Frequently Asked Questions

CUHK's Definition of International Students
1. What is CUHK's definition of International student?
2. How many international students are currently studying at CUHK?


Undergraduate Programmes for International Applicants

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Admission Requirements

1. What are the minimum entrance requirements for international students?

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Application Procedures

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3. What documents should I submit with my application?
4. When will I be notified if I am admitted?
5. What are the CUHK codes for SAT/AP/TOEFL?


Fees and Scholarships

1. What is the tuition fee?
2. What is the hostel fee?
3. What are the other expenses such as living expenses etc.?
4. How should I apply for an entrance scholarship?


Transfer Admission

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College System

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Accommodation

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Contact CUHK

1. How can I contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid?

 


 

CUHK's Definition of International Students

1. What is CUHK's definition of International student?
International students are those who require student visas to study in Hong Kong.
2. How many international students are currently studying at CUHK?
We have 3,800 international students from 45 countries and regions. Our full-time undergraduates come from the following places:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, mainland China, Malaysia, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Myanmar, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Russia Federation, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, the UK, the USA, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, etc.


Undergraduate Programmes for International Applicants

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What major programmes are open to international students?
International students can choose major programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts, Business Administration, Engineering, Medicine, Law, Science and Social Sciences; as well as the Contemporary China Studies programme offered by the Centre for East Asian Studies.
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How many course units are required to earn a CUHK bachelor's degree?
What is the duration of CUHK's undergraduate programme?

The four-year (normative) curriculum is built on a credit unit system, with flexibility and choices both in the selection of courses and in the sequence and pace of electives. With the exception of a few special programmes, the normative period of study is four years, and students have to complete 123 units and satisfy requirements under separate categories.
Please check our website here for the overall curriculum structure. Please also note that applicants who meet specific requirements as stipulated by the University for particular qualifications (including IB, GCE AL, AP, HKALE, associate degree and higher diploma may apply for “Admission with Advanced Standing”. For students admitted with Advanced Standing, the normative period of study may be reduced by up to one year.
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Are courses taught in English or Chinese in CUHK?
Since its establishment, CUHK has adopted bilingualism and biculturalism as the basis of teaching for the benefit of local and international students and scholars. Courses are taught in Chinese or English and in some cases in both languages.

This learning environment is ideal for those who are interested in studying in a Chinese context but are unfamiliar with the language. Enough courses taught in English are offered to international students.
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Are there courses for international students to learn English, Mandarin or Cantonese?
CUHK recognizes the importance of good language skills for its students to excel locally and globally. Therefore, it allocates abundant resources in providing language training in Chinese and English for all students.

You are welcome to take Chinese or English language courses according to your own academic plans and needs. Fundamental Chinese Language and English Language are some core modules required by all faculties.
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When will the academic year start for 2013 entry?
Classes have stated in early September 2013.

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Admission Requirements

1. What are the minimum entrance requirements for international students?
Applicants shall be eligible to apply if they:
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possess a qualification obtained outside Hong Kong which qualifies them for university admission in the country/region where such qualification is originated (e.g. SAT plus high school diploma in USA, UEC / STPM in Malaysia, ATAR in Australia, OSSD in Canada, GSAT in Taiwan); OR
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have acquired an International Baccalaureate Diploma; OR
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have obtained in one sitting of the GCE Advanced Level Examination pass grades in no less than three (Advanced Level) subjects (Applicants with pass grades in 2 Advanced Level and 2 Advanced Subsidiary Level subjects may also apply); OR
(d) have successfully completed at least one year of (full-time) undergraduate study at a recognized university; OR
(e) have successfully completed a course of study leading to the qualification of associate degree / higher diploma; OR
(f) have other exceptional achievements which merit admission.
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What is the language requirement for admission? Am I required to present any language tests such as TOEFL etc.?
Applicants should have attained an acceptable level of proficiency in English. Applicants are recommended to take TOEFL or other acceptable language test, if English is not their native language.
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Do I need to know Chinese to apply to CUHK?
Knowledge of Chinese is only required for applying to a few programmes. Please refer to the programme list for details.
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What are the selection criteria?
Applicants will be considered on the basis of their past academic performance and other relevant qualifications and on individual merits. If they are invited to attend an interview (preferred by some programmes, not all), their performance at the interview will also be taken into account.

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Application Procedures

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When is CUHK's application deadline?
The regular application deadline for 2013 entry is 2 January 2013. If you would like to receive consideration for advance offer, you should submit your application on or before 15 November 2012.
 
Late Application
All applications submitted by the regular application deadline of 2 January 2013 will receive first consideration. Late applications may be accepted subject to availability of places.
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Can I apply for admission if my examination results have not yet been released before the application deadline?
You can still apply for admission to the University. You are advised to submit the application form first before the deadline, and send the examination results to the University once available.
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What documents should I submit with my application?
Copies of your passport, personal statement, academic transcripts, public examination results, one recommendation letter and other relevant information you consider appropriate.
4. When will I be notified if I am admitted?
If you are admitted, you will be notified between December 2012 and August 2013.
5. What are the CUHK codes for SAT/AP/TOEFL?
Organisation Test Code
CollegeBoard SAT, AP 5690
ETS TOEFL 0812

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Fees and Scholarships

1. What is the tuition fee?
Tuition fee is HK$120,000 for the academic year 2013-14.
2. What is the hostel fee?
Hostel fee is around HK$10,000 per academic year.
3. What are the other expenses such as living expenses etc.?
Living and other expenses would be around HK$35,000 per academic year.
4. How should I apply for an entrance scholarship?
All international applicants applying for admission to CUHK undergraduate programmes for 2013 entry will automatically be considered for undergraduate entrance scholarships once formal admission offers have been given. There is no need for you to submit a separate application for a scholarship.

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Transfer Admission

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I am studying at a university. Can I transfer my credits?
Applicants who have successfully completed courses at undergraduate level and have been admitted to CUHK may apply for course and unit exemptions after they have registered as students. Applications for course and unit exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and they may or may not be approved.


College System

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What is the "College System"?
Of all universities in Hong Kong, CUHK is the only one that offers a college experience. Each undergraduate is assigned to one of the constituent Colleges, Chung Chi, New Asia, United, Shaw, Morningside, S.H. Ho, CW Chu, Wu Yee Sun and Lee Woo Sing. The Colleges complement the formal curricula to deliver whole-person education and pastoral care. The college system encourages intimate interaction among teachers, students and alumni.
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How do I select a college? How are students assigned to colleges?
Applicants who have been admitted to a full-time undergraduate programme will be asked to indicate their preferences for college affiliation.

In assigning new students to different Colleges, it is desirable that each College would have students from different faculties/ departments to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas and to widen the students' intellectual perspective. The system for assigning new students to Colleges takes into consideration the preferences of students, their study programmes and admission scores. Priority is given to a new student to be assigned to his/her first-preference College if either of his/her parent is an alumnus of the College.

While students will be assigned college affiliation based on their preferences as far as possible, they may not be assigned to their most preferred College owing to limitation of places available.


Accommodation

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Is accommodation provided?
Non-local students are given the option to live on or off campus. For those who would like to live on campus, a hostel place will be made available for the full period of their undergraduate studies at the University. However, non-local students are encouraged to take up off-campus accommodation for one academic year during their studies to enrich their exposures and broaden their perspectives. For those who would prefer not to take up off-campus accommodation for financial or other reasons, their respective colleges will continue to provide them with a hostel place on campus.


Contact CUHK

1. How can I contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid?
Address:
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid,
Room 201, Sui Loong Pao Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Shatin, N. T., Hong Kong SAR

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