Term Time Exchange
Going on exchange is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so why not make it an exciting and rewarding one?
Hong Kong is Asia’s World City that never sleeps. You can discover the perfect blend of contrasts where East meets West, where busy city pace meets natural countryside and where endless skyscrapers meet traditional lifestyles.
CUHK has been welcoming exchange students since 1965 and provides the ideal learning and living environment to help our international students strive in their academics and engage with the university community. Build your knowledge by learning from our galaxy of distinguished scholars. Immerse yourself in our welcoming, multicultural, and green campus. Continue your major studies, while at the same time enrich your knowledge in all things China with our comprehensive catalogue of courses focused on Hong Kong, China and the region. Make lifelong friendships with local and international peers through the residential college system unique to Hong Kong.
Are you ready for the CUHK experience? Let’s get started. Here’s everything you need to know about studying at CUHK.
Programme Dates 2019/20
|First Term||Second Term|
|Expected arrival date:
first day for hostel check-in
|26 or 27 August 2019
(for returned students: 31 August 2019 from 2 p.m.)
|2 January 2020|
for newly admitted students
|28 – 31 August 2019||3 – 5 January 2020|
|Classes begin||2 September 2019||6 January 2020|
|Classes end||30 November 2019||18 April 2020|
|Examination period||4 – 20 December 2019||22 April –
9 May 2020
If you arrive before the first day of hostel check-ins, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.
Helpful tip! Check the last day of your examinations before making travel plans or booking return flights.
CUHK offers undergraduate and postgraduate level courses under the faculties of Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science.
Cantonese is the main spoken language in Hong Kong, but CUHK is a multilingual university, with English or Putonghua (Mandarin) used as the languages of instruction for many courses.
Overseas exchange and study-abroad students can take most undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Click here for the list of courses not available for exchange or study-abroad students, and additional information for Law courses, undergraduate Business Administration courses, and students affiliated with S. H. Ho College.
Course availability is subject to a quota and the final decision of faculties, programmes and units.
Helpful tip! Courses offered by the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Law are very popular. Consider second choices and make backup plans.
At CUHK, one unit or credit is roughly equivalent to one hour of instruction per week. Most three-unit courses feature either three hours of lectures or two hours of lectures and one hour of tutorials per week. Students receive credits for all courses successfully completed, according to the academic standards of the department.
Timetable and Course Description
Online Course Pre-selection
You can select courses you would like to take before the term begins. Click here for instructions.
Adding and Dropping Courses
You can add or drop courses during the add/drop period, which is usually in September for the first term and January for the second. More information will be provided during the orientation period.
If you’re seeking your academic department’s approval for adding or dropping a course, you should provide them with your most up-to-date official transcript, a course description, and documentation indicating the course is required for graduation.
Late requests to add or drop courses will be approved only in exceptional circumstances. Not following the add/drop schedule or not checking the final course enrolment results are not acceptable reasons
Helpful tip! Make sure you check your course enrolment records and make your final adjustments within the add/drop period.
You will be assessed on every course you study at CUHK. Assessment criteria can include attendance, class work, written work, laboratory work, field work, research papers, tests and examinations.
Some courses use the centralised examination scheme, meaning final examinations are held during a centralised examination period, which usually begins in mid-December in the first term and late April in the second. You can find the examination timetable on the Registration and Examinations Section website. Other courses schedule examinations according to teacher and student preferences.
Requests to reschedule examinations or for exemptions from examinations for personal reasons, such as overseas trips or driving tests will not be considered. If you miss an examination without permission, you will receive an F (failure) grade.
Helpful tip! Talk to your advisor at the Office of Academic Links immediately after the examination timetable is released if you have any questions.
In most circumstances, your home institution will recognise credits earned at CUHK. You can consult your home institution to make sure that this is the case, and find out how to transfer credits.
At CUHK, one credit or unit is approximately equivalent to one hour of instruction per week. Most three-unit courses consist of three hours of lectures or two hours of lectures and one of tutorials each week.
Debit notes are usually sent to students via online application system or through the Chinese University Student Information System (CUSIS). A bank draft or the online payment record (only for payments of less than or equal to HK$3,000) should be returned to the Office of Academic Links (OAL) as proof of payment.
Before arrival in Hong Kong, students are required to settle the following fees:
(Debit note items vary according to different exchange/study abroad programme agreements/terms)
- administration fee
- visa application fee
- programme fee (for study abroad students only)
- hostel deposit
- hostel room fee and residents’ association fee (for postgraduate exchange and study abroad students only)
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, students are required to settle the following fees:
(Debit note items vary according to different exchange/study abroad programme agreements/items)
- caution money
- hostel room fee (for undergraduate exchange and study abroad students only)
- hostel related fees (e.g. college fee/college student association fee/hostel laundry fee/residence fees)
- hostel air-conditioning charges
- meal charge (if applicable)
- student union membership fees (for undergraduate study abroad students only)
- miscellaneous charges
Living in Hong Kong is expensive, but studying at CUHK can be extremely affordable: on-campus dormitories, student canteens and transportation are all heavily subsidised.
You can find out information for available funding for study-abroad programmes from the financial aid office at your home institution.
Japanese students can apply for MEXT scholarships through their home institutions.