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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Science, Engineering

At the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) courses are taught in English by local faculty and visiting professors from around the world. Course offerings include business, China/Chinese studies, Chinese language, engineering, environmental studies, and humanities and social sciences​. The largest offerings are in business and courses related to China area and language studies.

Unique study opportunities

  • Take a beginning Chinese language class and build new vocabulary skills.
  • Learn product development and marketing strategies in the Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship course.
  • Get a firsthand understanding of modern Chinese culture, government, and politics.
  • Immerse in a stimulating, international environment alongside students from more than 50 countries.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Chinese Language Study: Optional

Although most courses are taught in English, Cantonese is the primary language of Hong Kong. You will encounter Cantonese in dormitories and on the street. Some basic Cantonese will help you interact both in classes and in everyday activities.

Chinese language study is available at beginning and intermediate levels. In addition to Cantonese, you can learn Putonghua (Mandarin).

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two courses of 4.5 quarter/3 semester UC units each for a total of 9 quarter/6 semester UC unit.
  • A letter grade is required.

Current Program Courses

CUHK offers a list of around 30 courses in English. Before departure, you’ll rank your desired courses to accommodate UC major and general requirements.

Classes typically meet three days per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for three hours each day.

Catalogs and resources

Academic culture

Some courses involve fieldwork, practical experience, or lab work. Students who succeed in this environment are able to study independently, do the background reading, and incorporate class work in written papers. Local teaching style emphasizes memorization, so be prepared to repeat lecture material on written quizzes and exams.

Grades

You will earn UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grading at Hong Kong institutions reflects rigorous academic standards. Grading curves are rare, and Hong Kong instructors generally assign grades that are lower than the norm at UC. If you adapt to local practices and expectations, you can earn good grades.

Grades are typically available in early September.