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).

*Please note the 2022 summer program is virtual/online. 


Key information





Program type


Application information

Application status



Virtual Summer 2022 applications

First come, first considered until

July Session: April 15

August Session: May 15

University-specific additional requirements

No reference letter is required for this virtual exchange program - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 2023 applications

Open November 1, 2022

Student experience

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

Program details

CUHK's International Summer School is held in 2 sessions, July and August, with different course offerings. It is possible for students to attend one or both sessions. Please note that the summer school is completely virtual in 2021; course instruction is expected to be a mix of live and asynchronous online lectures. 

For the July session, courses are offered in the following topics: "Business & Finance" (e.g. business sustainability), "Understanding China" (e.g. Chinese government, media, policy), "Chinese Language" (both Cantonese and Putonghua/Mandarin), "Environment, Science & Technology" (e.g. green innovation, Chinese medicine), and "Society & Human Interaction" (e.g. communications, psychology). Click here for details.

For the August session, the focus is on Putonghua/Mandarin language studies, offered from beginner to advanced level. Click here for details.


Students can choose 1 or 2 courses in the July session. Language courses at CUHK are "bundled" in pairs, so in the August session, students will take 2 courses. 

In most cases, 3 CUHK credits = 3 UCalgary units (1 course). Virtual exchange students pay tuition to UCalgary according to the credit transfer, i.e. if you will receive credit for 1 course, you will pay tuition for 1 course.

There are some exceptions for language courses. UCalgary has assessed Putonghua/Mandarin courses in the July session and found that beginner level courses (CLCP 1113A, 1113B, 1123A) are worth only 2 units at 2XX each, while intermediate level courses (CLCP 2213, 2223) are worth the standard 3 units at 9XX each. The August session language courses are still under review. Students interested in taking any language courses are CUHK are encouraged to talk with their academic advisor early to make sure you understand exactly how these courses will transfer back to your degree. 


There is also a summer research program available at CUHK

July session (5 weeks): June 28 - August 2, 2021

August session (3 weeks): August 9 - 27, 2021

Students can attend one or both sessions. 

In addition to courses, CUHK plans to offer a variety of virtual cultural immersion activities every week during both sessions. Example activities include virtual guided tours, cooking classes, and heritage walks. These activities will be a way for virtual exchange students to not only gain a better understanding of Hong Kong culture & society, but also to interact with each other and local Hong Kong students. 

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. 1 course taken online from CUHK = 1 course at UCalgary at your regular tuition rate.

    In addition to this, CUHK charges an administrative fee per session:

    The July fees are $1900 HKD (approx. $315 CAD)

    The August fees are $1200 HKD (approx. $195 CAD)

    These fees cover the cost of orientation and virtual cultural immersion activities held weekly throughout the program. The August fees also include the cost of Chinese language textbooks.

  2. Funding

    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 funding page for more information.

As the Summer 2021 program is virtual and students are not physically travelling to Hong Kong, no accommodation is offered by CUHK. 

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).

If your GPA is lower, please contact the UCalgary exchange advisor to discuss, as exceptions may be possible on a case-by-case basis. 

While academic reference is normally required for in-person exchanges, this is waived for the virtual exchange program.

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?

Global Learning 101

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

Watch Global Learning 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: 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.