Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) -- a leading research university with global vision, that combines tradition with modernity and integrates China with the West.
CUHK offers a full academic curriculum, stimulating campus life, and easy access to the heart of downtown Hong Kong. The spacious university campus has a unique college structure that fosters student interaction through classes and residential housing with local and international students of diverse backgrounds and interests.
CUHK is located 45 minutes (by train and subway) from downtown Hong Kong, near Shatin in the New Territories. The multicultural campus is a peaceful refuge from the bustling metropolis. It serves as a beautiful home base for your studies and from which you can venture to explore the islands of Hong Kong or travel further in Asia.
CUHK was UCEAP's first host institution in Hong Kong, our second exchange partner in Asia and has successfully served UC students for more than 50 years.
CUHK Scholarships: All UCEAP participants in the year or fall 2017 semester at CUHK will receive a $2,000 scholarship! See the Cost page
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Cantonese; Chinese; English
Most courses are taught in English.
language study (Putonghua or Cantonese
) is recommended. A maximum of two Chinese language courses worth 9 UC quarter units (6 CUHK credits) is permitted each term.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late August to late December
early January to mid-May
late August to mid-May
You are encouraged to extend your UCEAP participation from the fall to the year.
Previous participants reommend the pre-departure orientation where you can speak to someone who's been abroad, as their first hand experience and advice will help a lot.
You will reside in a student dormitory conveniently located on campus with local and international students. You also have the option of living off campus. More information on housing
Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by CUHK. Immerse yourself into CUHK student life by participating in one of the many student clubs and recreational sports. Examples include photography, debate, basketball, soccer, rowing, and martial arts.
Volunteer through the International Asian Studies Program
(IASP) office to teach English to children at local schools and in mainland China.
You will also find many opportunities for hiking, nature walks, and camping around Hong Kong.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Once abroad, a host university faculty or staff member representing UCEAP will be your first point of contact for all matters. Among other things, the designated person provides support with academic matters, program logistics, and personal issues. The CUHK program is administered by a UCEAP Liaison Officer who is primarily responsible for academic advising. The Office of Academic Links and the International Asian Studies Programme (IASP) provide additional support for all international students at CUHK.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) offers a wide variety of coursework taught in English in the arts, humanities, business, engineering, math and physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences.
CUHK also offers courses in areas not offered at all UCs, including Cantonese language study, social work, and journalism. The Department of Geography and Resources Management (GRMD) has also been popular with previous UCEAP participants. Courses in urban and regional development, physical and environmental systems, geographical information and analysis, and global change and resource management may be of interest to students from a number of degree programs.
Use the following resources to learn more:
A UC communication major advises that the CUHK courses were very different from those offered at UC. CUHK focuses more on journalism and communications. This helped with the understanding of publication styles, ethics and advertising principles.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 quarter/14 semester UC units per term minimum required; four or five courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
You may be able to develop your own directed research or independent study project with a CUHK professor. Working under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to ongoing research, in fields including anthropology, art, economics, international trade and commerce, music, political science, and sociology.
Arrangements are made at the Study Center after arrival at CUHK.
There are a number of community service programs that you may participate in while at CUHK.
CUHK will provide information about these opportunities after your arrival.
Internships for academic credit are not possible for exchange students (UCEAP) in Hong Kong due to immigration policy.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was established in 1963 as a comprehensive university with a distinctly Chinese character and curriculum. It is committed to bilingualism, biculturalism, and providing an international study experience. CUHK has become one of Asia’s top research-intensive universities. Teaching and research faculty members who have broad experience in Chinese and Western academic traditions provide a wide range of research and teaching activities.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at CUHK
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
CUHK fall semester participants will receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year! See other eligible program terms here.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: