The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR

Language of instruction

English

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a comprehensive research university with a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. CUHK distinguishes itself with its firmly rooted Chinese culture, bilingualism and multiculturalism, and the unique college system.

Located in the northwest end of Sha Tin, 30 minutes by train from downtown Kowloon, CUHK’s campus is celebrated for its beauty. It commands panoramic views of Tolo Harbour and nearby mountain ranges and is home to some of the nicest walks in Hong Kong.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 2nd Term / Spring Term January–May
Semester 2 1st Term / Fall Term Late August–December

View the CUHK academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

CUHK has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

15 units per semester at CUHK is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Host university requirements

GPA

  • You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at CUHK.
  • Law:
    • You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.25 to study in the Faculty of Law.
    • You must not have received any grades below 4.0 (fail grades) in your UQ Program to be eligible for exchange at the Faculty of Law.

Study Options
You must choose one admission faculty from the 8 available and take the majority (50%+) of courses within the chosen faculty, or the Asia-Pacific Hospitality Management Program (tri-party). Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Semester Restrictions

  • Full-year exchange: Students wishing to take a full-year exchange at CUHK must start their exchange in the Fall Term (UQ's Semester 2).
  • Asia-Pacific Hospitality Management Program: The CUHK leg is only available in UQ Semester 1.

Other Requirements

  • Nationality: Due to visa restrictions, nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Nepal, North Korea or Vietnam are unable to apply for CUHK.
  • Law: CUHK Law courses are restricted to Law majors. Students must be currently enrolled in a Law program at UQ, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.25, and have not failed any courses at UQ. 
  • Asia-Pacific Hospitality Management Program: Only available to the BEL Faculty BIHTM single and/or dual students.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice. 

Find courses

Search the CUHK course catalogue (->Teaching Timetable/Classroom Booking -> Teaching Timetable -> Full-time Undergraduate Teaching Timetable, detailed instruction available).

Students can enrol in up to 6 credits of Chinese Mandarin language courses. Search in the course catalogue using the course code "CPTH", or use the 2016/17 course list as a guide.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Advertising
Anthropology
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
English
English literature
Environmental studies
Exercise science
Finance
Food science
French
German
History and ancient history
Human resources
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International relations
Italian
Korean
Law
Linguistics
Marketing
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Nutrition science
Philosophy
Physics
Psychology
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

CUHK offers student accommodation in their on-campus hostels. Staying in these residences gives you a taste of the local student life and culture and creates better opportunities to make new friends. All hostels have wardens and residence tutors to oversee students' physical and mental well-being.

Cost of living

Living in Hong Kong is expensive, but studying at CUHK can be extremely affordable. On-campus dormitories, canteens and transportation are all heavily subsidised for students. CUHK has provided a list of approximate living costs for students at CUHK.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students at CUHK should have accident and sickness insurance that includes emergency-evacuation and repatriation expenses for the duration of their stay in Hong Kong.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

CUHK has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Immigration Department of Hong Kong for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)