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Education Abroad Office

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Hong Kong
Country: Hong Kong
Term: Spring

The UofSC exchange with the Chinese University of Hong Kong is designed to introduce students to Chinese culture and business practices. CUHK is a comprehensive research university with over 22,000 students enrolled. According to the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities, CUHK is the highest ranked university in Hong Kong and is in the top 200 universities worldwide. CUHK's Faculty of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to gain a solid knowledge of Asian markets, with a focus on China, and develop a global vision. Programs are offered in accounting, finance, management, and marketing. The campus is located in the Shatin, New Territories region of Hong Kong, and is easily accessible by public transportation.

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

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.

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. Courses offered by the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Law are very popular; Consider second choices and make backup plans. USC students will have the option to take up to 6 units (2 courses) 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 8,000 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 early January. Spring semester classes begin in early-January and end in late May. UofSC IB students will attend CUHK during the spring semester.

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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