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January Term: UVA in Hong Kong & Singapore: Asian Financial Capitals
Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Singapore, Singapore (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: U.Va. applicants only
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January 2018 01-OCT-2017
10-OCT-2017 01-JAN-2018 12-JAN-2018
NOTE: The start date is the date students must arrive in Hong Kong to begin the program; students traveling from the US will need to depart no later than December 31. If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
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.

Although similar in many ways, the two rival financial centers have different strengths. For instance, Singapore is a growing hub for private banking, wealth management, and Fintech, while Hong Kong remains a "financial entrepot" for mainland China as it liberalizes its financial markets. Hong Kong is also an important center for initial public offerings (IPOs). 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 city 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 7: Travel to Singapore
January 12: Program ends with farewell lunch, depart in evening

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, 2018.


View from Hong Kong
International Commerce Centre

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 centrally located hotels in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel each day of the program.


UVA_JTerm_Marina Bay_Singapore

Marina Bay, Singapore


Asian Financial Capitals:
Hong Kong and Singapore

(COMM 4589; 3 credits)

Course Information
This Global Commerce Immersion course is open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year undergraduates, as well as graduate students, with instructor's permission. Students who successfully complete COMM 4589 will earn three credits in the McIntire School. Students in the Commerce School can apply these credits toward the Global Commerce Track, or as a Commerce elective.

Information Sessions
Tuesday, September 5, and Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at 5pm,
Rouss-Robertson Halls 225


Students ring the gong at
the Singapore Exchange

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

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 return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.

Program Director Robert I. Webb,, is the Martin J. Patsel, Jr., 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.