Hong Kong


The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, in conjunction with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), allows USC students to study and live in this politically, economically, and culturally unique city.  The program offers courses taught in English designed to meet the needs of students from a wide variety of majors and students may receive up to 15 USC units.  This program is open to Communication majors and minors, and all USC majors who want to earn general elective units.  Approval for non-Annenberg major/minor credit is granted by the non-ASCJ major/minor department and is not guaranteed. (This includes Journalism and Public Relations majors/minors.)  For further information on the CUHK, please visit the website.

The program runs from mid-August to late December each fall semester, and early January to mid- May each spring semester.  Final program dates will be provided to students once determined.

Hong Kong has many culturally and artistically enriching activities, such as art, history and space museums, a professional orchestra, and an annual arts festival.  The CUHK campus is located in Sha Tin district of the New Territories with amazing waterfront views.  Students will have easy access to the subway station that serves the CUHK campus and connects to other subway lines that access every part of Hong Kong, including a half-hour subway ride to the center of Hong Kong.  Hong Kong embodies the “East Meets West” spirit and is considered the gateway into Asia for the western world.

Courses taught in English are offered in the following fields: Communication, Journalism, English, Fine Arts, History, Japanese Studies, Intercultural Studies, Music, Philosophy, Computer Science, Biology, Anthropology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Public Administration and Psychology.  In addition, language classes in Cantonese and Putonghua (Mandarin) are offered.Communication students can typically earn up to 12 units of upper-division COMM credit. (Students who take Putonghua courses at CUHK can earn a maximum of 9 units of upper-division COMM credit.) There is no guaranteed minimum number of approved COMM courses offered at CUHK during any given semester.

Student Life & Activities
Field trips, monthly dinner talks, excursions and other cultural programs, such as the Teaching in China Program in nearby Guangdong province, are offered to international students throughout the year.  The student organization called the "I-Club" fosters interaction between international and local students with a number of excursions to Buddhist monasteries, big tourist sites, and trips to Shenzhen and Macau; most excursions and activities are at no additional cost to the student.  Traveling to China and other Asian countries is very convenient, inexpensive, and integral to their educational experience abroad.

Students live in a dormitory shared with other international students, as well as local students.  All dormitories have bathroom facilities on each floor and a laundry service in the basement.  The dormitories are also cleaned every day by staff.  Cooking is not common in the dorms due to the limited kitchen facilities, but there are student dining halls located in each dormitory.  Eating out is the most common option, since food is very inexpensive and diverse in Hong Kong.  Students may choose a meal plan in some of the dorms at an additional cost.

Admission Requirements
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and minimum sophomore standing at the commencement of the program.

During competitive application cycles (when Annenberg International Programs receives more applications than the number of spots in a study abroad program), all factors that negatively impact applications will be taken into consideration when evaluating students for admission. Please click here to read more information about competitive application cycles and factors for possible disqualification

Each semester Annenberg International Programs provides an up-to-date cost sheet to admitted students; if there are any changes from the time students are admitted to a program to the time they leave for a study abroad semester, updated cost sheets will be sent to the students.  Please see the detailed estimated program costs below for Fall 2016. Please note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

• Tuition: $25,721
• Housing: $773
• USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $610 (may change for Academic Year 2016-17)
• Round Trip Airfare: $1,300
• Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $4,500
• Additional Expenses (student visa, bedding and CUHK administrative fee, books and supplies, local transportation, international student identity card, US passport): $ 892
TOTAL: $ 32,807

Financial aid and tuition remission may be applied.

*USC Overseas Health Insurance is required on all USC-approved study abroad programs.  If a student is already enrolled in USC (domestic) Health Insurance there will be no additional charge for USC Overseas Health Insurance; students will be charged the domestic, on-campus rate (noted above).  If a student is normally covered otherwise and waives out of USC Health Insurance on campus, students will be charged USC Overseas Health Insurance at a rate of $92/month.