HONG KONG: Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China

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  • Fall Semester - August - December
  • Spring Semester - Early January - Mid May
  • Summer 2 Semester - Late June - Early August

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - September 22
  • Summer 2 Semester - March 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

This program, through the International Asian Study Programs (IASP) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), offers students an opportunity to live and study in this exciting, fast paced city while it defines its new role in modern China. Students are able to select courses, taught in English, from both the IASP curriculum and the regular course offerings of the Chinese University. Students fluent in Mandarin and/or Cantonese language may choose to take courses exclusively taught in these dialects. Classroom discussions, field trips, and every day Chinese life also enable students to immerse themselves in the culture and see, first-hand, the dramatic changes that are taking place each day.

General Program Information

Summer Program Information


Courses are taught by prominent academics from CUHK and renowned overseas universities, many of whom are research front-runners in their respective fields of study.

Semester: Students can choose courses from a variety of disciplines. Students enroll in 4 courses and receive 16 NU credits. The University also organizes special lectures and dinner talks on various subjects for visiting international students. An optional four week "Survival Cantonese" language course is available prior to the start of the academic term. The cost for this non-credit program (approx. $1,500) is the responsibility of the student

Timetable and Course Description Guide

View Spring 2014 Course Listings, please be sure to select term 2


Summer II: Students will receive 8 credits by taking two courses, one of which must be a business course for DMSB students.

Summer II Courses

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If you are interested in enrolling in a course not in our database, please send this course for evaluation.

Policies and Process for Evaluations

Host University

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was established in 1963 by combining three independent colleges to form one larger university. CUHK is a bilingual institution that offers courses in both Chinese and English. There are presently seven faculties and approximately 12,000 undergraduate students on campus.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time Northeastern student
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Sophomore standing or above

Application Procedure

    Fall or Spring:

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Completed CUHK online application
    • Please submit the following directly to OISP:
      • A printout of your completed online CUHK application form
      • Application Record Sheet (completed by the Study Abroad Coordinator). You must click the "Submit" button at the top right-hand corner of your online application in order to gain access to the Application Record Sheet in the My Application page. View a sample of the Application Record Sheet.
      • Two academic recommendations from professors at Northeastern. Download the recommendation form. Ask the recommenders to send the completed form directly to the OISP
      • Official Transcript
      • A photocopy of the identification page of your national passport.
      • Additional documents (if applicable): A photocopy of your Hong Kong Permanent Identity (HKPID) Card, if any. (Students who have a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card do not need to apply for a student visa for their studies at CUHK. If you are a HKPID holder, you are strongly advised to provide a photocopy of your HKPID card in order to have the student visa application fees waived. Otherwise, you will be charged the fee if the application is successful.)
      • Application Fee. Students are responsible for the CUHK application fee. Northeastern University OISP will pay this fee and then charge the student’s Northeastern University account.


    • Summer application will be available in mid-February. Submit everything else to OISP by March 1st
    • For the summer program, you must upload a copy of your latest NU university transcript. If you want to enroll in a Chinese language course, a Language Background form is also needed.
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights. The application fee will be paid directly by Northeastern University and charged back to the student’s account based on the invoice received from the host institution. All other costs will be billed directly by CUHK to the student.

Summer 2 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634) and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs. The application fee will be paid directly by Northeastern University and charged back to the student’s account based on the invoice received from the host institution. All other costs will be billed directly by CUHK to the student. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


  • Students share a room with one or two CUHK student(s) who have expressed special interest in having a non-CUHK roommate. This will enhance cultural exchange and immersion into local student life. Single rooms are not available for study abroad students.

Amenities in the undergraduate student dormitories include:

  • modestly furnished bedrooms with telephone and network (ResNet) connection
  • air-conditioning operated with smart cards in all rooms (central heating and air conditioning is not available)
  • laundry facilities: washing and drying machines operated with smart cards
  • shared kitchens equipped with refrigerators, stoves, boilers and microwaves on each floor
  • shared bathrooms with showers on each floor
  • common rooms with televisions
  • bed linens provided
  • meals are not included.Students may take their meals at several campus cafeterias at reasonable prices

Students should fill out an accommodation preference form by a specific deadline. Click here for reference.

Living with a local roommate and adjusting to different living habits may cause tension especially in the first few weeks. For example, local students, especially females, tend to be extremely modest and prefer to undress in privacy. They will expect equal consideration from their roommates. It is a good idea, therefore, to discuss these sorts of issues early and arrive at an agreeable arrangement.

All dormitories have wardens and residence tutors to oversee the physical and mental wellness of the residents. The tutors will also help to organise activities with resident associations. Some examples of these activities are high table dinners, sweet soup gatherings, mass games such as tug of war, and karaoke parties. Study abroad students are encouraged to take the initiative to find out more about these activities.


Today the city of Hong Kong is a thriving metropolis with 6 million inhabitants (98% ethnic Chinese). It is a fascinating place to study Chinese culture and language, history, politics, and interact with Chinese people. In July 1997, after more than a century of British rule, the territory returned to Chinese sovereignty. Within the territory, students can observe all of the paradoxes of modern, industrial Chinese life and a traditional life-style that has not changed in hundreds of years (i.e. farming and fishing villages). CUHK is located in Shatin, a "suburb" of Hong Kong on a hillside overlooking a tranquil bay. Cantonese and English are the most commonly used languages in Hong Kong.