The University of Notre Dame and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) began a bilateral exchange program in Fall 2008. CUHK is a leading research university with seven faculties: The Faculty of Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Science and Social Science, and the new School of Law. There are more than 330 programs of study available to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The library system has comprehensive holdings and the computer facilities are state of the art. Because of the excellent academic reputation of CUHK, the diversity and quality of its course offerings, its strong faculty, and its location in Asia, this program has the potential for growth beyond the initial exchange program. CUHK has a student body of about 18,500 undergraduates and postgraduates. CUHK has a bilingual bicultural population of local and international students and scholars. CUHK receives students from over 180 academic institutions worldwide.
Academic Year: Late August through mid-May
Fall Semester: Late August through late December
Spring Semester: Early January through mid-May
*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.
- CUHK is a trilingual university, with English, Cantonese and Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese) all used for instruction. Although the local students are Cantonese speakers, most courses are taught in English.
- Students may choose courses from the Faculty of Arts, Business Administration, Engineering, Science or Social Science. In addition, students may also take courses from the International Asian Studies Program. This program includes Chinese, Asian and International Studies courses and Chinese language courses.
- Courses completed at CUHK will be entered onto the student's Notre Dame transcript and grades are computed into the Notre Dame grade point average.
- At CUHK, one unit (credit) is roughly equivalent to one hour of instruction per week. Most 3-unit courses are composed of 3 hours of lecture or 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week. Academic departments will evaluate your performance according to their own standards.
- All undergraduate students (exchange and study abroad students) must take a full load of courses i.e. minimum of 12 units and maximum of 18 units per semester.
- Notre Dame requires students to take a minimum of 15 credit hours while abroad and students may not take courses for pass/fail.
- Open to juniors only
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- No Chinese language study is required, although language study is always encouraged.
Students interested in applying for this program should possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments. Students who are self-starters, independent, and responsible are better suited for this program.
Please note that this is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces.
Housing and Meals
Students live on-campus in hostels (dorms) and will share a double or triple occupancy room with local students who have expressed interest in having a room with an exchange student. Amenities in the student hostels include:
- The Office of Academic Links provides support services to international students. It offers an orientation when students arrive that covers information on the curriculum, student life at the University, Chinese culture, Hong Kong society, and other support services. The orientation is also an excellent opportunity for students to get acquainted with the other foreign students.
- The IASP Buddy Program, organized by the International Asian Studies Program and Office of Academic Links, with the aim to promote cultural understanding and international friendship, is a buddy system designed to help exchange students to familiarize themselves with living in Hong Kong. International students will be matched up with a buddy of the same gender (primarily a CUHK student who has returned from an exchange program from overseas) for occasional get-togethers.
- Modestly furnished bedrooms with telephone and computer network connections
- Blankets and bed linen
- Laundry Facilities
- Shared kitchens with refrigerators, ranges, microwaves (on each floor)
- Shared bathrooms with showers (on each floor)
- Common rooms with televisions
For more information on accommodation options please visit CUHK - Accommodations.
Cultural and Recreational Opportunities
Whether you are an exchange or study abroad student, you can enjoy the full range of cultural, extra-curricular and sports activities available at CUHK to supplement your academic life. Through these activities, you can learn more about the culture of Hong Kong and China, make friends with local CUHK students, and get immersed in the local student life.
Field Trips: You will see the business world and government in action through visiting local organizations in the commercial and government sectors.
Teaching-in-China Programs: These weekend teaching visits will give you the chance to teach English (or Japanese for Japanese students) and engage in cultural exchange with Chinese youths in Southern China.
Rural Schools Service Project: You will gain community service experience in teaching English to local primary study. You will be invited to join cultural activities exclusively to participants in the project, to enhance you understanding of Hong Kong and Chinese traditional culture.
One-day Excursion: A full day excursion explores the unknown beauty of Hong Kong, its mountains, local villages, and markets.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.