Frequently Asked Questions

QI have never studied Chinese. Am I eligible for the Chinese Studies Programme?
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Yes! The Programme is taught in English; no knowledge of Chinese is required for admission. 

QWhat resources are available on campus for Chinese Studies students?
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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.

QAre students involved in extracurricular activities? What kinds?
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CUHK is home to over 100 student organizations, 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.

QWhat is the Residential College System? How is it different from traditional hostels and dorms?
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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.

QWhere is CUHK located in Hong Kong? What is the campus environment like?
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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.

QWhy the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)? How is it different from other universities in Hong Kong?
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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.

QWhat’s life like in Hong Kong? What is there to do?
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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.

QWhy 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?
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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.

QWhat can I expect from an admission interview?/ how is it conducted?
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Select candidates will be invited to attend a fifteen minute interview via Zoom, with a set of individually tailored questions to be conducted in English.

QIf I am in mainland China can I still participate in the interview using Zoom?
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Yes, Zoom is available to those in mainland China and can be accessed over the web.