What is unique about the curriculum of English@CUHK?


  The Faculty of Arts at CUHK admits undergraduates directly into its departments. This means that undergraduate students are English majors right from the beginning and are immersed into the culture of the department. This also means that orientation activities, alumni talks and other student activities are organised at the departmental level and this would facilitate interaction between students and teachers in the department.


There are 3 components to the curriculum:


1. CENG: Communications for English Majors

2. AEL: Applied English Linguistics

3. ELS: English Literary Studies


English majors take compulsory courses in each of these three components, after which they are free to decide on whether they wish to take courses in ELS,  AEL, or both.



I have never taken courses in literature before. Would I be at a disadvantage compared to others?



95% of our students have never taken literature courses prior to enrolling into the programme. Your professors know this and you will be introduced to basic concepts and techniques of literary study during your first year.



How are courses conducted and assessed?



Depending on the nature of the course, there are traditional lecture-plus-tutorial formats as well as seminars and workshops where a certain degree of interactive participation is involved. Depending on the nature of the course, assessment is based on various combinations of exams / coursework / essays / projects / presentations.



Are there overseas/exchange opportunities?


  There is a course called ENGE2950 English Literature and Culture Study Tour. The students spend a period of time in the U.K. attending plays, visiting sites relevant to their study of English literature, as well as museums and art galleries. The aim is to enrich and broaden the students’ linguistic and cultural understanding.


There is also the ENGE2960 The World in English: The Oxford Summer Programme. Oxford tutors will conduct 4 hours of face-to-face teaching a day for 5 days a week for about 3 weeks. Students will spend some evenings and weekend days in excursions to London and Stratford for plays and other cultural sites.



Are there any major writers that I must have read before becoming an English major at CUHK?






If I want to enter the CUHK English Department through non-JUPAS, should I visit the English Department and see professors?



Yes, if you want to find out more about the department. Non-JUPAS students are assessed separately from JUPAS candidates and they may be asked to attend interviews to determine their suitability for the programme.



Is the department offering an interview for its shortlisted candidates?


  For 2016 entry:


Before release of HKDSE results After release of HKDSE results
YES Possible Yes, Around February - March