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  • Locations: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UNC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open August 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Derek Shepard Program type: Exchange, Non-exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: Chinese, English
Click here for a definition of this term Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible: Yes Summer Program Duration: 5-6 Weeks
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

Chinese University of Hong Kong (International Summer School)

Update 1/28/21: It has been confirmed that CUHK ISS 2021 will be offered virtually. Budget sheets to be adjusted pending information.

This program is eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship

CUHK International Summer School brings international students and faculty together to provide students with excellent courses in a variety of disciplines, paired with cultural activities and excursions to acquaint students with Hong Kong society and Chinese culture. This popular program enables Carolina students to immerse themselves in a multicultural study environment. A number of sought-after courses in business, humanities, and social science with an Asian or Chinese perspective are offered, in addition to optional Mandarin and Cantonese courses.

CUHK offers various summer terms and programs. UNC students attend CUHK's ISS July Session.


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.

A host of cultural programs will enable students to learn more about Hong Kong and Chinese culture. These will include, but not be limited to: an orientation to help students navigate through Hong Kong, field trips to public and private sector organizations, visits to cultural, tourist & historical sites, restaurant hops, and film shows.

Post-program trips to mainland China are organized each summer for those students who are interested in attending. Trip options are typically either a sightseeing excursion to Beijing, or a trip to a more rural location to live with locals and teach English. Students who sign up for either of these trips will incur an additional charge and will be responsible for arranging their own housing from when they return to Hong Kong after the trip until their flight home (specific information is available on CUHK's website).

Courses & Credits

Participants are required to take two courses (6 credits) on the program. Business students can gain an understanding of business and marketing practice in China and Hong Kong. Language courses (at a variety of levels) are offered in both Mandarin and Cantonese. Humanities and Social Science courses may include: Chinese Culture and Society, Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Gender in Asia, Chinese Philosophical Thought, Social and Economic History of China, Chinese Foreign Policy, and more. See the CUHK Summer School website for an exact listing of courses for the coming summer.   

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

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Students will be housed on-campus at CUHK, typically in a double or triple occupancy room with shared bathroom facilities. Most of the dorms are equipped with shared kitchen, laundry, and lounge space. Students will also be able to 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. 

Program Costs

This program is eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship
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 program are based on current UNC tuition rates, the student’s NC residency status, and operating costs of the program. Tuition and fees 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.

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad

Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.

More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/10/2021
03/05/2021 TBA TBA

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App for Spring & Calendar Year open August 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1