Common Core Courses on Offer in the 2024 Summer Semester

Course Code Course Title Credits Class Quota Teaching Period Lecture Time Webpage
Science, Technology and Big Data
CCST6001 Change for a Better Self 3 60 Jul 4, 5, 8 – 12
CCST9054 War, Peace, and the Natural World
(offered in collaboration with HKU Summer Institute)
6 120 Jun 24 - Jul 19 9:30 am - 11:20 am, Mon, Wed & Fri
Arts and Humanities
CCHU9058 Nature in the City: Beyond the Concrete Jungle 6 120 Jun 24 - Jul 19 10:00 am – 12:50 pm, Tue & Thu
Global Issues
CCGL6001 Change for a Better Community 3 60 Jun 24 – Jul 2
CCGL9042 The Evolution of Civilization
(offered in collaboration with HKU Summer Institute)
6 120 Jun 24 - Jul 19 4:30 pm – 6:20 pm, Mon, Wed & Fri
China: Culture, State and Society
CCCH9018 Buddhism and Chinese Culture 6 120 Jun 24 - Jul 19 3:00 pm – 5:50 pm, Tue & Thu

3-credit Common Core Microcredential Courses

Each Common Core Microcredential Course (CCMC) carries 3 credits (and is counted as 0.5 course), resulting in stackable qualifications within the Common Core. These courses focus on undergraduate transdisciplinary learning and are conducted in a highly compressed format.

  • Workload hours:     60-90 hours, including 20 hours of contact compressed across one or two weeks
  • Assessments:         primarily project-based
  • Class quota:            60 in each course

CCMCs are optional, i.e. whether or not you take CCMCs (in place of one standard 6-credit CC course) for fulfilling the UG5(c) Common Core requirements, is at your discretion. However, if you opt to take CCMCs, you must take TWO of them, not more or less.

Please plan your CC course selection carefully and make sure you are on the right track for fulfilling the graduation requirements!

WHO should take Common Core courses in the summer?

Taking CC courses in the summer would be ideal for you if you wish to get some relief from your heavy workload during the regular semesters, have a compressed format, and are interested in meeting new friends from different parts of the world.

Since the summer semester is optional, you can take CC courses in the summer even if you have already successfully completed 24 credits of CC courses during the first and second semesters this year. Please note, however, that (i) the UG5 graduation requirement to successfully complete 36 credits of courses in the CC comprising at least one and not more than two courses from each Area if Inquiry (AoI) still applies; and (ii) CC courses cannot be taken as free electives.

  • If you have been granted Advanced Standing and/or Credit Transfer for CC credits and are in doubt as to how many CC credits or courses from which AoI(s) you are required to complete for fulfilling the graduation requirement on the CC, please consult your home Faculty.
  • The maximum study load per year is 72 credits (comprising the norm of 60 credits + 12 credits which may be taken on the students’ own volition). If you have already undertaken 72 credits in Semester 1 and Semester 2, you would need to apply to your home Faculty for undertaking special study load. Approval is necessary before you could enroll on any courses on SIS during the registration period.

HOW to enroll?

If you would like to enroll on summer CC courses, please select them online through the Student Information System (SIS) during June 11, 2024 (Tue) (10:00 am) – June 18, 2024 (Tue) (4:00 pm) (please see for details). The enrollment method is the same as the add/drop period of the regular semesters, and the course approval method is by auto-ballot. Please visit for more information about the approval process.

  • Time clash is strictly prohibited on SIS.
  • No additional tuition fees will be applied to HKU students taking CC courses during the summer semester for fulfilling the CC requirements.
  • Requests to add or drop a course beyond the designated enrollment period will not be considered, except under extenuating circumstances, e.g. on medical grounds.

Make the Common Core Your Own and Have a Great Summer!