University Extensions 135 Part 3 U niversity Extensions International Asian Studies Programme Promoting East-West cultural exchange has been one of the University’s key educational missions since its establishment. In order to achieve this, the International Asian Studies Programme (IASP) was established at CUHK in 1977 with the support of the Yale-China Association. Students from institutions outside of Hong Kong are welcome to join the programme managed by the Office of Academic Links, and take advantage of the University’s academic resources and research facilities. Here, students can develop knowledge in China, Asian and International Studies, further studies in their academic discipline in the context of Hong Kong, mainland China and the region, learn Chinese language, and acquire knowledge in advanced science and technology. Most international students coming to the University for exchange or study abroad are enrolled in IASP, which allows them to take courses offered by the Faculties of Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, Social Science and other CUHK units with the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate students. Special language courses in Cantonese and Putonghua offered by the Yale-China Chinese Language Centre are also available. IASP students are exposed to numerous opportunities that allow them to experience Chinese culture. They would share a room with local undergraduate students, explore Hong Kong and China through thematic field trips and excursions, and participate in a wide variety of activities that promote cultural exchange between local and international students. IASP accepts both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Students will enrol in IASP under the following modes: (1) Associate undergraduate students taking a full load (9–18 units per term) of courses; and (2) Associate postgraduate students either (a) taking a full load (9–18 units per term) of courses or (b) conducting research and taking a minimum course load of three units per term. Students are welcome to join IASP for either one term or one academic year. They are not required to have previous knowledge in the Chinese language or coursework on Asian studies, but undergraduate applicants should have completed at least two terms of university study and graduate applicants must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree.