Chinese University of Hong Kong Summer Research

The Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong provides an opportunity for students to undertake research attachments for eight weeks while being immersed in the cultural vibrancy of Hong Kong.

CUHK is one of the world's foremost research institutions, and is ranked #46 globally (QS 2020). SURP also offers cultural activities, including research talks and meeting with emerging entrepreneurs, for a truly global experience to add to your resume.

Key information





Program type

Research, External

Application information

Application status


Summer 20 applications


University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 21 applications

Open Fall 2020

Student experience

The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Summer Undergraduate Research Programme

Program details

Students can chose among 70+ research opportunities in these areas:

Faculty of Arts (Linguistics, Neuroscience)

Faculty of Education (Computer Science/Engineering)

Faculty of Engineering (computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, nano- engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, chemistry)

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Medicine (medicine, biomedical science, nursing, health and society, health science, statistics, biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, cellular/molecular/micro biology, biomedical/electrical/computer engineering or computer science) Several projects looking for Cantonese speakers can also be from a general science or social science background. Some projects recruit students from any study field with a research background.

Faculty of Science (chemistry, astrophysics, physics, nano-science, materials science/engineering, computer science, statistics, biology, biochemistry, ecology/environmental science, microbiology, molecular biology, biomedical science, plant biology)

Faculty of Social Science (geography, environmental science, earth science, ecology, social work, sociology, cultural studies, media and globalization, gender studies, East Asian Studies)

CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing (economics, health science, political science, sociology)

Month Event
Jan 2019 Applications Open Now!
28 Feb 2019 Application Deadline
Apr 2019 Announce Application Results
23 Jun 2019 Arrive in Hong Kong (Hostel Check-In)
24 Jun 2019 Orientation
Jun – Aug 2019 Cultural Tours
Jun – Aug 2019 Research Talk
Aug 2019 Poster Sharing Session
18 Aug 2019 Hostel Check-Out

We expect the 2020 program to follow a similar pattern.

  1. Costs

    Students pay their fees to CUHK directly or to the service provider for things like flights, meals and local transportation. 

  2. Funding

    Participating students can also apply for a Research Grant worth $3000. 

    Please note there is a separate application for the research grant and the deadline is also Feb 14, 2020.

On campus housing is guaranteed on a shared-room basis.

This research program is open to regular, full-time students at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least 2 full years at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Please note:

The SURP program does not have pre-negotiated spots for University of Calgary students. Admission to this program is competitive and placement cannot be guaranteed. In previous years the overall acceptance rate has been 50%, but UCalgary's acceptance rate has been higher. 

Participants will be immersed in the local culture through a series of orientation and cultural activities, including research talks and meetings with emerging entrepreneurs.

Check out the CUHK SURP FAQ page.

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

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 advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

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.