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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Ethan Merritt Language Pre-requisite: none
Minimum GPA: 3 Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Language Courses Offered: Yes Housing: Dormitory
Internship: No Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this Program Right for You?

CUHK campusChina as a country is undergoing tremendous change in recent years. It is a place of dynamic contrasts, of rapid industrialization and technological development alongside a beautiful and rich traditional culture. At the forefront of this transition is Hong Kong. One of the world's major cultural and economic centers, this amazing metropolis is considered the crossroad of Asia, combining traditional Chinese culture with the frenzied energy of an urban, cosmopolitan city. AU students now can experience this extraordinary place firsthand through study abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Established in 1959, the Chinese University of Hong Kong has developed into a prestigious, world-class university. It now has an enrollment of over 16,000 students and offers more than 1280 postgraduate and undergraduate programs. CUHK was the first university in Hong Kong to offer a student exchange and study abroad program, and now accepts 400 exchange and study abroad students every year.

AU students integrate into campus life at CUHK and live and take courses directly within the university alongside local students and other international students.

Academic Information

CUHK campus gardenAU students directly enroll in the Chinese University of Hong Kong for either a semester or a full year and earn full AU credit. International students can take courses offered by the various Faculties including the Faculty of Arts, Business Administration, Science and Social Sciences, and courses offered by the International Asian Studies Programme at CUHK. As CUHK is a bilingual university, English, Cantonese and Putonghua are used for instruction. Courses taught in English are primarily offered in the areas of Chinese, Asian and international studies. However, there are various recommended courses taught in English in other Departments, including History, Biology, Anthropology, Government, Journalism and Communication, Management, and Marketing. CUHK is also an approved and recommended program option for Public Health majors.  There is also the opportunity to study Chinese language at all levels. For more information on courses available, please visit the Academic section of the CUHK website.

Most classes at CUHK are composed of lectures and tutorials. You will have numerous opportunities to interact with the local students, such as having discussion with them during tutorials, and working on projects or presentations together.

Course Equivalency: View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.

Student Life

CUHK hallLife in Hong Kong

Studying at CUHK puts you right amidst the vibrant, bustling life of Hong Kong. A shopping and dining paradise, Hong Kong also offers a wide choice of entertainment, outdoor and indoor, daytime and nighttime. Navigate amidst Hong Kong's sleepless entertainment world and feel the liveliness of this international metropolitan. It is also a thriving center for traditional arts and culture.

Campus life at CUHK is versatile, fun and fulfilling. There are numerous cultural programs, extra-curricular activities, clubs and sports teams that students can become involved in. As the spacious campus is spread over a hill, the University operates a campus bus service connecting the commuter train, classroom buildings and dormitories. You may ride the buses for free during teaching days. There is also an air-conditioned shuttle light bus service on campus. Getting to class and going out is easy and convenient with this shuttle bus service.

Housing and Meals

Approximately 40 percent of CUHK's undergraduate students live on campus. Students share a double or triple occupancy room. Amenities in the student dormitories include:

  • Modestly furnished bedrooms with telephone and network connection
  • Air-conditioning operated with smart cards in all rooms
  • Blankets and bed linens
  • Laundry facilities: coin-operated washing and drying machines and clothes lines for drying
  • Shared kitchens equipped with refrigerators, stoves, boilers and microwaves on each floor
  • Shared bathrooms with showers on each floor
  • Common rooms with televisions

See the accommodation/housing section of the CUHK website for more information.  Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals. There is no meal plan, but there are many alternatives such as the college cafeterias, or in the university area's many restaurants.

View from CUHK


The Chinese University of Hong Kong program is available for Fall semester, Spring semester and Full Year. Please view the Program Dates on the CUHK website.

  • CUHK Fall Semester: early September – late December
  • CUHK Spring Semester: early January – late May
  • CUHK Academic Year: September - May

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
Varies by program 08/27/2018 05/11/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.
Fall 2018 03/06/2018
Varies by program 08/27/2018 12/21/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.
Spring 2019 09/17/2018 ** Varies by program 01/04/2019 05/11/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Students should not expect to hear back about their admissions status for spring until late November/early December.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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