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UVA in Hong Kong: Global Humanities Seminars
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-MAR-2018 ** Rolling Admission 22-JUN-2018 25-JUL-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: University dormitory Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty directed
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Anthropology, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Global Studies, History, Humanities, Sociology
Program Description:

UVA in Hong Kong: Global Humanities Seminars is a University initiative to partner with leading institutions of higher education around the world to offer students and faculty the opportunity to work with faculty of international renown and students from other excellent institutions world-wide--in short, to experience a global classroom.

An iBook about the inaugural Global Humanities Seminars in 2013 can be downloaded via iTunes here.

The program combines the instruction of faculty from the University of Virginia and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to offer students a unique, multi-faceted perspective on their coursework; opportunities to build relationships with international peers by working collaboratively with students from Hong Kong, China, and across the world; and the chance to develop a global frame of reference that will set them apart for leadership in the future.

Academic Program
Students will earn 6 credits. One course is of their choosing and will be a 3-credit research seminar in which students meet intensively and produce a collaborative research project. Each of these courses will be at the 3000-level and will include topics such as sociology, history, Chinese studies, anthropology, and environmental studies. Additionally, students will be required to take two other courses: EAST/SOC 3559: Hong Kong in the World (2 credits), and GSGS 3220 Making Culture Visible (1 credit). Notes about major and area requirements fulfilled by the courses are included in the hyperlinked syllabi. Courses will run for four weeks.


Classroom session at HKUST

Program Objectives

  • Students will develop a cross-cultural perspective on academic content and adapt to new learning environments.
  • Students will engage in an informed dialogue with peers from other cultures about issues that influence their collective future.
  • Students will gain the ability to apply their new knowledge to a global frame of reference in future response to situations and events.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of Hong Kong; its diversity, customs, places, and peoples.

The University: Founded in 1991, HKUST is an internationally renowned research university offering programs in Science, Engineering, Business and Management, Humanities and Social Science. HKUST consistently ranks among the top universities in Asia and around the world. The language of instruction is English.

With a student body of around 12,000 undergraduates and graduate students from across the globe, HKUST offers a close, yet diverse, academic environment.

The City: There is an increasing focus of attention and resources on the Asia-Pacific region, in view of China's rising economic and political influence. Hong Kong is an accommodating gateway to understanding regional issues and cultures.

With a population exceeding 7 million, Hong Kong's society personifies the essence of both the eastern and western traditions. This is where ancient Chinese temples are juxtaposed against towering steel and glass skyscrapers, and where dragon boat races are held alongside the annual Rugby Sevens.

In Hong Kong, UVA students will be staying in HKUST dormitories with HKUST students and other visiting students from around the world. UVA students will be in double or triple rooms, and potentially have a local student as a roommate. Information about the various dormitories can be found on their Undergraduate Housing page.


Program Itinerary
2018 Summer: UVA in Hong Kong Itinerary

Information Session
Information sessions TBD

Course Offerings
Required of all participants:

Hong Kong in the World
(EAST/SOC 3559, 2 credits)
Katya Makarova, Associate Professor of Sociology, UVA

Making Culture Visible
(GSGS 3220, 1 credit)
Catarina Krizancic, Director of CORE (or Cultural Orientation, Reflection, and Engagement) Program, International Studies Office
NOTE: This course requires participation in several seminars during the spring semester - see linked syllabus for more information.

Participants choose one from the following 3-credit seminars:
Each course will be listed in its home department as well as Global Studies. See tentative syllabi below.

Max Weber, China, and the West
(SOC/GSGS 3559, 3 credits)
Krishan Kumar, Professor of Sociology, UVA

Ecology and Society
(ANTH 3340/GSGS 3559, 3 credits)
Fred Damon, Professor of Anthropology, UVA & Jianxiong Ma, Associate Professor of Humanities, HKUST

Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data-Analytic Approach
(HIEA/GSGS, 3 credits)
James Lee, Professor and Dean of Humanities and Social Science, HKUST

Research Methods in the Social Sciences
(SOC/GSGS 3559, 3 credits)
Cameron Campbell, Professor of Social Science, HKUST


View of central Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

Program Administration
UVA Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Martien Halvorson-Taylor, is the Program Director. She has served in this role since the program launched in 2013, though she will not be on-site during the 2018 program.

Katya Makarova, Associate Professor of Sociology at UVA, will serve as the on-site Program Director in addition to teaching one of the seminars. She will work to facilitate student learning, foster engagement with fellow UVA and HKUST students, and provide cross-cultural orientation, including the opportunity to visit sites of cultural import.

Program Assistant: One program assistant from UVA will meet with students weekly and live with them in the dorms.

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.

There are a number of scholarships to help you cover these costs.
Aid in amounts up to roughly $1000 is available through the International Studies Office ISO Study Abroad Scholarships

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program end date. US passport holders will need a Hong Kong student visa to participate in this program, with which the International Studies Office will provide assistance. While travel to mainland China is not a part of the program and thus a Chinese visa is not required, information will be provided to students on how to apply for such a visa should they be interested. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Port Shelter, near the HKUST campus