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).
Pre-Approved Credits & Petitioning for Transfer Credit
The Global Education Office has a list of courses that have been pre-approved for transfer back to Mason. You can view the lists online
. These lists get updated every semester. You are by no means limited to these courses. If you wish to take a course not on your university's list, you will need to complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form to get the course pre-approved. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application. If you wish to take a course on the pre-approved list, you will still need to include it on the PTC form so we can verify you will be full-time while abroad.
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 (especially in the fall - there is usually more availability in the spring). If you want to live on-campus, it is recommended you apply early (within the first week of the housing application period). 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 at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
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 $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (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.
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.