Term Time Exchange
Before Your Exchange
If you do not have a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card, you will need to apply for a student visa from the Hong Kong Immigration Department through the Office of Academic Links (OAL), your local sponsor, before coming to Hong Kong.
It usually takes five to seven weeks for the Immigration Department to process a student visa or entry-permit application; therefore, you should submit your visa application to the OAL at least two months before the commencement of the orientation week.
Conditions of Stay
While you are in Hong Kong, you should:
- Abide Hong Kong laws
- Enrol as a student in the International Asian Studies Programme or the International Summer School at the Chinese University of Hong Kong ONLY
- Not take up any employment, whether paid or unpaid, or establish or join any business
- Leave Hong Kong when your visa expires
For more details, please refer to Conditions of Stay on page 8 of the Guidebook for Entry for Study in Hong Kong.
Visa Application Procedures
Go through the instructions on this page carefully before completing your visa application forms.
|Step 1||Complete and send the application form, supporting documents and payment to us.
Download the form and documents (together with a guide) below:
For non-Business Administration Master’s Programme Exchange and Study-abroad Students
For Business Administration Master’s Programme Exchange and Study-abroad Students
|Step 2||We will submit the application to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for processing.|
|Step 3||The Hong Kong Immigration Department will inform us the result of your application in 6 to 8 weeks. If approved, we will collect and courier the visa label to you.
We will confirm the address with you by email before shipping. If you do not confirm the delivery address on or before a specific date, we will send the label to the address indicated on the “Application for Student Visa Sponsorship” form.
|Step 4||Stick the visa label onto a blank page of your valid passport or travel document.|
|Step 5||When you arrive in Hong Kong, present the visa label together with your valid passport or travel document to the immigration officer to activate student status. Make sure that the immigration officer gives you a landing slip showing that “Student – Permitted to remain until (a student status due date in a format of DD-MM-YYYY)”. You should retain the landing slip, which is a proof of your activated student status in Hong Kong.|
Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
If you have a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card, you do not need to apply for a student visa. You will need to submit photocopies of both sides of your ID card to us.
If you have the Right of Abode or the Right to Land in Hong Kong, but do not have a permanent ID card, you are still required to apply for a student visa before coming to Hong Kong. After arrival, you should apply for a permanent ID card in person at the Hong Kong Immigration Department. Visit the website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department for more information.
Visa and HKID FAQs
You will need to register as a new student before coming to Hong Kong. This should be done around late July to early August for the first term, and late November to early December for the second term.
|Step 1||Set up Internet Explorer
Since the system only supports English, please use Internet Explorer and set it to English by clicking Tools > Internet Options > Languages, then move English to the top and click OK. If you have any problems with security certificates, please follow the instructions here to install a CUHK root certificate.
|Step 2||View step-by-step video guide
The following videos contain important information about how to register:
Computer-Based Training for Student Computing Accounts Collection System
Computer-Based Training for Online Registration for New Students
|Step 3||Prepare your personal information
|Step 4 & 5||Collect your computing accounts information and complete the online student record form
Click here for a detailed guide.