Study Abroad Program Overview
Study global business in Hong Kong and Shanghai with the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). The intensive summer program is designed to provide in-depth understanding of current economic developments and first-hand experience of diverse business environments in China.
This multi-site summer program is just four weeks. Two weeks are spent in Hong Kong at the HKU campus on the slopes of Hong Kong Island facing Victoria Harbor, just minutes from Hong Kong’s bustling and key financial district. Two weeks are spent in Shanghai exploring the course topics with the opportunity to observe current initiatives and projects undertaken in this distinctive and newer global center. The result? It is a fast-paced, exciting and intense academic experience.
HKU provides all instruction, academic resources, travel and living accommodation, and connections with active firms in both locations.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
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UC students affirm program visits to businesses as the most unique component of the program. The meetings provide the opportunity to talk with business professionals about their work and career paths in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
You will be required to live in housing provided by HKU for the duration of the program. Students will be assigned double rooms in a HKU dormitory and a hotel in Shanghai near the teaching venue. More information on housing
Group activities and sightseeing expose students to the histories, economies, and cultures of Hong Kong and Shanghai.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Once abroad, a host university faculty or staff member representing UCEAP will be students’ first point of contact for all matters. Among other things, the designated person provides support with academic matters, program logistics, and personal issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and more.
This focused summer program is entirely devoted to the study of business in Asia, with a first-hand look at two major international business centers. Mornings are usually devoted to class lectures and discussion; afternoons often consist of guest lectures, visits to local enterprise and business establishments, and work on group projects.
All UCEAP students enroll in two upper-division courses:
This course provides a general introduction of China economy since 1949 with emphasis on the era of transition from a planned economy to a more market driven one. It aims to help students understand the development and transition of Chinese economy, the working of major market mechanism, as well as related issues that China encounters. Basic economic principles are used to explain the economic issues of modern China.
China Business Environment
This China Business Environment course examines the challenges and opportunities that a rising and rapidly changing China has provided for various business corporations, i.e. multinational corporations, domestic state-owned enterprises, entrepreneurial firms. It delineates the complexity of contemporary China with respect to economic, technological, political, social and cultural environments and how it influences corporations in a wide range of industries.
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UCEAP students study and live alongside international students who benefit from the lectures, site visits and contributions of one another in this intensive four-week program.
10 quarter/6.7 semester UC units required; 2 courses for 5 quarter/3.3 semester UC units each; letter grade required.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study for academic credit are not an option in this short summer program.
The University of Hong Kong
Established in 1911, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is a comprehensive and research-led university with ten faculties and numerous research centers. HKU is an international institution and English is the medium of teaching and learning. About 50 percent of the academic staff and 25 percent of the student body are from outside Hong Kong. In addition to domestic students, there are thousands of exchange students from overseas every year.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- UC fees
- Tuition at HKU
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
- On-site orientation
- Predeparture expenses (visas, etc.)
- Room and Board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Transportation between Hong Kong and Shanghai
- Round-trip transportation from California
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Undergraduates with a strong background in economics, management, or business administration preferred.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the University of Hong Kong.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: