Admission Schemes and Requirements
The Chinese Studies programme admits students through the following schemes with respective entry requirements via the Office of Admission and Financial Aid (OAFA).
- International Students (also for non-Gaokao and have-not-taken-Gaokao Mainland Chinese Students)
- Local JUPAS Students (JUPAS code: JS4136)
- Local Non-JUPAS Students
1. Gaokao students or those who have taken the Gaokao before are not eligible for this programme.
2. Non-local (International) students refer to those who are holding/ will require a –
- student visa/ entry permit;
- visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates; or
- dependent visa, who are aged 18 years old or above before 1 September of the year in which they are admitted to relevant post-secondary programmes in Hong Kong issued by the Director of Immigration.
For International and non-JUPAS local students, applications normally open from mid/late October. For further details, please visit the OAFA's website. Application deadlines are divided into the following two categories for admission 2021:
Early Application: 18 November 2020
Regular Application: 13 January 2021
Extended Application: 31 March 2021
Promising applicants can expect to be contacted for an interview (via Skype or phone) after receipt of their application. Early applicants who do not hear back from CUHK by 31 December should assume that their application will be considered with the Regular Application pool.
Fees and Financial Aids
2021-22 Academic Year
| (In reference to 2020-21)
||Local (in HKD)||International (in HKD)|
|Hostel (Dorm) Fee^||HK $12,000||HK $12,000|
|HK $35,000||HK $35,000|
||HK $192,000 (US$24,615)
|^Hostel fees vary slightly depending on type of hostel and those of Colleges
with communal dining plans are higher.
# Including estimated food, books, transportation, caution money, and pocket money.
Scholarships are available for outstanding students with a demonstrated commitment to Chinese Studies. To learn more about the numerous scholarship opportunities available, please click here.
U.S. Federal Student Financial Aid Programs
U.S. students attending CUHK and enrolled in full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes as approved by the U.S. Education Department may apply for the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program to help pay their educational expenses. The Federal School Code for CUHK is G22074. For details, please click here.
Admission Scholarship with priority for German Students
Outstanding German students are eligible for the Ti Hua KOO and Dorothy VEE KOO Admission Scholarships. For details, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I study in Hong Kong? If I am interested in Chinese Studies, wouldn’t it be better for me to study in mainland China?
Hong Kong is a unique opportunity to simultaneously be both inside and outside China: when Britain returned Hong Kong to mainland China in 1997, the mainland Chinese government instituted a policy by which Hong Kong would maintain a great deal of autonomy. As such, Hong Kong - while definitively a Chinese city with easy access to the rest of greater China - can offer students a unique perspective on contemporary China, as well as a space in which to fully discuss China in its entirety. Hong Kong is literally where the East meets the West. There is no better place to be study China.
I have never studied Chinese. Am I eligible for the Chinese Studies Programme?
Yes! The Programme is taught in English; no knowledge of Chinese is required for admission.
Why the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)? How is it different from other universities in Hong Kong?
Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward-looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. CUHK teachers and students hail from all around the world and CUHK graduates are connected worldwide through an extensive alumni network. For further details, please click here.
Where is CUHK located in Hong Kong? What is the campus environment?
CUHK is located in Shatin, in the New Territories north of Hong Kong Island and surrounded by mountains and Tolo Harbour. CUHK boasts the largest campus in Hong Kong, featuring 137 hectares of a pristine natural environment ideal for education and scholarship. Hong Kong’s comprehensive public transportation system efficiently connects CUHK’s campus with every corner of Hong Kong. For further details, please click here.
What resources are available on campus for Chinese Studies students?
China-related scholarship is a key area of research promoted by the University, and as such, our China-related resources are abundant and diverse. Our libraries host one of the most comprehensive collections of China-related resources in the world. Additionally, the Institute for Chinese Studies' Art Museum's collection illuminates China's long history through cultural treasures. Plus, a plethora of China-related lectures and discussions on numerous topics featuring experts from all around the world are consistently offered and available. If you are interested in China, CUHK is the place to be.
What is the Residential College System? How is it different from traditional hostels and dorms?
CUHK's nine Residential Colleges offer students a holistic undergraduate experience. Besides simply offering dorm rooms, Residential Colleges each feature their own dining halls and cafes, libraries and study rooms, gyms and recreational facilities, and a dedicated staff who know students by name. These Colleges - each with its own unique characteristics - become homes-away-from-home for our students and is a highlight of their undergraduate years. For further details on CUHK’s College System, please click here. Additionally, CUHK offers on-campus accommodation and priority is given to international students. For further details about living on campus, please click here.
Are students involved in extracurricular activities? What kinds?
CUHK is home to over 100 student unions, associations, clubs, publications, and music ensembles. These various organizations range from department societies and hostel (dorm) associations to clubs promoting magic and teaching tai chi. CUHK promotes a healthy lifestyle, and sports are part of the core values of the university. Students are welcome to join CUHK’s teams and use the facilities. Whatever your interest, you can either find it or create it on campus! For further details, please click here.
What's life like in Hong Kong? What is there to do?
Nicknamed "Asia's World City" and a global centre of business, Hong Kong is one the world's most dynamic metropolises. It is a city of over 7 million people, where you will find a vibrant mixture of Chinese culture and global society. Hong Kong offers endless opportunities to explore, discover, and learn, either through internships, research projects, or simply diving into the city's many nooks and crannies. Hong Kong is alive day and night, both in downtown and in its country parks. Anywher, anytime you can have it all.