Students can enjoy a full range of cultural, extra-curricular and sports activities at CUHK to supplement their academic life. Through these activities, students learn about the culture of Hong Kong and China, make friends with local students, and be immersed in the local student life.
Student organisations at CUHK
A variety of student organisations 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. They include:
The Orientation provides non-MBA exchange and study abroad students with the best possible start for living and studying at CUHK. It covers both practical advice and social events. Students receive information on the curriculum, student life at the University, Chinese culture, Hong Kong society, and support services provided by the Office of Academic Links.
A full day excursion explores the hidden beauty of Hong Kong, its mountains, local villages, and markets.
Rural schools service project
Students can gain community service experience at local primary schools through activities for the learning of English or Putonghua. Participating students will also be invited to join cultural activities jointly organised by the primary schools.
These weekend visits give students the opportunity to interact with local students in southern China through English activities and engage in cultural exchange.
CUHK is the only tertiary institution in Hong Kong with a college system. Colleges are the centres 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 organise many cultural and sports activities including singing contests, drama competitions, various celebrations, and language enhancement programmes. 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 organised 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.