Term Time Exchange
If you have any questions or encounter any problems completing the online application form, please contact the Office of Academic Links at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students from all countries and territories are welcome to apply, except nationals from Afghanistan, 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 prior to arrival at CUHK. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- All submitted application documents will not be returned.
(Sept – Dec)
(Jan – May)
|Application Open||1 Mar||1 Jul|
(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
Late Oct – 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: email@example.com
Ms. Emily LAU – Asia and Oceania: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Louis WONG – Americas and ISEP: email@example.com
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 SARPlease mark on the envelope “Re: Exchange/Study-abroad Application”.
|Step 6||Pay the fees required. Refer to the fee tables for details.|
Submit the following documents together with your application:
- Official transcripts from all the institutions you have attended. If the transcripts are not in English, an official English translation is needed. All transcripts must include its grading scale in English (usually found on its back page).
- 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”).
- For exchange students only: ONE completed academic recommendation form in either English or Chinese from a professor or advisor at your home institution, if your cumulative GPA is less than 3.0 out of 4.0 (or below B in average or equivalent). Ask the person writing the recommendation to send the completed form to the study-abroad office of your home institution and ask them to forward the document to the Regional Programme Officer of the Office of Academic Links (OAL), CUHK by email. If your cumulative GPA is at or above 3.0 out of 4.0 (or equivalent), a recommendation form is not required.
- For study-abroad students only: TWO completed academic recommendation forms in either English or Chinese, regardless of your GPA. ONE of the two recommendations must be from a professor or advisor at your home institution. Ask the people writing the recommendation to send the completed form directly to CUHK by email.
Additional documents are required in some cases:
- If your home institution does not use English as the primary language of instruction, you must submit a score report of either the TOEFL or IELTS test taken no more than two years before your application, or a written support from the study-abroad office of your home institution.
- 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-Business Administration Master’s Programme exchange and study-abroad students
Fee table for Business Administration Master’s Programme exchange and study-abroad students