Brown in Hong Kong

At a Glance
Partner:  Chinese University of Hong Kong
Housing: meal/housing plan at S.H. Ho College
Language Requirement: None
Calendar: Semester or Year
Accepts Non-Brown Students: No
Special feature: Brown +1


Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is globally recognized for the high quality of its undergraduate programs. CUHK is a bilingual university where courses are taught in Chinese or English and in some cases in both languages. Brown students can find a robust array of courses across disciplines delivered in English. Previous study in Chinese language is encouraged,  but is not required for admission to this program.

CUHK's beautiful 350-acre campus overlooks Tolo Harbour and is the largest and greenest in Hong Kong. In addition to its state-of-the-art classroom buildings, the campus includes world-class libraries, art museums, music halls, swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, water sports center, and gymnasiums.

Academics at CUHK

Courses are offered in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin (Putonghua). Local students are Cantonese speakers, but there is no shortage of courses delivered in English. Brown students can take courses in all areas except the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine.

All Brown students must take a full load of courses, totaling at least 15 CUHK units.  Students must enroll in at least one Mandarin or Cantonese language course as part of the required units.

Special Feature
Students who study at CUHK as juniors may opt to pursue a master's degree at CUHK following their graduation from Brown. Students who wish to pursue this option, known as Brown +1, should contact OIP in their sophomore year to discuss how to plan an appropriate course of study for their time abroad. 

Academic Calendar
The CUHK semester calendar is similar to Brown's calendar, with the fall term running from early September through the third week of December and the spring term from early January through May.

For the Fall 2014 semester, students should plan to arrive at CUHK on either August 25 or 26 and should not plan to leave CUHK earlier than the evening of December 22, which is the very last day of the exam period.

Application Instructions

Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the right side of this page.  Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.