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Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring
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Language of Instruction: Chinese, English Housing Options: Dorm
Term: Spring Program Advisor: Claire Retterer
Area of Study: Art and Art History, Business, Chinese, Economics, International Studies Program Type: Direct Enrollment at Local University
Program Description:
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Chinese University of Hong Kong


Going on exchange is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so why not make it an exciting and rewarding one?

Hong Kong is Asia’s World City that never sleeps. You can discover the perfect blend of contrasts where East meets West, where busy city pace meets natural countryside and where endless skyscrapers meet traditional lifestyles.

CUHK has been welcoming exchange students since 1965 and provides the ideal learning and living environment to help our international students strive in their academics and engage with the university community. Build your knowledge by learning from our galaxy of distinguished scholars. Immerse yourself in our welcoming, multicultural, and green campus. Continue your major studies, while at the same time enrich your knowledge in all things China with our comprehensive catalogue of courses focused on Hong Kong, China and the region. Make lifelong friendships with local and international peers through the residential college system unique to Hong Kong.

Please note:  Due to significant housing shortages available in the fall semester, F&M students are only approved to apply for CUHK Spring semester.


At CUHK, one unit (credit) is roughly equivalent to one hour of instruction per week. Most 3-unit courses are composed of 3 hours of lectures, or 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week. Academic departments will evaluate students' performance according to their own standards. Students will receive credits for all successfully completed courses.  All undergraduate students (exchange and study abroad students) must take a full load of courses i.e. a minimum of 9 units and a maximum of 18 units per term. Those who want to learn Chinese can take Chinese language courses offered by the Yale-China Chinese Language Centre. Arrangements have been made for exchange students from certain institutions to take more than 6 units of Chinese language courses. 

Living Arrangements
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 undergraduate exchange and study abroad students.

Extracurricular Activities

  • A variety of student organizations are available at CUHK, including Chinese martial arts, photography, drama, and debate clubs, etc. The more active ones are those within the academic departments and Colleges. Cantonese is the language used in most activities but international students who make the effort can participate with very rewarding results. 
  • The Office of Academic Links provides exchange and study abroad students with an array of cultural activities, including a rural schools service project and a weekend Teaching-in-China program.
  • Colleges are the centers of non-formal education at CUHK. They provide scholastic and cultural activities to complement academic learning. All undergraduate students are affiliated with one of the Colleges.  Colleges organize many cultural and sports activities including singing contests, drama competitions, various celebrations, and language enhancement programs. Each College has its own sports teams, competing with the other Colleges in inter-college competitions. Besides these activities, exchange and study abroad students can meet local students and learn Chinese through activities organized by the residence association of the dormitories.
  • Intramural athletic competitions are scheduled in swimming, basketball, badminton, and football (soccer). Former international students have excelled in these competitions and many have represented the University in varsity competitions against teams from other Hong Kong institutions, especially in swimming and basketball. Table tennis and tennis are also popular. Some international students have toured with CUHK teams and played against college teams in mainland China. Students are encouraged to join the sports teams as a way of meeting local students and learning about the local culture. 

Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours.  If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive.

Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA. 

Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the college.  If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, home-stay, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study.   This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants.  In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses.  Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.

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