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Located in the New Territories, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is the largest university campus in Hong Kong. The 331 acre campus is located on a hillside overlooking Tolo Harbor and near the town of Shatin. The New Territories are rapidly developing and students will have ready access to modern urban centers, as well as traditional farming and fishing villages.
Hong Kong is a fascinating place that offers students a unique opportunity for learning about the Chinese people, culture and language. It is an exhilarating mixture of Chinese dialects and cultures. From the urban poor to the educated middleclass, from the Cantonese jet-set to the Mandarin speaking emigrants of China, from the ultra-modern business minded to the traditional old village families, there are many contrasts to take in.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a first tier and bilingual university. About one-third of the courses offered during the fall or spring semesters are taught in English; the rest are taught in either Mandarin, Cantonese, or in a combination of either of those with English. Competition for admission among local Chinese is keen and hence most local students take their studies very seriously. In addition to their regular studies, CUHK students devote much of their free time to clubs, associations and college activities. Foreign students are encouraged to do the same as there are a wide variety of extracurricular and sports activities available to them.
NEW IN 2017!: UMass Professor Janice Irvine, Sociology, will teach SOCI3233 Sexualities and Societies in the July Session.
There are two summer options at CUHK:
- July Session: Choose 2 courses from variety of business, humanities, engineering, Chinese medicine and Chinese language offerings. Approximate dates: June 25 - August 2.
- August Session: Take 2 Chinese language courses. Approximate dates: August 4 - 26.
Each course taken during the CUHK July and August sessions is worth 3 credits. Grades will appear on the UMass transcript but will not be averaged into the GPA. CUHK will send the transcripts directly to the International Programs Office at UMass. CUHK uses letter grades and all courses must be taken for a grade. IASP participants will be evaluated according to the standards of each academic department at CUHK. Criteria for assessment may include any one or any combination of the following: attendance, class work, written work, papers, tests and any other criteria. Grades at the Chinese Language Centre are based on periodic quiz and test results, homework assignments, class performance and a final oral and written examination. Attendance is critical to good results. Students must attend all classes or receive special permission to be absent. Absence from language classes affects the progress and rhythm of not only the individual absent but the class as a whole. One third of the final grade is based on class performance. By definition, attendance underlies this assessment.
UMass students who are majoring/minoring in Chinese should be aware that the Chinese Language Program at UMass has a particular procedure for screening student work done at another university before allowing the credits to count towards the major. This is called a "Challenge by Examination Procedure" and involves proving to the faculty member for a particular course required for the major that you have covered material equivalent to the similar UMass course. Please consult with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor for Chinese for more information.
Students must have a 2.5 GPA at the time of application. There is no Chinese Language requirement. Applicants should be current undergraduates or recent graduates. Those who already hold a bachelor's degree can attend as non-degree graduate students. However, only undergraduate credit may be earned.
Cantonese and English are the most commonly used languages in Hong Kong. However, students who speak Mandarin have had little difficulty in getting around and finding Mandarin speaking friends. In addition, a number of the CUHK faculty speak Mandarin fluently and all incoming local students are encouraged to study Mandarin.
Participants are housed in hostels (dormitories). Students will be assigned to double or triple occupancy rooms and they will have Chinese roommates. The rooms are modestly furnished with a direct telephone line and network connection (ResNet). All rooms have air-conditioning. Heating is not available but also mostly unnecessary. Blankets and bed linens are supplied. There are shared bathrooms with showers on each floor, coin-operated laundry facilities, public kitchens equipped with water boilers, refrigerators, stoves and sinks, recreation areas and study rooms. Some hostels also have mini-marts. All hostels have closing hours at night and visitors' regulations. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the hostels.
Meals can be purchased at one of many canteens (cafeterias) on campus. Menus vary from canteen to canteen with a range of fare from standard Chinese dishes to deli sandwiches and pasta. North American style coffee shops and delis are also available and are quite popular with students., only UMass Amherst applicants can apply to this program.
Apply online at: http://www.summer.cuhk.edu.hk/
The application for the July Session opens on February 10. The application deadline is April 30.
The application for the August Session opens on February 10. The application deadline is May 31.