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Hong Kong Center & City University of Hong Kong (direct enroll)

This option is for students who want to enroll as full-time semester students at the City University of Hong Kong, where courses will be taught in English and taken alongside Chinese students.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 12-19
  • No language prerequisite
  • The application deadline for spring semester is September 15

City University is known for its professional programs that combine real-world experience with research and study. Students are advised to enroll in a maximum of five courses at CityU. Applicants to the CityU program need to be flexible regarding their course selection due to the complexities of the CityU registration process. It is not necessary to have a background in Chinese language since most courses (except language instruction) are conducted in English.

All courses are taken at the CityU campus, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for this program. Internships are not available during the course of the regular semester, though a summer internship in Shanghai is available for an additional fee.

Signature Seminar

For students enrolled at CityU, participation in the fall Signature Seminar is optional. CityU students cannot participate in the Signature Seminar during the spring semester, due to the City University academic calendar.

Fall Seminar (optional; 2 credits)
The Challenges and Opportunities of Southeast Asia: China, Malaysia, and Singapore

Led by Dr. Aleksandra Thurman, your journey takes you to China, Malaysia, and Singapore for an expansive overview of the immense economic, political, cultural and environmental import of the region. You explore Confucianism, Taoism, examine Islamic culture and art, and visit many prominent financial, historic, and cultural sites as you build a powerful foundation for your semester of study in Hong Kong.


Depending on availability, you will be placed in either an on-campus CityU residence hall or with the Syracuse Center students in Grand Blossom House in Kowloon. You will have access to City University facilities, including a sports complex and an Olympic-sized pool. For more information about the City University of Hong Kong campus, please visit the City University website.

Meals are not included in your program fee, but Hong Kong offers a fantastic variety of dining options. On any given day, you can choose from CityU’s inexpensive cafeteria and snack bars, multiple options at the Festival Walk mall (next to CityU), and a dizzying array of options in the city. Students who live in a residence hall can also prepare meals in the dormitory kitchenette. Students living at Grand Blossom House can cook meals in the apartment kitchen.


City University is located in Kowloon, only a few minutes walk from the MTR (Mass Transit Rail), Hong Kong’s inexpensive and efficient public transportation line that provides easy access throughout the peninsula and the New Territories. The famous Star Ferry shuttles regularly across beautiful Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong Island.

Important Note for Non-U.S. Citizens

Under Hong Kong governmental regulations, nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic Peoples' Republic of), Nepal, and Vietnam are not eligible to apply for student visas and therefore cannot participate in the Syracuse Hong Kong program.

Citizens of Mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan can apply, but visa applications may take longer and require additional documents. Please apply before the deadline to allow proper time for visa processing.

Program Cost

The cost of the Syracuse Hong Kong program includes Syracuse tuition and a program fee. Financial aid is available. For a complete breakdown of costs, we have prepared a budget sheet (Hong Kong Planning Budget 2017-18.pdf) for students and their families. Eligible students studying at City University may have a reduced program fee.

Hear from Syracuse Hong Kong Alumni!

Talk to our Syracuse Hong Kong global ambassadors if you have any questions about the program - they are students who have just recently returned from a semester in Hong Kong. You can also check out our program reviews on


Mary Fedorko, admissions counselor for Syracuse Hong Kong:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/13/2018 12/23/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change. Signature Seminar is optional; student not participating in seminar arrive 8/27/18

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.