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
  • An interdisciplinary curriculum

    Our program provides a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that builds on our specialized strengths in the humanities and social sciences. It also offers the best of both worlds. We aim to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and mind-set to be able to think across boundaries, generate new ideas and perspectives, and appreciate cultural diversity in a fast-changing world.

  • Balance between structure and flexibility

    Our program ensures that students will acquire systematic and broad-based knowledge relating to China and the world, while at the same time relating to social and cultural inquiry through required and restricted elective courses in a carefully designed structure. It also includes ample free elective credits for students to develop their own study paths with flexibility, based on their interests and needs.

  • Intensive academic advising

    Our program draws on faculty support from a dedicated team of 60 professors from both the Division of Humanities and the Division of Social Science. As a small elite program, we take pride in being able to develop intimate ties with our students and provide in-depth advice through our academic advising and faculty mentoring schemes.

  • Inquiry-driven pedagogy

    Our program includes a First-Year Seminar offered exclusively to Global China Studies students in their first year of study. This allows students to have a taste of university research through small-group, interactive learning under the guidance of the professors. In the course of their studies, students will be guided to complete a Capstone Project or an Honors Thesis in their final year.

  • Solid language training

    Our program offers solid language training in both English and Chinese to enable students to develop high-level written communication skills and strong oral communication skills that are essential tools for leadership.

  • World-renowned faculty in China research

    Our faculty has gained a strong international reputation in the China research field in various disciplines, including anthropology, art and music, history, linguistics, literature, and philosophy (Humanities); including economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, and science, technology and society (Social Science). The results of their academic research have been published widely.

  • Global and Mainland learning experiences

    To help students develop a global outlook, our program provides them with opportunities for overseas exchange in North America, Western Europe and Asia. In addition, we arrange for summer study programs in mainland China, which enhance students’ first-hand knowledge about contemporary China. Scholarships and sponsorships are offered to subsidize student participation.

  • Co-curriculum and internship opportunities

    Our program enriches student learning through a co-curriculum that consists of an array of activities including film screenings, workshops, seminars, lectures and field trips. We also provide wide-ranging summer internship opportunities in various sectors including, but not limited to, public service organizations, media, NGOs, firms, museums and research institutes.