Visiting StudentsStudy-abroad / Campus Life


Study at CUHK

The first student exchange programmes was established at CUHK in 1965. Today, the university has more than 200 exchange partner institutions around the world. Each year, CUHK welcomes nearly 1,000 students from both partner and non-partner institutions to study for either a single term or the entire academic year. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about studying at CUHK.

Course Information Course Load Timetable and Course Description
Online Course Pre-selection Adding and Dropping Courses Assessments
Credit Transfer Costs Financial Aid


Programme Information

First Term Second Term
Expected arrival date:
first day for hostel check-in
29 or 30 August 2016
(3 September 2016 from 2pm for returning students)
3 – 4 January 2017
for newly admitted students
31 August – 3 September 2016 5 – 7 January 2017
Classes begin 5 September 2016 9 January 2017
Classes end 3 December 2016 22 April 2017
Examination period 7 – 23 December 2016 26 April – 13 May 2017

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.


Course Information

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 exceptions.

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.

IASP Courses
Chinese Proficiency Courses


Course Load

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.

Undergraduate Students
All undergraduate exchange and study-abroad students will need to take a full load of courses, meaning between 9 and 18 units per term.
Postgraduate Students
Postgraduate exchange and study-abroad students, except those from programmes with a specific course-load requirement, can either take a full load of 9 to 18 units of courses, or conduct research by taking a minimum of three units per term.