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CAES Summer Institute for Students (June 10 – 28, 2019)

The Summer Institute for Students offered by the Centre for Applied English Studies is now open for application to all students at the University of Hong Kong. Please read the course descriptions carefully and make sure that you understand the nature of the particular course you are interested in. If you have any questions, you should contact our General Office at 3917 2004 or

Places on the courses are strictly limited and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The courses are open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. Please check the following course information carefully.


If you would like to join one of the summer courses, please Apply NOW!!

All courses are offered FREE of charge. You may enroll for more than one course but you are advised to look at the schedules to ensure there are no clashes.

Closing date for applications: April 26, 2019

Class lists giving student names as well as details about classrooms will be posted on this website from May 14, 2019. Please check these details before the commencement date of the course. Please check your application and class information in “Check Your Enrolment” on the right hand side of this page.



Courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students:

SummerEnglish0001 English Pronunciation
SummerEnglish0002 R.I.S.E.- Resume & Interview Skills in English
SummerEnglish0003 IELTS Speaking
SummerEnglish0004 IELTS Writing
SummerEnglish0005 IELTS Reading and Listening
SummerEnglish0006 Know Your Bae From Your Boo. Written and Spoken Features of Casual Native Speaker English
SummerEnglish0007 Creative Writing for English Enhancement
SummerEnglish0008 Bon appetit! A guide to speaking and eating your way around Europe (This course will not be offered this summer)


If for any reason you cannot attend a course for which you have registered, you should notify the Centre for Applied English Studies in writing, so that your place can be offered to another applicant in time. The Centre will consider your application for withdrawal if your reason for withdrawing is justified. You must withdraw in writing (with supporting documents attached) on or before May 7, 2019 5:00p.m.



Request for changing the course(s)/sub-class(es) that you have registered can only be made up to two weeks before the start date(s) of the new choice of course(s)/sub-class(es).  If you wish to change your choice of course(s)/sub-class(es), you should notify the Centre for Applied English Studies in writing (with supporting documents attached).  The Centre will consider your application if your reason is justified.



Places on the summer courses are limited. For this reason, you are not allowed to transfer your place to another applicant, or to send a substitute in your place for all or any of the class sessions.

Please note that only students who are on the class list can attend the course.

Students who arrive late and/or leave the class early may be marked absent for a part or the whole of the session. Please also note that you need an attendance of not less than 80% of the same class group in order to receive a course completion certificate. If you are unable to attend your class due to illness, you should submit a medical certificate.

Courses are held in the teaching rooms of the Centre for Applied English Studies as well as central lecture rooms. Please consult this website at any time from May 14, 2019 to check the location of your classes.



The goal of our summer courses is to assist students with the English skills they wish to develop over the summer. To achieve this goal, 80% class attendance is expected of all students who register for our summer courses. A penalty of HK$500 will be charged to those students who fail to attain 80% class attendance without providing a satisfactory explanation (this should include a medical certificate or other supporting documents for absence), which shall be made to the respective class teacher (copied to the Summer Courses Co-ordinator: Dr. Lisa Cheung within one week of the end of a course. The purpose of this policy is to ensure students to complete the summer courses that they have enrolled in. For students who have not attained 80% class attendance will receive a soft copy of the student invoice for the said penalty by way of an e-mail attachment to their “” e-mail account. A student who has failed to pay the penalty within 30 days after the invoice due date shall be de-registered and prohibited from using University facilities and services. For subsequent reinstatement of student status, the student will have to pay a surcharge of 10%, i.e. HK$50, of the outstanding amount.


TYPHOONS AND RAINSTORMS: Cancellation of classes

Under the procedures specified in Dec 1999, if either a Typhoon No. 8 (or higher) or a Rainstorm Black Warning Signal is hoisted or in force at or after 6:00am, all morning classes will be cancelled automatically. Similarly, if either of the signals is hoisted or in force at or after 11:00am, all afternoon classes will be cancelled accordingly.

Classes that have already started when a Rainstorm Black Warning Signal is hoisted will normally be continued until the end of the session. In the case of a Typhoon Signal No. 8 (or higher), classes which have already started will be suspended immediately.

If a lesson is cancelled or suspended due to bad weather, there will not be a make-up class. Your teacher may arrange for self-study course materials to be provided.