Chinese University of Hong Kong Summer Program

The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Summer Program gives students an opportunity to study at one of the top 50 universities in the world (and top 3 in Hong Kong) while exploring the flavours and vibrancy of summer in Hong Kong.

The birthplace of Bruce Lee, Hong Kong is known for its history as a gateway to the West, it's Michelin-star cuisine (on a student budget), as well as its incredible architecture. Choose from the July or August program, and get a chance to take your studies outside the classroom - each program offers a variety of excursions, from tours of Hong Kong, to an optional trip to Beijing to visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Olympic stadiums and Summer Palace. There is something for everyone at this comprehensive university ranked in the top 12 in Asia! (QS 2019).


Key information





Program type


Application information

Application status


Summer 2020 applications

Priority deadline Jan. 8, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 2021 applications

Open Fall 2020

Student experience

Check out this video from CUHK interviewing past summer program students!

Program details

Areas of Study:

July Session: take 2 courses in the fields of Business & Economics; China Studies (including film, politics, policy); Chinese Language (Cantonese & Mandarin Putonghua); Engineering, Environmental Studies, and Sustainability Studies; International Relations and Psychology. For Kinesiology and Health Science students, the Fundamentals in Chinese Medicine course may be of interest!

August Session: Chinese Language classes in Mandarin (Putonghua), alongside cultural tours. Classes offered at 4 levels from beginner to advanced. 

Click the links above to see specific course offerings. 

Course Information:

Students can take two 3-unit classes in the July and August sessions. 3 credits = 1 UCalgary half course/3 units.

There is also a summer research program available at CUHK

There are two sessions for the summer school:

  • A 5-week July program (late June - early August) - for 2019 the dates are June 25 - July 31, with optional Beijing tour until August 3, 2019
  • A 3-week language intensive program in August - for 2019 the dates are August 5 - August 23 


Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

There is a fee chart "for exchange students" on each session's page (linked below).

The July fees are $9510 HKD plus refundable damage deposits (totaling $1450 HKD), (roughly $1880 CAD plus UCalgary tuition, with $250 refunded on checkout - 2019 est.). 

The August fees are $6340 HKD plus refundable damage deposits (totaling $1450 HKD), (roughly $1340 CAD plus UCalgary tuition, with $250 refunded on checkout - 2019 est.). 

These costs includes accommodation, activities, the visa fee, and two refundable damage deposits.

The optional Beijing tour at the end of the July session costs around $6000HKD (Roughly $1000 CAD) including airfare, 4-star accommodation, most meals, transit, and entrance tickets to the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Olympic stadiums, and the Summer Palace.


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Students are strongly encouraged to live on campus during the summer program. All International Summer School participants are guaranteed on-campus accommodation. 

The costs of accommodation are included in the program fee in the costs tab.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

All university campuses in Hong Kong prohibit smoking on campuses in accordance with Hong Kong law. 

The Support Services for Students with Disabilities office is a good resource for SAS students.

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.