Quick Info

  • Hong Kong
  • Spring, Fall, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Anthropology, Architectural Studies, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, East Asian Languages and Literature, Economics, Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, English (including Literature, Writing, and Creative Writing), Environmental Studies, French Language and Literature, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, German, Health and Rehab Sciences, History, Information Sciences, Integrative Molecular Biology, Intelligent Systems, Italian Language and Literature, Less Commonly Taught Languages, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish Language and Literature, Sports Medicine / Athletic Training, Statistics, Urban Studies
  • : 25 August 2018 - 21 December 2018
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare
  • : Spring: Monday, 11 September 2017; Fall/Academic Year: Thursday, 1 March 2018. Additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


As a comprehensive research institution, CUHK has a variety of subjects to offer exchange students.  Courses are taught in English, Putonghua or Cantonese.   Academically, CUHK exchange students may take undergraduate courses within the following faculties: 

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Science

For a full list of courses offered at CUHK, please following these instructions.  You may also visit the following website for more information.  

Student Life

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. 

Cultural activities

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.

One-day excursion

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.

Teaching-in-China programme

These weekend visits give students the opportunity to interact with local students in southern China through English activities and engage in cultural exchange.

College activities

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.

Sports activities

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.


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. CUHK guarantees on-campus housing once admitted.  

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 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

Students should indicate accommodation preference on the online application form. More details may be found here.  

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Hong Kong Depart Hong Kong

3 January 2018

14 May 2018

Arrive in Hong Kong Depart Hong Kong

25 August 2018

24 December 2018

Keep in mind that dates change.  You should not book airfare until given confirmation from the exchange university.


Inclusions & Exclusions

You will pay for tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000.00 - $2,000)
  • Room and board
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits)

Personal expenses varies with individual students. Wonder about the cost of living? You can review the CUHK website for more information. 

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

Visa: Students without a HKID card are required to apply for a HK student visa.  Please review the notes from CUHK regarding the application process.  

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.