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UVA in Hong Kong: Global Humanities Seminars
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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


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.

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.

Program Itinerary

2018 Summer: UVA in Hong Kong Itinerary

Location IconLocation

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.


UVA Hong Kong Streets UVA Hong Kong

Courses IconCourses

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). Tentative designations of College requirements fulfilled by the courses are listed below. Courses will run for four weeks.

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 is listed in its home department as well as Global Studies. See tentative syllabi below.

Max Weber, China, and the West
SOC/GSGS 3559 (fulfills Social Science, Non-Western; Culture&Societies, Social&Econ Systems)
Krishan Kumar, Professor of Sociology, UVA

Ecology and Society
ANTH 3340/GSGS 3559 (fulfills Non-Western; Living Systems, Science&Society)
Fred Damon, Professor of Anthropology, UVA

Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data-Analytic Approach
HIEA 4559/GSGS 3117 (fulfills Historical, Non-Western; Historical, Cultures&Societies)
James Lee, Professor and Dean of Humanities and Social Science, HKUST

Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SOC/GSGS 3559 (fulfills Social Science; Social&Econ Systems)
Cameron Campbell, Professor of Social Science, HKUST

Faculty IconFaculty

Katya Makarova |

Associate Professor of Sociology at UVA, Prof. Makarova will serve as the on-site Program Director in addition to teaching the Hong Kong in the World course. 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.

Krishan Kumar |

Krishan Kumar, who will serve as Program Co-Director and teach one of the seminars, is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at UVA. He was previously Professor of Social and Political Thought at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Cambridge and his postgraduate education at the London School of Economics.

Martien Halvorson-Taylor |

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

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

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

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.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

Uva in Hong Kong

Accessibility IconAccessibility

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 IconPassport and Visa

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.

Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.