UBC Sauder – HKU Dual Degree program

The UBC Sauder-HKU Dual Degree is a four-year program in which you will spend two years in Vancouver and two years in Hong Kong, gaining a global business education, and graduating with two degrees: A Bachelor of Commerce from UBC Sauder and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong. You must complete a total of 146 credits (145 credits for students who started in 2021W), a choice of five HKU majors, and one of nine UBC Sauder options in which to specialize.

General program requirements

Dual Degree students are expected to successfully complete first year of the University of Hong Kong undergraduate curriculum in order to come to UBC. All students follow the rules and regulations of the university they are attending at the time.

You can choose to specialize in a different discipline at each university. For example, you can graduate from UBC Sauder with an option in Business Technology Management and graduate from HKU with a specialization in Finance. You may find that you want to pursue an option at UBC Sauder that complements your HKU major or one that is entirely different. It’s up to you to decide which study paths best suit your future goals and aspirations.

We've mapped out the requirements of your Dual Degree program over a four-year period. Keep in mind that this is just a guide – you may want to join the Co-op program, take a term abroad on exchange, take some of your courses in a different sequence, or participate in one of many other co-curricular opportunities – any of which could take you on a slightly different learning path. That's okay! Just be aware of course prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions, and promotion and continuation requirements when planning your program.

Keep in mind that you have six years to finish your degree requirements from the date that you were first admitted to the Dual Degree program.

  • Year 1 entry in 2022W and onwards
  • Year 1 entry in 2021W

Year 1 entry in 2022W and onwards

The following requirements apply to students who:

  • entered directly to Year 1 of the Dual Degree program in 2022 and onwards.

Jump to: Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

 

Year 1 at the University of Hong Kong

In addition to taking HKU BBA course requirements, you will fulfill some of the Year 1 BCom requirements including the equivalents of ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics, MATH 100 Differential Calculus with Applications, COMM 191 Application of Statistics in Business, as well as electives.

See the HKU website for year 1 program planning details.

 

Year 2 at the UBC Sauder School of Business

Year 2

COMM 105

Values, Ethics, and Community

3

COMM 190

Introduction to Quantitative Decision Making 

3

COMM 192

Management and Organizational Behaviour

3

COMM 1961

Business Communications I

3

COMM 202

Career Fundamentals

1

COMM 203 

Managing the Employment Relationship 

COMM 204 

Logistics and Operations Management 

3

COMM 205

Introduction to Management Information Systems 

3

COMM 293

Financial Accounting

3

COMM 294

Managerial Accounting

3

COMM 2952

Managerial Economics

3

COMM 296

Introduction to Marketing

3

COMM 298

Introduction to Finance

3

Total credits

37

1 You must attain a minimum of 60% or a 'C' in COMM 196. 
2 You may take ECON 301 and ECON 303 (both must be completed) instead of COMM 295 to fulfill this requirement. Three of the six credits will apply to your non-Commerce electives requirement.

Continuation in the BCom program

A winter session average of ≥60% based on all courses attempted from September to April is required to continue in the program at all year levels. This is a weighted average, taking course credit values into consideration, and does include any failing grades. 

If your winter session average falls below 60%, you will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to discontinue your studies at UBC for a period of at least one year. Decimals are not rounded (i.e., a winter session average of 59.9% would be a failed year). Courses taken during the summer session (May to August) are not included in the winter session average.

 

Promotion to Year 3

You will be promoted to Year 3 if you have met all of the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of 49 credits including:
    • all Year 1 requirements—including COMM 105, COMM 190, COMM 191 (or equivalent), COMM 192, COMM 1963, ECON 101 (or equivalent), ECON 102 (or equivalent), MATH 100 (or equivalent) 
    • at least four3 of COMM 203, COMM 204, COMM 205, COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 296, COMM 298.
3 If you have not successfully completed COMM 196 in Year 2, you must complete it in Year 3. A minimum grade of 60% in the course is required, however, a passing grade of 50% or greater can be used for the purpose of promotion to Year 3. In such cases, COMM 196 must be retaken to achieve a grade of 60% or greater.
While a minimum of four of COMM 203, COMM 204, COMM 205, COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 296, COMM 298 are required for promotion to Year 3, all eight courses must be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements. 

 

Year 3 at the UBC Sauder School of Business

Year 3

All of the following courses:

COMM 393

Commercial Law

3

COMM 394

Environment, Society, and Government

3

COMM 3964 

Business Communications II

3

Option Core5

Required courses for option

12-15

COMM 400 

Capstone Activity

1

COMM 491

Strategic Management

3

BBA requirements and BCom electives6

9-12

Total credits

37

4 You must attain a minimum of 60% or a 'C' in your Business Communications II course.
5 A minimum 50% of your option courses must be completed at UBC. Any option courses not completed at UBC must be completed at HKU.
6 See electives page for requirements and restrictions. Depending on your option, 45-48 elective credits must be completed prior to graduation. Upon approval, HKU Common Core, Major courses, and select other courses can be used to fulfill elective requirements.

Continuation in the BCom program

A winter session average of ≥60% based on all courses attempted from September to April is required to continue in the program at all year levels. This is a weighted average, taking course credit values into consideration, and does include any failing grades. If you participate in a study abroad and exchange program during the winter session, grades earned on exchange will be included in the calculation. 

If your winter session average falls below 60%, you will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to discontinue your studies at UBC for a period of at least one year. Decimals are not rounded (i.e., a winter session average of 59.9% would be a failed year). Courses taken during the summer session (May to August) are not included in the winter session average.

 

Year 4 at the University of Hong Kong

In addition to taking HKU BBA program requirements, you will fulfill any outstanding BCom option, core requirements and elective requirements.

See the HKU website for year 4 program planning details. 

 

Graduation

Once you have fulfilled your BCom degree requirements, it’s time to apply to graduate

 

Continuation in the BCom program

If you have not completed all of your requirements for graduation, you may still continue in the next winter session, remaining in Year 4, provided your winter session average is greater than or equal to 60% on all courses attempted from September to April. You must achieve the minimum 60% continuation requirement by the end of the current winter session in April. When planning your studies, keep in mind that you must complete all of your degree requirements within six years of entering the program to be conferred a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC.

Year 1 entry in 2021W

The following requirements apply to students who:

  • entered directly to Year 1 of the Dual Degree program in 2021.

Jump to: Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

 

Year 1 at the University of Hong Kong

In addition to taking HKU BBA course requirements, you will fulfill some of the Year 1 BCom requirements including the equivalents of ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics, MATH 104 Differential Calculus, COMM 291 Application of Statistics in Business, WRDS 150 Writing and Research, as well as electives.

See the HKU website for year 1 program planning details.

 

Year 2 at the UBC Sauder School of Business

Year 2

COMM 202

Career Fundamentals

1

COMM 203 

Managing the Employment Relationship 

3

COMM 204 

Logistics and Operations Management 

3

COMM 205

Introduction to Management Information Systems 

3

COMM 290

Introduction to Quantitative Decision Making 

COMM 292

Management and Organizational Behaviour

3

COMM 293

Financial Accounting

3

COMM 294

Managerial Accounting

3

COMM 2951

Managerial Economics

3

COMM 296

Introduction to Marketing

3

COMM 298

Introduction to Finance

3

Six credits of non-Commerce electives2 

6

Total credits

37

1 You may take ECON 301 and ECON 303 (both must be completed) instead of COMM 295 to fulfill this requirement. Three of the six credits will apply to your non-Commerce electives requirement.
2 See electives page for requirements and restrictions. Depending on your option, 45-48 elective credits must be completed prior to graduation. Upon approval, HKU Common Core, Major courses, and select other courses can be used to fulfill elective requirements.
Continuation in the BCom program

A winter session average of ≥60% based on all courses attempted from September to April is required to continue in the program at all year levels. This is a weighted average, taking course credit values into consideration, and does include any failing grades. 

If your winter session average falls below 60%, you will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to discontinue your studies at UBC for a period of at least one year. Decimals are not rounded (i.e., a winter session average of 59.9% would be a failed year). Courses taken during the summer session (May to August) are not included in the winter session average.

 

Promotion to Year 3

To be promoted to Year 3, you must have completed 48 credits including all Year 1 requirements—including COMM 290, COMM 291, COMM 292, ECON 101, ECON 102, MATH 104 and WRDS 150—as well as at least four3 of COMM 203, COMM 204, COMM 205, COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 296, COMM 298. 

3 While a minimum of four of COMM 203, COMM 204, COMM 205, COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 296, COMM 298 are required for promotion to Year 3, all eight courses must be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements. 

 

Year 3 at the UBC Sauder School of Business

Year 3

All of the following courses:

COMM 3904

Business Writing

3

COMM 393

Commercial Law

3

COMM 394

Environment, Society, and Government

3

COMM 395

Business Communications 

3

Option Core5

Required courses for option

12-15

BBA requirements and BCom electives6

9-12

Total credits

36

4 You must attain a minimum of 60% or a 'C' in your Business Writing course.
5 A minimum 50% of your option courses must be completed at UBC. Any option courses not completed at UBC must be completed at HKU.
6 See electives page for requirements and restrictions. Depending on your option, 45-48 elective credits must be completed prior to graduation. Upon approval, HKU Common Core, Major courses, and select other courses can be used to fulfill elective requirements.
Continuation in the BCom program

A winter session average of ≥60% based on all courses attempted from September to April is required to continue in the program at all year levels. This is a weighted average, taking course credit values into consideration, and does include any failing grades. If you participate in a study abroad and exchange program during the winter session, grades earned on exchange will be included in the calculation. 

If your winter session average falls below 60%, you will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to discontinue your studies at UBC for a period of at least one year. Decimals are not rounded (i.e., a winter session average of 59.9% would be a failed year). Courses taken during the summer session (May to August) are not included in the winter session average.

 

Year 4 at the University of Hong Kong

In addition to taking HKU BBA program requirements, you will fulfill your BCom capstone requirement by taking the equivalent of COMM 491 Strategic Management, along with any outstanding BCom option and elective requirements.

See the HKU website for year 4 program planning details. 

 

Graduation

Once you have fulfilled your BCom degree requirements, it’s time to apply to graduate

 

Continuation in the BCom program

If you have not completed all of your requirements for graduation, you may still continue in the next winter session, remaining in Year 4, provided your winter session average is greater than or equal to 60% on all courses attempted from September to April. You must achieve the minimum 60% continuation requirement by the end of the current winter session in April. When planning your studies, keep in mind that you must complete all of your degree requirements within six years of entering the program to be conferred a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC.

Program advising

If you are registered in the UBC Sauder-HKU Dual Degree and have questions about transitioning to UBC Sauder, please contact International Programs and Awards Advisor, Ann Gilray at ann.gilray@sauder.ubc.ca or book an appointment.


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