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. The CUHK International Summer School is one of the region's most recognized summer programs, attracting an annual cohort of approximately 600 international and local students. The International Summer School provides students with an intensive academic experience and Chinese cultural immersion in a multicultural learning environment. This is a 5-week program where students enroll in two 3-credit courses in a variety of subjects, all taught in English.
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.
Mason undergraduate students only. Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Due to current Hong Kong immigration regulations, nationals of the following countries cannot study abroad at CUHK: Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Nepal, North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), and Vietnam.
Students will select two courses from the July session catalog.
Subjects will include:
- Business & Management
- Finance, Management, Human Resource Management, and Marketing
- China Studies
- Business, Film and Video Studies, Government and International Politics
- Chinese Language (Cantonese and Putonghua)
- Environment, Science, and Technology
- Engineering and Sustainability
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Economics, International Relations, and Psychology
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.
Students are guaranteed shared accommodation in on-campus housing with international and local students. These are fully furnished with high-speed internet. Rooms will have double or triple occupancy. Meal plan is not included.
Experience the local culture, see first-hand Hong Kong society, and learn about the different sectors that make up its vibrant economy through activities, excursions, and field visits. In 2018, this included cultural tours around Hong Kong, an excursion (legislative council visit), a local food tour, and a cooking class. These excursions are included in your program fee.
The CUHK International Summer School also includes a four day optional tour to Beijing at the end of the program that allows you to visit major local attractions including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Olympic stadiums, and the Summer Palace. The price of this tour is not included in the program fee.
See the CUHK ISS website for more information.
Program Cost (2019):
- Application Fee
- Tuition for 6 credits
- Housing in shared apartments with TV, computer, wireless internet, and kitchens
- Excursions/activities (excluding Beijing optional tour)
- Pre-Departure Orientation and on-site orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Refundable deposits for housing
- Passport fees
- Required textbooks and/or course materials
- Personal spending
- Optional excursions
Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Application Deposit + First Payment + Final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
First Payment: A non-refundable First Payment of $1000 must be received by April 20. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 5. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid Application Deposit and First Payment. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason 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:
March 15, 2020
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.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.