City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has grown remarkably in both size and prestige since its establishment in 1984. It is currently ranked 55th in the QS World University Rankings and has more than 20,000 students enrolled in over 140 programs. English is the primary teaching medium at CityU 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.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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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.
- Applicants must have at least one semester of Mason grades on their transcript at the time of application.
- 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 CityU: Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Nepal, and Vietnam.
All of CityU's courses are offered in English, unless otherwise noted. Students must take 50% of their courses from within the same academic department.
Some courses with limited capacity do not accept exchange students. Exchange students are limited to undergraduate courses (level B1-B4).
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
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.
The academic calendar at CityU is very similar to Mason. It is divided up into two semesters - Semester A (fall) which runs from late August to late December and Semester B (spring) which runs from early January to late May.
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 CityU Credit = 1 Mason Credit
Students typically take 4-5 courses which will allow you to transfer back 12-15 credits.
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.
| CityU Grade
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Students studying at CityU can choose from single or double rooms. Most of the residence halls are located on Cornwall Street, forming a complex of student dormitories about 10 minutes away from main campus on foot. In addition to the Student Residence at Cornwall Street, Jockey Club House on the main campus also provides accommodation for students. Basic room amenities include phone and internet, shared washrooms, and some furniture (bed, desk, chair, lamp, bookshelf, whiteboard, wardrobe, and trashcan). Common rooms on each floor have kitchens and gathering spaces.
On-campus accommodation at CityU is very competitive. Students will enter a housing lottery and should be prepared to find off-campus housing as an alternative. Applications must be received before the deadline. You do not need to be accepted to begin your housing application.
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 on this page to see what GEO expense estimates.
- Mason Tuition – at normal in-state or out–of–state rate
- $200 Application Deposit
- $300 – $500 Administrative fee
- International Emergency Medical Insurance
- Round Trip Airfare
- Personal Spending
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Do not purchase airfare until you are accepted by the partner institution, have confirmed arrival and departure dates, and have secured your visa or visa documentation. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO recommends purchasing flexible or refundable tickets and Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance, which is sometimes covered by credit cards (check the terms and conditions of yours if using to purchase your flight.)
$200 Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
$300 - $500 Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) is due by the program Commit By date listed below. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Mason Tuition: Student’s normal in-state or out–of–state rate. Payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system and is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule.
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
• You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account.
• George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO. Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must:
- Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.
- Complete the Financial Aid questionnaire item in your application.
- Schedule an appointment with your financial aid officer: https://www2.gmu.edu/financial-aid/contact-financial-aid
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.
VA Benefits: This program is ineligible for VA Benefits.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
For more information on payments and financial aid.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply.
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
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 fee: $200 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.