Program Brochure

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Requirements

We welcome applicants with any of the following qualifications:

✔ GCE A level

✔ IB

✔ SAT/AP/ACT tests (USA)

✔ ATAR (Australia)

✔ OSSD/ BC Diploma (Canada)

✔ GSAT (Taiwan)

✔ AISSCE (CBSE)/ ISC (India)

✔ SMA (Indonesia)

✔ UEC/ STPM (Malaysia)

✔ Associate degree/Higher diploma

& more....

For the other qualifications, please refer to http://admission.cuhk.edu.hk/international/requirements.html .

Applicants must meet the CUHK requirements: http://admission.cuhk.edu.hk/international/requirements.html. We carefully review each application on a case-by-case basis.


Admission Timeline

http://admission.cuhk.edu.hk/international/important_dates.html


Interview Schedule

If we think that you are suitable for our program, we will not arrange for interviews and we will grant you offer directly as soon as possible. If we think that we need more information from you, we will invite you for interview. We will arrange several interviews from December-August.



Application

http://admission.cuhk.edu.hk/international/application-details.html


Useful Tips from International Admitted Students


FAQ for International Applicants


A. Chance of being admitted

  • 1. How to increase the chance of being admitted?

    Put CUHK ECON as your first choice. We will put students who have chosen CUHK ECON as first choice at a higher priority.

    Other than your performance in examinations, we would also appreciate contributions to school clubs, and achievements at competitions or activities on and off campus. We will add bonus points to those who have awards or activities that are related to economics and mathematics. Here are some examples:

    S.T. Yau High School Science Award in Subject Category Economic and Financial Modeling
    “Play” It Forward HK@APEC Game Design Competition
    Mathematical Olympiad
    Other awards/activities in economics or mathematics

    You can submit relevant documents via the online admission system. We carefully review each application on a case-by-case basis.


B. Interview

  • 1. When will I receive interview notification? If I am not being invited for interview, does it mean that I will not be admitted?

    If we think that you are suitable for our program, we will not arrange for interviews and we will grant you offer directly as soon as possible. Therefore, not being interviewed does not mean that there is no chance of being admitted.

    If we think that we need more information from you, we will invite you for interview. We will arrange several interviews from December-August.

  • 2. Is the interview conducted in Chinese/English? What is the interview format and what kinds of questions will be covered?

    The interview will be conducted in English. It is an individual interview. We want to know if the applicant is interested in analyzing human behavior and will test the logical thinking of the applicants.


C. Program information

  • 1. If I have not taken Economics in high school, can I take CUHK ECON? Can I handle it well?

    Yes of course, many of our students did not take Economics in high school as well.

    In high school, economics teachers will not teach the basic knowledge of mathematics, statistics, etc. But in university, we focus on building a strong foundation in mathematics, statistics, theories and quantitative analysis. So, students can link up all the knowledge they have learnt and study various economics topics thoroughly.

  • 2. Why is CUHK ECON housed within the Faculty of Social Science?

    The application of economics is extremely broad, including many topics of social interests, on top of Business and Finance. In the US, almost all of the top economics departments are housed in their Faculties of Social Science. Examples include Yale University, Princeton University and University of Chicago, etc. This is done because economics is an integral part of Social Science.

  • 3. What are the differences between CUHK ECON and other Social Science programs?

    The essential parts and knowledge of economics can be linked up together. But for other subjects in social science, they may have different schools of thought and less common ground.

  • 4. What are the differences between CUHK ECON and other Business programs?

    Economics could be applied in all different aspects of society. Our program includes all kinds of topics in the mainstream Economics while the Business Programs emphasize in knowledge of business/commercial activities. If CUHK ECON were to be housed in the Business School, many non-business topics might not be taught, which would limit students’ access to a comprehensive education in economics.

    For example, economics examines how to design an effective taxation system. Professor Sir James Mirrlees, Former Distinguished Professor-at-Large of the CUHK Economics Department, has pointed out that taxpayers would have more private information about themselves than the government, and would change their behaviours according to the prevailing tax system. Analyzing the tax system from the theories of accounting alone may not incorporate the importance of economic concepts such as asymmetric information. Professor Sir James Mirrlees and Professor Peter Diamond coauthored a series of pathbreaking research on the topic of optimal income taxation which had subsequently affected the tax policies of many countries. Such contribution was later mentioned in their award of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences!