Study Abroad Program Overview
Come to Hong Kong, where you will find the iconic and breathtaking skyline is just the start. As a long-standing international hub of business, trade, arts, and cultural exchange between Asia and the world, this multinational city is an ideal location for a career-building experience.
UC students from a wide range of disciplines may participate in the 8-week internship program. Students are placed with companies or agencies that may include innovative start-ups, global non-profits, multinationals, and NGOs in varied industries and sectors. Students then work within the business or organization to help with a project, plan events, spread the word on a new venture, and see how your colleagues work individually and as a team in support of the agency services or industry product.
Then enjoy your weekends in the lively markets, top restaurants or street fairs featuring food from around the world, walk the Causeway, or take a ferry out to the islands. The next step is yours and awaits in Hong Kong.
Students attend classes with international students.
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Participants are housed in student residences convenient to the city center and easily accessible via public transportation. Shared rooms are fully furnished and include kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connection.
You will find opportunities for hiking, nature walks, and camping around Hong Kong.
Local support from AIC Hong Kong includes full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.
This exciting program is comprised of a single course that gives academic credit for a full-time 8-week internship. Once placed and on-site, students work with their supervisor/mentor to set goals and objectives for the assignment and tasks. Students also attend meetings and discussions with the Academic Internship Council (AIC) that provide professional development, self-reflection, and cultural enrichment activities. A mid-term assessment involving the student and the supervisor is conducted to ensure that expectations for all parties are being met. A final evaluation is provided by the supervisor to confirm that the internship objectives were achieved.
An online course component, provided by UCEAP, enables students to document weekly observations, receive advice about challenges, and reflect on organizational engagement and activities. Weekly readings and journal entries are required and a paper is submitted at the end of the program.
The course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis (unless home UC departments require a letter grade for elective credit) and is worth 10 UC quarter units/7 UC semester units. Credit is given in a discipline related to the nature of the work placement and tasks assigned. Examples include credit in economics, communication, business, education and other fields, as internship duties may relate to report preparation, public relations, marketing, finance, teaching, or social services.
10 quarter/6.7 semester UC units required; one upper-division internship course
Research and Independent Study
Internship is the major component of the program. Additional internships, research, or independent study are not possible.
Academic Internship Council
The Academic Internship Council (AIC) is a non-profit organization that partners with colleges and universities to build and implement customized, academically-directed internship programs. They provide short-term internships with a range of organizations, from multinational corporations to small start-ups. Placements are designed to integrate work experiences with academic courses and cultural and professional development opportunities. In Hong Kong, internship opportunities range from start-ups to multinationals, and NGOs in a variety of areas. The organization has over 30 years of experience in internship placement.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Engage in full-time internships with the Academic Internship Council.
- Internships are determined by a personalized placement process for each student
Setting Up Your Internship
- You will submit preliminary information regarding your internship interests at the time of application.
- Your internship acceptance/placement will be finalized prior to arrival.
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The internship is a required component of this program. You will enroll in a UC course to document your week internship. You will earn 10 UC quarter units (6.6 semester units) for your internship course.
* 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 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 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 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.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Immigration Department requires participants on this program to hold a training visa. PRC citizens must have completed at least two years of university outside of the mainland at time of application and plan to return to UC after the program ends. Additional restrictions may apply. Visit the Hong Kong Immigration website for more information on eligibility requirements.
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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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 AIC.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: