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Activity Guide &
Resources for
International Students


Welcome to The Chinese University of Hong Kong!


As you are about to embark on a new journey at CUHK, making plans ahead at this stage of transition would have significant impact on the fruitfulness of your university life in Hong Kong.


Joining the orientation programme organised by the University, Colleges, as well as Faculties/ Departments would definitely give you a head start – helping you to familiarize with the campus, understand your studies and build friendships. There are also virtual meetings arranged by the Learning Enhancement Officers (LEOs) to facilitate your better adjustment to the study at CUHK and the life in Hong Kong.


Various online resources are made for you to become better equipped for the potential challenges ahead. Meanwhile, you may check out the must-read information prepared by LEOs for non-local new comers, which briefs you the important documents that you need to apply, along with useful info relating to the health protection measures, campus facilities, local transportation and Hong Kong culture.


More programme details will be released on this website from July onwards, providing you with comprehensive and handy resources for a smooth adaptation to the new life. Please visit this website regularly for updates.


Learning Enhancement Officers (LEOs)
Learning and Cultural Enhancement Section
Office of Student Affairs

Tentative Dates Highlights
16 – 19, & 22 August

“Meeting with LEOs” Sessions

Learning Enhancement Officers (LEOs) offer individual guidance and consultation service to facilitate students’ adaptation to their university life. In the “Meeting with LEOs” sessions, you will be briefed the important points in your university life planning, curriculum requirements and course enrolment, as well as having a better idea about the culture of Hong Kong.

All non-local undergraduate students shall join one session of each theme:

  1. All about your studies @CUHK
  2. Get to know something about Hong Kong

Schedule & Registration:

11 August 2022

University Orientation Day

The University Orientation Day aims to prepare new undergraduate students for a flourishing and fruitful university life. Orientation talks will be organized to highlight the importance of CUHK core values, university life planning, and mental wellness.

Topics of the orientation talks include introduction of CUHK, University Life, Student Experience, etc. For details, please refer to the information below.

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am (HKT)
Venue: Sir Run Run Shaw Hall
Live Broadcast: Lecture Theatre 1-7, Lee Shau Kee Building
(For online broadcast, please refer to the email from

18 August  – 10 September

Faculty/ Departmental Orientation (Small O)

Date: 18 – 27 August 2022

“Small O” refers to the Faculty/ Departmental Orientation. In order to let new students understand their study programme and meet new friends, activities like virtual or face-to-face on-campus indoor/ outdoor ice-breaking games, teachers’ and students’ sharing sessions on academic programmes and university life, and campus tours, etc. will be organised.

College Orientation Week (Big O)

Date: 28 August – 4 September 2022

“Big O” is an important event of the unique College system at CUHK. Activities are well-designed by College Organizing Committees. In order to let new students from different cultural backgrounds familiarized with their own college and build up the sense of belonging, student organisers will arrange unique and fabulous games and activities during the College Orientation Week. In addition to the above activities, non-local student associations also assist new incoming students to adapt to their university life and their life in Hong Kong by organising various interesting and friendship building activities during the College Orientation Week.

Non-local New Students’ Activities Arranged by International Student Association (ISA)

Date: 2 & 4 September (Virtual) & 10 September (Face-to-face)

Organized by the ISA, the activities will kickstart your CUHK experience, connect you with other non-local students, and help you to get prepared for a fruitful university journey.

Activities include:

2 September (Virtual): Welcoming, ice-breaking activity, promotion of student associations, and POD group gathering, etc
4 September (Virtual): Information sessions, sharing on college life and major study, and socialising time with other freshmen, etc
10 September (Face-to-face): Games, prize winning activities, and POD hour etc.

Students who are interested in the activities can register here*:

(*Students who would like to participate in the non-local new students’ activities arranged by ISA should register for the College Orientation Week first.)

24 August

“Acing the Orientation Week” Live Sharing Session

As a non-local student, how do you make the most out of the Orientation Week and win lots of new friends? The Office of Student Affairs has invited a team of cross-cultural communication experts to arrange a live sharing session for you! Non-local trainers who have spent years in Hong Kong will share their experience on Hong Kong-style university orientation cultures, offer cross-cultural ice breaking tips, and teach survival Cantonese at orientation etc. It will certainly help you ace the orientation and build a strong foundation to your fruitful College life!

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm (HKT)
Language: English
Enrol now:

30 August 1st term course registration (new students)
3 September 2022 Hostel move-in (non-local undergraduate students)
5 September 2022 1st teaching day
8 –  9 September 2022

“Meeting with LEOs” Sessions – Get to know something about Hong Kong

Schedule & Registration:

* Details will be announced soon.



  1. If you are in Mainland China, please use the official ZOOM client downloaded from; and then choose “Join Meeting” and use “Meeting ID and Passcode” to join the meeting. You may refer to the troubleshooting tips if needed:
  2. The events and dates may be subject to change. Please visit this website regularly for updates.


Orientation Videos

Crossing Cultures and Fitting In


Road Safety and Crime Prevention

– Deceptions

– Campus Theft

– Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking

– Road Safety


Cantonese Learning (by Yale-China Chinese Language Centre, CUHK)

– Learning Chinese Languages in CLC:

– Cantonese for CUHK Non-local Chinese Students:

– Cantonese for CUHK International Students:

– Putonghua for CUHK International Students:

Important Reminders and Useful Information

Learning and Cultural Enhancement Section, Office of Student Affairs


(852) 3943 7945



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