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If you have any questions or encounter any problems completing the online application form, please contact the Office of Academic Links at iasp@cuhk.edu.hk.

Admission Requirements
Students from all countries and territories are welcome to apply, except nationals from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Nepal, North Korea and Vietnam (stipulated by Hong Kong’s immigration policy). Click here for additional information.

You should have good command of either Chinese or English. If you are from an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction and intend to take courses taught in English at CUHK, you should have a minimum TOEFL score of 530 (paper-based), 197 (computer-based) or 71 (internet-based), or IELTS 6 or equivalent.

You should be currently enrolled in or have graduated from a university recognised by CUHK. You do not need to have studied the Chinese language or Chinese or Asian studies.

Undergraduate students should have completed at least two terms of university studies, while postgraduate students should have a recognised bachelor’s degree or equivalent. You should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, meaning a B average or better, although applications with a slightly lower GPA will also be considered. Applicants from institutions not using the GPA system will be judged on their overall academic performance.

The admission requirements and in particular the English-language requirements to take law courses at CUHK are slightly different. Click here for details.

Making an Application
Points to Note Before Making an Application

  • If your home institution is one of CUHK’s exchange partners, you can come as an exchange student. Contact the study-abroad office or equivalent at your home institution for applications.
  • If your home institution is not a CUHK exchange partner, you can come as an study-abroad student. You should apply directly through CUHK’s Office of Academic Links.
  • There is no guarantee that you can register for any particular course.
  • LAWS courses offered by the LLB programme at CUHK are not open to study-abroad students. Study-abroad students who want to study LAWS postgraduate courses should check their eligibility and the tuition fees with the Faculty of Law at lawpg@cuhk.edu.hk. Student who are admitted will only be allowed to take LAWS postgraduate courses.
  • Transcripts of the International Asian Studies Programme (IASP) will only be available for mailing two months after the last day of the term.
  • On-campus hostel for postgraduate students are limited. Email us at iasp@cuhk.edu.hk to discuss your application with a student advisor. But if you are applying directly to the Business Administration Master’s Programmes/Faculty of Law/Divinity School of Chung Chi College at CUHK, you should contact them directly for accommodation arrangements.


First Term
(Sept – Dec)
Second Term
(Jan – May)
Application Open 1 Mar 1 Jul
Application Deadline
(All application materials should be sent, by email for exchange students and by physical mail by study-abroad students, to Office of Academic Links i-Centre)
1 Apr 2 Oct
Notification of results by email Exchange Students:
Mid Jun – Jul
Study-abroad Students:
Late Jul
Exchange Students:
Late Oct – Nov
Study-abroad Students:
Late Nov
Deadline for submission of visa application and acceptance documents
(Addressed to Office of Academic Links i-Centre by courier)
Within 14 days of the university receiving your acceptance Within 10 days of the university receiving your acceptance


Step 1 Submit an online application. Click here for a detailed guide.
Step 2 Print out your online application form.
Step 3 Print and complete the application record sheet. Click the Submit button at the top right-hand corner of your online application to access the application record sheet on the My Application page, or click here for a sample application record sheet.
Step 4 If you are nominated/supported by your home institution for exchange/study-abroad (i.e. you are not applying by yourself), submit a copy of your online application form to the study-abroad office of your home institution, and ask them complete the endorsement part of the application record sheet.
Step 5 Send the following items to the Office of Academic Links:
1. Printout of your completed online application form
2. Completed application record sheet
3. Supporting documents
Exchange students: submit the above documents to the study-abroad office of your home institution and ask them to forward the documents to the following Regional Programme Officer of the Office of Academic Links (OAL), CUHK by email (one pdf file for each student) before the application deadline:
Ms. Heidi O – Europe and South Africa: heidio@cuhk.edu.hk
Ms. Winnie LI – Asia and Oceania: winnieli@cuhk.edu.hk
Mr. Louis WONG – Americas and ISEP: louiswong@cuhk.edu.hk
Study-abroad students: send the hardcopies of the above documents by courier (DHL/FedEx/UPS/Other) to the following address:International Asian Studies Programme
Office of Academic Links i-Centre
1/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR
Please mark the on the envelope “Re: Exchange/Study-abroad Application”.
Step 6 Pay the fees required. Refer to the fee tables for details.

Supporting Documents
You will need to submit the following documents if you are applying as a study-abroad student:

  • Two academic recommendations, in either English or Chinese, one of which must be from a professor or advisor at your home institution. Click here to download the recommendation form. Ask the people writing the recommendations to mail the completed form directly to CUHK.
  • Official transcripts from all the institutions you have attended. If the transcripts are not in English, an official English translation is needed. Ask the institutions to mail these documents directly to CUHK. If the institution does not use the GPA system, please provide an official explanation of the grading system.
  • A photocopy of the identification and particulars page of your passport. (If you are a PRC citizen and will enter Hong Kong directly from Mainland China, please submit a photocopy of your “Exit-entry Permit for Traveling to and from Hong Kong and Macao (EEP) 來 往 港 澳 通 行 證”as well).

Additional documents are required in some cases:

  • If your home institution does not use English as a primary language of instruction, please ask the study-abroad or international office at your home institution to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score report, which should be dated no more than two years before your application.
  • Scores from others tests such as SAT or GRE.
  • A photocopy of your Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card, if you have one. Students with a permanent identity card do not need to apply for a student visa to study at CUHK, so make sure you provide a photocopy of your card, or you will need to pay the visa application fee.


Study-abroad students are required to pay an application fee of HK$400 or US$52, in Hong Kong dollars, preferably by bank draft or international money order, payable to The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Exchange and study-abroad students will be invoiced for all fees they need to pay.
Fee table for non-MBA exchange and study-abroad students
Fee table for MBA exchange and study-abroad students