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Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

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.
Find out more at CUHK's exchange webpage
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Number of places available:  3 full year places (all subjects) and 2 full year places (Law School)


Term Dates are September to December then January to May.

  First Term Second Term 
Expected arrival date:
first day for hostel check-in
26 or 27 August
(for returned students: 31 August)
2 January
for newly admitted students
28 August – 31 August 3 – 5 January
Classes begin 2 September 6 January
Classes end 30 November 18 April
Examination period 4 – 20 December 22 April –
9 May

Please note, dates may vary by few days each year, depending on weekends.

Application deadlines (once allocated a Global Opportunities place by Durham):

  • Fall Term (September): 1 April
  • Spring Term (January): 1 October

Programme Information

The undergraduate academic requirements are that students must have:

  • completed at least two academic terms / semesters of university studies;
  • a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B average or better). Applications with a slightly lower GPA will be carefully assessed. (Applicants from institutions not using the GPA system will be judged on their overall academic performance.)

Academic Information

The grading system at CUHK can be found under section 7.0 Assessment and Examinations.

Previous years course offerings can be used until the new course catalogue goes live.

Study Load

36 credits per academic year. For more information, please visit Academics | Office of Academic Links ( .


Courses for general exchange students are restricted within the following Faculties/Departments:

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law courses are restricted to applicants applying from the Law School
  • MBA courses
  • Architectural Design Studio courses
  • Courses with prefix PHED
  • College General Education courses
  • Student oriented teaching courses beginning with '0'
  • FINA courses in MSc Finance
  • MEDN courses offered by the School of Life Sciences

Language Requirements

No prior study of the Chinese language or Chinese / Asian studies is required.

Supporting Documents Required

  • Exchange Application Form
  • Academic Transcript
  • Proof of Financial Support (e.g. bank statement)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Offer of Admission Letter
  • Student Visa Application
  • Health History Form


UG students will live in on campus housing and are assigned to double or triple occupancy rooms in college managed hostels. On campus housing is automatically assigned to admitted students, an application is NOT required.

The cost of accommodation is heavily subsidised by the Hong Kong SAR government so can be relatively cheap.


CUHK Student Support

CUHK have their own website for student support. They offer support in the form of Student Counselling, Academic Advisors, Employee Assistance Programme and the University Health Service.

Find out more about CUHK student support

Other Information

The University Health service provides free primary health facilities and clinical services to exchange students but it is recommended that students should also arrange medical and accident insurance.

General information for students can be found here.

Watch the campus tour video.

Summer Opportunities

All opportunities offered over vacation times can be found on the Summer or Winter School webpages.


Discover more

Hong Kong is made up of the Kowloon peninsula and 261 islands. The largest island is Lantau Island, home of stilt fishing villages, indigenous forest, peaks and a giant bronze Buddha.

Discover more about Lantau Island

GO Full Year Study: Step by Step

How does it work?

Find out details of how full-year GO study works

Where can I go?

Find out about Durham's partner universities

How to apply

Find out the application process

Preparing to go

What students must do pre-departure

Currently Abroad

Help and resources for students abroad

Returning Students

Find out what to do on your return