This program offers a wide variety of courses in Asian studies, Contemporary China studies, liberal arts, business administration, science, social science, engineering, and English instruction. This instutition also offers an International Asian Studies Program (IASP) as well as a Teaching English program. To find more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog. Note that the city of Hong Kong uses simplified Chinese characters. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits, 9 - 18 CUHK units). Field trips and cultural movie nights are also offered as part of this program. Click here to view the CUHK Incoming Student Booklet.
Smeal students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau must first contact the Smeal Office of International Programs before applying to inquire about eligibility requirements.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Hong Kong Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
To view a list of courses offered each semester, visit www.cuhk.edu.hk/rgs and click on Teaching Timetable / Classroom Booking" --> Full-time Undergraduate --> Teaching Timetable. You will arrive at a search page for courses under the various departments. Press the 'magnifying glass' icon for a full list of departments and select the appropriate term and year. Remember Term 1 refers to Fall and Term 2 refers to Spring.
Incoming students can take courses under the Faculties of Art, Business Administration, Engineering, Science and Social Science, in addition to the IASP courses which include International Studies, Asia Studies and Chinese courses. Click here to view available courses. Enrollment restrictions only apply to professional courses such as MBA and Law which are available to local students only.
Housing and Meals
Undergraduate exchange students will live in on-campus housing and are assigned to double or triple-occupancy rooms in college managed hostels with local roommates. Sharing a room with a local student will help students settle in at CUHK and immerse into the Chinese culture. On-campus housing is automatically assigned to admitted students, so an additional application is not required. Each room is equipped with highspeed internet access.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships, including the Whole World Scholarship. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Elizabeth Shuman, the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.