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Hong Kong Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Chinese language, economics, history, international relations, political science, religion.

Host Institution
Syracuse University Hong Kong Center 

Apartments with program participants.

Program Dates
Fall semester: mid-August to late December
Spring semester: early January to late May

Faculty Liaison
Fernando Lozano

On 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 business gateway to China.

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

Academic Program

The program is modular in design. During Module A students participate in a two-week field study seminar. In the fall the seminar travels to Beijing, Malaysia, and Singapore. In the spring the desintations include historical Xi’an, Beijing, Shanghai, with an introduction and conclusion in Hong Kong (0.75 Pomona credits).

During the ten-week Module B, students enroll in courses at the SU Center. Pomona requires Mandarin Chinese at the appropriate level (1 Pomona credit). Then students select two elective courses from the SU curriculum (0.75 Pomona credits for each course). Pomona does not award credit for business or management courses.

During the last five weeks of the semester students participate in a full-time internship in a business, government, or nongovernmental organization. Students enroll in an internship course that includes lecture, discussion, journal writing, and a work-related paper (0.75 Pomona credits).

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

Approximately 1 – 5 Pomona students; total program enrollment approximately 45 per semester.


8.25 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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