It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials, including references, reach the Programme Office in time. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The required support documents include:
1. Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose should be written in English and not longer than 1,000 words, and should discuss your academic background, your career objectives, and how the Programme will help you meet your educational and career goals.
Your CV should be concise and relevant to your application. It should provide details of your qualifications, relevant experience, publications and achievements.
3. Two Letters of Reference (Confidential Recommendations)
You can invite your teacher, supervisor or any person who knows you well to serve as your referee. After you have successfully submitted the application, you can input information of the two referees through the Online Application System. Your referees will then receive an invitation email to login the Online Confidential Recommendation System to complete the Confidential Recommendation/ Referee’s Report. Confidential recommendations must reach the Programme Office directly from the referee via Online Confidential Recommendation System or hard copy in sealed envelope.
4. Copies of University Diplomas
Applicants who obtained degrees from universities in Mainland China are also required to provide an Online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate (教育部學歷證書電子註冊備案表) issued by the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC/學信網).
5. Academic Transcripts and Grading Scheme
Transcripts detail your university-level grades to date. They have to be officially issued by an institution and should reach the Programme Office in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution. Transcripts should also contain the official school seal or stamp and the signature of the Registrar. There should be explanatory notes printed/attached to the transcript indicating the grading scheme of the University
6. English Language Test Score Certificate
While you can send us a copy of the score certificate for initial selection, we will only recommend your application to the Graduate School upon receipt of the official scores received directly from TOEFL/ETS, IELTS or GMAT/GMAC. The TOEFL/ETS institution code for our Programme is 7608. There is no institution code for the IELTS examination. Test takers should provide the below-mentioned address to have their official score sent to the Programme Office.
[Updates] In response to the closure of TOEFL, IELTS and GMAT test centres in some countries due to COVID-19, the University accepts, on a temporary basis and for those students who are admitted to postgraduate programmes in 2020-21 Term 1 (i.e. commencing studies from August to December 2020), the following online English tests as an alternative to fulfil the University’s English Language Requirements. Please refer to https://www.gs.cuhk.edu.hk/admissions/admissions/requirements for details.
7. Copies of Identity Card and Passport
All supporting documents must be in English, or translated and certified by a professional translator, an educational or embassy official, or a notary. A copy of the official document should be submitted along with the translation. They should be mailed directly to:
Centre for China Studies
Room 1102, 11/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
Attn.: MA in Chinese Studies Programme
We will not review unlisted materials: video links, CDs/DVDs, photos, etc. Materials submitted as part of your application will not be returned, and copies will not be provided for applicants, nor released to other institutions.