• 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.

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

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.

Peking University, China
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. 

The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., USA
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

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