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  • Locations: Shatin, Hong Kong
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Lehigh applicants only
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Area of Study: Accounting, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Communications, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Finance, Health, Medicine, & Society, History, Industrial Systems Engineering, Japanese, Law, Management, Marketing, Mathematics/Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion Studies, Sociology, Systems Engineering Experience / Activity Type: Classes
Credit type: Apply for transfer credit Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Eligibility: 2.5 Sophomore 2nd semester, Junior, Senior Housing Option: Dorm/Student Residence
AACSB accredited: Yes Global Exchange Lehigh (GEL): Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Global Engineering Consortium: No
Program Description:


This program is located in Hong Kong, China.

Study at CUHK

Since its inception in 1963, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has played a significant part in the cross-fertilisation of Chinese and Western academic and cultural traditions. The first student exchange programme was launched in 1965 with the University of California. Since then, student exchange programmes have been established with over 200 institutions worldwide. Each year CUHK welcomes nearly 1000 students from both the partner and non-partner institutions to study for one term or the entire academic year.

Accommodation:  (Undergraduate dormitory arrangement)

Students share a room with one or two CUHK student(s) who have expressed special interest in having a non-CUHK roommate. This will enhance cultural exchange and immersion into local student life. Single rooms are not available for undergraduate exchange and study abroad students. All dormitories have wardens and residence tutors to oversee the physical and mental wellness of the residents. The tutors will also help to organise activities with resident associations. Some examples of these activities are high table dinners, sweet soup gatherings, mass games such as tug of war, and karaoke parties. Exchange and study abroad students are encouraged to take the initiative to find out more about these activities. 

Amenities in the undergraduate student dormitories include:
  • Modestly furnished bedrooms with telephone and network (ResNet) connection
  • Air-conditioning operated with smart cards in all rooms (central heating is not available)
  • Laundry facilities: washing and drying machines operated with smart cards
  • Shared kitchens equipped with refrigerators, stoves, boilers and microwaves on each floor
  • Shared bathrooms with showers on each floor
  • Common rooms with televisions


Undergraduate students from the US may apply for the NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship or the Benjamin A.Gilman International Scholarship. Students can also check with the financial aid and study abroad offices at their home institution to determine what sources of funding are available for study abroad programmes.

Extracurricular Activities and Student Life

A variety of student organisations are available at CUHK, including Chinese martial arts, photography, drama, and debate clubs, etc. The more active ones are those within the academic departments and Colleges. Cantonese is the language used in most activities but international students who make the effort can participate with very rewarding results. The Office of Academic Links provides exchange and study abroad students with an array of cultural activities. They include:
  • Teaching-in-China programme: These weekend visits give students the opportunity to interact with local students in southern China through English activities and engage in cultural exchange.
  • One-day excursion: A full day excursion explores the hidden beauty of Hong Kong, its mountains, local villages, and markets.
  • Sports Activities: Intramural athletic competitions are scheduled in swimming, basketball, badminton, and football (soccer). Former international students have excelled in these competitions and many have represented the University in varsity competitions against teams from other Hong Kong institutions, especially in swimming and basketball.

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 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.