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Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. CUHK teachers and students hail from all corners of the world. In 2007, there were more than 5,800 staff members, some 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Of these students, about 3,000 are from 45 countries and regions outside Hong Kong. CUHK's stunning 134-hectare campus overlooking the scenic Tolo Harbour is the largest and greenest in Hong Kong. The university has 7 libraries, art museums, music halls, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, a water sports centre and gymnasia.
Students will directly enroll at the university and take courses open to international students that are taught in English. Preference is given to linguistics majors, but students outside this department can also apply.
Hong Kong borders the Chinese province of Guangdong to the north and faces the South China Sea to the east, west and south. It has a population of 6.9 million people, making it one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Renowned for its expansive skyline and natural settling, Hong Kong is one of the world's leading financial capitals, a major business and cultural hub. Hong Kong's identity as a cosmopolitan centre where east meets west is reflected in its cuisine, cinema, music and traditions.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Hong Kong.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa. IAP will provide you with visa information.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Students will attend an orientation session upon arrival in Hong Kong that will help prepare them for their time at CUHK. It covers information on the curriculum, student life at the University, Chinese culture, Hong Kong society, and support services provided by staff at the Office of Academic Links. The Orientation is also an excellent opportunity for students to get acquainted with other foreign students. The Orientation includes: airport pickup, dormitory check-in, briefing on practical matters and university services, briefing on course registration, academic counseling, welcoming events, and a city tour.
Students will share a double or triple occupancy room with local students who have expressed special interest in sharing a room with a foreign roommate. Amenities in the student dormitories include: Modestly furnished bedrooms with telephone and network connection; Air-conditioning operated with smart cards in all rooms (central heating is not available but also mostly unnecessary); Blankets and bed linens; Laundry facilities: coin-operated washing and drying machines and clothes lines for drying; Shared kitchens equipped with refrigerators, stoves, boilers and microwaves on each floor; Shared bathrooms with showers on each floor; Common rooms with televisions.
Excursions and Activities
Students can enjoy the full range of cultural, extra-curricular and sports activities available at CUHK to supplement their academic life. Through these activities, students can learn more about the culture of Hong Kong and China, make friends with local CUHK students, and get immersed in the local student life.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Program Handbook
(Summer - 2012-13)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
Scanned Copy of Passport ID Page
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Summer Program Forms
CUHK Summer Exchange Application Record
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.