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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Chinese, English Housing options: Apartment
Areas of study: Chinese, Economics, Film, History, Humanities, Independent/Directed Research, International Relations, Internships, Literature, Media Studies, Politics, Religious Studies Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Stand alone GPA: 7.5
Program Description:
hongkongOn July 1, 1997 the Crown Colony of Hong Kong officially reverted to Chinese sovereignty, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. Tracing this legacy along Hong Kong's cityscape reveals a juxtaposition of traditional Chinese and colonial heritage, where fishing junks bob alongside luxury yachts, traditional temples reside next to shimmering skyscrapers, and alleyway market stalls compete with modern shopping complexes. Hong Kong is a showcase of civic, cultural, and economic achievements from East and West.

With a population of more than six million people, this modern city boasts an affluent service-oriented economy with more than 40,000 companies and a major stock exchange. As the center of trade in Asia for more than a century, the world's second busiest port, and third largest commercial center, Hong Kong is the economic gateway to China.

Syracuse University's Hong Kong Center program offers students the opportunity to study the political economies and cultures of East Asia at a pivotal moment in the region's history. The program includes a two-week field study seminar, ten weeks of coursework at the SU Center, and an intensive five-week internship.

Academic Program
This program is separated into three different modules. Module A, the Signature Seminar, is a two-week field study seminar that takes students to mainland China, as well as other parts of Asia. The fall seminar is titled The Challenges and Opportunities of Southeast Asia: China, Malaysia, and Singapore, and the spring seminar is titled, The Greater China: Past, Present, and Future. 

During the ten-week Module B, students enroll in courses at the Hong Kong Center. Pomona requires Mandarin Chinese at the appropriate level. Then students select two elective courses from the SU curriculum.

Pomona does not award credit for business, entrepreneurship, marketing, human resources, or management courses.

During the final five weeks of the program, Module C, students participate in a full-time internship with a business, government, or non-governmental organization. The internship is accompanied by a course that includes lectures, discussions, journal writing, and a work-related paper. In lieu of the internship, students may opt to complete a directed study research project in Finance, History, International Relations, Literary and Cultural Texts, Political Science, or Religion.

Students must enroll in 15-16 Syracuse University credits, to earn 4.0 Pomona credits.

Students may take only one course on a P/NC basis. Students may not take the signature seminar, the internship, or the independent study/guided research course on a P/NC basis.

Living Arrangements
Students live in small apartment-style accommodations located within a reasonable commute to City University. Meals are self-catered, and Pomona provides a meal allowance.

Number of students
Syracuse University enrolls approximately 45 students.

Host Institution
Syracuse University

Faculty Liaison
Fernando Lozano

  • 7.5 GPA required.
Program open to all majors. Applicants should check with their department regarding course selection and major credit. A background course in Asian studies is highly recommended.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 10/04/2019 TBA TBA