FAQs

1 Period of Study

1.1 Admission

Please click here for admissions-related FAQs.

2 Academics

2.1 Period of study

2.1.1)

Can I apply for study suspension if I’m doing a full-time internship? What is the application process?

Yes, Integrated BBA students can apply for suspension of studies to the Registration and Examinations Section AFTER obtaining prior approval from the Undergraduate Office for the full-time internship three weeks before the start of the semester.

2.1.2)

Can I apply for change of study period in order to obtain a double concentration?

Double concentration is not guaranteed for Integrated BBA students. Application for change of study period for the purpose of completing double concentration will not be considered.

2.2 Scope of Study

2.2.1)

Can Integrated BBA students expand their scope of study within the Faculty of Business Administration? If so, what are our options?

Integrated BBA students can choose to graduate with a single concentration, double concentration or double major.

For a single concentration or double concentration, please refer to this webpage

For a double major, students can select one of the concentration areas in addition to one of the following majors: PACC/IFAA*/QFIN*.
(*With the exception of concentrations in General Finance/Financial Engineering/Insurance & Risk Management)

Students may contact the appropriate departments for information on requirements and procedures. For the University’s Double Major Policies, please refer to the Academic Quality Section website.

2.3 Study Scheme Planning

2.3.1)

Am I allowed to take language courses such as Spanish or English to fulfill my six units of elective courses?

Students can take any language courses not required by the Integrated BBA Program to fulfill the 6-unit non-Business Administration courses requirement.

2.3.2)

What is the difference between a concentration and a major?

Students whose first major is in Integrated BBA can choose to graduate with single/double concentration areas. They may also choose another program offered by the Faculty of Business Administration as their second major program.

2.3.3)

I want to change my concentration preference, what should I do?

Please apply for change of concentration preference online. We will announce the procedures through mass email around February every year.

2.3.4)

What is the difference between a double major and a double degree?

If students are able to fulfill all double degree requirements determined by the University, they will be considered for the awarding of two Bachelor’s degrees upon graduation. However, if students have declared and finished the requirements of a first and second Major, they will only be considered for the awarding of one Bachelor’s degree with double major upon graduation.

2.4 Double Degree

2.4.1)

I am an engineering student and I have just enrolled in the Double Degree option. Do I need to fulfill the General Education requirement specified by both the 1st degree and 2nd degree programs? Where can I seek help if I have further questions regarding the double degree program?

Engineering students who have opted for the ERG-BBA Double Degree option are required to fulfill the General Education requirement specified by their 1st degree only. If you have further queries, you are advised to double check with the Faculty of Engineering.

2.4.2)

I am now a year 2 student of Integrated BBA. I have applied for double degree (BBA-MAE) last summer. I am planning the courses that I will take in the remaining semesters. However, I found that I have to extend my graduation year, otherwise, I will not have enough credits to finish my double degree.

Please note that you do not have to submit any written application at this stage as a Year 2 student. You can do so in June / July of your final year during which the University will announce the relevant procedures for extension of study period. Please be reminded that you are required to submit a detailed study plan by then for the consideration of the Director of Studies, Undergraduate Studies in Business.

2.4.3)

I am a year 2 student of Integrated BBA and would like to apply for the BBA-JLM double degree option. When should I submit the application?

Please note the BBA-JLM double degree option is only open for year one students (under the 4-year curriculum) while interested students need to declare their interest during the first year of study.

2.5 Double Major

2.5.1)

I am a current Integrated BBA student who would like to declare double major in Integrated BBA & PACC. I would like to know more about the declaration procedures.

Please note that, if you wish to declare a second major, you should have completed or registered for ALL courses required for graduation for the 1st major (i.e. Integrated BBA Program, including Faculty/University/College requirements) at the time the declaration for 2nd major is made.

You should declare the 2nd major during the Add/Drop period in your last term of attendance within the minimum (normative) study period (exclusive of any “extended term” approved due to overseas exchange or medical reasons). Since the application will be subject to the approval by the 2nd major programs concerned, you are required to express your intention in writing (with a copy of the academic transcript showing the courses taken and grades obtained so far, and the courses registered for the current term) at least one term before your declaration for the 2nd major.

For University’s Double Major Policies, please refer to the Academic Quality Section website.

2.5.2)

I am a Year 2 Integrated BBA student. I want to choose QFIN as my 2nd. As the requirement shows that applying QFIN as 2nd major requires a GPA above 3.3. Does it mean all of my GPA should be above 3.3, or just my first year? And are there any other requirements?

You are required to have obtained an Overall / Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, plus GPA 3.3 or above for QFIN Major courses at the time you declare the second major, i.e. during the add/drop period of the last term of attendance within your minimum (normative) study period (i.e. 3 years for S7 entrants and 4 years for S6 entrants, exclusive of any “extended term” approved due to overseas exchange or medical reasons). You are reminded that you should have completed or registered for ALL courses required for graduation for the 1st major (i.e. Integrated BBA Program, including Faculty/University/College requirements) at the time the declaration for 2nd major is made. Since the application will be subject to the approval by the 2nd major programs concerned, you are required to express your intention in writing (with a copy of the academic transcript showing the courses taken and grades obtained so far, and the courses registered for the current term) to the two major programs at least one term before your declaration for the 2nd major. For University’s Double Major Policies, please refer to the Academic Quality Section (AQS) website.

2.6 Minor

2.6.1)

Can an Integrated BBA student declare a minor in Faculty of Arts?

Integrated BBA students can register for one or two minor subjects offered by other Faculties, provided that the students concerned should also get the approval from the Faculty of Business Administration.

Students who declare new minor subject(s) should refer to notices of departments about the requirements and observe their procedures.

Students may also declare minor(s) after fulfillment of course requirements under CUSIS after the course add/drop period of the each academic term.

Please check the Registration and Examination Section website for more information.

2.6.2)

I am a Year 2 student from the Faculty of Social Science and would like to declare the minor offered by Faculty of Business Administration. Please advise me the application procedures.

Application would be opened around June of each year. Students should follow the application procedures as announced by the Undergraduate Office (UGO). For more information, please visit our Integrated BBA website at: http://www.bschool.cuhk.edu.hk/program/ibba/features/minor-option.html

2.7 Transfer-in

2.7.1)

I am a current Integrated BBA student. Is it possible for me to transfer to other programs in the Faculty of Business Administration? How can I do so?

Yes, a student who wishes to transfer from one major to another must apply using the respective department’s form before a specified date (usually in early June). Candidates may need to attend an interview. Further details will be announced via mass emails in late May.

Application forms will be obtainable from the Registration and Examinations Section in early June.

2.8 Course Registration

2.8.1)

What are the pre-assigned courses for Year 1 Integrated BBA students?

Integrated BBA students are required to take three faculty package courses: DSME1030,DSME1040 and MGNT1020. Note that the three courses will be pre-assigned to all Integrated BBA Year 1 students.

2.9 Add/Drop

2.9.1)

I am a final year student who has failed to register for enough courses to meet the graduation requirements after the normal add/drop period. What can I do?

To avoid this, you are highly encouraged to closely monitor your study track and course load. However, if you are in danger of failing to meet graduation credit requirements, you may follow the instruction and arrangements for Add/Drop at http://www.bschool.cuhk.edu.hk/program/ibba/course-selection/course-selection-add-drop.html

2.10 Dean’s List

2.10.1)

Who is eligible to be on the Dean’s List?

Students who have a Year GPA of 3.50 or above (out of 4.00) are eligible to be on the Dean’s List. However, the total number of students on the Dean’s List for each academic year cannot exceed 10% of business undergraduates. In all cases, the Faculty reserves the right to make the final decision.

3 Exchange

3.1 Exchange

3.1.1)

How can I seek approval of course equivalent before I go for exchange?

You may refer to the Points to Notes listed under the section of Information for Outgoing Exchange Students here. Please download the form of Enquiry for Course Equivalence and return the completed form with required supporting documents (i.e. course outline) to the Department(s) concerned directly for consideration and recommendation.

3.1.2)

How can I apply for the course and unit exemption after I complete my exchange program?

You should apply for the course and unit exemption on CUSIS. Please be sure to request for an official transcript issued by the host university to be sent to the Office of Academic Links or the Undergraduate Office before you leave the host country.

3.1.3)

Can I take non-business courses during exchange period?

CUHK has no restriction on courses that students take during exchange as long as they fulfill the course load and regulation formulated by the host university. Please seek advice from the host university directly.

3.1.4)

In addition to the major, General Education and Physical Education requirements, at least 6 units of courses mush be taken outside the Faculty of Business Administration. Can courses taken in the host university be considered as courses taken outside the Faculty of Business Administration?

Yes

4 Career Development

4.1 Resume and Cover Letter

4.1.1)

Does the Faculty offer any workshops for resume and cover letter writing?

Yes, the Faculty invites students to enroll in such workshops via mass emails. Online workshops are also available on the eLearning platform.

For further information, please go to Career Development

4.2 Interview

4.2.1)

Does the Faculty offer any workshops for interview training?

Yes, the Faculty invites students to enroll in such workshops via mass emails. Online workshops are also available on eLearning platform.

For further information, please go to Career Development

4.3 Job Opportunities

4.3.1)

Does the Faculty provide any job search assistance?

Yes, the Faculty offers various internship programs (full-time, part-time or summer internships) to undergraduates. These give students opportunities to gain valuable on-the-job training and an in-depth understanding of their targeted professions. These programs also facilitate a smooth transition from the university to the workplace. Students receive job openings updates from the Faculty from time to time.

For further information, please go to Career Development

5 Internship Program

5.1 Full-time Internships

Application Procedures
5.1.1)

How do Integrated BBA majors apply for the full-time internship program? What are the deadlines?

Students who wish to take part in full-time internship program are required to submit the following materials in person to the Undergraduate Office (UGO) at least three weeks before the start of each term:

  • Recruitment posting and/or job specification;
  • Your curriculum vitae;
  • Latest Cumulative GPA;
  • Number of credits already obtained and remaining;
  • Study plan on remaining credits;
  • Original copy of the offering letter and/or employment contract; and
  • Suspension of studies form

Note: Students are reminded NOT to sign any contract with an employer until they receive an approval letter from the Faculty.

5.1.2)

What are the minimum requirements for suspension of studies?

Students must have remaining credits NOT less than 12 units. Those who fail to meet this requirement will NOT be granted suspension of study. Students are requested to complete the contract as stipulated in their application of suspension of study. Otherwise, students’ application to resume study will be held pending for further investigation.

5.1.3)

What is the maximum duration of a full-time internship?

The maximum duration of full-time internship is up to one academic year.

Acceptance of Offers
5.1.4)

Do I need to inform the department if the company makes me an offer directly?

Yes. You are required to inform the Undergraduate Office immediately and BEFORE accepting the offer, especially when a suspension of study is required. For details, please refer to the section of "Application Procedures".

Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes
5.1.5)

Do I have to enroll into the MPF Scheme?

Yes. You will be employed by the company, entitled to a monthly salary and subject to the protection of the labor ordinance of the HKSAR.

Working Permit for Non-local Students
5.1.6)

I am a non-local student. Do I need to apply for a working permit for the program?

Yes. Before you apply to any internship openings, you are required to obtain a “No Objection Letter” from HKSAR Immigration Department. This is issued together with your approval of entry and extension of stay applications. It is imperative that non-local students obtain this “No Objection Letter” before any employer can offer them an internship. Click here for example of "No Objection Letter"

For details, please refer to the Guidebook for Entry for Study in Hong Kong issued by the Immigration Department.

Extension of Study Period
5.1.7)

Do I need to extend my study period with the Registration and Examinations Section?

For students who successfully apply for suspension of studies, your period of study will be automatically extended for one semester or one year according to your application.

Hence, it is imperative for students to abide by the contract and complete the internship in the period specified in the suspension of study. Failure to do so will lead to a violation of statutory status to remain a CUHK student.

5.1.8)

Do I need to pay the tuition fee for the following year?

No. You will be asked to pay the retention fee (about HK$300) instead of the tuition fee. In case no notice is received in September (1st term) and January (2nd term), please contact the Registration and Examinations Section at Tel: 3943 8942.

MTR Student Travel Scheme
5.1.9)

Am I eligible to apply for a personalized Octopus Card with “Student Status”?

No. According to the MTR guidelines, only a full-time student (a student who receives no less than 20 hours of academic instruction each week for 30 weeks or more per calendar year) who attends a sanctioned institution is eligible to apply for the Student Octopus Card.

Disciplinary Action
5.1.10)

Can I quit the internship before the completion of contract?

No. You have to complete the entire training and working period as initially prescribed by the company and agreed upon by the department, unless an extraordinary situation occurs. Anybody who quits the internship program without consulting the department and obtaining its approval may face disciplinary action. Please refer to the "Extension of Study Period" (5.1.7 and 5.1.8).

Enquiry
5.1.11)

Enquiry

Please email your questions to cuhkbba_career@baf.cuhk.edu.hk