Chinese University of Hong Kong was founded in 1963 and is a comprehensive research university and regional leader with a global reputation. Chinese University of Hong Kong was ranked within the top 200 in the Academic Rankings of the World Universities, 2011 by the Center for World-Class University at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The University has also maintained its position in the top five universities in Asia in the 2011 Asian University Rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds. Each year the University welcome some 1,300 international and non-local students as exchange and visiting students. These students, together with local students, take part in a variety of cultural programs and field trips. While studying on campus, take in panaromic views of the Tolo Harbor and the surrounding verdant hills.
Hong Kong, as a "Special Administrative Region" of the People's Republic of China, has retained some degree of autonomy and still uses its own currency, the Hong Kong Dollar. With a high level of education and low unemployment, its standard of living is on par with other developed nations. This city of 7 million is well known for its dramatic skyline and deep natural harbor. The efficient mass transit system includes buses, subway, the famous Star Ferries and even an outdoor escalator system. Note that the city of Hong Kong uses simplified Chinese characters.
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 as well as a Teaching English program. To find more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog.
Field trips and cultural movie nights are also offered as part of this program. Refer to the the Chinese University of Hong Kong Incoming Student Booklet for further details.
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 on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
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). Incoming students can take courses under the Faculties of Art, Business Administration, Engineering, Science and Social Science, in addition to the International Asian Studies Program courses which include International Studies, Asia Studies and Chinese courses. Enrollment restrictions only apply to professional courses such as Masters of Business Administration and Law which are available to local students only. To find more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog.
Click 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.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Hong Kong CUHK 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. 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.
Smeal College of Business 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.
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 Chinese University of Hong Kong 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 fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. 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 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. 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 visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact 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. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Tentative dates. Please confirm with Chinese University of Hong Kong before purchasing airline tickets.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks final exam date. Students are advised to check their last day of examination before making travel plans or booking return flights.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.