Interdisciplinary Summer School for Chinese Students at the University of Novid Sad, Serbia

What is the first thing that rings in your mind when we say “Serbia”?  A country that was in turmoil in the 1990s?  The homeland of inventor – Nikola Tesla who contributed to modern electricity supply system and famous tennis player – Novak Djokovic?  The Serbian Football Team?  Whatever your answer is, this southeastern European country has so much more for you to discover and explore.  Now, there is an opportunity for you to do exactly that at Novi Sad, a historical Serbian city on the bank of the Danube.

Hosted by the University of Novi Sad, one of the largest universities in Serbia and Central Europe, the Interdisciplinary Summer School will earn you 3 units towards your university general education requirements in 10 days.  To make this offer even more attractive, CUHK will cover the 500 EUR programme fee for you. So seize the opportunity and embark on a fascinating journey!

You will be introduced to Serbia and southeastern Europe through a series of lectures on a wide variety of topics.  You will be able to understand why Serbia has been the centre stage of ethnic conflicts for the past couple of decades and what has shaped today’s Serbia.

Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia, the engine of innovation in the Balkans and the European Capital of Culture 2021.  Explore the city’s baroque town centre, cultural hotspots and latest developments in field trips that bring you around the city, and visit the country’s capital of Belgrade.  Know more about Serbia and introduce Chinese culture to local students through cultural exchange activities.

The programme is open to CUHK students who have completed Year 1 or above with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7.  More information of the programme can be found in the brochure.

Programme Summary
Arrival date 19 May 2017
Programme dates 20 – 30 May 2017
Language of instruction English
Module topics
  • The area of Novi Sad and modern-day Vojvodina in the regional and European context-historical and religious perspectives
  • Serbian Literature, Culture, Society
  • Legal system of the Republic of Serbia and the European Union
  • Gastronomy of Serbia and Southeast Europe
  • Business and economy in Serbia and Southeast Europe
Credit transfer Upon successful completion of the programme, students may apply for credit transfer which would be recognized as 3 units under the University General Education’s Area C: Society and Culture.
No. of participants 15 to 20 students
  • Completed Year 1 or above
  • Cumulative GPA 2.7 or above

English requirement: TOEFL (internet-based) 72, IELTS 6.0 (with no component less than 5.5), HKDSE Level 4 or equivalent


Estimated Cost
Participation fee 500 EUR (about HKD 4,140)CUHK will cover the programme fee of 500 EUR per student for up to 20 undergraduate students.  Eligible local students may apply for the Education Bureau (EDB) Schemes for Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (SSE); and Subsidy on Exchange to Belt and Road Regions for Post-secondary Students (SSEBR) – details.
Accommodation fee Cost varies by room typesDaily rate: from 7.5 to 12 EUR (about HKD 62.1 to 99.4)For the entire period (11 nights): from 82.5 to 132 EUR (about HKD 678 to 1,084)
Airfare Connecting flights from Hong Kong: HKD 6,000 or above
Travel insurance From HKD 260Participants shall take out travel insurance for their period of stay in Serbia
Airport transfer From Belgrade to Novi Sad: 20 EUR per person (about HKD 329)
Daily expenses One meal at restaurant or cafe: 6 EUR (about HKD 50) Single-ride bus ticket: 55 RSD (about 0.45 EUR / HKD 3.70)Other expenses per day: 15 EUR (about HKD 165)
ESTIMATED TOTAL Approximately HKD 12,000 (including accommodation, airfare, travel insurance, local transportation and daily expenses)


Useful information
About University of Novi Sad
About Serbia


How to apply:

Please submit all following required documents to Ms Heidi O, Regional Programme Officer of Office of Academic Links (OAL) (Room 1303, 13/F Yasumoto International Academic Park) on or before Monday 3 April 2017.

  1. Application form (download here)
  2. CV in English (Please use the Europass template)
  3. Copy of your valid passport (Identity page)
  4. CUHK transcript (Order an official transcript here.  For “Method of Despatch” choose “send by mail” and the “mailing address” is “Heidi O, Office of Academic Links, 13/F YIA”. It takes about 4 working days to process aFor payment method, see here.)
  5. Motivation letter in English
  6. Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL (internet-based) 72, IELTS 6.0, HKDSE Level 4 or equivalent)
  7. Hostel preference (Refer to the programme brochure for the suggested hostel accommodation. If applicable, please indicate the name of the student(s) whom you wish to share room with.)

Applications will be processed by the University of Novi Sad.  Result of applications will be announced by email in April 2017.

For enquiries, please contact Ms Heidi O, Regional Programme Officer of Office of Academic Links by email: or phone 3943 7592.