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  • Locations: Hong Kong, China
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:
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 Location Hong Kong, China
Summer Quarter (June 28 - July 27, 2017)
 Credits 6 CUHK credits (up to 10 UW credits)
 Eligibility All UW undergraduates
 Adviser Shannon Quinn |
 Application    Deadline  
  General The International Summer School (ISS) is one of the most internationally diverse summer programs in Hong Kong. The July session introduces courses on business, China/Chinese studies, Chinese language (Putonghua and Cantonese), engineering, environmental studies, humanities, and social science. The program also offers field trips, which immerse students in the Chinese and Hong Kong culture.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Where You Will Study

Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward-looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and the mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. CUHK teachers and students hail from all over the world, and the quality of its research and teaching enjoys global recognition. With its rich blend of Western approaches and Chinese culture, CUHK is the ideal university for international students to gain an academically challenging and culturally stimulating experience. 

The International Summer School (ISS) at CUHK is proud to be one of the most internationally diverse programmes in Hong Kong. In 2015, they played host to some 450 non-local students from 35 regions/countries and more than 120 insitutions, making the ISS a melting pot of different cultures.

The five-week July session introduces courses on business, China/Chinese studies, Chinese language (Putonhua and Cantonese), engineering, environmental studies, humanities, and social science. All courses, except Chinese language courses, are taught in English by outstanding academics from CUHK and prestigious overseas universities. All of these academics are excellent teachers and many of them are research frontrunners in their respective fields of study.

Learning is extended beyond the classroom when students take part in the ISS. Designed to immerse participants in the Chinese and Hong Kong culture, field trips offer exciting opportunities to inspire and motivate participants through a Hong Kong city tour, island tour, museum visits, and a local foodie tour, to name just a few.

An orientation programme is provided to get students acquainted with the campus life and a campus tour is organized to introduce the campus facilities and environment. Students will find a strong sense of community at CUHK. Directors are on hand throughout the programme to help students settle in and give them practical advice.


Each summer the July Session of ISS offers some 20 courses, encompassing business, Chinese medicine, engineering, environmental studies, humanities and social science, in addition to language (Putonghua and Cantonese). About 70% of the courses are taught by visiting professors. 

The courses offered at the ISS are regular undergraduate courses of CUHK and worth 3 credits each. The total number of contact hours for a three-credit course is between 42 and 45. All courses, except the Chinese language courses, are taught in English.

For more information on specific courses offered at the CUHK ISS, visit the CUHK website.


On-campus housing is optional, but students are highly encouraged to reside on campus so that they can live and interact more with students from different cultural backgrounds.

Those residing on campus will be housed in a student dormitory in double- or triple-occupancy rooms. Roommates must be of the same gender. Hostel facilities and amenities include: modestly furnished bedrooms with a direct telephone line and high-speed internet connection; air conditioning; blankets and bed linens; laundry facilities; public kitchens with basic cooking facilities; and shared bathrooms with showers.

More information can be found at the CUHK ISS housing site.

Cultural Immersion and Engagement

Beijing Tour (Optional) - An optional four-day tour to major local attractions in Beijing, China such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and Tiananmen Square will be held after the prgram during 3-6 August.

Summer English Teaching Programme in China (Optional) - ISS students will be invited to volunteer for a summer teaching programme during 2-14 August to gain rewarding experience by teaching children aged 8 to 12 English, and to appreciate Chinese village culture firsthand.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

In most cases, if you are attending an affiliated program you will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the program provider or institution operating the program. The IPE Study Abroad Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage.


Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the program provider. You will also need to apply to the CUHK ISS program as a non-local fee-paying student on their website.

See Application FAQs for additional information about applications.

See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.