China: Hong Kong

Program Overview

CHINA: Hong Kong

Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, July 6, 2019 (4 weeks)

The summer of 1997 was not only a pivotal year in Hong Kong’s history (when it was handed back to China by Britain), it was also the first offering of the University of Toronto’s summer program in Hong Kong. In 21 summers over 5,000 students have participated in this incredibly popular and successful program.

This Hong Kong summer program is of interest not only to students majoring in Drama, East Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, History or Business, but to anyone who wants to complete an elective course in an academically and culturally stimulating environment.

The program is hosted by the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong’s oldest and largest institution for higher learning, established in 1911.

Courses

Each course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course.

Classes take place Monday to Thursday, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mandatory field trips are an integral part of each course and may occur outside of class time or on weekends.For some courses there may also be one or two lectures held in Toronto before the start of the program;in this event, participants will be provided with further details in their admission documents.


DRM385Y0 Special Topics: Art and Politics in China

EAS395Y0 Topics in East Asian Studies: Leadership and Governance in China

HIS385Y0 The History of Hong Kong

RSM295Y0 Special Topics: History and Design of Financial Institutions

RSM295Y0 Special Topics: International Management

Program Details

Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, July 6, 2019 (4 weeks)

The summer of 1997 was not only a pivotal year in Hong Kong’s history (when it was handed back to China by Britain), it was also the first offering of the University of Toronto’s summer program in Hong Kong. In 21 summers over 5,000 students have participated in this incredibly popular and successful program.

This Hong Kong summer program is of interest not only to students majoring in Drama, East Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, History or Business, but to anyone who wants to complete an elective course in an academically and culturally stimulating environment.

The program is hosted by the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong’s oldest and largest institution for higher learning, established in 1911.

Asia’s World City

  • Beneath the glittering lights of Hong Kong you will find a city embracing both its traditional Chinese culture and its modern Western influences. Hong Kong offers a world-famous skyline as well as peaceful countryside, open-air markets, floating restaurants and amazing mountain scenery.
  • Hong Kong actually comprises more than two hundred islands and a part of mainland China. Much of the area is uninhabited rural countryside, while other areas are among the world’s most densely populated.
  • Hong Kong Island is at the centre of it all with its busy government, financial and business districts. A seven-mi4ute ferry ride across one of the most beautiful harbours in the world takes you to the Kowloon Peninsula on the mainland, an intense 24-hour shopping and tourist destination. Beyond Kowloon is the charming, traditional New Territories, which include the rest of the mainland and Hong Kong’s other 234 islands.

Program activities

The program includes a welcome lunch and tours to orient students to Hong Kong. The tours will not only provide a general overview of the city, but are an excellent way to meet other participants. There will also be a farewell dinner for all students at the end of the program. Optional trips to attractions such as The Peak, beaches and local restaurants and tea houses will also be available to students.

Accommodation and Meals

Students are housed in off-campus residences at the University of Hong Kong, a 15-30 minute bus ride from the HKU campus. The residences offer shared washroom and kitchen facilities, wired internet access (students must supply their own Ethernet cable) and optional air conditioning.

Residence availability: Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, July 6

  • Double room accommodation: CAD$900
  • Single Room accommodation: CAD$1,800

There is no meal plan. Students should budget approximately CAD$465 for a combination of self-prepared and purchased meals.

HKU Residences Information Sheet

Please note that there are residence rules for Lee Shau Kee Hall and Suen Chi Sun Hall.

Group flight

No group flight is available for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Please note that if you choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the available dates for the accommodation option you have selected, you will be responsible for arranging your own housing for the extra day(s).

Health and Safety

Hong Kong has relatively high levels of air pollution, which may affect students with respiratory difficulties. It is also typhoon season during June and July, with an average of 75% humidity and highs of 30 celsius or more. In addition to the heat and humidity, much of the city, including the University of Hong Kong, is built on relatively steep hillsides. If you are under medical care or may be affected by heat or steep terrain, you are advised to consult both a physician and the Professional & International Programs office before applying.

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Hong Kong PDO on April 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Entry requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order.

Information on visa requirements is available from the Chinese Visa Application Center, Suite 1501, 393 University Ave. Toronto, M5G 1E6, Phone: 416-345 8472; http://toronto.china-consulate.org.

Costs

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 1, 2019
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due April 8, 2019

Cost of Studying in Hong Kong

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $3,350 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $4,505 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $176 Estimate based on 2018 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees
DRM385Y0 $50
EAS395Y0 $1,490
HIS385Y0 $250
RSM2950 (History and Design of Financial Institutions) $1,150
RSM295Y0 (International Management) $610
Airfare $1,409 Estimate – will depend on departure location and purchase date
Accommodation $900 Shared room in HKU residence
Local Transportation $70 Estimate – paid on site
Meals $465 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Textbooks $100 Estimate – purchase in Toronto prior to departure
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $6,720 – $8,160 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $7,875 – $9,315 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

  • Dr. Stanley Ho / Dr. Sam and Dr. Doris Lau Scholarship (multiple awards up to $4,500 each)
  • Dr. David Chu Scholarship

Information Session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Hong Kong will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from instructors, Summer Abroad staff, previous participants; and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Woodsworth College, Kruger Hall, 119 St George Street (south of Bloor)

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