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CUHK's Beautiful Campus
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Accounting Exchange Program began in the 2012-2013 academic year. This program provides University of Iowa Accounting students (with at least one semester completed toward the Accounting major) the ability to integrate a unique international experience with their academic program. CUHK is a highly regarded university offering established exchange programs with more than 200 universities in 28 countries. The campus location offers beautiful views of Tolo Harbour and nearby mountain ranges. Students who participate in this program will receive a quality accounting education and a memorable global experience.
Students can choose a combination of courses across different disciplines to fulfill their academic needs, provided that they fulfill the prerequisites of the respective course(s) and courses are not full. English is the language of instruction, so no Chinese language is necessary. Review course offerings by following the directions provided on the CUHK website.
Some courses offered by CUHK have already been pre-approved to count towards UI requirements. See the Tippie Course Equivalencies Database, and search for the program under the country of China (not Hong Kong).
The credit received from CUHK will be treated as transfer credit. Make an appointment with the UI Study Abroad advisor for more information on credit transfer.
The Office of Academic Links organizes a variety of cultural activities for exchange students throughout the semester. Students will attend orientation and have access to organized excursions to explore Hong Kong’s mountains, villages, and markets. There may also be community service and English tutoring opportunities. Students will also be able to join intramural sports and student organizations.
Note: This program is not available for the Summer 2021 session.
Fall Semester is typically from late August through mid-December.
Spring Semester is typically from early January through early May.
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Founded in 1963, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a comprehensive research university which strives to combine tradition with modernity and serve as a bridge between China and the West. CUHK teachers and students hail from all corners of the world. There are over 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, with around 3,000 coming from regions outside Hong Kong. The Tippie College of Business chose CUHK over a number of other universities in Hong Kong due to its strong curriculum and academic focus.
Hong Kong is one of the world's largest and most metropolitan cities. About seven million people live on the collection of islands and mainland branch of this financial capital. Once a British territory, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. China now classifies Hong Kong as a special administrative region (SAR). The city was allowed to retain its currency, legal system, and political system, making it a drastically different place than the rest of mainland China. The Cantonese dialect is the most widely spoken language, but English and Mandarin Chinese are also quite common.
The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.
Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
Exchange students will live with 1 to 2 roommates in on-campus hostels. Amenities include modestly furnished bedrooms, air-conditioning, laundry facilities, a shared kitchen with basic facilities, shared bathrooms on each floor, and common rooms with televisions and high-speed internet.
The furnished bedroom includes: a bed, desk and chair, closet, and a bookshelf
If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. US citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the US Department of State’s website.Important notice for students without a valid passport or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:
US citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the US Department of State’s website.
Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the US from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the US, you must renew your passport before applying for the visa you will need to enter your host country.
Expedited processing service is available for US passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). UI Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.
Students who are not US citizens should contact their consulate for more information if they need to get a new passport or renew their passport.
Students are advised NOT to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from both UI and CUHK. If you have questions and/or concerns about this, please contact the study abroad advisor at 319-335-0353.
Students are expected to find their own flights to Hong Kong, though Study Abroad can assist by providing advice on airfare. Students are expected to make their own arrangements to get to CUHK once they arrive in Hong Kong. CUHK will provide arrival instructions and arrival information in the acceptance packet provided to students.
Students living in Hong Kong will have easy access to the Hong Kong Subway System, but students can easily take a bus to a subway station or a cheap taxi into town. The Hong Kong subway system is very user friendly, with everything in English, and is modeled after the Tube in London (instead of an Oyster card like you have in London, you'll get an Octopus card in HK).
For more information on local transportation options and some very helpful, must-read information before you go, please look at Hong Kong's Wikitravel page.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Exchange program is open to UI students who fulfill the following requirements:
Cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents University International Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.
For more information about receiving financial aid while studying abroad, please review the following:UI Financial Aid Information
You can find more information about options for funding your study abroad experience including scholarships on Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad.
Note: This program is not available for the Summer 2021 session.
Interested students should make an appointment with the Study Abroad advisor for the CUHK exchange to determine whether this program is a good fit and to discuss the application process. Call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment. Students must also meet with Prof. Kevin Den Adel to determine if the program is appropriate for their plan of study.
Note: The purpose of this student exchange is to facilitate an educational experience in an unfamiliar environment for participating students. To that end, students are not eligible to return to their home country to study through this exchange program.
The application process consists of three steps:
Applications for the Spring Session are due on September 8.
Applications for the Fall/Academic Year Session are due on March 7.
In addition to submitting their Confirmation of Participation form, students should review the following:Study Abroad Resources Health Preparation Guide for International Travel form with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.
Any students who will need to apply for a Hong Kong visa will need to wait until receiving their official admission letter from CUHK before they can begin applying for a visa. UI Study Abroad staff can provide some assistance and advising on the Hong Kong visa application process, but ultimately the individual traveler (the student) is the person who is responsible for providing correct information on the visa application and securing the visa and all other required documentation prior to travel.
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by the host university. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
This orientation will be facilitated by your UI Study Abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
UI Accounting major Shelley Lowe participated in the CUHK Exchange Program during the Fall 2012 semester. Learn about Shelley's experience from her blog.