Important Academic Dates

Semester 1
Semester 2
University Holidays
First Day of Teaching:
1 September 2020
First Day of Teaching:
18 January 2021
Christmas Eve:
24 December 2020
Reading Week:
12 – 17 October 2020
Class Suspension Period:
12 – 18 February 2021
New Year’s Eve:
31 December 2020 (p.m.)
Last Day of Teaching:
30 November 2020
Reading Week:
8 – 13 March 2021
Lunar New Year’s Eve:
11 February 2021 (p.m.)
Last Day of Teaching:
30 Apr 2021
Foundation Day:
16 March 2021

Find out more in the HKU Calendar.


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Writing Guidelines

Policies on Plagiarism

To plagiarize is to copy writing or ideas from someone else without acknowledging that person as your source. Plagiarism is a serious offense, equivalent to cheating or stealing. Students caught plagiarizing usually fail the plagiarized assignment and may fail the course. They can also be referred to the faculty or university for disciplinary action. Students often commit plagiarism unintentionally due to their failure to correctly use footnotes or endnotes in their written work. Learn to keep track of your sources, use quotation marks to indicate any phrase, sentence, or special term taken from other writers, and include footnotes or endnotes, as well as a bibliography, to give credit for all your sources.

Inclusive Language

The University of Hong Kong and the School of Humanities is committed to creating, promoting and maintaining an environment for staff and students which provides equality of opportunity and is free of any discrimination or harassment. We encourage all students to adopt the principles of inclusive language in their academic work, whether written or spoken. Inclusive language helps to reduce discrimination by promoting a balanced and considerate engagement with social diversity. It avoids words and phrases that stereotype, marginalise and demean social groups.

The department requires every student essay to include this signed statement:

“I certify that I am the author of this essay and I have not copied any writing or ideas from any other source, whether published or unpublished, except those that are cited in the footnotes.”

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University Support

Academic Advising

HKU offers various kinds of academic advisings to support students in clarifying their academic, career and life goals, and provide guidance in developing their academic goals and study plan.

Student Development

CEDARS provides provide comprehensive student services on housing, financial support, visa matters, employment preparation, professional counselling, SEN support, as well as a spectrum of co-curricular learning and service opportunities.

Equal Opportunities

The Equal Opportunities Unit handles discrimination/ harassment complaints and enquiries. It also works with CEDARS to provide SEN support and counseling services.

EO Unit