As you have navigated your journey at the University for over a year, you should have a clear understanding of your curriculum requirements, course selection procedures, etc. (click here for a quick reminder). You are now ready to focus on your major and explore additional aspects of your University life:
HKU is implementing a University-wide Academic Advising System to help our students to make full use of the opportunities provided by the University. With effect from 2012, Faculties will make available advisers for each Major and Minor programme, or, for Faculties offering professional curricula, advisers for each curriculum or year of study.
The mission of AAO is to provide quality service to support and enhance the academic success and development of undergraduate students. We are staffed with an academic adviser and experienced administrators who are there to help you. While you are encouraged to meet and consult your Academic Advisers in respective Departments and Faculties regarding course selection, majors and minors programmes, our advisers in the AAO are happy to sit down with you and guide you through relevant degree requirements, academic regulations and procedures, and to provide you with information about cross-faculty learning opportunities. Come and visit us at Room 07, Upper Ground Floor, Knowles Building!
As there are so many exiting activities and opportunities competing for your time and effort, good academic planning is essential to successful University studies. If you do not have a systematic study plan yet, it is never too late to start your planning now. Remember, your Faculty Academic Adviser and the academic adviser of AAO are ready to help if you have difficulties in working out the study plan.
Students who are not taking a “Professional Core” curriculum will be required to declare Major(s). Students can also choose a discipline as their Minor if they so wish. Before you make this important decision, do spend some time thinking about your real interest and assessing your strengths and limitations. You can also make a list of the courses you are interested in and then explore if they match the requirements of a particular major. At the same time, look at the Major and Minor section and find out more about the prerequisites and other requirements of the majors/minors that attract you.
There is no shortcut to academic success. However, there are some useful skills and tips that will help you study in a smart way.
A Capstone Experience is an important component of HKU’s 4-Year Undergraduate Curriculum. It is an integral part of the major programme or the “professional core” of the professional curricula, and may be a designated course or a sequence or a group of courses, in the form of undergraduate research, field work project, internship, practicum and so on.
In this increasingly globalised society, it is important for University students to have an international outlook, be able to analyze and understand problems from a cross-cultural perspective and become global citizens. The Office of International Student Exchange provides ample opportunities for students to gain international exposure through programmes with over 180 partner institutions in 26 countries.
There are many internship possibilities for students at HKU. The Careers and Placement Service of CEDARS is dedicated to source many local and overseas internship opportunities for you. There are also lots of internship opportunities arranged by Faculties. For example, the website of Faculty of Business and Economics has a very comprehensive list of internship opportunities for its students.
Service Learning is a valuable experience for students to learn through serving and offering assistance to others. Students will find great fulfillment in the process of “Learning to Serve”. There are many service learning programmes organised both by CEDARS as well as different Faculties.
Prepare for Graduation
If you are a final year student, it is now time for you to plan for your future study after graduation.
Choosing a career means more than finding a means of making a living. It is an important decision that shape your personal and life goals. It is never too early to plan for your career. Career and Placement Service of CEDARS provides a huge amount of resources that help a student to draw up their career plan and get prepared for job interviews. It organises career related seminars, trainings and workshops that students can enroll in and has an online job board for students.
HKU offers high-quality MPhil and PhD research postgraduate programmes in numerous advanced research areas and more than 110 full-time and part-time taught postgraduate programmes.
There are a lot of resources for you if you are considering whether to pursue postgraduate studies overseas.
- Study in the Commonwealth
- Study in UK – British Council
- Study in US – EducationUSA
- Study in Germany – DAAD
- Study in Canada – Council of Ministers of Education