Undergraduate curriculum and clinical exposure
Elective students can experience undergraduate learning at the HKU Faculty of Dentistry which is future-oriented and builds on its international reputation as an integrated, student-centered, inquiry/problem-based educational experience.
Elective students could observe the first-class teaching and state-of-the-art learning facilities at the newly established specialist dental clinic – The Institute for Advanced Dentistry Multi-Specialty Clinic (IAD-MSC), which located at Sai Wan (HKU MTR Exit B1). The IAD-MSC is a Centre of Excellence created to manage complex and severe oral conditions.
Also the elective students can observe the modern Simulation Laboratory for dental students’ self-practice and comprehensive and advanced library holdings.
You can also learn from our professoriate and teaching staff who are international both by origin and academic background, many of whom are highly recognized experts in their domain in the world.
Elective students can also observe our well integrated patient care with highly-skilled dedicated manpower to assist learning, such as dental surgery assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians and laboratory technicians.
HKU Dentistry has an excellent research output which is supported by an outstanding infrastructure, which includes state-of-the-art central research laboratories and fully qualified technicians and support staff. Our researchers have an international reputation and have won awards for their research output and expert supervisory skills. Elective students who chose to carry out research projects have the opportunity to gain research experience and meeting people that can led to future collaborations, especially for those wishing to take up an academic career.
Guidelines for Incoming Electives
Applications from dental students who wish to spend an elective period in the Faculty of Dentistry are considered in the light of the applicant’s previous experience as an undergraduate, the proposed area of study, and the capacity of the Faculty to accept the applicant for the chosen period.
In each case applications should be endorsed by the Dean of the applicant’s dental school or another nominated responsible person. Elective studentships are approved for periods normally between one and two weeks. Opportunities for elective study during the months of July and August may be limited.
Non-local students who have been admitted for an elective programme at the Faculty of Dentistry are required to apply for a student visa. In general, the HK Immigration Department takes around 6-8 weeks to process student visa applications.Students should send their visa application documents to CEDARS.
Elective students work under the supervision of a nominated full time teacher in the Dental Faculty, who is responsible for arranging the study programme.
There are no formal provisions, at present, for visiting elective students to undertake tasks which involve patient treatment and clinical care.
It is not usually possible to arrange programmes involving work of a specialised nature which does not fall within the Faculty’s existing activities.
No fee is charged for elective periods of study, and no stipend is paid to the student.
The University is NOT responsible for obtaining accommodation for students who should, if possible, make their own arrangements with friends, family, etc. in Hong Kong. If satisfactory arrangements cannot be made for an applicant’s accommodation, he/she will not be accepted for an elective attachment.
Accommodation may occasionally be available in a University hall of residence. Further information may be obtained from:Centre of Development and Resources for Students – Campus Life
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2859 2305
Fax: (852) 2546 0184
An applicant should have sufficient finances to cover expenses during the period in Hong Kong.
Elective students are strongly advised to arrange medical insurance cover for the period of their stay in Hong Kong, as the University itself cannot undertake to provide medical care.
Applications should be made by completing Parts I and II of the attached application form
(document D.87/104: Appendix A) and return to:Dr Dissanayaka, Waruna Lakmal
The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Dentistry
Prince Philip Dental Hospital
34 Hospital Road
Fax: (852) 2858 6114
A copy of your protocol should be sent with the application form if you plan to conduct a small research project in Hong Kong during your elective study.
Download Application for Elective Study
Overseas students should apply for their elective study at least 6 months ahead of their proposed date of visit because it takes time to find a supervising teacher and student visa application.