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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.0 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Campus Housing
Number of Credits Offered: 12-16 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Type of Program: Bilateral Exchange Language Courses Offered: Chinese-Cantonese
Area of Study: Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Nutrition, Art and Visual Technology, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Tourism, Women and Gender Studies, Honors, Government and International Policy, Global and Community Health, Biology, Chinese, Communication, Community Health, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Anthropology, Finance, Foreign Languages, Geography, Global Affairs, Health Administration, History, Integrative Studies, International Business, International/Comparative Studies Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Program Description:

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Chinese U
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is the second oldest university in Hong Kong and was founded in 1963. The university, which overlooks the scenic Tolo Harbour, is home to over 19,000 students. CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong with a college system similar to those seen at British universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. The University’s nine Colleges include Chung Chi, New Asia, United, Shaw, Morningside, S.H. Ho, Lee Woo Sing, C.W. Chu and Wu Yee Sun. Each undergraduate student is affiliated with one of the Colleges, which offer accommodation, informal learning and academic and cultural immersion to students. English is the primary teaching medium at CUHK and is an official language in Hong Kong (along with Chinese). Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China, is situated on the south-eastern coast of China. It has a land area of more than 1,100 square kilometers and over 260 outlying islands. Situated at the south-eastern tip of mainland China and in the heart of Asia, Hong Kong enjoys an economic and strategic importance that exceeds its geographical size. With a population of slightly over 7.24 million, Hong Kong is a densely populated city but is nonetheless known for its beautiful and well-managed country parks and greens, located mainly in the New Territories and 262 outlying islands.

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Eligibility

In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
    • For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and departure.
  • Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
  • Due to current Hong Kong immigration regulations, nationals of the following countries cannot study abroad at CUHK: Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Nepal, and Vietnam.

Courses Available

Courses at CUHK are offered in English unless otherwise noted. The Yale-China Chinese Language Center (CLC) offers Cantonese and Putonghua courses at all levels. Courses offered in the previous year can be used as a reference to what will be taught the following year (i.e. look at courses offered in Spring 2018 as they are likely to be offered in Spring 2019).

Exchange students are unable to take the following courses:
  • Faculty of Medicine and Education courses
  • Faculty of Law courses (reserved for Law majors only)
  • MBA courses
  • Architectural Design Studio courses
  • Courses with prefix: PHED (except for those with an X after the course number)
  • College General Education courses (i.e. courses with prefixes GECC, GEJC, GEMC, GESH, GEUC, GESC).
    • Exception: New Asia students taking General Education courses offered within their own college.
  • Student oriented teaching courses (i.e. courses beginning with '0')
  • FINA courses under the MSc in Finance program offered be the Department of Finance
  • MEDN courses offered by the School of Life Sciences
  • Courses under MSc in Advanced Environmental Planning Technologies, the MSc in Hospitality and Real Estate Management, and the MSc in Housing Studies Program
  • Any other courses deemed by the Department to be restricted

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar at CUHK is fairly similar to Mason's. The fall term begins in late August and goes through late December. The spring term beings in early January and ends in mid-May.

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time abroad. A full-time course load is 12-15 credits. A typical course is worth 3 credits.

  • 1 CUHK Unit = 1 Mason Credit
Students must take a minimum of 12 units. This will allow you to transfer back 12-15 credits. 
 

Grade Conversion

When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.

 CUHK Grade Mason Grade
A A
A- A-
B B
C C
D D
F F

Choosing Courses Abroad

This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.

Housing

Undergraduate exchange students will live in on-campus housing and are assigned to double or triple-occupancy rooms (single rooms are not available). Living with local students will ease the transition to a new environment and promote Chinese culture immersion. On-campus housing is assigned to admitted students automatically based on the college they are affiliated with; an application is not required. On-campus housing is extremely affordable as student accommodation is heavily subsidized.

Program Cost

This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
 

Program Payments

As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $150 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $375 (for semester length programs) or $575 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadline:

Spring 2019 & Calendar Year 2019: September 10, 2018

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Hong Kong Immigration Department's website for further information.

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $150 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.
 

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Dianna Leonard
Email dleonar7@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-3604
  Make an appointment

Additional Resources

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2019 09/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/01/2019 12/20/2019
NOTE: Program start and end dates are estimated.
Spring Semester 2019 09/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/01/2019 05/11/2019
NOTE: Program start and end dates are estimated.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.