Photo of a street in Hong Kong

Hong Kong SAR, China

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Applications for Fall 2024 are now closed. 

Hong Kong is a pretty international city so I found everything I needed and the best part of the program was the open, intellectual, and social students from all over the world that were at CUHK." – Maxime, Former CUHK Participant

Want to hear more from our students about their experience studying abroad in Hong Kong? Check out our AIP blog for more information.

The Annenberg Hong Kong program offers an exciting opportunity to live and study in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong. Study alongside local and international students in a variety of disciplines from communication and journalism to marketing and culture, at the highly regarded global research institution- Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). The CUHK campus, with its amazing waterfront views, is located in the Sha Tin district of the New Territories and is only 30 minutes away from the politically, economically, and culturally diverse city center of Hong Kong. Discover why it's considered the gateway into Asia for the western world and explore its unique “East Meets West” spirit. 

This program is open to all USC Undergraduates who meet eligibility requirements. 

Program Dates: September 2, 2024 – December 20, 2024

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 & Credit
All students are required to enroll in a full course load of 15 units.

  • COMM students will be able to earn 12 units of upper-division major elective credit; the remaining 3 units taken will be general elective credits
    • Students who take Putonghua courses at CUHK can earn a maximum of 9 units of upper-division COMM credit.
  • JOUR & PR students may be able to earn 8-12 units of upper-division major elective credit; the remaining 3 units taken will be general elective credits
    • A petition process may be required.
  • All other USC majors will be able to earn 15 units of general elective credits.  

 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.

Students must take courses for a letter grade, pass/no pass is not an option. Courses will transfer into USC as credit/no credit and will have no impact on USC GPA. CUHK will issue a separate transcript that students may be required to submit to graduate or professional schools in the future.  

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
  • Participate in CUHK team athletics and intramural sports
  • Explore Asia! Traveling to China and other Asian countries is very convenient and inexpensive
  • Extremely affordable housing
  • Access to USC Global Office, Hong Kong

Students live in a dormitory shared with other international students, as well as local students.  All dormitories have bathroom facilities on each floor and 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 a minimum sophomore standing before the start of the program. There is no language requirement.

Estimated Costs
Please see the detailed estimated program costs below for Spring 2024. 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 note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

Tuition: $33,320 (USC tuition)
Student Visa, bedding and admin fees: $215 
Housing: $900 
CUHK Housing Deposit: $130 (refundable)
USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $535
Round Trip Airfare: $2,000
Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $5,000
Additional Expenses (books and supplies, international student identity card, US Passport): $330
TOTAL: $42,430


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

*USC Overseas Health Insurance is required for 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 $107/month (2023-2024 rate).