UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Semester Study Abroad Programs

China: Chinese University of Hong Kong

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    This program is eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship (UNC-CH undergraduates only). To learn more visit the Phillips Ambassadors website at http://phillips.unc.edu/. When you are ready to apply click here.

    The exchange program at the CUHK Business School offers students the opportunity to study business at one of the top programs in Hong Kong and Asia. Students are fully immersed in campus life at CUHK, taking courses and living with Hong Kong, international and U.S. students. Business students gain invaluable experience learning about the dynamic Hong Kong and Chinese economies and take advantage of living in such a vibrant commercial and cultural capital. There is no language prerequisite to participate on the CUHK exchange program, and the business curriculum is taught in English.

    Visit the program's website
    View program evaluations from past participants

    Application checklist


    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: Yes Exchange Only 
    • Graduate Exchange: No
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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    Fall - Late August to Late December

    Fall 2017 dates are August 28 - December 23

    Spring​ - Early January to Mid May

    Spring 2018 dates are January 2 - May 12

    Application Dates

    Fall 2019 Program:

    • ​​Application opens: November 1, 2018
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 21, 2019
    • Notification begins: March 8, 2019
    Spring 2020 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: March 1, 2019
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 11, 2019
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 26, 2019
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2019
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 13, 2019

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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    Kenan-Flagler students generally take a full load of business courses at the CUHK Business School, which will transfer for business core and/or business elective requirements towards the major. The CUHK Business School offers courses in the areas of finance, marketing, management, accountancy, and hotel and tourism management. It is also possible to take a non-business elective course, and CUHK offers a wide range of departments and course offerings.

    Courses taken at the Chinese University of Hong Kong will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of C or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under C will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the CUHK transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back 3 UNC credits for every 3 credit course at CUHK, and are expected to take either four or five courses worth 3 credits each during the semester. A student who earns a C or better in all courses will receive a total of 12-15 UNC credits for their semester abroad.

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  • Housing

    Most Kenan-Flagler students opt to live on campus in dormitory style accommodations. Incoming exchange students share rooms with CUHK students who express special interest in having a non-CUHK roommate. This arrangement allows exchange students to further immerse in the culture and student life at CUHK. Amenities in the dormitories include:
    • furnished bedrooms with phone and internet connection
    • air-conditioning
    • laundry facilities
    • shared kitchens
    • shared hall-style bathrooms
    • common rooms with televisions

    Please click here for more information regarding accommodations at CUHK.

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  • Student Life

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong offers a campus environment, located on a scenic hillside in Hong Kong overlooking the sea. It is directly accessible to the center of the city by the fast and convenient underground subway. The underground station is located next to the new CUHK Business School building.

    Students enjoy the campus life at CUHK as well as exploring the fast-paced and dynamic city of Hong Kong. With over 7 million people, Hong Kong is densely populated with impressive transportation networks and soaring high rises. Founded as a trading center, Hong Kong is one of the world's financial hubs, an important center for multinational corporations, and a gateway to China. As a diverse and culturally rich city, students enjoy the many social opportunities in Hong Kong and activities from shopping in its famous malls to visiting museums and monuments, Disneyland Hong Kong, and outdoor activities.

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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    Take the amount on the Tuition and Fees line and divide by 2 to get your semester tuition and fees cost

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare

      Meals $3,350
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $200
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $400
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $1,000
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: In-State  $17,510
      Total Estimated Expenses: Out-of-State $30,524

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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