The Chinese University of Hong Kong is a public research university which is established in 1963. It is one of the oldest universities established in Hong Kong which has a global vision: “to be acknowledged locally, nationally and internationally as a first-class comprehensive research university whose bilingual and multicultural dimensions of student education, scholarly output and contribution to the community consistently meet standards of excellence” and a mission: “to assist in the preservation, creation, application and dissemination of knowledge by teaching, research and public service in a comprehensive range of disciplines, thereby serving the needs and enhancing the well-being of the citizens of Hong Kong, China as a whole, and the wider world community”. Currently there are eight faculties, which are Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science, that reside in the largest university campus of Hong Kong.

Additionally, The Chinese University of Hong is the only collegiate university in Hong Kong which is organized into nine constituent colleges. And four Nobel laureates are associated with the university which makes The Chinese University of Hong Kong the only tertiary institution in Hong Kong with recipients of the Nobel Prize, Turing Award, Fields Medal and Veblen Prize.

World Rankings

Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Worldwide Ranking:

  • 55th in the World according to Times Higher Education
  • 49th in the World according to QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings by Subject:

  • Communications and Media Studies: 20th
  • Accounting and Finance: 21st
  • Sports-Related Subjects: 21st
  • Social Sciences and Management: 25th
  • Computer Science and Information Systems: 28th
  • Arts and Humanities: 29th
  • Mathematics: 29th
  • Nursing: 29th
  • Education and Training: 32th
  • Social Policy & Administration: 32th
  • Modern Languages: 32th
  • Business and Management Studies: 33th
  • Philosophy: 34th
  • Linguistics: 35th
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology: 36th
  • Economics and Econometrics: 38th
  • Engineering – Electrical and Electronic: 38th
  • Geography: 38th
  • Law and Legal Studies: 40th
  • Engineering and Technology: 40th
  • Psychology: 40th
  • Sociology: 40th
  • Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies: 47th
  • Politics: 49th
  • Life Sciences and Medicine: 74th

More about The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s College System

All full-time undergraduates at CUHK can apply for affiliation with one of the Colleges. Each College is distinctive, but together they shape the character of the University.

Colleges are congenial communities with their own hostels, dining halls and other facilities. They are where students receive pastoral care and whole-person education and offered exciting palettes with which to color their university life, including overseas exchange, student visitor programs, seminars, mentorship and community service programs, and training in languages, IT and leadership. Extracurricular activities are also organized by the college student unions.

The plethora of non-formal learning opportunities offered by the Colleges complement the formal curricula, nurture students’ interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity, and build up their confidence and sense of social responsibility. And scholarship and financial aid schemes are available to enable one to fully exploit the potential for personal growth.

The Numbers and Figures

Number of Students:

4-Year Undergraduate Degree:

Number of Locals

Number of Internationals







Total number of scholarships for undergraduates: 7,696

Total amount of scholarships for undergraduates: HK$155,449,647 (USD$~19,859,469)


Student Exchange:

Number of students participating in outgoing exchange: 7,347

Number of students participating in incoming exchange: 3,318

Number of Exchange Partners: 278 in 34 Countries/Regions


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Term Dates in 2020-21

First term

7 September 2020 – 5 December 2020

Course examinations: 9 December 2020 – 23 December 2020

Second term

11 January 2021 – 24 April 2021

Reading week: 29 March 2021 – 7 April 2021

Course examinations: 28 April 2021 – 15 May 2021

Summer session

17 May 2021 – 3 July 2021