Study Abroad Center, 3224 Memorial Union, (515) 294-6792
City University of Hong Kong, China - Reciprocal Exchange
Hong Kong (Heung góng in Cantonese, meaning fragrant harbour) is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a more recent contemporary ex-British influence. Today, the former British colony is a major tourism destination for China’s increasingly affluent mainland population. It is also an important hub in East Asia with global connections to many of the world’s cities. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia’s World City.
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
Our world is rapidly changing. There is an increasing focus of attention and resources on the Asia-Pacific region, in view of China’s rising economic and political influence. This translates into a treasure-trove of opportunities and prospects for the region. Here in Hong Kong, not only will you be at the gateway to China but you will also receive a world-class education that counts as one of the best in the region and beyond.
There is so much more to Hong Kong than the ‘shopping mecca’ and ‘food paradise’ that it is commonly known for. This former British territory offers a lifestyle so vibrant, dynamic, and varied, it has been and continues to be an irresistible destination for people to work and live in. With a population exceeding 7 million people, Hong Kong's society personifies the essence of both the eastern and western traditions. This is where ancient Chinese temples are juxtaposed against towering steel and glass skyscrapers and where dragon boat races are held alongside the annual Rugby Sevens.
Hong Kong, above all, continues to be a land of opportunities. During the yesteryears, migrants were attracted to labor-intensive industries such as manufacturing and textiles. Supported by a low-crime, low-corruption environment and an adherence to the rule of law, the territory has developed into a leading global business and financial center, serving as an important bridge between multinational corporations and the Mainland China market.
To prepare you for a future where the eyes of the world are set on Asia, Hong Kong is the perfect opportunity for you to understand the 21st century business environment and regional market conditions.
Hong Kong Society and City Life
With a rich Chinese heritage going back thousands of years, and some 150 years of British administration until its return to China in 1997, Hong Kong has a unique East-West perspective that created a cosmopolitan society of 7 million people and a dynamic city with a 24/7 lifestyle and an electrifying energy all of its own.
From the lively nightlife of Lan Kwai Fong on Hong Kong Island, to the long distance walking trails in the hills of the New Territories, to the lively Chinese festivals celebrated around the city, Hong Kong offers students an exciting mix of activities to choose from.
Throughout the year, many colorful Chinese festivals are celebrated, drawing you into a culture stretching back 5,000 years. The lion dances and fireworks of Chinese New Year, races and rice dumplings of Dragon Boat Festival, and mooncakes and lanterns of Mid-Autumn Festival are just some of the traditional events waiting for you to explore.
There is also a lively arts scene and a wide selection of clubs, concerts, and creative events that keep Hong Kong going. International arts and film festivals draw top names from around the world, while major sports events such as the world-renowned Rugby Sevens attract stars and visitors to the city. You can well be taking in a Chinese folk dance one week, Jose Carreras the next, and Disneyland thereafter.
For those who prefer some peace and quiet, country parks and scenic walks are widely available in Hong Kong.
Have you ever dreamt of living and studying abroad? Have you ever wanted to get to know a different culture, make new friends, and learn another language? If so, then our exchange programs are exactly what you are looking for!
Check the application procedures
Exchange students are first selected by Iowa State University and then gain approval from the respective academic departments of CityU. Successful applicants will meet the minimum academic requirements of and be in good academic standing with their host institution.
Please refer to Application Information for detailed application procedures, information on the online application system, application deadlines, a list of the courses to be offered in each semester, the academic calendar, scholarship and internship information, immigration and visa requirements, and enrolment and accommodation arrangements.
When and how to apply
Applications are done on-line on ISUAbroad and must be completed no later than indicated in the "Dates / Deadlines (top of page).
Do you need to apply for a student visa?
You will need to obtain a student visa to study at CityU unless you have the right of abode or the right to land in Hong Kong. Consult the websites of the Hong Kong Immigration Department and the CityU Mainland and External Affairs Office for relevant information. You will also need a special permit if you wish to visit mainliand China at any time during your stay.
How much will it cost?
CityU waives tuition fees for exchange students in accordance with its exchange agreements with partner institutions. However, students are required to pay the tuition and study-related fees levied by their home institution. In addition, they are also responsible for financing their travel, accommodation, living expenses, visa, insurance, books and other expenses. A monthly budget of around HK$4,000 (~US$513) should be sufficient to cover meals, transport, laundry, books, study materials, and stationery.
Scholarships for study abroad: see http://www.studyabroad.iastate.edu/home/students/outgoing/
Life at CityU
CityU provides a campus environment and range of programs designed to enhance students' physical and mental health. Visit the Student Development Services website to find out more.
As an exchange student, you may apply for on-campus hostel facilities. For further details, visit the Student Residence Office website.
Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance from CityU that lists the number of courses for which they have been pre-registered. For further details about enrolment and course registration, please visit the Academic Regulations and Records Office website.
Need more information?
Departments and Courses
College of Business
College of Science and Engineering
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School for Creative Media
School of Energy and Environment
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ
Getting to CityU
Mainland and External Affairs Office
Student Residence Office
Academic Regulations and Records Office