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Shatin, Hong Kong (Outgoing Program)
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Chinese University of Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong
Year Established: 1963
Student population: 20,000 (3,400 international students)
University ranking: 129
As the second oldest university in Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a leading comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. Overlooking the scenic Tolo Harbour, the University has 61 departments under the Faculties of Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Science with over 20,000 students undertaking undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes.

CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong with a college system. The University’s nine Colleges include Chung Chi, New Asia, United, Shaw, Morningside, S.H. Ho, C.W. Chu, Wu Yee Sun and Lee Woo Sing. Each undergraduate student is affiliated with one of the Colleges, which offer accommodation, informal learning and academic and cultural immersion to students.

CUHK’s nine residential colleges each has a distinct feel, with its own community, facilities and extra-curricular activities. Students interact closely with teachers and enjoy many non-formal learning opportunities at college level. Overlooking Tolo Harbour, the attractive campus is the largest and greenest in Hong Kong, housing a range of facilities including libraries, art museums, music halls, a swimming pool and sporting facilities.

Unique characteristics
CUHK has over 60 academic departments in eight faculties and offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.  CUHK is bilingual and multicultural, with general education courses to broaden students' perspective.

One of the most densely populated cities in the world which combines Chinese tradition with Western lifestyle, Hong Kong is a must-see destination in Asia!  As well as the towering skyscrapers, pulsing nightlife and eclectic food and shopping, you can explore the beautiful mountains, parks and islands that make up 70 per cent of Hong Kong. The CUHK campus is located near Sha Tin, 30 minutes by train from downtown Kowloon and 20 minutes to the Lo Wu border. From here you can do some great hiking, cycling and nature tours.

Hong Kong - Chinese University

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at CUHK. 

Courses offered in previous years can be used as a reference to what will be offered in 2019-2020, and are available at -> Teaching Timetable / Classroom Booking -> Teaching Timetable -> Full-time Undergraduate -> Teaching Timetable.

Subject Area/s:

Arts & Social Science




Social Work


Exclusions: Professional courses offered by the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, the MBA Programmes, and Putonghua/Cantonese courses designed for degree candidates.

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Fall Term: August/September - December
Spring Term: January - May

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney


24 cpts

15 credits

Most 3-unit courses are composed of 3 hours of lecture or 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week. Assessment may include any one or a combination of the following: attendance, class work, written work, laboratory work, field work, research papers, tests, examinations, and any other assessment.

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
A-F grades on a 4.0 grading scale.  More information is found on CUHK's grading system website.

Transcripts Issued by Partner
CUHK will send your official CUHK transcript to The University of Sydney, shortly after the completion of the CUHK semester.


Language of Instruction
Cantonese is the main spoken language in Hong Kong, but CUHK is a multilingual university, with English or Putonghua (Mandarin) used as the languages of instruction for many courses. Cantonese language courses are available.  Most undergraduate exchange students can take a maximum of 2 units of language study each term without paying additional tuition fees.  Postgraduate exchange students are required to pay tuition for taking Chinese proficiency courses.


What is Hong Kong like?
Hong Kong is a vibrant and exciting city, and is only a 9 hour flight away from Sydney!  Hong Kong offers great food, festivals and events all year round, so there is something for everyone.  Find out more by visiting the Discover Hong Kong website.

Undergraduate exchange students are guaranteed on-campus accommodation for the duration of the program, and can choose double or triple rooms.  You can find more on what's offered at the CUHK Campus Life website.   

Cost of Living
Living on campus at CUHK is relatively affordable.  You can expect to spend approximately $41,930 Hong Kong Dollars over the course of the semester on Accommodation, Meals, Books and Supplies, Local Transportation, Visa and Administration Fees.  Note: this amount is a guide only and only takes into account living on campus at CUHK.  Information is always subject to change and will vary on an individual's lifestyle, budget and individual preferences.  Visit a currency converter website like to assist with your budget and planning.

You will be required to obtain health insurance valid during your CUHK exchange.  The University Health Service at CUHK provides free primary health care and clinical services to all exchange students. Exchange students should arrange additional accidental and medical insurance at their own cost during their stay in Hong Kong to cover their travelling around Asia.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
The CUHK Office of Academic Links will be your contacts before and during your exchange.  Please see their comprehensive website to assist with your planning. 

Semester/Term Dates
Tentative dates for the 2019-2020 Academic Year are found on the online calendar.

A comprehensive orientation programme is available for exchange students before the start of each academic term.  It covers the curriculum, student life at the university, Chinese culture, Hong Kong society and support services provided by the university. The orientation programme includes accommodation check-in, a briefing on practical matters and university services, a briefing on course registration, academic counselling, welcoming events and a city tour. It is also an excellent opportunity to make friends with other exchange and study-abroad students.

Student Services 
A full-range of Student Services, support and assistance is available to exchange students. 

If you do not have a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card, you will need to apply for a student visa from the Hong Kong Immigration Department through the Office of Academic Links (OAL), your local sponsor, before coming to Hong Kong.  Full information on the visa process is available on the CUHK OAL website.  

Please ensure that you also refer to the official information from the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Student Experiences

Lewis Manalili
Bachelor of International and Global Studies, Winter Period, 2016

Hong Kong Highlights
Victoria Peak, the Big Buddha, Ocean Park, Hong Kong Disneyland, Temple Street Night Markets, Ladies Market in Mong Kok.

Uni Life
There is quite an avid and unique university culture at CUHK. This is given the fact that most of the students live on campus at the residential colleges, which allows them to get involved in a whole array of different activities.

I had classes for 3 days of the week, with one morning class and one afternoon class, each lasting 2 hrs. and 15 minutes long, with a two-hour break in between. There were up to 50 students in each of my classes - with a wide spread of different cultures, backgrounds and nationalities. In terms of assessment both of my units had mid-course and final exams, whilst one also had a group presentation. Classes were mainly a mix between a lecture and a seminar.

I lived in a residential college on campus. I shared a room with a student from mainland China.

Money Matters
I originally budgeted around $5,000 AUD, but I found that I actually spent less than half of what I originally thought would be adequate. My budget was split into food, transport and various activities. I did not work on this trip, seeing as it was only a short-term exchange.

There are a diverse array of food choices in Hong Kong, from traditional Cantonese style dishes to familiar western delights. I would recommend trying some street food, egg tarts and eating at Tim Ho Wan (which happens to be the cheapest and most affordable Michelin Star Restaurant in the world!).

Getting Around
It is very easy to get around Hong Kong. The MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is the most common form of transportation. Trains are extremely frequent (3-5 minute wait at most) and it was relatively easy to navigate the various lines.

My exchange was during the summer break, and it was very, very hot. But the summertime is the best period to get to know Hong Kong! Everyone is out and about, the cities are always buzzing with life. I recommend trying everything and getting involved in as many activities, trips and day-outs with friends as possible, you'll regret it if you don't. But don't sacrifice your entire budget for a fun time out. Maybe treat yourself once in a while, but don't go overboard. There are many things you can do in Hong Kong without having to fork out lots of money and these are usually the best!

Top Tips
Think about what you want to get out of exchange at a detailed level. Whether it’s the academics, the destination, the social life etc. Don't predicate your choices simply on convenience or cheapness. Choose a place where you genuinely would like to live in and study in. But it’s all about weighing up expectations and hopes with the material reality of going on a specific exchange. CUHK is an amazing university, with great facilities, and with extremely hospitable staff. The programme was very well coordinated and organised. The university organises multiple trips which show you the best of Hong Kong, and these were free of charge and were some of the most difficult places to get to. Overall it was an amazing experience and well worth it!
Lewis Manalili - CUHK
Read more experiences from CUHK here!

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