Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Hong Kong, China
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Restrictions: BC applicants only
Founded in 1963, the Chinese University of Hong Kong is a research university with a global vision and mission to combine tradition with modernity. Faculty members are from a wide range of countries and the diverse campus community welcomes students from all over the world. Today, CUHK is a top university in Hong Kong and Asia. This campus overlooks Tolo Harbor and is the largest and greenest campus in Hong Kong. You will be able to walk through a variety of gardens on campus. There are just under 20,000 students at this university.
BC students may choose courses from a wide range of curricula offered in English. Most English-taught courses at CUHK are open to exchange students, with certain exceptions. Please note that courses offered by the Faculty of Business Administration are very popular; consider second choices and make backup plans. Business major undergraduate students will be given higher priority for enrolling in business administration undergraduate courses. Business minors are only allowed to enroll in such courses during the add/drop period at CUHK. The Boston College program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong is a great opportunity to immerse into student life in Hong Kong. Spring semester students are also encouraged to consider the Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) as an extension of their semester abroad, to undertake academic research for eight weeks at CUHK during the summer. Students will conduct research under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member and earn three credits upon successful completion of the program. For more information about the semester and academic year program, please review the Chinese University of Hong Kong Fact Sheet.
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Academics & Support
Cantonese is the main spoken language in Hong Kong but CUHK is a multilingual university, with many classes taught in English or Putonghua (Mandarin). All students will need to take a full load of courses, meaning between 9 and 18 units per term. One unit or credit is roughly equivalent to one hour of instruction per week. Grading is assessed by looking at attendance class work, written work, laboratory work, field work, research papers, tests and exams. Students who are interested in improving their language skills can take courses offered by the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), which organizes free workshops and offers individual tutoring.
Course information for the Chinese University of Hong Kong is available here.
Fall term: starts at the end of August and ends in mid-December.
Spring term: starts in early January and ends in mid-May.
To see the academic calendar, click here.
Living in Hong Kong can be expensive, but studying at CUHK can be extremely affordable. There are on-campus dormitories, student canteens and transportation that are all heavily subsidised. The dormitories are called hostels, and they will give BC students a taste of student life and culture in Hong Kong. The RA’s of the hostels will organize activities like dinners, games and parties. You will share a room with one or two CUHK students who are interested in living with a foreign student. Students are required to join college communal dinners with other students and representatives three nights per week. This provides BC students with the opportunity to meet other Chinese students to build relationships.
The dormitories include the following included: furnishings, telephone, internet, A/C, laundry facilities, shared kitchens with appliances, shared bathrooms, and common rooms with televisions.
For more information about housing, click here.
Orientation is available to BC students before the start of each semester. This will explain student life at the university, the curriculum, Chinese culture, Hong Kong society, along with a city tour. You will be able to meet other study abroad students during this orientation. CUHK also offers a Buddy Programme that helps BC students familiarize itself with Hong Kong.
Cultural dinners and events are organized at CUHK to promote building relationships with Chinese and foreign students. There is a wide range of extracurricular activities and student organizations that BC students can participate in while studying in Hong Kong. CUHK will organize excursions so students can explore the beauty of Hong Kong and the surrounding area.
A booklet about campus life can be found here.
You can arrange to arrive CUHK either by taxi or public transportation. Directions on how to do this can be found here. Public transportation is located just outside the main campus. Additionally, there is a campus shuttle for students.