Study Abroad & Exchanges for Visiting Students

Programme information

 

Programme dates

First Term Second Term
(Updated)
Expected arrival date
(first day of hostel check-in)

26 or 27 August 2013

(For returned students:
31 August 2013 from 2pm)

2 January 2014
Orientation
(for newly admitted students)
28 - 31 August 2013 3 - 4 January 2014
Classes begin 2 September 2013 6 January 2014
Classes end 30 November 2013 17 April 2014
Examination period 4 - 23 December 2013 24 April - 15 May 2014

 

Tentative programme dates 2014-15

 


First Term Second Term
Expected arrival date
(first day of hostel check-in)

25 or 26 August 2014
(for returned students: 30 August 2014 from 2 p.m.)

2 January 2015
Orientation
(for newly admitted students)
27 - 30 August 2014 3 - 4 January 2015
Classes begin 1 September 2014 5 January 2015
Classes end 29 November 2014 18 April 2015
Examination period 3 - 22 December 2014 22 April - 9 May 2015

 

The Office of Academic Links (OAL) arranges a one-week orientation for newly admitted exchange and study abroad students (non-MBA) before the start of each academic term. Students arriving before the first day of hostel (dormitory) check-in must arrange their own accommodation.

Students are advised to check their last day of examination before making travel plans or booking return flights. Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year and Easter are peak travel seasons in Hong Kong and students should make reservations well in advance.

 

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Course information

CUHK has built up a strong international reputation in teaching and research. Undergraduate- and postgraduate-level courses are offered by 61 departments under the faculties of Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science. CUHK is a bilingual university where English, Cantonese and Putonghua are used for instruction. Although Cantonese is the primary spoken language in Hong Kong, many courses at CUHK are conducted in English.

All regular courses at undergraduate- and postgraduate-level are open to exchange and study abroad students, except:

  • Faculty of Medicine courses (except some public health courses) 
  • Faculty of Education courses (except sports science and physical education (SPED) courses and those physical education (PHED) course with an X after the course number) 
  • courses listed at here and http://www.oal.cuhk.edu.hk/files/incoming/LAWS_courses_not_open.pdf
  • student orientated teaching (STOT) courses 
  • courses under MSc in Hospitality and Real Estate Management
  • FINA courses under MSc in Finance Programme offered by the Department of Finance
  • MEDN courses under biology programme in the School of Life Sciences

Important points to note

  • Application to exchange and study abroad programme does not guarantee any course registration. Courses offered by the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Law are very popular.  Students should be flexible in their course selection.

  • Course offerings in different semesters/terms and course registration are subject to the availability of class quota and the final decision of the respective faculties (or programmes/units).
  • For students who are affiliated with S.H. Ho College
    • Students who are affiliated with S.H. Ho College will be assigned to 'GESH1000 College Symposium', a non-credit bearing course for High Table Dinner. Attendance (Pass or fail) of the High Table Dinner will be shown on their transcripts.
  • For students who would like to register for Architectural Design Studio Courses
    • Undergraduate and postgraduate design studios are not open to IASP students except those from the exchange partner schools of the School of Architecture.
  • For students who would like to register for LAWS courses
    • LAWS courses offered by the LLB programme at CUHK are not open to study abroad students.
    • Study abroad students who intend to take LAWS postgraduate courses are required to check for the eligibility and tuition fee arrangement with the Faculty of Law at lawpg@cuhk.edu.hk. Once admitted, these students will only be allowed to take LAWS postgraduate courses at CUHK during the study period.
    • Click here to view LAWS courses which are not open to exchange and study abroad students.
    • Requirement for LAWS undergraduate courses
      Students are eligible to enroll in LAWS undergraduate courses provided that they fulfill the following requirements:
      • Major in law at home university
      • Have an academic performance of grade C or above (or equivalent) at home university
      • Have not failed any courses at home university
      • Fulfill the LLB courses requirement of CUHK (including the English Proficiency)
    • Arrangement set out by the LLB programme
      • Postgraduate exchange and study abroad students are not allowed to take undergraduate law courses.
      • Undergraduate exchange and study abroad students may choose to take either postgraduate or undergraduate law courses, but not BOTH postgraduate and undergraduate law courses. (If students are required to take both undergraduate and postgraduate law courses, proof from their home institution MUST be provided for consideration). The course registration is subject to the final approval of the Faculty of Law.

IASP courses – (optional)

The IASP courses represent a range of dynamic, multidisciplinary courses in Chinese, Asian and international studies. They allow fellow exchange and study abroad students to enhance their critical thinking and analytical skills from a unique cross-cultural perspective.

Course Code Course Title Term Units Time
IASP4090 Independent Research on International Studies 1 (for undergraduates) 1st 3 N/A
IASP5090 Independent Research on International Studies 1 (for postgraduates) 1st 3 N/A
IASP4280A International Asian Studies Programme Senior Seminar 2nd 3 Fri 3.30-6.15pm
IASP4280B International Asian Studies Programme Senior Seminar 2nd 3 Fri 3.30-6.15pm
IASP4091 Independent Research on International Studies II (for undergraduates) 2nd 3 N/A
IASP5091 Independent Research on International Studies II (for postgraduates)

2nd

3 N/A

 

Chinese proficiency courses (Cantonese/Putonghua) – (Optional)

The Chinese proficiency courses are offered at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels through the Yale–China Chinese Language Centre. The Yale–China Chinese Language Centre recommends course and class timetables for students who have completed a placement test during the orientation week.

Students admitted through different exchange/study abroad programmes are entitled to different Chinese proficiency course units. Please refer to the list here for details.

Some Chinese proficiency courses are available for the online course pre-selection. Please refer to the list here.

 

Information for MBA exchange students

Since the term dates for MBA programmes are different from the regular school term, MBA exchange students are strongly advised to consult the Yale-China Chinese Language Centre if they are interested in taking Cantonese/Putonghua courses at CUHK.

Term 1 MBA exchange students may refer to www.cuhk.edu.hk/clc/ias.htm for course details. Click here for the course fees. Credits earned will be printed in their CUHK transcripts.

Term 2 and Term 3 MBA exchange students can take evening classes offered by the Centre. Students are entitled to a grade report upon completion of a term's study. For more information on course details and course fees, please visit www.cuhk.edu.hk/clc/e_ssp.htm.

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Course load

At CUHK, one unit (credit) is roughly equivalent to one hour of instruction per week. Most 3-unit courses are composed of 3 hours of lectures, or 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week. Academic departments will evaluate students' performance according to their own standards. Students will receive credits for all successfully completed courses.

Undergraduate students

All undergraduate students (exchange and study abroad students) must take a full load of courses i.e. a minimum of 9 units and a maximum of 18 units per term. Those who want to learn Chinese can take Chinese proficiency courses offered by the Yale-China Chinese Language Centre. Arrangements have been made for exchange students from certain institutions to take more than 6 units of Chinese proficiency courses. Please refer to the list here for the number of Chinese proficiency course units that students admitted through different exchange/study abroad programmes are entitled to take.
 

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate exchange students (except those from programmes with a specific course load requirement) and study abroad students have the option of taking a full load (9–18 units) of courses, or conducting research by taking a minimum of 3 units per term.

Postgraduate non-MBA study abroad students can take up to 6 units of Chinese proficiency courses offered by the Yale-China Chinese Language Centre.

Postgraduate exchange students may do so for a fee of HK$4,620 per 3 units (one course) per term (set by Yale-China Chinese Language Centre)

 

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Timetable and course description

Please click here for details.

 

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Online course pre-selection

(For non-MBA exchange and study abroad students only)

(MBA exchange/study abroad students should contact MBA Programmes at cumba@cuhk.edu.hk for assistance in course registration.)

Non-MBA exchange and study abroad students

First Term Second Term
Online course pre-selection period

Around mid-July

Around mid-November

Please click here to print out a worksheet for planning your class schedule. Please pay attention to the following:

  1. Required course load
  2. General information about courses
  3. Information on online course pre-selection (2nd Term of 2013–14)
    Available courses for online pre-selection
    Courses not open to exchange and study abroad students
  4. Timetable and course description
    • Remember to pay attention to the language of instruction
  5. When you select courses, please check:
    • are the courses open to exchange and study abroad students?
    • is English the medium of instruction? (Refer to the language column in the timetable)
    • are there any pre-requisites for the courses?
    • are there any timetable clashes?
  6. Only courses listed at here are available for online course pre-selection. Students should submit their online course pre-selection form between 13 Nov 2013 (09:00) - 15 Nov 2013 (23:59) Hong Kong time. Students stand a better chance of securing places in some classes if they submit their course registration request online by the deadline since some class quotas may not be available at the beginning of the term.
  7. The final decision on course registration is subject to the approval of the respective academic departments and the quota availability.
  8. The result of the online course pre-selection request will be announced on 11 Dec 2013 via email.
  9. During the add/drop period in Jan 2014, students may try to add courses NOT included in the list above but available in the 2nd term of 2013–14. Students can also modify their registered courses during the add/drop period. Further instructions will be provided during the orientation week.

Login to Online Course Pre-selection Form!

[For non-MBA exchange and study abroad students only]
 

2nd Term of 2013–14

Start date: 13 Nov 2013 (09:00 - Hong Kong time)

Submission deadline: 15 Nov 2013 (23:59 - Hong Kong time)
 

(Remember to save the draft course pre-selection form every 15 minutes to secure the data.)


FAQs

  1. The course I want to take is taught in both Cantonese/Putonghua and English. I am fluent in Cantonese/Putonghua. Should/could I take the course? How can I do the course registration?

    The course teacher might use reference materials or specific terms in Chinese. These materials and terms may be difficult for you to understand even though you speak and understand Cantonese/Putonghua well. Therefore, you are advised to contact the teacher and ask him/her whether spoken fluency is sufficient to take the course at the beginning of the term. You should add/drop courses during the add/drop period.

  2. How can I determine if a course is in the lower or upper division?

    CUHK undergraduate courses are coded 1–4 while postgraduate courses are coded 5–9. The first numeral in the course code for the undergraduate courses stands for the level of study. Normally, courses in the 1000 level are lower division courses while courses in the 3000 and 4000 levels are upper division courses. For courses in the 2000 level, the classification division varies according to the policies of the individual department. Students are advised to check with their respective academic departments directly.

  3. I found a course that sounds interesting but I am not sure if I really want to take it. What should I do?
  4. You can attend the class in the first week and then register for it during the add/drop period.

  5. I need to confirm if the credits can be transferred before taking a course, and to do that I need to send my home institution a copy of the course outline. How can I obtain it?

    Usually teachers distribute the course outline in the first class. If you cannot wait till the class first meets, you may contact the course teacher or the department directly. A brief course description can be found at Timetable Course Description.

  6. When can I register for courses for my second term at CUHK?

    November. Further instructions will be provided in November.
     

Instructions on completing online course pre-selection form

(For non-MBA exchange and study abroad students only)

IMPORTANT: Please read thoroughly the following instructions before starting to work on the online course pre-selection form.

Step 1 - Login to online application form

Step 2 - Input course information into course pre-selection form

Step 3 - Save/submit online course pre-selection form

Step 4 - Review and amend submitted form

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Step 1 - Login to online application form

1.1 Please login to the online application form with your email address and password. Students who have studied at CUHK in the last term can login to the online application form with their CUHK email address (i.e. "s" + 10 digits of Student ID+ "@mailserv.cuhk.edu.hk") and input their date of birth as the password (e.g. if your birth date is 1 July 1980, please input "010780" as your password).

1.1

 

1.2 Choose your application.

1.2

 

Step 2 - Input course information into course pre-selection form

2.1 Click the link to your course pre-selection form provided in the "My Task" section.

2.1

 

2.2 Input CUHK course code for the desired course, e.g. HIST3212-.

2.2

 

2.3 Input 1st Term or 2nd Term.

2.3

 

2.4 Click "Insert" to confirm.

2.4.1

2.4.2

 

2.5 Repeat point 2.1–2.4 to add up to a maximum of 18 units in the table.

 

Step 3 - Save/submit online course pre-selection form

3.1 Click "Save/Submit" and then "OK" to secure your input and send the CUHK online course pre-selection form.

3.1

 

3.2 Click "Close" and then "OK" to exit the form.

3.2

 

Step 4 - Review and amend submitted form
  1. Use your email address and password to login to the system and view your course pre-selection form.
  2. Amend the data if necessary. Please note that no amendment will be allowed after the deadline mentioned below.

Login to Online Course Pre-selection Form!

[For non-MBA exchange and study abroad students only]

 

2nd Term of 2013–14

Start date: 13 Nov 2013 (09:00 - Hong Kong time)

Submission deadline: 15 Nov 2013 (23:59 - Hong Kong time)


(Remember to save the draft course pre-selection form every 15 minutes to secure the data.)

 

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Course add/drop

Students may add or drop courses during the add/drop period, which is usually in September (for the 1st term) and January (for the 2nd term). More information will be provided during the orientation period.

To seek your academic department's approval for adding or dropping a course, the following documents should be provided for reference:

  • Most up-to-date official transcript
  • Relevant course description(s)
  • Documentation(s) indicating the course is required for graduation

Late requests for adding or dropping courses will be approved only in exceptional circumstances. In general, failure to observe the add/drop schedule or negligence in checking final course enrolment results will not be accepted as reasons for late add/drop. Therefore, students MUST check their final course enrolment records and make their final adjustments within the add/drop period.

 

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Examination

Students will be assessed for every course registered at CUHK. Criteria for assessment may include any one or any combination of the following: attendance, class work, written work, laboratory work, field work, research papers, tests, examinations, and any other criteria.

At CUHK, many courses use examinations as criteria for assessment. Some courses may participate in the centralised examination scheme, meaning that the final examination will be arranged by computer centrally and held during the centralised examination period. Other courses may have examinations scheduled according to the teacher's/students' preference.

The draft centralised examination timetable will be announced normally in late October/early November in the 1st term, and early March in the 2nd term. Students are strongly advised to check the last day of examination before making any travel plans or booking return flights. Requests for re-scheduling of examination date/time or exemption from examination(s) for personal reasons or engagement (e.g. making an overseas trip, taking driving test, etc.) will NOT be considered. If students are absent from any examination without permission, an "F" (failure) grade will be awarded.

Students should talk to the advisor at the Office of Academic Links immediately after the examination timetable is released if there are any questions about the arrangement.

Centralised examination timetable

The centralised examinations usually commence in mid-December in the 1st term and late April in the 2nd term. The examination timetable can be found at the website of the registration and examinations section

 

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Credit transfer

CUHK is fully accredited as a University of the Commonwealth, and is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Credits earned at CUHK by exchange or study abroad students are readily recognised by their home institutions.

Students can consult their home institution to ascertain whether credits earned at CUHK can be transferred, and request the relevant application procedures.

At CUHK, one credit (unit) is approximately equivalent to one hour of instruction per week. Most 3-unit courses are composed of 3 hours of lectures or 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial per week. All students are evaluated according to the standards of each academic department.

 

Grading system at CUHK

 

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