Global Learning - CUHK MBA

The next round application deadlines for intake 2021 are 4 July 2021 (Hong Kong residents) & 31 May 2021 (non-Hong Kong residents). Click here to apply now! 

Global Exchange and Business Immersion

Through internships, worldwide exchange programmes, study field trips and other engagement opportunities, you will expand your understanding of geographic and social issues. This all happens amidst a diverse culture nurtured by fellow high-achieving students from all walks of life.


Exchange Programmes


Today’s business leaders must rise above their own cultural perspectives and produce solutions that work across multiple borders. Our partnership with nearly 50 distinguished exchange universities around the world exposes students to a wealth of knowledge and people outside the CUHK campus, giving them an opportunity to train for leadership readiness in a globalised marketplace. Most of the exchange programmes take plan from September to December.

Over a three- or four-month exchange period you will study at one of our prestigious partner schools abroad, and be challenged to process information and issues outside your comfort zone. The experience will allow you to deepen your insights into other business cultures, and to look at local and regional business challenges with fresh eyes. Expect to bring home new world views, a significantly larger global network, and an enhanced set of skills that will position you for success in an increasingly connected world.

  • Asia-Pacific

    Australia
    The University of Melbourne

    China
    China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
    Fudan University
    Peking University
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University – SAIF
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University – Antai College of Economics & Management
    Tsinghua University

    India
    Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
    Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

    Japan
    Hitotsubashi University
    Waseda University

    Singapore
    National University of Singapore

    South Korea
    Seoul National University
    Yonsei University

    Taiwan
    National Cheng Chi University
    National Taiwan University

  • Europe

    Denmark
    Copenhagen Business School

    France
    ESSEC Business School
    HEC Paris

    Germany
    Mannheim Business School
    WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

    Italy
    Bocconi University

    Russia
    Saint Petersburg State University

    Spain
    ESADE Business School
    IE Business School

    Switzerland
    University of St. Gallen

    Netherlands
    RSM Erasmus University Graduate School of Business

    UK
    Imperial College London
    London Business School
    University of Warwick

  • North America

    Canada
    The University of British Columbia
    University of Toronto
    York University

    US
    Emory University
    Indiana University
    The George Washington University
    The University of Florida
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    The University of Texas at Austin
    University of Michigan
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Washington University in St. Louis

  • Applications and Criteria

    Applications for Exchange Programmes open in December. Several briefing sessions will be held. GPA and students’ contribution to MBA community will be considered.
    * Exchange will delay your graduation by a year.

The exchange experience at London Business School opened me up to a world of internationalism. The course “Behavioral Economics & Decision Making” helped brush up my client management skills that benefit my career as a consultant.

Minoru YOSHIMOTO
Japan, Class of 2020.
Strategy Consultant P&E Directions, Inc.


Field Studies


With business field study trips to Greater China, Asia, Europe and the United States, CUHK MBA students leave the school grounds for a short while to see beyond the business setting already familiar to them.

Expect to make new connections between your areas of study by experiencing them first-hand in a culturally different environment, and enhance your understanding through visits and interactions with local enterprises, lectures and seminars, business professionals, government officials and local alumni.

The one-week intensive residential programme consists of a class meeting in Hong Kong and a study trip. Students are divided into 4- to 6-person working groups. Each group presents a project plan prior to leaving and conclude the trip with their final presentation and personal reflections. Below are some of the past trips:

  • Africa

    Learning the impact of foreign investments to local community development

    This trip to Africa challenged students to understand the complexity of rural areas in developing countries and the impact of foreign investment to local infrastructure. As students planned a sustainable business model aimed to improve of health and sanitation in Kalabo, the Western Province of Zambia, they gained a valuable opportunity to stretch their knowledge and comfort zones.

  • Taiwan

    Gaining appreciation of social entrepreneurship development

    This excursion exposed students to topics on social entrepreneurship and cultural business development in Taiwan. Through visits to universities, companies, development centres and creative parks, participants learned about various issues related to doing business in Asia, from trade rules and management practices, to geographical and social issues.

  • Thailand

    Learning to strategically position brands in a global market

    Speaker sessions and company visits to various industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical and sports in Thailand gave students a platform to learn about strategic brand-building and positioning, especially for small and domestic brands so they may effectively compete with multinational and global brands in the market.

  • USA

    Thinking like a Silicon Valley entrepreneur

    Students visiting Silicon Valley gained exposure and practical insights to innovation and entrepreneurship through lectures, company visits and meetings with professors and top executives. The ‘Shark Tank’ pitching session—a key highlight of the trip—gave students a 10-minute opportunity to sell their business ideas and invite investment offers from a panel of Silicon Valley capitalists.

I learnt so much from the business field trip to Kazakhstan. We spoke to locals about the challenges and opportunities of Belt and Road Initiatives for Kazakhstan, which was an eye-opener.

Norna LEE
Hong Kong, Class of 2020,
Associate Director, BOC International Holdings Limited