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Chinese University of Hong Kong Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Hong Kong SAR, China




3.00 GPA; Completed one semester toward Accounting major

Application Due:

Spring Semester Term: 9/8

Fall Semester Term: 3/7

Program Cost:

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Designed for Accounting Majors with at least one semester completed toward Accounting Major

stunning campus view, with green, high rising mountains in the background, and CUHK's campus in the foreground.

CUHK's Beautiful Campus

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Accounting Exchange Program began in the 2012-2013 academic year. This semester-long program provides University of Iowa accounting students the ability to integrate a unique international experience with their academic program. Some courses offered by CUHK have already been pre-approved to count towards UI requirements. See the database here, and search for country: China (not Hong Kong)

Hong Kong is a leading global financial and cultural center located in southeast China on the South China Sea. A common destination for both tourists and business professionals, Hong Kong is promoted as “Asia’s World City” and ranks third in the 2013 Global Financial Center Index (GFCI) survey.

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.

Please view the Study Abroad @ CUHK Information Sheet for specific program information.

Program Dates

Fall Semester is typically from late August through mid December.

Spring Semester is typically from early January through early May.

Chinese University of Hong Kong

the infinity pool on campus, overlooking the ocean and other smaller islands

The Campus' Infinity Pool

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

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.


Students will live with 1 to 2 roommates in on-campus hostels during the CUHK Accounting Exchange Program. Amenities include modestly furnished bedrooms, air-conditioning, laundry facilities, 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


The UI College of Business in conjunction with Study Abroad will help students deal with the logistics of travel to Hong Kong, the CUHK application, among other concerns. Interested students can schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor by calling 319-335-0353.


This program is open to UI Accounting students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have completed one semester toward the University of Iowa Accounting Major. No knowledge of the Chinese language is necessary - courses are taught in English.

Students should contact Mr. Kevin Den Adel with questions regarding eligibility.

The number of participants is limited by reciprocity in the numbers to be exchanged. Meeting the minimum requirements for eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The final decision on admissions rests with CUHK.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Fall of 2017. This document outlines 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 CISI 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.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.


Meet with Mr. Kevin Den Adel and the study abroad advisor for Hong Kong to determine if this program is right for you. You may e-mail him with any questions - please use the subject line: "CUHK Application Question"

Application Deadline

The application deadline for Spring is September 8th.

The application deadline for Fall is March 7th.

Click here for UI's online study abroad application once you've met with Mr. Kevin Den Adel and have been advised to complete the online application

Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out CUHK's online application. BEFORE applying to CUHK using their online system, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program AND have been approved and accepted by Mr. Den Adel. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Applying to CUHK

Students that have applied to and been accepted by UI into the CUHK Exchange can consider themselves accepted into CUHK. That being said, CUHK still requires all exchange students to fill out an application. You need to schedule an appointment with the study abroad advisor to discuss this process.

Predeparture Materials

More information on pre-departure materials will be provided after the acceptance cycle has concluded.

UI Accounting major Shelley Lowe participated in the CUHK Exchange Program during the fall 2012 semester. Learn about Shelley's experience from her blog.