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Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP)


Virtual Summer Research@CUHK

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP). The programme details for SURP 2022 will be available at the end of 2021/early 2022.


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The Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from overseas universities to undertake research attachments for eight weeks at CUHK during the summer. Students will be actively engaged in research under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member and earn three credits upon successful completion of the programme. Due to travel restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, SURP will be conducted virtually in the summer of 2021 to allow students to take part in the programme without leaving home.


50 research topics

80 students

Sign up for an innovative summer virtual 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 at home
  • Experience postgraduate studies first hand
  • Establish professional networks for future career
  • Immerse in the local culture through virtual activities and excursions
  • Discover new ideas through interaction with other international students

Begin your summer virtual research experience with CUHK

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 28 June–20 August 2021 for eight weeks.


Students will be registered in a 3-credit course titled ‘Independent Research on International Studies’ 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 50 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.
Online Activities  
Participants will be immersed in the local culture through a series of online orientation and cultural activities.


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

Month Event
Jan 2021 Open for Applications
15 Mar 2021 Application Deadline
Apr – May 2021 Announce Application Results
28 Jun 2021 Virtual Orientation
Jun – Aug 2021 Online Cultural Tours, Research Talk & Social Activities
Aug 2021 Research Presentation Session
20 Aug 2021 Last Day of Programme

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