Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

***Spring 2018 applications are available here***

Download our PDF iconHong Kong program fact sheet.

The Annenberg Hong Kong program offers the exciting opportunity to live and enroll in English-taught courses at the highly regarded Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), a global research institution. The CUHK campus is located in Sha Tin district of the New Territories with amazing waterfront views. Students have easy access to the subway station that serves the CUHK campus, and the center of Hong Kong is thirty minutes away.  The cosmpolitan city of Hong Kong is considered politically, economically, and culturally diverse. It embodies the “East Meets West” spirit and is considered the gateway into Asia for the western world.

For fall semester, the program will run from August 28 - December 23, 2017. The spring semester program runs early January through mid-May. Final dates will be published at a later date.

Courses taught in English are offered in the following fields:  

  • Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • Language classes (Cantonese and Putonghua/Mandarin)
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • International Relations
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Music
  • Public Administration

Academic Units
Students may earn up to 15 USC units. COMM majors typically earn up to 12 units of major credit. Students who take Putonghua courses at CUHK can earn a maximum of 9 units of upper-division COMM credit. Approval for non-Annenberg major/minor credit is granted by the non-ASCJ major/minor department and is not guaranteed. For more details on earning major and minor credit on this program, contact International Programs.

Program Highlights

  • Field trips, monthly dinner talks, excursions and other cultural programs are offered to international students each semester
  • CUHK 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 of which are included in program costs
  • Explore Asia! Traveling to China and other Asian countries is very convenient and inexpensive

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.

Open to all USC majors. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and minimum sophomore standing at the commencement of the program. There is no language requirement.

Estimated Costs
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 2017. Please note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

Tuition: $26,724
Housing: $740
USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $1,170 (2016-2017 rate)
Round Trip Airfare: $1,300
Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $4,550
Additional Expenses (student visa, bedding and CUHK administrative fee, books and supplies, local transportation, international student identity card, US passport): $842
TOTAL: $ 35,326

Financial aid and tuition remission applies. Contact AIP for more information on financial aid and scholarships.

*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 Insuranceon campus, students will be charged USC Overseas Health Insurance at a rate of $92/month (2016-2017 rate).