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Chinese University of Hong Kong

Welcome to the Hinich Foundation’s Orientation page for all Global Trade Leaders attending Chinese University of Hong Kong.

On the left sidebar you find a list of informational resources related to student life in Hong Kong. These have been created by our current scholars to better prepare you for your arrival and ensure the smoothest transition when you start university.

Have a great first semester and congratulations again on being chosen for the Hinirich Global Leadership Program!

Pre-arrival – Before you get to school

Most of CUHK’s MBA students have roughly three months to prepare for their exciting study journey ahead. While for many good time-keepers, three-month period appears to be rather generous, you are advised not to be overconfident that things can be well managed within the very last month. We tell you "Do not let the grass grow under your feet.”

Completing your MBA documentations and registration

Rest assured you will be asked to process a heap of the School’s documentations and procedures regarding your on-campus accommodation, online registration, tuition fee payment and Visa application. For those who come from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos; the visa application processes will be much more complicated and require more time and efforts (Perhaps both you and the School are required to submit the HKSAR Immigration Department a written statement to detail why you wish to pursue your MBA program in Hong Kong. The School will advise you in more details).

Small tip here is you just follow the instructions advised by the School’s assistants. Although in most cases they can track your registration process very attentively, your friendly follow-up emails will show your keenness and proactiveness about your preparation.

Taking advantage of the free pre-MBA online course: A BONUS

Besides, CUHK encourages its MBA students to enroll and study free pre-MBA online courses including Statistics, Accounting, Finance and Quant skills before you arrive at the Campus. Around June, the School will provide you with the course password details for your 3-month access.

However excellent you are, please take them seriously by committing 2-3 hours/ day. You can finish the four courses in 40-50 hours. These friendly, practical courses will help you prepare the best for your MBA and keep you abreast of other MBA fellows who might have years of knowledge against.

What you bring with you aboard

Hong Kong’s temperature can range from below 10oC to over 30oC during the winter season (mid Dec-Feb) and summer season (May to Sep). Some 80% of the region’s rain occurs during spring/summer.

Please bring along some warm clothes to stand with the next few months’ cold weather and during air-conditioned classrooms.

What else? Your local food, an inspiring book, a laptop, some passport photos, a high mega-pixel camera, a photo of your beloved, manicure, some stationary, a suit for formal events and a cook book, etc.

Plan your Campus’s arrival date

Students might prefer to wait for their visa labels available before booking their airfare tickets. Usually, CUHK advises the students to arrive Campus on the 1st day of August to ensure their full participants in the Orientation Activities in the week later. The Orientation Schedule will be sent in June with activities being updated until July.

Students who opt to stay outside the campus might decide to arrive earlier since settling down may take longer time.

Arrival : Getting from the airport, ID Cards and Banking

Hong Kong’s public transportation is world-class. For a city so dense, it is as efficient as it can be, though sometimes you’re going to have to take a deep breath, remain stress-free and assimilate because bumping into each other is a normal occurrence and no one gets too worked up over it.

Chinese University of Hong Kong is located at the University Station of the MTR. To get here from the airport is very easy, but may take roughly 1 to 1.5 hours. Signage is everywhere but in case you get lost, there are customer service counters available or just ask a friendly face. Most Hong Kongers speak English.

  • Hop on the Airport Express from the Airport and take the train all the way to the last stop, Hong Kong station.
  • When you’re in Hong Kong Station, you’ll need to take the Island line from Central to Admiralty Station.
  • Get off Admiralty Station and literally walk to the opposite side and hop on the Tsuen Wan line, you will take this until Mong Kok station.
  • Once at Mong Kok Station, again, walk across to the other the Tiu Keng Leng line and get off at Kowloon Tong station.
  • Only Kowloon Tong station, you will want to walk towards the train line that takes you to Lowu or Lok Ma Chau. Take this line to University station and you’ll reach Chinese University of Hong Kong.

ID Cards and Banking

International students must apply for Hong Kong ID card at the Immigration Department of Hong Kong (Tel: 2824 6111). Your visa label might only last for 30 days. So hurry up applying temporary Hong Kong ID Card and submit to the Graduate School within 1 month to complete your student record. Once your ID card is available, you can have multiple-entry to Hong Kong without applying another visa.

Debit cards and secured credit cards are popular during the Orientation Weeks, so students can register ones to keep your money secure. Schools are also installed with many ATMs so it is convenient to deposit and withdraw money. Some Hong Kong banks you might want to open your bank accounts such as HSBC, HangSeng, CitiBank, Standard Charter etc.

For those who are Hinrich global trade scholars, you can receive stipend disperments via cheque to be deposited to the Hong Kong bank account.

Classes: Course preparation and reviews

54.00 units are required to complete the Full-time MBA degree. Each course will count for 3.00 units.

  • Pre-term: A required orientation class that will count for 3.00 units
  • 1st term: 3 core classes and 1 elective
  • 2nd term: 2 core classes and 2 electives
  • 3rd term: 2 core classes and 2 electives
  • 4th term: Elective classes only

Course choices and material should be distributed to you during or before orientation. Note that students can choose to overload their terms by applying for one additional elective.

Living in Chinese University of Hong Kong

You can select to live on or off the Campus, but if you prefer the former, you will register with the MBA Office once you get accepted.

CUHK is located in New Territory’s Shatin, which takes you about 45 mins commuting time to reach Hong Kong’s Central district. So there are advantages and disadvantages to stay in Campus. For instance, it is super convenient to meet with your study groups around Campus. And living costs in Shatin is much cheaper than those in other Hong Kong and Kowloon islands.

Although on-campus accommodation always prioritizes MBA’s international students, there must be some regulated orders of priority applied to the hostel registrants. For example, full-time non local 1st year students is the first priority while the second priority goes to 2nd year students of the type. More details, please contact the MBA Office

Food – Canteens, restaurants and other meal option

In Cheung Yu Tung Building, there is a café on the 3rd floor. This café is a bit pricier than canteens around campus. Near the train station is also a fast food chain called MX.

Otherwise, for students who live on campus, there are multiple canteens available.

Activities – On-campus clubs and international travel

Most of the on campus activities are student driven. The MBA office will ask students to form clubs and the activities on or off campus are usually driven by these clubs. There also other undergraduate activities on campus, but you’ll need to mingle with the undergrads to pinpoint what activities are going on around campus.

Transportation – How to get around

MTR and Bus systems in Hong Kong are the best ways of transportation. Learn more about their routes on here:

Emergency numbers and contacts

  • MBA office: 852 - 3943 7782
  • Veronica Li - Associate Director: 852- 3943 1833
  • Sandra Chan - Student Services Manager: 852- 3943 1977
  • Law Yeuk Hei, Roanne, Assistant Manager, Marketing & Admission: 852- 5113 1195
  • Others:

Tip of excellence

Be consistent and self-evaluate. A lot of the MBA course will be group work and you’ll be judge by what you promise. Make sure you commit and deliver, and don’t over promise.

Study hard and make new friends. Engage your follows who can help you best achieve your study & career goals

Join more social activities such as volunteering at Hinrich Foundation’s Sell-to-Help annual bazaars, and Hong Kong China Sourcing Fair to promote Asian emerging suppliers

Enjoy one of your most unforgettable MBA work: will be challenging yet a lot of fun

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