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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

01/09/2021 ***Please note - this is an archive page and is not being updated***

The Exchange pages are currently being migrated to a new Global Opportunities web platform.

Number of places available for 2021/22:

- 3 full year places (all subjects)

- 2 full year places (Law School)

Website for incoming exchange students:

Term Dates: September-December then January-May

General Contact:

Programme Information

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Term (September): 1st April
  • Spring Term (January): 1st October

Undergraduate Academic Requirements:

• completed at least two academic terms / semesters of university studies;
• a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B average or better). Applications with a slightly lower GPA will be carefully assessed. (Applicants from institutions not using the GPA system will be judged on their overall academic performance.)

Important Dates

Please note, dates may vary by few days each year, depending on weekends.

First Term Second Term (Tentative)
Expected arrival date:
first day for hostel check-in
26 or 27 August
(for returned students: 31 August)
2 January
for newly admitted students
28 August – 31 August 3 – 5 January
Classes begin 2 September 6 January
Classes end 30 November 18 April
Examination period 4 – 20 December 22 April –
9 May

Academic Information

The grading system at CUHK can be found here under section 7.0 Assessment and Examinations.

More information can be found here:

Previous years course offerings can be used until the new course catalogue goes live.


Courses for general exchange students are restricted within the following Faculties/Departments:

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law courses are restricted to applicants applying from the Law School
  • MBA courses
  • Architectural Design Studio courses
  • Courses with prefix PHED
  • College General Education courses
  • Student oriented teaching courses beginning with '0'
  • FINA courses in MSc Finance
  • MEDN courses offered by the School of Life Sciences

Language Requirements

No prior study of the Chinese language or Chinese / Asian studies is required.

Supporting Documents Required

  • Exchange Application Form
  • Academic Transcript
  • Proof of Financial Support (e.g. bank statement)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Offer of Admission Letter
  • Student Visa Application
  • Health History Form


UG students will live in on campus housing and are assigned to double or triple occupancy rooms in college managed hostels. On campus housing is automatically assigned to admitted students, an application is NOT required.

The cost of accommodation is heavily subsidised by the Hong Kong SAR government so can be relatively cheap.

Student Support

CUHK have their own website for student support. They offer support in the form of Student Counselling, Academic Advisors, Employee Assistance Programme and the University Health Service.

Summer Opportunities

All opportunities offered over vacation times can be found on the Summer Opportunities or Winter School webpages

Other Information

The University Health service provides free primary health facilities and clinical services to exchange students but it is recommended that students should also arrange medical and accident insurance.

General information for students can be found here