Spend your summer in Hong Kong, a financial and cultural hub, studying business and finance, Mandarin or Cantonese, social sciences, engineering and energy, or Chinese Medicine

Hong Kong offers endless opportunities to enjoy city life, but tucked between the ocean and the mountains, it also offers great opportunities to hike or explore Victoria Harbour

Take the ferry to nearby Lamma Island for great beaches, fresh seafood, local markets, and nature trails


Fun and academically challenging at the same time, the 5-week CUHK International Summer School offers students an opportunity to meet new friends from around the world, learn in an open and stimulating environment, and spend a lively summer exploring a cosmopolitan city.

Excursions & Cultural Experiences

The International Summer School offers multiple excursions. Begin your experience with a fun and engaging orientation camp that includes cooking classes, temple visits, wet market tours and other cultural activities that will bring everyone closer together.

Housing & Meals

ISEP students will be housed in CUHK's on-campus residence halls.

Conveniences including transport to and from the University, on-campus transport services, medical clinics, restaurants, a bookstore, banks, a souvenir counter, a supermarket and a hair salon, are also available on campus. We recommend students bring funds to pay for food while abroad.

Explore Hong Kong

At CUHK, you can enjoy all the conveniences of Hong Kong's urban center. Students have access to art galleries and museums, including the world's first museum dedicated to climate change. On- and off-campus cultural facilities give students the opportunity to experience performing arts events and concerts.

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses

Course Description

Students can choose from 3-6 credits (two courses) in a variety of disciplines, including Business & Finance, China Studies & Chinese Language, Environmental Studies, and Society & Human Interaction. All courses except for Cantonese and Putonghua (Mandarin) language classes are instructed in English.

The Cantonese and Putonghua (Mandarin) courses are elementary courses encouraged for students who have no prior knowledge of Chinese. These courses are designed to familiarize students with the use of Romanization, basic vocabulary and grammar points.

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 3-6 CUHK credits which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 3-6 US credit hours.

Please note that if you use financial aid, you may be required to earn 6 US credits to be eligible for summer aid. Please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your eligibility and the requirements for using financial aid.

Sample courses:

Business & Finance

Environment, Science, & Technology

Society & Human Interaction

Understanding China

Chinese Language

International Finance

Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Special Topic in Communication Studies I

Business and China

Cantonese: Application of Vocabulary and Grammar I

Introduction to International Business

Energy and Green Society

Theories and Practices of International Relations

Media and Social Development in Mainland China

Cantonese: Oral Skills Practice I

Business Sustainability

Fundamentals in Chinese Medicine

General Psychology

Government and Politics of China

Putonghua (Mandarin): Application of Vocabulary and Grammar I

Global Enterprise Management


World Economic Order


Putonghua (Mandarin): Oral Skills Practice I


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Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Asian Studies Chinese Studies

  • Business:

    Business Management Entrepreneurship Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Chinese Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Language and Culture

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Natural Resources/Conservation:

    Environmental Science Sustainability Studies

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences


Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 71
  • IELTS Score: 6

Special Application Instructions

Students whose placement is confirmed at CUHK will need to fill out CUHK's separate online application once they complete the ISEP placement process. More information on this will be included in the ISEP acceptance packet.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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