- Direct enroll in courses at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Babson students will register as a study abroad student.
- Students will enroll in courses taught in English in a variety of faculties from arts and social sciences to law and business administration.
- CUHK's campus campus offers immediate access to large tracts of varied countryside and country parks, yet it is less than 25 minutes by rail or road from the heart of the city.
- Fall: Late August to Late December
- Spring: Early January to Late May
- Orientation: One week prior to the start of classes.
The Orientation will prepare you for your stay and study 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 you to get acquainted with the other foreign students. The Orientation includes:
• Dormitory Check-in
• Briefing on Practical Matters and University Services
• Briefing on Course Registration
• Academic Counselling
• Welcoming Events
• City Tour
Additional Eligibility Requirements
Academics at Chinese University of Hong Kong
Studying at Chinese University of Hong Kong
Over the years, CUHK has developed into a comprehensive research university. It now has an enrollment of over 21,000 students and offers more than 370 postgraduate and undergraduate programmes through its graduate school and seven faculties and one school: namely, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Social Science.
The University now has more than 200 exchange partners and is sending some 700 students abroad each year. In return, CUHK receives more than 1000 exchange and study abroad students every year.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was established in October 1963 as Hong Kong's second university. The total student body enrollment tops 22,619, while the total Number of enrolled Undergraduates is approximately 11,446.
What You’ll Learn
International students can take courses offered by the following Faculties and programme/unit at CUHK*:
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Business Administration
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Law (Additional requirements apply for the course registration**)
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, Faculty of Education
International Asian Studies Programme
Chinese language courses are also availble to international student who have interest.
The International Asian Studies Programme, administered by the Office of Academic Links, provides an array of cultural activities to all exchange and study abroad students. Studnets will see the business world and government in action through visiting local organizations in the commercial and government sectors.
Students can participate in Teaching-in-China Programs, which will give students the chance to teach English (or Japanese for Japanese students) and engage in cultural exchange with Chinese youths in Southern China over a weekend. Also, students can participate in the rural Schools Service Project.
Through the Rural Schools Service Project students will gain community service experience in teaching English to local primary study. Students will be invited to join cultural activities exclusively to participants in the project, to enhance your understanding of Hong Kong and Chinese traditional culture.
Students will also have an oppportunity to experience a full-day excursion to explore the beauty of Hong Kong, its mountains, local villages, and markets.
At CUHK, there are more than 200 student clubs at CUHK, including Kung Fu, photography, music, drama, film 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.
Among these student clubs is the International Club that hosts a range of activities to promote cultural and language exchange. International students are welcome to join the International Club.
Different types of intramural athletic competitions are available at CUHK, e.g. swimming, basketball, badminton, and football (soccer). Former international students have excelled in these competitions and many have represented the University in varsity competition against teams from other Hong Kong institutions, especially in swimming and basketball. Table tennis and tennis are also popular sports. Some international students have toured with CUHK teams in China, thereby getting the chance to play against various college teams in Mainland China.
CUHK is a bilingual university, English, Cantonese and Putonghua are used for instruction. Although the local students are Cantonese speakers, there are many courses that use English as a medium of instruction. There are also some courses that are given in Putonghua.
In CUHK's research-intensive academic environment, you will have opportunities to grow intellectually. You can find opportunities to conduct research on your own using CUHK's abundant resources, or learn from existing research at CUHK.
Most classes at CUHK compose of lectures and tutorials. You will have numerous opportunities to interact with the local students, such as having discussion with them during tutorials, and working on projects or presentations together.
At CUHK, one unit (credit) is roughly equivalent to one hour of instruction per week. Most 3-unit courses are composed of 3 hours of lecture or 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week.All undergraduate students (exchange and study abroad students) must take a full load of courses i.e. minimum of 12 units and maximum of 18 units per semester. 3 units at CUHK equal 3 Babson credits, therefore, most Babson students studying at CUHK will take between 4 and 5 courses per semester.
Life at CUHK
Campus life at CUHK is versatile, fun and fulfilling. Whether it is taking up the challenges of studying together with local students, enjoying delicious dim sum lunch on campus, getting connected with the world via the Internet in the computer rooms, or training your body through sports activities, you will find your time spent on campus enjoyable and rewarding.
As the spacious campus is spread over a hill, the University operates a campus bus service connecting the commuter train, classroom buildings and dormitories. You may ride the buses for free during teaching days. There is also an air-conditioned shuttle light bus service on campus. Getting to class and going out is easy and convenient with this shuttle bus service.
For students who are not used to having Chinese food as their main diet, getting adjusted to food can be a challenge in the beginning. CUHK has a supermarket on campus that sells both western and Chinese food. Students can get vegetables, meat, fruits, milk, canned soup, bread, pasta, snacks and other personal amenities there. In addition, there are many student and staff canteens on campus that serve a great variety of food at reasonable prices. Students can have dim sum, sandwiches, pasta, salads and rice.
Students are guaranteed on-campus housing in double or triple occupancy rooms.
Living in Hong Kong
Many of the paradoxes of modern Chinese and Asian life and development can be observed in Hong Kong. Modern urban industrial centers, with their frenzied pace and congestion are juxtaposed with traditional farming and fishing villages. Cultural performances from every continent take place in the same halls as traditional Chinese operas. And artistic displays from around the world share gallery walls with ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphy.