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SURP 2018
Harvard College, US
SURP 2018
“I worked on a project about ozone pollution. The experience gave me a taste of the complexity of environmental problems and the math that might be used to help solve them. It’s encouraging that there’s so much interesting work to be done to figure this out.”
SURP 2018
University of Sussex, UK
SURP 2018
“I really liked working independently while still having my teammates around to ask questions whenever I needed to. I enjoyed working on the research project and would love to work on drug discoveries in the future.”

Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP)


Summer Research@CUHK

The Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) provides an opportunity for international undergraduate students to undertake research attachments for eight weeks at CUHK during the summer. Students will conduct research under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member and earn three credits upon successful completion of the programme.


70+ research topics

80 students

Sign up for an unforgettable summer research experience!

  • Develop research skills and knowledge in a specific area of interest
  • Join a world-class research team and work alongside leading experts in the field
  • Experience postgraduate studies first hand
  • Establish professional networks for future career
  • Spend the summer in the vibrant Asia’s World City Hong Kong
  • Immerse in the local culture through activities and excursions
  • Guaranteed on-campus housing to live with other local and international students
Sailing around Hong Kong Outlying Islands

Begin your summer research adventure here.

Eligibility Number of Participants
Full-time senior undergraduate students currently registered at an overseas and non-Chinese university with good academic standing.


Up to 80 undergraduate students will be hosted. Admission rests with the CUHK host supervisors.


Programme Dates Credits
SURP will take place during 23 June–18 August 2019 for eight weeks.


Students will be registered in a 3-credit course titled ‘Independent Research on International Studies II’ to conduct a research project. A transcript will be issued to their home institution upon successful completion. Final decision on credit transfer will be determined by the home institution.


Research Topics Language
Some 70 research topics are offered by CUHK host supervisors. Please visit HERE for more information.


Research work and reports will be conducted in English. However, different projects may have different language requirements as set out by the supervisors.
Activities  Housing
Participants will be immersed in the local culture through a series of orientation and cultural activities, including research talk and meeting with emerging entrepreneurs.


On-campus housing will be arranged on a shared room basis.


Please click onto the tab below for the details of the programme timeline.

Month Event
Jan 2019 Applications Open Now!
28 Feb 2019 Application Deadline
Apr 2019 Announce Application Results
23 Jun 2019 Arrive in Hong Kong (Hostel Check-In)
24 Jun 2019 Orientation
Jun – Aug 2019 Cultural Tours
Jun – Aug 2019 Research Talk
Aug 2019 Poster Sharing Session
18 Aug 2019 Hostel Check-Out

Watch the video to find out what past host supervisors and participants say about SURP!

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