and second years in Hong Kong and your third and fourth years in California to earn two degrees over four years. You can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Sciences from HKU and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, Berkeley upon successful completion of this four-year programme. 


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A Leading Education

During the exclusive four-year programme, you will pursue your studies in two world-leading universities with distinctive academic and cultural environments in Asia and North America. Capitalise on the strengths of two world-class institutions and enjoy a wide choice of study options with the flexibility to pursue courses related to Arts and Social Sciences.

Fees and Scholarships

Tuition fees are to be paid to each host institution (Years 1 and 2 to HKU and Years 3 and 4 to UC Berkeley) and are fixed at the time of enrolment.

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Tuition fees

Determine your residency status, and then review undergraduate tuition and fees for the current academic year. More information on tuition can be found here.

Cost of living estimates can be found here.

HKD182,000 per year*

*Students with the right of abode in Hong Kong will pay local fees of HKD42,100 per year.


You can find application details and available hall options here. 

UC Berkeley

Multiple housing options are available to students in the Dual Degree program. Please find the housing options at UC Berkeley here.


Successful applicants will automatically be considered for the HKU Foundation Entrance Scholarship, which may grant up to full coverage of tuition fees and living expenses. Learn more. 

UC Berkeley

U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens may apply for and receive need-based financial aid through the Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships office during the two years at UC Berkeley.

Foreign nationals who will be studying at Berkeley through a visa can review the Berkeley International Office’s webpage on Financial Aid for International Students.


How to apply

All students are admitted to the program as Freshmen (first-year students). Students may not transfer into the program. Applicants complete the HKU – UC Berkeley Supplemental Application and the standard UC application. Complete information on how to apply to UC Berkeley can be found here.

You must meet the general admission and programme-specific requirements for HKU and UC Berkeley. Please refer to the admissions requirements for each institution for more information. All applicants will be required to prove English language competency.

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Applicants complete the HKU – UC Berkeley Supplemental Application and the standard UC application. Complete information on how to apply to UC Berkeley can be found here.

Please note that the supplemental application is for students who are interested in being considered for the Dual Degree program between the University of California, Berkeley and The University of Hong Kong (HKU). You are required to have first completed the application to the University of California before launching the supplemental application.

University of California Application form*

* You must first create an account before you can access the HKU – UC Berkeley Supplemental application. This account is not linked to the account you will create for the University of California application.

Students who have submitted an application to this Dual Degree program will also be considered for the respective bachelor degree at both HKU and Berkeley. No separate application is required except for students completing the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE). Please refer to the information below.

Supplemental Application Essay Question:

In 750 to 1,000 words, describe the motivations that have led you to apply to the Dual Degree program. Explain how and why the multidisciplinary educational environments at The University and Hong Kong (at the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Social Sciences) and at Berkeley (within the College of Letters & Science) will help you to achieve your intellectual, personal, and professional aspirations. You may also choose to explain how you foresee your involvement in campus life outside of the classroom.

The essay should be written in English.

An online interview with shortlisted candidates will be carried out during the evaluation process.

Special note for Hong Kong students completing the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education: HKDSE students are also required to submit an application for the relevant bachelor degree programme at HKU via JUPAS.

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