Study Abroad Program Overview
Summer research abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct research under the direction of a CUHK faculty member. The experience is similar to a summer research program at your home UC campus and will serve as an excellent academic foundation for those considering graduate study or research in the future. CUHK is a leading research university with global vision that combines tradition with modernity, and integrates China with the West.
This program is designed to help undergrads from a range of majors develop hands-on research skills and knowledge of the topic under investigation. Fields available depend on faculty interests. These may include engineering and medicine, life science, math or chemistry, along with select social sciences, education or psychology.
Multicultural CUHK is a peaceful refuge from the bustling city of Hong Kong. The spacious campus setting has a unique college structure that fosters interaction with all students of diverse origin, background and interests. CUHK is located 45 minutes (by train and subway) from downtown Hong Kong, near Shatin in the New Territories.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
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mid-June to mid-August
Students are able to take advantage of learning lab experiments in a well funded lab under the direction of extremely able postgraduates and faculty.
You will reside in a student dormitory conveniently located on campus with international students. You also have the option of living off campus. More information on housing
The Office of Academic Links (OAL) organizes orientation and cultural activities. 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 an 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; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Each summer CUHK offers approximately 80 undergraduate research opportunities in sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. Projects vary each year and are expected to be announced in December or January for the following summer.
Previous students have participated in research covering topics from language learning and processing in the brain; big data analytics; image-based medical diagnosis; biofuel clean combustion; green tea for treatment of endometriosis; mangroves in Hong Kong and climate change; machine learning and robotics; film censorship and crime films in Hong Kong; and much more.
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A recent participant valued the in depth teaching he received about cancer studies which brought him up to date on current cancer research.
9 quarter/6 semester UC units required; one research course; letter grade required. No additional credit is available.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
This is a full time research program. Internships and special study for additional academic credit are not possible in this program.
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.
* 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 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 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 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
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
2.85 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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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: