Term Time Exchange

During Your Exchange

Directions to CUHK

Taxi

It takes about 45 minutes from the airport to the CUHK campus, and costs about HK$300. Most Hong Kong taxi drivers understand some English; otherwise show them the following text: 香港中文大學

Bus + Taxi/MTR

Take airport bus number A41, which runs from 06:00 to 24:00 at 20-minute intervals, from the airport to Sha Tin Station. Sha Tin bus terminus is not the final stop on the journey, so ask the driver when to get off or pay attention to announcements. The journey takes about 65–70 minutes, depending on traffic, and currently costs HK$22.3, which is payable when you board the bus in exact change.

You can then reach CUHK either by taxi, which will take about 15 minutes and cost about HK$50; or on the Mass Transit Railway, known as the MTR, although this is not recommended if you have bulky baggage. University Station is the second stop from Sha Tin heading north towards Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau. Trains run every 5 to 10 minutes from 06:00 to 24:00, and the journey takes about nine minutes and currently costs HK$4.5.

There are three exits at University Station: two lead to the CUHK campus and the other to the public bus terminus and taxi stand. Click here for the CUHK campus map.

The university shuttle bus stops are located between the two exits to CUHK. There are different shuttle bus routes stopping at various locations within the campus. Click here for the bus schedules.

CUHK is in the New Territories, away from the business districts of Hong Kong island and Kowloon. Reaching CUHK by taxi costs about HK$250 from Hong Kong’s central business district and about HK$180 from Kowloon.

Hotels Around CUHK

There are four hotels near CUHK. Click here for more information.

Register with Your Home Country’s Consulate

Register yourself with your home country’s consulate in Hong Kong, so that they know you are here and can assist you when needed. Click here for the list of consulates in Hong Kong.

Mailing Address

Your mailbox will be at the Office of Academic Links i-Centre. Letters and packages to students should be addressed to:

[Full name of student in English]
Office of Academic Links (i-Centre)
1/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, New Territories
Hong Kong SAR

Tel: (852) 3943 7597
Fax: (852) 2603 5045

Letters and packages to students should be addressed to:

[Full name of student in English]
c/o MBA Programmes
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
14/F, Cheng Yu Tung Building
12 Chak Cheung Street
Sha Tin, New Territories
Hong Kong SAR

Tel: (852) 3943 7782
Fax: (852) 2603 6289

Letters and packages to students should be addressed to:

[Full name of student in English]
c/o Office of Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Faculty of Business Administration

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
14/F, Cheng Yu Tung Building
12 Chak Cheung Street
Shatin, New Territories
Hong Kong SAR

Tel: (852) 3943 9583
Fax: (852) 2994 4010

Orientation

A one-week orientation programme is available for non-MBA exchange and study-abroad students before the start of each academic term. It covers the curriculum, student life at the university, Chinese culture, Hong Kong society and support services provided by the OAL. The orientation programme includes hostel check-in, a briefing on practical matters and university services, a briefing on course registration, academic counselling, welcoming events and a city tour. It is also an excellent opportunity to make friends with other exchange and study-abroad students.

Buddy Programme

The buddy programme is designed to help exchange and study-abroad students familiarise themselves with living in Hong Kong.

Buddy Programme Application Form

Buddy Programme FAQs

  1. What is the buddy programme?
    The buddy programme matches exchange and study-abroad students with buddies living in Hong Kong for occasional get-togethers. It is administered by the OAL with the aim of promoting cultural understanding.
  2. How does it work?
    Exchange and study-abroad students are paired with a buddy of the same sex, usually a CUHK student who has been on exchange to their home university or country.
  3. Who are the buddies?
    CUHK students who have returned from exchanges, know Hong Kong well and are happy to act as ambassadors for Hong Kong and CUHK by introducing exchange and study-abroad students to Hong Kong culture and life.
  4. What do buddies do?
    You and your buddy can decide how often to meet and what to do, whether it be tea, a home-cooked meal, going to the movies or touring Hong Kong.
  5. How will I benefit?
    How much you benefit depends on how much you put in. You will find your buddy a source of advice and assistance, so try to respond positively to their invitations and make an effort to be friendly.

  1. What is the buddy programme?
    The buddy programme matches exchange and study-abroad students with buddies living in Hong Kong for occasional get-togethers. It is administered by the OAL with the aim of promoting cultural understanding.
  2. How does it work?
    CUHK students who have been on exchange are paired with one or more exchange and study-abroad students from the host university or country where they went.
  3. Who can be buddies?
    CUHK students who have been on exchange.
  4. What do buddies do?
    It’s up to you what you do with your buddy; decide together how often to meet and what to do, whether it be tea, a home-cooked meal, going to the movies or touring Hong Kong. You should remember that you are an ambassador for CUHK and Hong Kong, and your role is to help your buddy adjust to his or her new life.
  5. Who will my buddies be?
    Exchange and study-abroad students from all over the world who are enrolled at CUHK for one academic term or the entire academic year.
  6. How will I benefit?
    You will have the chance to make new friends, and to continue the multicultural experience of your exchange while you’re back at CUHK. How much you benefit depends on how much you put in: make sure you extend plenty of invitations to your buddy and make an effort to be friendly.

Living in Hong Kong

Hospitalisation

There are government and private hospitals with 24-hour emergency and outpatient departments all over the city.

International students with a valid student visa count as Eligible Persons, meaning they enjoy heavy discounts on health services in Hong Kong Hospital Authority institutions and are exempt from surgical and hospital insurance. For example, they can stay in the general wards of Hong Kong public hospitals and receive medical treatment there for HK$100 per day plus an admission fee of HK$50.

To qualify as an Eligible Person, you should get a student visa before you come to Hong Kong, and validate your visa with a stamp from the Immigration officer when you enter Hong Kong. If your visa label is not attached to your passport or travel document or has not been stamped, you do not qualify as an Eligible Person and will not enjoy the benefits.

In case of serious emergencies, call 2735-3400, 2735-3355 or 999 for an ambulance. The nearest Accident and Emergency Department to CUHK is at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, about 10 minutes’ drive away.

Insurance

You should arrange accident and sickness insurance that includes emergency-evacuation and repatriation expenses for the duration of your stay in Hong Kong at your own cost. If you plan to travel outside Hong Kong, make sure your insurance policy covers the place you are visiting. Before you arrange your own insurance, check with your parents first if you are covered by any health insurance policies they have. Bring a copy of any insurance policies you have to Hong Kong; when you first report to the Office of Academic Links you will be asked for copies in case of an emergency.

Culture Shock

It’s natural to experience a range of emotions while you are studying abroad. Adjusting to a new culture can be tough, but it is also a chance to understand more about yourself and learn about a new place.

The following video chronicles a group of Australian students on exchange at CUHK. It is a good starting point for students thinking about coming to CUHK on exchange who want to find out more about Hong Kong.

Survive and Thrive Booklet

Clearance

You are required to complete the clearance procedures before finishing your study at CUHK and leaving Hong Kong.

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