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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 2023 applications

Deadline passed

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

This reference will not be collected at time of application but during the partner application step.

Summer 2024 applications

Open November 1, 2023

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 (Education, Psychology, CRDS)

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

Faculty of Law (Law & Society, Law, IR)

Faculty of Medicine (medicine, biomedical science, bioinformatics, nursing, health and society, health science, CRDS, Kinesiology, Psychology, statistics, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, neuroscience, cellular/molecular/micro biology, 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 (physics, nano-science, materials science/engineering, computer science, biology,  ecology/environmental science, microbiology, molecular biology, plant biology)

Faculty of Social Science (geography, psychology, CRDS, urban studies, social work, sociology, media & communication, computer science, linguistics)



They will announce application results in April/May. The  program runs from June 24 - August 19, 2023. The dates are usually fairly consistent year to year.

  1. Costs

    There is a refundable deposit paid to CUHK of HK $1560 ($200USD) which is refunded upon successful completion of the program. 

  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 usually in early March.


    HKCBA Award 3 prizes awarded annually. Apply directly to HKCBA ($3000/$2000/$1000)See funding page for more details. Deadline: October 31, 2022

    NEW! Global Access Fund - up to 10 student per year and up to $5500 per person. This "funding first" model allows students to apply by October 28 and know their funding results before applying to a program. Economically disadvantaged students, first-in-family to attend university, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+ students, students with disabilities and visible/racialized minority students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Students will live on campus 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 2.7 (B-).

Please do not approach your professor for a reference until after you have been accepted by our office.

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?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program 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

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for this 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 global learning 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 Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.