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Hong Kong Center

Syracuse University's Hong Kong Center program, located at City University of Hong Kong, offers you the opportunity to study the political economies, businesses, and cultures of East Asia at a pivotal moment in the region's history. As Hong Kong continues to move forward as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China, students not only study–but also participate within–a political landscape and marketplace that will be as important to the 21st century as the U.S. was to the 20th.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5; 3.0 for internship placement
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 12-19
  • No language prerequisite

The semester is divided into three modules: 

Module A: A 3-credit traveling Signature Seminar (two weeks).

Module B: Consists of 10 weeks of intensive classroom instruction. You will choose two to four courses from a selection of 3-credit offerings in business, film, economics, political science, religion, or history. All students with no previous knowledge of Chinese must enroll in either Chinese 101 (Mandarin) for 4 credits or Beginning Cantonese Conversation for 1 credit.

Module C: The final 5 weeks are devoted to an intensive 40 hour per week internship* or a guided research project. (A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for internship placement.) Both options are 3 credits.


Hong Kong internships provide a practical understanding of how business and government function, while allowing students to establish contacts and gain impressive résumé-building experience. This intensive program (most interns work at least 40 hours a week) is for qualified students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrated computer skills, and relevant course work and/or prior work experience in the requested internship field. Placements include international and nongovernmental organizations, businesses, banking firms, the communications industry, and many more.

All students with a 3.0 GPA or above are eligible to apply for an internship arranged through the Syracuse Hong Kong Center. All students, regardless of GPA, have the option of researching and obtaining their own internship. Once an internship is secured, the Syracuse Hong Kong Center will  conduct the necessary administrative work on the student’s behalf.

*NOTE: All internship placements are finalized in Hong Kong following an interview. To be considered, fill out the Internship Request Form included with the application materials and include an updated resume. Because the program is competitive, placements cannot be guaranteed.

The research project option affords students the opportunity to conduct research about Hong Kong, China, or Asia in the disciplines of business, humanities, political science, or social science under the guidance of a Hong Kong faculty member in a related discipline. The faculty member will assign the reading list and resources, meet with the student on a weekly basis, and grade the final paper. Students are able to take advantage of excellent on-site resources to conduct both library and primary research (through interviews and surveys).  Students may also choose a topic which will entail some travel within Asia.

Signature Seminar

(3 credits; required for Hong Kong Center students)

Fall Seminar
The Challenges and Opportunities of Southeast Asia: China, Malaysia, and Singapore
Your journey takes you to China, Malaysia, and Singapore for an expansive overview of the immense economic, political, cultural and environmental import of the region. You will explore Confucianism, Taoism, examine Islamic culture and art, and visit many prominent financial, historic, and cultural sites as you build a strong foundation for your semester of study in Hong Kong.

Spring Seminar
China: Past, Present, and Future
Through lectures, guest speakers, and site visits, you will start the exploration of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, its many facets of tradition and culture, its glorious past, its bitter memories of imperial decline and its ongoing struggle with history and modernity. Initially we travel to Xi’an, the ancient capital of China to get a glimpse of the past; Beijing, the more recent and current political and cultural center; and finally to Shanghai, a city many believe embodies China’s aspiration for the future. During the semester in Hong Kong, you will continue your study of China with readings, group discussions, reflection on personal experiences and collective examination of lessons.


Students live in an apartment building in Kowloon, several subway stops away from the location of your classes (on the CityU campus). All students have access to City University facilities, including a sports complex and an Olympic-sized pool.

Meals are not included in your program fee, but Hong Kong offers a fantastic variety of dining options. On any given day, you can choose from CityU’s inexpensive cafeteria and snack bars, multiple options at the Festival Walk mall (next to CityU), and a dizzying array of options in the city. Students can also prepare meals at home in their apartment kitchen.


City University is located in Kowloon, only a few minutes walk from the MTR (Mass Transit Rail), Hong Kong’s inexpensive and efficient public transportation line that provides easy access throughout the peninsula and the new territories. The famous Star Ferry shuttles regularly across beautiful Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong Island.

Important Note for Non-U.S. Citizens

Under Hong Kong governmental regulations, nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic Peoples' Republic of), Nepal, Taiwan, and Vietnam are not eligible to apply for student visas and therefore cannot participate in the Syracuse Hong Kong program.

Mainland Chinese citizens and students from Taiwan and Macau may not apply to the Hong Kong Center program, but can apply to the City University of Hong Kong direct enroll option.

Program Cost

The cost of the Syracuse Hong Kong program includes Syracuse tuition and a program fee. Financial aid is available. For a complete breakdown of costs, we have prepared a budget sheet (Hong Kong Planning Budget 2017-18.pdf) for students and their families.

Hear from Syracuse Hong Kong Alumni!

Talk to our Syracuse Hong Kong global ambassadors if you have any questions about the program - they are students who have just recently returned from a semester in Hong Kong. You can also check out our program reviews on


Mary Fedorko, admissions counselor for Syracuse Hong Kong:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/13/2018 12/18/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.