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Pre-arrival Checklist

Pre-arrival Checklist

Arrange for Your Arrival
  • Refer to your Admission Letter for detailed information on arrival arrangements. This tells you when the semester and student hall check-in begin.
  • Upon request, please provide the GAO with your arrival details.
  • Arrive before the semester begins to attend our Orientation Programme.
Purchase Insurance
  • Although Hong Kong is generally regarded as a safe city, you should ensure you have adequate insurance to cover unexpected events.
  • Make your own arrangements for travel and health insurance, which should cover the entire period of your studies in Hong Kong. This is mandatory and you will be asked to show evidence of such insurance and the coverage policy prior to departure for EdUHK. Insurance should include:

    - Travel
    - Personal accident
    - Medical expenses (accident and non-accident)
    - Hospitalisation, and
    - Emergency evacuation/repatriation

Talk to Our Student Buddies
  • Our well-established Buddy Programme enables you to get in touch with local students even before you arrive.
  • Each exchange student is matched with one EdUHK student (student buddy), who will contact you ahead of your departure and be on hand once you reach EdUHK.
  • Get to know our buddy and don’t miss out this great way to make new friends and explore Hong Kong and its culture.
Before Setting Off

Ahead of your departure, you should:

  • Read through all documents and emails from GAO.
  • Complete and submit all documents/forms, e.g. complete your online accommodation application.
  • Make sure you have received your visa label from GAO and stick it in your passport.
  • Send an e-copy of your insurance, including travel insurance, to GAO.
  • Remember to inform GAO of your arrival details when requested.
Things to Bring

Check with your airline about the baggage allowance and the number of bags you will be allowed to take with your particular ticket!


  • Passport with valid study visa (for exchange students) or training visa (for student-teachers). You must show your visa permit to the Immigration Officer upon arrival in Hong Kong as he/she needs to stamp on your visa permit to activate your visa
  • Copy of your personal insurance policy
  • Sufficient money for accommodation fees, transportation and living expenses
  • Regular medication (if any) and a copy of the prescription
  • Bed sheets, blanket and pillows, as these are not provided by EdUHK residential halls
  • Suit or jacket and tie for formal occasions
  • Casual wear e.g. jeans, t-shirts
  • Clothes for sports activities
  • Extra pair of shoes or clothing if you are above average size
  • Mementos from home e.g. music, books
  • Photo album with pictures of your family, friends, home and school
  • National costume and items for cultural activities at EdUHK
  • Preferably you should obtain some Hong Kong dollars prior to your arrival. Alternatively, you can use the money exchange services at Hong Kong International Airport and local banks.


  • Laptop computer
  • Electricity transformer – Hong Kong uses 220V
  • Books and stationery
  • Electrical appliances e.g. hairdryer
Arrival Pick-up Services
  • GAO runs an airport pick-up service close to the start of term and detailed information will be sent to you before your arrival.
Arrange for Your Arrival
Arrange for Your Arrival
Arrange for Your Arrival