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Hong Kong Quick Facts

Language of Instruction
English and Chinese

Fields of Study
Chinese language, economics, film, history, international relations, political science, and 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

Syracuse University: Hong Kong Center

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 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 (0.75 Pomona credits), 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 (1 Pomona credit). Then students select two elective courses from the SU curriculum (0.75 Pomona credits each).

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 (0.75 Pomona credits). The internship is accompanied by a course that includes lectures, discussions, journal writing, and a work-related paper.

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.


  • 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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