CUHK

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a comprehensive research university with a global vision. As the second oldest university in the territory, CUHK distinguishes itself from other local universities with its firmly rooted Chinese culture, bilingualism and multiculturalism, and a unique college system that complements the formal learning experience through whole-person development and pastoral care.

CUHK has been at the forefront of research. It boasts a galaxy of distinguished scholars and researchers, including Nobel Laureates, a Fields medalist, a Turing Award winner, and members of the Royal Society. In its latest strategic plan, CUHK has identified four research priorities to build on its strengths and leading advantages in those areas to address some of the most pressing issues of the world today. These areas are China Studies, Translational Biomedicine, Information and Automation Technology and Environment and Sustainability. The prowess, variety and impact of research at CUHK can be further demonstrated from its establishment of five state key laboratories, past and ongoing Areas of Excellence research projects, and the many research institutes and collaborations with eminent overseas research institutions.

The University engages in academic and research partnerships with over 340 universities and institutions from around the world, internationalizing education and advancing the frontiers of knowledge and technology to address the many global challenges of today.

Website: www.cuhk.edu.hk

VSE Season 3, 2021-22: Courses offered by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK International Summer School 2022 (July Session))


Application Deadline

Students must submit an application to the VSE Central Office before:
May 10, 2022 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)




English Language Proficiency Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's English language proficiency requirements listed below:

For students studying in NON-native English-speaking countries or territories ONLY:

TOEFL (iBT) score of at least 71, or
IELTS score of at least 6.0

For students from mainland China institutions ONLY:

College English Test Band-4 (CET-4) score of at least 550, or
College English Test Band-6 (CET-6) score of at least 520

Please upload the required proof(s) of English language proficiency in the online application to the VSE Central Office.



Course Information

Course information posted on this page are provided by the course offering university and may be changed or updated anytime without prior notice.

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Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentCentre for China Studies
Course TeacherProfessor Chen LI
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 27, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Wed, Thu 1630-1915
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course examines the broad economic and political context in which business operates in China. Both business firms and government organizations have to respond to changing external environment. They can also proactively shape their environment by their strategies, policies and relations. In this course, we will learn about the institutional foundations of China’s political economic system and the key economic, political, and social factors that affect China’s business environment. It examines strategies, management and leadership both from the macro and micro perspectives. It examines China’s enterprise reforms in a global context. It will involve theoretical and macro-level analysis with detailed empirical analysis, as well as considerable examination of in-depth case studies from large Chinese firms. The issues we cover have profound implications and importance for business and society in China as well as multinational companies.
Course OutlineCCSS2450
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentSchool of Journalism and Communication
Course TeacherDr. Sean TIERNEY
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 27, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Wed, Thu 1630-1915
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course aims at helping students to earn a solid vocabulary and a sharp eye in analyzing films. Students will learn about the basic cinematic techniques and structures, including mise-en-scene and montage, use of cinematic time and space, the image, soundtrack, and the script. Theoretical perspectives such as realism, feminism, postmodernism would be introduced to address the political, economic and socio-cultural implications of movies. Equipped with these analytical tools, students can critically appreciate movies of different era and different places.
Course OutlineTBA
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentSchool of Journalism and Communication
Course TeacherProfessor Lik Sam CHAN
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 27, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Wed, Fri 1630-1915
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThe instructor will lecture on and direct the study of a topic in Communication Studies that he or she specializes in. Students are allowed to take this Special Topic course at most twice, and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.

Grindr, Tinder, Momo—familiar with these smartphone apps? It is estimated, in 2021, that there are 9.7 million online dating users in the United Kingdom; across the Atlantic Ocean, the number is 49 million in the United States; China alone has 81.8 million users. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective to look into one of the latest and most controversial online cultures—online dating and hookups. Departing from the public health approach that focuses exclusively on sexually transmitted diseases via the use of dating apps, this course examines the communicative, social, and cultural aspects of online dating and hookup cultures. Topics include online relationship development, motivations of app use, app design, gender politics, and queer world-making. Regional cases will be discussed.
Course OutlineCOMM3131
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentGlobal Studies Programme
Course TeacherDr. Toru HORIUCHI
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 27, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Wed, Thu 1630-1915
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course provides an overview of International Relations (IR) theory, the concepts and approaches often adopted in studying the discipline. It aims to familiarize students with different theoretical frameworks and key issues encountered by the globalizing society. This course covers a wide array of topics, but not limited to, i) the mainstream IR theories, provided with some case studies; ii) analysis of some key theoretical literatures and introduce their respective historiographical perspectives, including the Clash of Civilizations and its critics; iii) in-depth studies on some selected thematic issues; iv) International Relations theory and Globalization.
Course OutlineGLBS3101
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Management
Course TeacherDr. Frank NG
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 27, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Wed, Thu 0930-1215
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course studies the nature, form and scope of international business. Topics include foreign environment and major international business activities, such as exporting, direct investment, licensing and other contractual arrangements. Management strategies concerning production, marketing, human resource, and finance in an international context will also be discussed.
Course OutlineMGNT2510
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management
Course TeacherProfessor Abdullah KONAK, Professor Sadan KULTUREL-KONAK
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 27, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Wed, Thu 0930-1215
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionFactors that drive continuous creative product innovation. Study of processes of creating, assessing and pursuing product opportunities. Evaluation of new product ideas and risk assessment of commercialization. Product development strategies in industrial marketing. Understanding the behaviour of buyer. Formulation and implementation of innovative marketing strategy and business plan.
Course OutlineSEEM3450
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentUniversity General Education Programme
Course TeacherProfessor H. S. UDAYKUMAR
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 27, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Wed, Thu 0930-1215
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course is designed to help students to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the global energy crisis and environmental issues our society is currently facing. The history of energy consumption shows how important energy is to the quality of life for the human beings. With the further development and the increase of the world population, our society is challenged by an unprecedented energy demand in 21st century. At the same time, the global warming and climate changes are also causing more and more attentions. How can we meet the future energy demand? What are the energy options we currently have and what are their impacts on the environment? How can we meet our energy needs without deteriorating the environment? The first half of this course will tackle the above-raised questions by examining our current energy options and their respective impacts on the environment. Then, to address both the energy and environmental concerns, possible routes to develop a green society will be discussed in the second half of this course with a focus on renewable energy resources, smart grid, eco-friendly vehicles, and carbon sequestration and carbon audit. (No technical background is required)
Course OutlineUGEB1307
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentUniversity General Education Programme
Course TeacherProfessor LIN Zhixiu, Dr. LIONG Ching, Dr. HA Eun-hae
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 27, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Wed, Thu 0930-1215
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course introduces the fundamental concepts in Chinese medicine to students who are interested in a general understanding of the basic theories, working principles, methods for health preservation and disease healing in Chinese medicine. The course comprises an introduction to the five key areas in Chinese medicine including the basic theories, methods of diagnosis and treatment, acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese medicinal materials, and Chinese herbal formulary. This general education module will also include some practical tutorials to demonstrate diagnostic methods, and classic treatments, which include tongue observation, pulse taking, acupuncture and cupping. The medium of instruction for the course is English.
Course OutlineUGEB2831
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentUniversity General Education Programme
Course TeacherProfessor Gerald CHAN
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 27, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Wed, Thu 0930-1215
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis is an introductory course that surveys key issues in Chinese politics, including the historical background of the system, the roles of the party/state, the style of leadership, the forms of popular participation, and the distinctive features of Chinese politics. The focus of this course is political change.

Classic essays by Sun Yatsen, Lu Xun, Mao Zedong and others provide students with grounding in the key problems modern China has faced, as well as the solutions it has pioneered. From that foundation, we will move on to contemporary institutions and intellectual debates over inequality, human rights, and the future shape of political reform in China.
Course OutlineUGEC1540
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentUniversity General Education Programme
Course TeacherDr. Wilson CHAN
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 27, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 1, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Wed, Thu 1630-1915
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course aims to provide students the foundational knowledge on the operation of the world economy and examine how social, political, and institutional factors contribute to creating global economic order. It examines the intertwining and interaction of economics (wealth creation) and politics (political power) in global affairs.

As an introductory course to Global Political Economy (GPE), the course will first offer a general survey of the key concepts and major theoretical perspectives in the study of GPE. In the second part, the course will cover various policy issues and discuss how the world economy is transformed by globalization, focusing on the development of various international and regional institutions that govern the current economic order. The course will be concluded with a discussion of the latest global economic governance trends, with a particular focus on the transforming role of national states and the endeavours of international development on poverty and inequality reduction.
Course OutlineUGEC2353


Before Making an Application

Make sure you have thoroughly read the information on this page and the Academics page before making an application. If you have a question, email us at apru.vse@cuhk.edu.hk or contact the VSE Coordinators at your home university or course offering university,