In terms of the HKUST Global China Studies major, Global China Studies has two operational meanings. At the broadest, most common-sense level, it simply means China Studies from a global comparative perspective. At the narrower disciplinary and curricular levels, however, Global China Studies refers to the identification and study of global development and its interactions with local development in a Chinese context.

It is the decision of the University Senate that a BSc degree is appropriate for the program Global China Studies: Humanities and Social Science Perspective in the context of the founding mission of the university. Academically speaking, a BSc degree also reflects the balanced curriculum of Global China Studies, which provides not only a broad-based liberal arts education but also training in quantitative and scientific methodologies.

Yes. A student may make use of the free elective credits, as well as the thesis/project option, to develop a specialization in one or two disciplines or fields within the major, which will facilitate his or her pursuit of postgraduate study. The program’s intensive advising and mentoring system will help students work out the study paths suitable for their intellectual and professional needs.

Once admitted to the program, each student is assigned to one faculty member who will serve as his or her mentor during the first year of study. Students may meet with their faculty mentors for intellectual guidance, personal inspiration and career development advice. On top of this, the Program Director will provide program-specific advice to students on a regular basis from the time of admission to graduation. For general assistance, students may contact our staff in charge of the GCS major.

Our curriculum has ample built-in free elective credits for students to pursue a minor or even second major in other programs, provided that such programs are offered by other schools or departments.

We look at students’ academic results generally, with a greater emphasis on English. For DSE, we consider English + any 5 Core/ Elective subjects, and give double weight to English, 1.5 weight to Chinese. Students must meet the threshold of university entrance requirements to be eligible. Students who put our program in Band A will be given a bonus point. We suggest students put us in Band A throughout if they are truly interested in us. (*Admissions information is subject to change.)

No, our program requires no prior knowledge of humanities or social science subjects. Admission is based on students’ general intellectual competence and their commitment to this program.

The local intake number is around 48 every year, in addition to the non-local intake, which is about 20% of the total intake.

Yes, they may apply to either exam via JUPAS (based on their scores on the A-Level exam or the DSE exam) or via Direct Entry but NOT both. There is no fixed quota for Direct Entry into our program – much depends on the academic quality of the applicants but the quota is relatively small.

Being an exchange student in the University of Copenhagen is surely one of my most memorable experiences in my university life. I have taken three courses focusing on the study of Danish society, using sociological and cultural perspectives. I even learnt basic Danish. Talking about the methods of teaching in Denmark, basically it is the same as the one in Hong Kong. But more excursions are provided for students to gain first-hand experiences, so as to develop deeper insights on the subject. Apart from stressful school work, the local students often organise parties and gatherings, to mingling around and meet new people. They reminded me that performing well in academics does not necessarily mean to sacrifice social and family life.

Jamie TSE
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Exchange-out: Year 3

One of the biggest differences between HKUST and CUA in terms of courses are the varieties. As for me I don’t exactly have an equivalent major in CUA as in HKUST (which is Global China Studies), I have a greater flexibility in choosing courses. One of the most interesting course that I have chosen is Terrorism and Counterterrorism, which you can never easily find an institution that actually put emphasis on teaching students what terrorism is. The best part of this course is the instructor, who is an ex-FBI field agent specializing in counterterrorism office. 

Cody KUNG
The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., USA
Exchange-out: Year 3

Having an exchange study at Peking University is definitely a life-changing experience. I chose School of Law as my faculty there. I observed quite a lot of differences in learning between Peking University and HKUST. Most students there would prefer continuing their study in postgraduate level. Unlike Hong Kong, job market in Mainland China encourages freshmen to equip themselves in order to succeed in the career. Learning in Beijing is not restricted to classrooms. I developed my professional network in Mainland China by participating activities inside and outside university. Through personal observation and interaction with locals, I gained a better understanding on China’s economic landscape and culture deposits.

Rax TSANG
Peking University, China
Exchange-out: Year 3

The exchange life in Japan was valuable and unforgettable. During the period in Japan, I have experienced the difference between Japan Universities and Hong Kong Universities, especially in the learning environment. The most benefit point in living Japan is my Japanese level improved a lot during my stay in Japan. Since most Japanese could not speak fluent English in daily life, the social environment forces me to improve my Japanese level in order to communicate with Japanese and have a more pleasure life in Japan. I love Japanese cuisine culture a lot, especially Japanese sushi. To learn more things about sushi culture, I have tried to find different persons to teach me about the process to make sushi, operation issues related to sushi restaurants etc.

Darren YIP
Kyoto University, Japan
Exchange-out: Year 3

The life in Erasmus University of Rotterdam (EUR) is fast-paced and hustle, but being an exchange student is never an excuse for me to slower my steps. In this new school, the arrangement of semester term represents the most different perspectives compared to HKUST. Instead of taking 5 courses in a row, as usual, EUR breaks down the semester into two blocks with 2 to 3 courses each block. This is a new tempo demanding the understanding as well as mastering the course material under a packed schedule. Never regretting my decision to exchange, I learnt to embrace my culture so as to present it confidently. What’s more important is the courage to explore the field I never been to.

Ricky PUN
Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands
Exchange-out: Year 3

Sciences Po is one of the best universities in France which is famous for the field of political sciences. The learning atmosphere is quite tense when compared to HKUST, all the students pay full attention to the professors during the lessons. Parisians look cold, but I can always find love and caring here. I have fully experienced how the French living style and in to it during my stay in the Paris’s apartment. Paris is my favorite city in Europe. There are lots of previous memories in these four months. I have gained a lot for my exchange out program.

Joey NG
Sciences Po, Paris, France
Exchange-out: Year 3

I took a total number of three courses in York University. The professors in York University always try to involve students in the discussion and encourage them to express their views and opinions in lesson. The students are all very attentive and they frequently give response to the professors as well as taking the initiative to ask questions. When I was studying in HKUST, I seldom took the initiative to express my views in class as I found that it was very embarrassing. Apart from the fruitful school life, I have also got a lot of chances to explore the city. Toronto is actually a very lovely city and it is often referred to as “the most multicultural city in the world”.

Hiuda LEE
York University, Canada
Exchange-out: Year 3