About the Program

The Joint Bachelor's Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University offers students an international undergraduate educational experience – a program spanning two continents and cosmopolitan cities that allow students to engage directly with the world around them. The program draws upon elements both traditional and innovative, combining the academic rigor of two world-renowned universities with an attention to the roles that social and cultural traditions play in a student’s intellectual formation.

By offering two distinct learning environments, the Joint Bachelor's Degree Program seeks to present a variety of experiences that allows students to challenge themselves and develop a richly textured understanding of an increasingly globalized world. Students within the program will complete the undergraduate curricula of both City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University, alongside a uniquely diverse group of fellow students.

Admissions and Enrollment

  • More than 12,000 undergraduate students on campus
  • 51% female; 49% male
  • Admitted 12.1% non-local undergraduate students from over 80 countries/regions

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Approximate tuition per year:

    • Local student: HKD 42,100 (~$5,400)
    • Non-local student: HKD 140,000 (~$18,000)
  • Estimated living and personal expenses, including on campus accommodation, books, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses (10 months): HKD 51,285 (~$6,575)

Scholarships are available for both HK and non-HK students. For more information on merit-based awards in years one and two at CityU, visit the CityU website.

Academic Program

Students at CityU interested in applying to the Joint Bachelor's Degree Program may study within the following academic areas:

  • Asian and International Studies
  • Business Analysis (Business Analysis Stream only)
  • Business Economics
  • Computational Finance and Financial Technology (Computational Finance and Financial Technology Streams)
  • Computer Science
  • Computing Mathematics
  • Criminology and Sociology (Applied Sociology Stream only)
  • Global Business
  • Linguistics and Language Applications
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy and Politics (Politics Stream only)

*Subject to approval

Student Life

  • More than 80 active student associations and societies

  • Students also participate in annual events, which include the Aquatic Meet, Athletic Meet, CityU Philharmonic Orchestra, and the CityU Literary Festival


  • The Student Residence provides on-campus accommodation for almost 3,700 students. Most of the residence halls cluster at Cornwall Street, forming a complex of student dormitories approximately a 10 minute walk from the main campus. In addition to the Student Residence at Cornwall Street, Jockey Club House on the main campus also provides student accommodation.
  • CityU students live in off-campus accommodations (flats, apartments, or other options) with rents that range from HKD 8,000-12,000 (~$1,000-1,500) a month depending on the size, location, and type of accommodation.


  • 875 full-time academic and academic supporting staff

  • 77 full-time technical research staff

University Resources

  • Over 35 undergraduate programs
  • Over 400 partner institutions in more than 45 countries/regions around the world              
  • 40 research centres
  • 11 campus catering outlets including dining halls, cafes, and restaurants
  • Library, computer service center, sport center, and swimming pool

After Graduation

  • Extensive network of more than 140,000 alumni worldwide
  • The Career and Internship Office (CAIO) provides comprehensive services related to local and overseas internship opportunities, as well as regular workshops, seminars, and advice on employability enhancement, career planning, and job searching.


Note: The following enrollment statistics are based on 2019-2020 official reporting.

  • More than 2,600 undergraduate students
  • 70% full-time; 30% part-time
  • 48% female; 52% male
  • 27% of American students are Asian American, African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American
  • 21% international students (non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident)
  • Average age: 28

Tuition and Financial Aid

Note: The following tuition and financial aid statistics are effective for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • $1,896 per point for fewer than 17 points
    • Students who enroll in 17 points or more in a given semester are charged a flat rate of $32,232 (see Tuition and Fees)
  • $25,160 estimated living and personal expenses, including room and board, books, commuting costs, and miscellaneous expenses
  • Approximately 70 percent of students receive some form of need-based financial aid and/or merit scholarship

Student Life


  • 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 79 Nobel laureates are affiliated with Columbia

University Resources

  • 13 graduate and professional schools, 3 undergraduate schools, and 4 affiliated institutions
  • More than 31,000 enrolled students
  • 22 libraries
  • More than 70 centers and institutes for specialized research
  • Endowment of more than $9 billion
  • Galleries, theaters, performance spaces, and art and architecture studios
  • Extensive network of support services

After Graduation

  • More than 70% of GS graduates go on to earn advanced degrees
  • More than 300 employers recruit on campus each year, and approximately 1,000 advertise employment opportunities to undergraduate students
  • Students have access to a global network of more than 250,000 alumni throughout the U.S. and 180 foreign countries