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Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Outgoing Program)
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Claire Hu
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Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program. 

  • Program deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Princeton deadline: Aprill 30, 2020

Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a top comprehensive research university, one of the world’s premier universities. Students participating in the program at The Chinese University of Hong Kong may take courses offered in English by a range of departments as well as by the International Asian Studies Program (IASP).

The program allows Princeton students to study at CUHK as associated undergraduates and receive a full semester of Princeton credit.

The University

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a top comprehensive research university, one of world’s premier universities ranked in the upper tier. CUHK offers more than 1,280 postgraduate and undergraduate programs through its graduate school and seven faculties: Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Science, and Social Science. The university is also home to the renowned Yale-China Chinese Language Center.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is an officially trilingual campus; its languages of instruction are English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. It has an enrollment of more than 16,000 students.

CUHK is a collegiate university. Like Princeton’s residential colleges, CUHK’s colleges have their own dorm space, dining halls, and other facilities. Students can experience close interaction with teachers and peers. Colleges are active promoters of various extracurricular activities. They are also important platforms for discussions and friendships.

The Setting

Located in the northwest end of Hong Kong’s Sha Tin district, 30 minutes by train from downtown Kowloon and 20 minutes to the Lo Wu border, the CUHK campus is celebrated for its beauty. The campus is built on a hillside overlooking Tolo Harbor. A modern transportation system provides ready access to all parts of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has long been a fascinating place to study Chinese culture and language and to interact with Chinese people in a multicultural context. Although the territory was a British colony for more than 150 years, its population is 95% ethnic Chinese. The many subcultures within the Chinese community include those of the educated middle class, the Cantonese jet-set, Mandarin-speaking émigré intellectuals, the Shanghai business class, the young Cantonese intelligentsia, Chinese civil servants, old village families, and recent arrivals. The city offers a dynamic mix of restaurants, shopping districts, theaters, museums, and galleries.

Hong Kong consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and more than 260 outlying islands. Most of the territory’s almost 7 million inhabitants live on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and various “New Towns” such as Ma On Shan and Tin Shui Wai. The rest of the New Territories is hilly and sparsely populated. Scattered throughout the region are fishermen and agricultural communities whose clans trace their Hong Kong ancestors back for centuries.



For a list of available courses, please visit CUHK's online course catalog. 


Applicants must have a B average for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year preceding the year or semester abroad.

Grading & Credits:

The majority of CUHK courses are equivalent to three units each. A full course load is 15 units plus independent work, if applicable.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall semester typically runs from early September to early December

  • Spring semester typically runs from early December to late April

You can view exact program dates on the university’s academic calendar


Students live in shared rooms in one of CUHK's campus dormitories, and will be assigned one or two CUHK students as roommates. Program participants will complete an online accommodation application form where they may indicate their housing preferences. More information about housing options is available on the Accommodation website.  

Students who live in dormitories typically dine together several times a week. During these communal dinners special talks are held. Students take other meals at on-campus student canteens or off-campus.

Student Life

Princeton students have the same access to libraries, computing facilities, and health services as do regularly enrolled students. The University Library System consists of the University Library and five branch libraries. This system is open and available to students 85 hours a week.

Many extracurricular and sports activities at CUHK are organized at both the University and college levels by student unions as well as by academic departments. Princeton students automatically become members of both the University Student Union and the student unions of the colleges to which they belong. There are many student clubs, including the photography, music, drama, chess, and debating clubs, but the more active ones are those within the academic departments.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    
Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website. 

Students who are not citizens or permanent residents of China must obtain a student visa to enter the country for the purpose of studying at CUHK. The offer of a place by CUHK does not guarantee that the Hong Kong Immigration Department will allow a student to reside in Hong Kong, nor does it remove the need to obtain official permission to enter the country. By law, CUHK cannot register students who do not present the student visa. Since it can take up to eight weeks for the Hong Kong Immigration Department to issue a student visa, students should submit their visa application to CUHK at least two months prior to the commencement of orientation.

The visa application fee is HK$500. CUHK will assist you in applying for a student visa. The application procedures differ slightly for students of different nationalities.

Students are responsible for preparing and providing the required documents for the student visa application. Issuance of the student visa is subject to the Hong Kong Immigration Department's decision. Students are responsible for any costs incurred during the visa application. A visa application fee will be collected by the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Students should not enter Hong Kong on a tourist visa with the intention of changing it to a student visa while in the country. Individuals who do this are sent back to their countries of origin and are made to apply for a study visa.

Note: Students are not permitted to seek and/or undertake any form of employment, paid or unpaid, during their studies at CUHK.

Application Process

In order to apply to CUHK, the appropriate study abroad adviser from Princeton must review your qualifications and nominate you for the program.

  • Make an appointment to see a study abroad adviser to discuss your interest in CUHK.

  • Complete Study Abroad Application questionnaire in GPS (Please note: This application requires you to enter your current passport information. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date you will LEAVE Hong Kong.)

In addition, you will submit the following to OIP:

  • CUHK printed application form

  • Princeton official (paper) transcript

  • Note that the Princeton deadlines are earlier than the deadlines stated on the CUHK website.

In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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