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Education Abroad Office

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Hong Kong
Country: Hong Kong
Term: Fall, Spring, Academic Year
Website: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The UofSC exchange with the Chinese University of Hong Kong is designed to introduce students to Chinese culture and language. CUHK is a comprehensive research university with over 22,000 students enrolled. According to the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities, CUHK is the highest ranked university in Hong Kong and is in the top 200 universities worldwide. CUHK's courses offer students the opportunity to gain a solid knowledge of Asian (especially Chinese) perspectives and develop a global vision. Programs are offered in over 50 different departments, including Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Public Health, Science, and Social Science. The campus is located in the Shatin, New Territories region of Hong Kong, and is easily accessible by public transportation.

Hong Kong is on the University Travel Warning List. Students interested in going on this exchange program will need to complete the Higher Risk Travel Petition process.

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0, undergraduate standing

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to UofSC. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Hong Kong. While costs at CUHK campus are comparable to UofSC, CUHK recommends that students budget approximately $1185 for accomodation, $640 for books and supplies, $3,820 for meals, and $400 for transportation for a semester. Hong Kong is an expensive city and students should plan accordingly, especially if they plan to travel or frequently go into downtown Hong Kong.

As CUHK is a multi-lingual university, courses may be taught in English, Cantonese, and Putonghua (Mandarin). Exchange students will typically take all coursework in English. Students wishing to take courses taught in Chinese must have successfully completed a minimum of five semesters of college-level Chinese.

Students typically earn 12-15 USC credit hours per semester. Instruction at CUHK is typically lecture-based and requires students to study independently outside of class. UofSC students will have the option to take up to 6 credits of either Cantonese or Putonghua language course at 4 different levels.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

CUHK provides business and governmental field trips, along with a full day sight-seeing excursion of Hong Kong. CUHK offers over 200 student clubs, such as photography, kung fu, debate, and the International Club. CUHK offers extensive sports facilities on-campus, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, three gyms, 14 tennis courts, and more. CUHK also offers a "Buddy Program", which matches exchange students with locals to share cultural knowledge and understanding.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Accommodation in an on-campus dormitory is guaranteed to all exchange students at CUHK. All rooms are double or triple occupancy (no single rooms are available), and may include a local student who has expressed interest in an international roommate. Dormitories at CUHK cost approximately 5800 HK dollars per semester. There are student cafeterias on-campus and dormitories have common kitchens.

CUHK operates on an academic calendar similar to that of the United States. Fall classes begin in early September and end in mid-December, with exams lasting until the end of December Spring semester classes begin in early-January and end in late May. UofSC students can attend CUHK for the fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Upon arrival, CUHK coordinates an orientation for all incoming exchange students. The orientation will include check-in for the dormitories, and will cover practical information about CUHK services, course registration, academic details, and a city tour, among other welcome events.

All exchange students must apply for a HK student visa before arriving in Hong Kong. Students should apply approximately two months prior to their arrival in Hong Kong. Students apply directly to the Office of Academic Links at CUHK. Students wishing to travel into mainland China should also apply for a Chinese visa prior to departure.


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