Chinese University of Hong Kong Summer Programs

International Summer School (ISS) and Chinese Language Program (CLP)


The International Summer School (ISS): Live and learn alongside local Chinese and international students from a variety of cultures. While taking academic classes taught in English and gaining insight into Asian cultures, students experience a unique learning environment on the green, spacious campus of Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and enjoy the many pleasures of summer in Hong Kong.

The Chinese Learning Program (CLP): This program at CUHK provides students an opportunity to learn Putonghua and acquire pragmatic competence through lessons and immersion activities. Visits to historic sites in and around Hong Kong are included.

Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Language of Instruction: English, Mandarin Chinese

* Summer Program Closed for 2013 *


ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students


ISS courses (3 credits each, maximum of 2 courses allowed):
International Economics Relations
International Finance
Principles of Management
Human Resource Management
Global Enterprise Management
Business Policy and Strategy
Marketing Management
Asian Business and Management

Introduction to Robotics
Engineering and Technology Management

Humanities/Social Science:
General Psychology
Chinese Culture and Society
Fundamentals in Chinese Medicine
Government and Politics of China
Buddhism and Contemporary Life

Chinese Language:
Cantonese Application of Vocabulary and Grammar I
Cantonese Oral Skills Practice I
Putonghua Application of Vocabulary and Grammar I/II
Putonghua Oral Skills Practice I/II
Putonghua Communication in Context I
Putonghua Basic Presentation Skills and Daily Situations I

CLP courses (each level is 6 credits):
Putonghua Level 1 (lower)
Application of Vocabulary and Grammar I and Oral Skills Practice I

Putonghua Level 1 (upper)
Communication in Context I and Basic Presentation Skills and Daily Situations I

Putonghua Level 2
Communication in Context II and Basic Presentation Skills and Daily Situations II

Putonghua Level 3
Communication in Context III and Basic Presentation Skills and Daily Situations III

Putonghua Level 4
Advanced Topical Conversation I and Communication Skills on Business Topics I


3.0 GPA equivalent required.

Language Notes

I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum official TOEFL of 530 (197 CBT) or the ISEP Language Proficiency Report. Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.


See the Membership Directory for details.


International Summer School (ISS): TBA (2012: June 24 – July 31)
Chinese Language Program (CLP): TBA (2012: August 1-25)


Priority Deadline: March 15, 2013
Final ISEP Deadline: April 15, 2013




When completing the Host Site Request List, please ensure that it is written in this exact format:

CUHK-  International Summer School only- ISEP Direct
CUHK-  Chinese Language Program only-  ISEP Direct
CUHK-  ISS and CLP-  ISEP Direct


Students are housed in student dormitory in double- or triple-occupancy rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Basic cooking and communal facilities such as laundry, study room, music room, computer room, and multi-purpose room are also available. Married student housing is NOT available. A meal stipend is provided.


Cultural programs are organized to help international students discover Chinese and Hong Kong culture. These may include an orientation session to help them navigate Hong Kong as well as visits to cultural, tourist, and historic sites such as the Big Buddha and Victoria Peak. Both the ISS and CLP offer optional tours to mainland China for an additional fee.


Founded in 1963, 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 give students both specialized knowledge and wisdom for life. The education experience is distinguished by a flexible credit unit system, a college system, bilingualism, and multiculturalism.


Hong Kong—a perfect blend of East and West in which a busy city pace meets a traditional lifestyle—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. Highlights of Hong Kong include an international cosmopolitan lifestyle as well as opportunities to eat and shop around the clock, learn business and trade in the world’s freest economy, and travel to Mainland China and Asia in the blink of an eye.

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