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Summer Institute (SI)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. When can I apply for the CUHK Summer Institute?
A1. Application period of CUHK Summer Institute opens between February and April/May every year.
Q2. How to apply for CUHK Summer Institute?
A2. Only online application with all relevant supporting documents submitted within the designated application period would be considered.
Q3. Who can apply for the CUHK Summer Institute?
A3. CUHK Summer Institute welcomes students who are applying to universities soon. Priority will be given to Secondary 5 students and students studying in local (HKDSE) or other equivalent international curricula.
Q4. What will the programme consider when selecting applicants?
A4. Applications would be reviewed case by case. We generally consider an applicant’s academic performance at school.
Q5. Will there be any interviews?
A5. No.
Q6. What if I cannot attend the whole period of SI programme?
A6. If you could not attend the whole period of SI, you need to notify us and provide supporting documents at your earliest by sending email to si@cuhk.edu.hk. However, please be reminded that you have to meet the minimum attendance requirement of courses in order to be awarded the certificate of achievement and fulfill the course requirements to earn credits.

Q1. What will I do at CUHK Summer Institute?
A1. You will experience a series of designed activities at our vibrant university campus, take academic courses and join enrichment activities after class. Most importantly, you can engage in academic, cultural and social exchange with students from diverse backgrounds.
Q2. How many courses can I take in total?
A2. You will enroll in two courses in total, one in the morning session and another in the afternoon session.
Q3. Can I take only one course?
A3. No, participants are required to take two courses in SI, one in the morning session and another in the afternoon session.
Q4. What courses are offered at CUHK Summer Institute?
A4. CUHK Summer Institute offers a wide range of courses, covering subject areas including arts, business administration, education, engineering, law, medicine, science and social science. Courses are taught by renowned CUHK faculty members. For some courses, pre-requisite and background knowledge are required. Please refer to the Academic Courses section for details.
Q5. What is the medium of instruction used during the courses?
A5. English will be used for most of the courses unless otherwise specified. Please refer to the Academic Courses section for details.
Q6. How should I select the courses?
A6. You are highly recommended to enroll to courses in two different areas for the morning and afternoon sessions to learn about different academic disciplines. This helps you to identify your academic interests for future university studies.
Q7. How do I get enrolled to academic courses?
A7. When you apply online for the CUHK Summer Institute, you need to give preference for courses you intend to study. We would consider the course capacity for assignment of courses.
Q8. Can I request for course change after I receive the offer of academic courses?
A8. You can email si@cuhk.edu.hk to request for course changing with valid reason(s). We would consider your request on a case-by-case basis if there is available place. Please note that you would not be guaranteed a successful course change.
Q9. How will I be assessed in the courses?
A9. Each course adopts a different assessment scheme. Assessments may be in the form of quizzes and individual/ group presentations. Please refer to the Academic Courses section for details.

Q1. If I am directly sponsored by school, how can I join the SI program?
A1. If you are directly sponsored by school, please ask your school to contact us (email: si@cuhk.edu.hk) for special payment arrangement.
Q2. Are there any scholarships or bursaries available?
A2. For students with outstanding academic credentials, you can apply for Merit Award which covers up to 50% of your program fee. Please note that the deadline for applying Merit Award is earlier than the deadline of applying for SI.


While for students with financial needs, you can apply for Financial Assistance which covers up to 100% of your programme fee. Please note that the deadline for providing relative support documents.

Q3. Can I cancel my application or withdraw from the programme? Will there be a programme fee refund?
A3. You can withdraw from the programme by submitting a request to si@cuhk.edu.hk with valid reason and supporting documents. Please do so as early as possible so that your place can be given to applicants on the waiting list. 50% of the programme fee paid will be refunded if we receive the request by the specified deadline.


No refund or reduction in programme fee, cultural activities fee, accommodation fee, or visa application fee will be made if you arrive to the programme late, leave the programme early, or is dismissed from the programme due to violation of programme regulations.