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About Hong Kong
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The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Program Snapshot

Experience the perfect blend of East and West in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong. CUHK professors and students come from all corners of the world. Courses are available in the arts, business, engineering, sciences, and social sciences fields. Particularly recommended for students interested in Asian, Chinese, and international studies. CUHK also offers many cultural activities including Tai Chi classes, field trips, and part-time teaching opportunities.

Hong Kong is one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China. Situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor.

It is a perfect blend of East and West, where the busy city pace meets a traditional lifestyle. Highlights of Hong Kong include:
  • International cosmopolitan city lifestyle
  • Follow traces of Chinese and Western cultures
  • Eat and shop around the clock
  • Learn business and trade in world's freest economy
  • Travel to Mainland China and Asia in the blink of an eye

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Very Limited.

For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students.

Program Dates
Academic Year: Late August to late May
Semester 1: Late August to late December
Semester 2: Early January to late May

Fast Facts
Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong (pop. 7 million)
Student Enrollment: 14,000
Language of instruction: Cantonese, Mandarin, English
University Home Page
International Office
Courses Timetable
How To Search For Courses
Language of Instruction Abbreviations

Faculty of Arts, Business Administration, Engineering, Science and Social Science.

Courses taught in English
CUHK offers a wide range of courses from different disciplines in English. Please refer to the teaching timetable for course availability.

Academic Notes
Courses focused on Asian, Chinese, and International studies. Chinese (Cantonese and Putonghua) language courses available.

Students typically enroll in 4-6 classes per term, which averages to 12-18 hours in class per week. A term runs up to 15 weeks.


Semester 1 transcripts are issued in February.
Semester 2 transcripts are issued in September.

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: Previous Chinese language study is not required.
Language Courses: Intensive Cantonese and Putonghua courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for all levels.
Additional Information: Students may enroll in up to 6 credits of Chinese language without additional charge.


ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: 530 (paper-based) / 197 (computer-based) / 71 (internet-based)
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: 6 or equivalent
Other tests accepted: No
English as a Foreign Language courses available? Yes

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Students must be of junior or senior status with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Currently, spaces in Business, Management, Finance, Marketing, Communication, and Broadcasting courses taught in English are extremely limited. Students requesting courses in these departments must be flexible in their course requests.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Students whose placement is confirmed at CUHK will need to fill out CUHK's separate online application once they complete the ISEP placement process. More information on this will be included in the ISEP acceptance packet.

Hints for Researching Courses
From the above "Course Information" link, click:
"Teaching Timetable/Classroom Booking" >> "Full-time Undergraduate Teaching Timetable" >> "Teaching Timetable"

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in double rooms in one of the residence halls located on campus. Married student housing is NOT available. A monthly stipend is provided to students. Wi-fi is accessible in the dormitories. There are eleven canteens on campus that cater to students with various dietary/religious restrictions.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Monthly personal expenses, including books, are estimated at USD $700.

ISEP students can meet with the international office upon arrival or they can register for the extensive events-filled university orientation with other international students. International students can also sign up for the Buddy program to partner up with local students.


Airport pickup is not provided. Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
To fully maximize students' experience at CUHK, an array of cultural programs are organized. Cultural experience is an integral part of an exchange experience at CUHK. Cultural programs include field trips, teaching-in-China program, teaching-in-Hong Kong, Tai Chi class, etc. A wide range of student -organized clubs open for international students to join. More information will be provided within the orientation package.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Students can volunteer to teach English in Hong Kong or Mainland China.

Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. CUHK teachers and students hail from all corners of the world. As a top university in Hong Kong and Asia, CUHK aims to nurture students with both specialized knowledge and wisdom for life. The education experience here is distinguished by a flexible credit unit system, a college system, bilingualism and multiculturalism.

What Past Students have to Say
"In a blend of Eastern and Western cultures, Hong Kong is truly a diverse and unique place with a distinct history and fascinating emerging culture." --Jennifer Pham, San Jose State University