The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), through their Office of Academic Links, has for over 25 years provided international students with a unique opportunity to study a wide range of subjects in a multi-disciplinary curriculum as well as Chinese language (Mandarin and Cantonese) at all levels. Academic excellence and a full-immersion living experience at CUHK combine to make this program not only a particularly meaningful part of a student's education, but also a deeply rewarding experience. The program accommodates students with little or no Asian studies or language background as well as advanced students.
The campus of CUHK is situated on the north side of the city, in one of the most beautiful areas of Hong Kong. On a hilltop overlooking Tolo Harbour, CUHK offers students a peaceful campus environment while being only minutes away by bus or train from the energy and excitement of downtown Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is simply a fascinating place to study. Students interested in international economics and business have the chance to experience an international financial and trading center. Students interested in politics or law can view a society in transition from a British colony to a Special Administrative Region of the PRC. Those interested in international relations will appreciate being in a regional hub and a base for many international agencies. Those interested in the social sciences will be fascinated and challenged by the complex and multi-cultural urban society influenced by periodic influxes of refugees and years of colonial rule. All students will benefit from the free and open exchange of ideas, which continues to thrive in Hong Kong.
The curriculum for international students is designed to be flexible, allowing focused students to tailor their studies at CUHK in order to augment their academic plans at Carolina. CUHK can meet the needs of students majoring in virtually any subject, including Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Anthropology, Philosophy, Fine Arts, Sociology, and of course, Asian Studies. The program draws from the extensive academic resources of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, which includes 60 academic departments offering a wide selection of courses. Participants can register for courses in almost all departments at the University, depending upon language ability and academic course prerequisites. Almost all departments offer at least a portion of their classes in English (the majority of courses are taught in Cantonese, and there are also courses taught in Mandarin).
Students also have access to the University Library System, which includes over 1,380,000 volumes, 60% of which are in English, and over 9,800 periodicals. In addition, The Universities Service Centre at CUHK provides the most comprehensive collection of materials on contemporary China in the world. Its library on post-1949 China is incomparable in its coverage with complete collections, from the early 1950's up to the present, of most of China's provincial and national newspapers. CUHK is a special place to study China, as scholars from all over the world, including mainland China, Taiwan and Japan, provide an open and invigorating.
The Department of Music at UNC Chapel Hill endorses this exchange for its students. Music majors attending this program will not be charged any fees for applied music lessons on their major instrument at CUHK (though fees will apply for applied music lessons in a second, elective instrument).
UNC Dept of Asian Studies Policy towards Mandarin courses at CUHK:
The Department of Asian Studies normally will not honor any Chinese-language credits earned from this program to be used towards the major/minor in Chinese or towards general education language requirements (though exceptions may be made for the latter on a case by case basis with complete syllabi-- pre-approval is strongly suggested). Returning students who wish to enroll in the Chinese program at UNC to complete the major or minor in Chinese must contact Asian Studies, take a placement test, and successfully complete an appropriate course before any language credits from this exchange program can be considered towards the major or minor.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
CUHK offers international students the opportunity to fully integrate into local student life. Carolina students can choose to live in regular dormitory rooms (typically in a double or triple occupancy room with shared bathroom facilities) with local Hong Kong students. Most of the dorms are equipped with shared kitchen, laundry, and lounge space. Certain dorms are "fully residential" and require a meal plan. On-campus housing is guaranteed to those who apply on time! Alternatively, students can choose to find their own off-campus housing, if desired.
Students can purchase meals at one of the many student canteens located on campus, and are also of course encouraged to explore the amazing food options throughout the city!
Out-of-state students: This program allows you to pay CUHK's tuition instead of UNC's out-of-state tuition!
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs.
The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.