- Location and Housing
- Experiential Learning
- Pricing and Dates
- Application Instructions
- Additional Information
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) (香港中文大學) was founded in 1963 with a mission to combine tradition with modernity and to bring together China and the West. As a comprehensive institution, CUHK has been consistently ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world by QS World University Ranking as well as one top instituions in Asia. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regarldess of major may participate. For more information about the university, go to CUHK's OAL webpage, check out the video below, and download the information linked.
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is located in southeastern China, with a population of approximation of 7 million. Due to its British colonnial history, it has an international population with half a million international residents, making it truly multi-cultural and cosmopolitan. Considered a shopping and dining paradise, Hong Kong has a unique food culture and is filled with modern shopping centers and fascinating street bazaars.
CUHK offers options for university-affiliated or private accomodations. Pitt students are guaranteed slots within university-affiliated housing. CUHK will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing. See CUHK's exchange page for more information on housing.
At CUHK, nearly all courses are taught in English, with the exception of Chinese language and Chinese literature courses.
Credits taken at CUHK are equivalent to credits received at Pitt according to a 1:1 ratio. For example, 3 credits at CUHK will transfer as 3 Pitt credits. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours. All credits taken at CUHK require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager.
Courses taken at CUHK will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from CUHK.
As a part of the cultural experience, CUHK offers Chinese language courses specifically designed for visiting students. These may be considered for credit or not for credit. Verify with the study abroad program manager regarding their transferability.
Like Pitt, CUHK’s grading scale follows the practice of assigning letter grades, such as A, B, C, D and F. For more information about the grading scale at CUHK, see their explanation.
For Pitt transfer credit in order to earn a grade of “S,” (satisfactory) at Pitt, you must make an equivalent to a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent to a “C-” or lower will result in a grade of “NC” (no credit) at Pitt.
CUHK will provide hardcopy transcripts to the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Electronic copies should be sent to the designated exchange program manager under “SAO Staff.”
Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.
For students considering CUHK for a yearlong experience, they may conduct research for credit through the following courses at CUHK:
- Fall term: IASP 4090: Independent Research on International Studies I (for undergraduates) - 3 credits
- Spring term: IASP 4091: Independent Research on International Studies II (for undergraduates) - 3 credits
Details are on CUHK's webpage under "IASP Courses."
Items Billed by Pitt
|Study Abroad Fee||$400||$400|
|Total Billed by Pitt*||$10,259||$17,273|
Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs
|Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit||$2,000|
|Room & Board||$3,000 - 5,000|
|Personal Expenses||$1,000 - 5,000|
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange university you will attend requires purchase of a specific health insurance coverage per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
Pitt students enroll at CUHK for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). CUHK's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, CUHK’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to CUHK. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review CUHK's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at CUHK. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to CUHK's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:
- Application Form
- Copy of Valid Passport
- Official Pitt Transcript
- Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment
- Statement of Intent or Purpose
- Resume or CV
- Official Language Evaluation
- Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations
- Up to 2 passport photos
Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without a Hong Kong Permanet Identity Card, students must obtain a student visa to study in Hong Kong. For an overview regarding the visa process, please review CUHK's website. CUHK will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.
In general visa application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
- Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)