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January Term: UVA in Asia: Asian Financial Capitals
Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Singapore, Singapore
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: U.Va. applicants only
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Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: none Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Direct Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty led Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: UVA
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Ryan Hathaway Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: No Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Commerce
Program Description:

This Global Commerce Immersion course examines the role of Hong Kong and Singapore as Asian Financial Capitals through a series of onsite visits to financial firms, lectures, and executive presentations.

The financial centers have different strengths. For instance, Singapore is a growing hub for private banking and wealth management and Hong Kong remains a "financial entrepot" for mainland China as it liberalizes its financial markets. The historic role that the natural harbors of both cities have played in their rise to economic prominence is also examined as is the rise of each cityi as an air transportation hub.

The program will begin in Hong Kong and conclude in Singapore.

January 1: Arrival in Hong Kong by 3pm
January 5: Travel to Singapore
January 10: Program ends at noon

Students will visit key business centers and have time to explore the cities on their own. Students who want to combine this course with travel around Asia are encouraged to do so before the course begins on January 1, 2014.


Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong

Course Objectives

  • Develop a better understanding of the role that Hong Kong and Singapore play in fostering economic growth in Asia and how strong economic growth in Asia has increased the importance of Hong Kong and Singapore as regional Financial Capitals.
  • Introduce students to areas where China is liberalizing its financial system such as the development of the offshore RMB market in Hong Kong.
  • Introduce students to the growing role of Singapore as a wealth management and alternative asset management (i.e., hedge funds and private equity firms) center.
  • Expose students to the often under-studied maritime industry. Hong Kong and Singapore have long been transshipment locations given their natural harbors and strategic locations.

The group will be housed in the following hotels:
Hong Kong - Holiday Inn Express-Soho
Singapore - Rendezvous Grand Hotel



Asian Financial Capitals:
Hong Kong and Singapore

(COMM 4890; 3 credits)

Course Information
This Global Commerce Immersion course is open to all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students with instructor's permission. Students who successfully complete COMM 4890 will earn three credits in the McIntire School. Students in the Commerce School can apply these credits toward a Commerce elective.

Syllibus & Itinerary
2014 January Term: COMM 4890 Syllabus
2014 January Term: COMM 4890 Daily Itinerary


Merlion Park, Singapore

Study Abroad Policies
Education Abroad Workshop
Students must view and complete the online Education Abroad Workshop prior to starting the UVA Study Abroad application. Please refer to the Education Abroad Workshop homepage for more information.

Refund policy
Withdrawal and Refund Policy

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. This includes tuition, all accommodations, and group airfare from Hong Kong to Singapore. In addition to these, students are responsible for the following expenses:

  • International Airfare
  • Most meals
  • Some local transportation costs
  • Personal expenses

Program Director Robert I. Webb,, is the Paul Tudor Jones II Research Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce and Editor of the Journal of Futures Markets. Professor Webb's experience includes trading fixed income securities for the World Bank; trading financial futures and options on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; designing new financial futures and option contracts for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; serving as Senior Financial Economist at both the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and consulting on risk management issues for the Asian Development Bank in Manila. He is the co-author of "Shock Markets: Trading Lessons for Volatile Times" (FT Press 2013).

McIntire School of Commerce
Information about all McIntire School of Commerce Global Programs can be found here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.