Since Spring 2015, the University of Chicago has been hosting the undergraduate study abroad program in Hong Kong. The 10-week program, entitled “Hong Kong: Colonizations,” includes three Civilizations courses and one Chinese language course, and it fulfills the undergraduate core Civilizations requirement.
Students in the program will explore themes of colonialism and colonization as they relate to Hong Kong and Asia more broadly, considering the dynamics of conquest, slavery, colonialism and their reciprocal relationships with concepts such as resistance, freedom and independence. In addition to classroom instruction, the program will offer a number of excursions to sites of historical and cultural interest, and will include hands-on projects encouraging interaction with local people and institutions. Participants explore the dynamics of conquest, slavery, colonialism, and their reciprocal relationships with concepts such as resistance, freedom, and independence, with an eye toward understanding their interlocking role in the making of the modern world. Participants will also take a language course, which runs at a normal pace throughout the quarter and is designed to help students connect with Chinese culture.
An Immersive Experience in Hong Kong History and Culture
It’s the fourth year that the Center hosted the Spring Study Abroad Program “Hong Kong: Colonizations”. 24 students with different majors spent nine weeks in Hong Kong to learn about “civilization” through cross-cultural/societal connection and exchange. This year, other than the Macau trip, the group explored Hong Kong with an immersive experience through a number of excursions to historic and cultural sites like Tai O Village, Maritime Museum, Ping Shan Heritage Trail and small villages in the New Territories.
Special thanks to HKU ambassadors and colleague for their continued support, which had added a lot of colors to their adventurous journeys in Hong Kong, with lasting friendships and fond memories to take home.
“Studying abroad in Hong Kong was one of the best decisions I've made at UChicago. Not only was the support from the center and staff both fantastic and thorough, the program was designed to balance free time, exploration, and academic growth. I especially appreciated how I was able to travel throughout Hong Kong, both through the program and independently and get a taste of what it must be like to live in the city. With both planned and independent excursions, I felt that I grew a lot from the opportunity and learned not just about Hong Kong and the intricacies of our colonial history, but also about my own preferences, opinions, and ideas.” – Kevin Li, Study Abroad 2018
Exploring Asia with Study Abroad in Hong Kong
This Spring, 20 students spent their exciting and unforgettable nine weeks in Hong Kong for their Study Abroad Program on ‘Colonization’. They studied Cantonese or Advanced Mandarin, and had excursions to Singapore and Macau. Thanks to a new partnership, they also had an opportunity to engage with student ambassadors from the University of Hong Kong. Everyone had so much fun exploring not just Hong Kong but a lot of other neighboring cities in Asia.
‘I climbed Victoria Peak in Hong Kong! I went on a boat cruise in Singapore! I had a picnic in South Korea! I rode elephants and pet tigers in Thailand! I went white water tubing in Malaysia! I had the time of my life!’ - Laura Anderson, Study Abroad 2016