Hong Kong: September Program

The Francis and Rose Yuen Hong Kong: September Program
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 Lauren Schneider

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The College’s September program in Hong Kong provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn a course credit in an intensive, three-week course. The course’s department designation, disciplinary focus, and subject matter shifts each year according to the teaching and research interests of faculty leadership. The Hong Kong September program will not be offered in 2022.

    The College’s study abroad programs in Hong Kong are based at The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong. Located on Mount Davis, the campus in Hong Kong features classrooms, offices for faculty, student gathering spaces, computer facilities, and conference areas. For participants in Chicago’s programs, the campus in Hong Kong provides a focus for academic activities, a central meeting place, and a continuing Chicago “presence” within one of the most dynamic cities in Asia and the world.

    Students in the course will be housed in the Robert Black College guest house on the campus of the University of Hong Kong. Living on the campus of the University of Hong Kong enables students to take advantage of the campus’s resources and live alongside local students and faculty. The location is convenient to Hong Kong’s Central District, and students will be proximate to the HKU MTR station and other public transportation options. Students will normally be housed in double rooms with a bathroom, and they will also have access to the Robert Black College lounge, library, and other on-site facilities. Breakfast is provided daily in the Robert Black College dining room.

    Participants in the Hong Kong program will take and receive credit for one course (100 units) in the department leading the program. The course’s department designation shifts each year according to the teaching and research interest of faculty leadership. This course is considered part of students’ Autumn Quarter course load and is recorded as a course enrollment on their Autumn Quarter registration. The use of the course credit in a program of study (major or minor) other than the department leading the program must be approved by the undergraduate chair of the student’s respective department. The course title, unit of credit, and grade is placed on the College transcript.

    Provided students enroll in no more than three (3) additional 100-unit courses in the Autumn Quarter after the Hong Kong program, the tuition cost of the Hong Kong course will be part of students’ regular College tuition for the quarter. Students participating in an Autumn Study Abroad program following the Hong Kong September course will be permitted to use the Hong Kong course as a fifth course with no tuition surcharge.

    In addition to Autumn tuition, students pay a Hong Kong program fee and a nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition and Hong Kong program fee are paid via myUChicago in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in the program. Precise figures for the 2021–2022 academic year are listed below:

    Autumn tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office

    Study abroad administrative fee: $675

    Hong Kong program fee: $3,525

    Program fee includes:

    Out-of-pocket expenses include:

    • Round-trip airfare to and from the program site
    • Transportation on site
    • Meals
    • Course materials
    • Personal entertainment and travel
    • Communications (including cell phone usage)
    • Health insurance and upfront payments for care
    • Other miscellaneous expenses

    We estimate that program participants can spend in the range of $200 to $250 per week on meals and incidentals while on the program, though frugal students may spend less, and others could spend much more. Bear in mind that cost of living in Hong Kong can be relatively high and is substantially higher than the cost of living in Mainland China. While it is possible to live frugally, it is also possible to run short of money if you are unwary. It is therefore essential that you budget your funds prudently, apportioning your resources so that they may last for the duration of the program. If you are planning to travel before or after the program or on weekends, you should budget accordingly.

    Since participants remain fully registered in the College, they retain financial aid eligibility for Autumn Quarter tuition while participating in this course.

    The Hong Kong program is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted.

    The program is designed for undergraduates in good standing who are beyond their first year in the College. While the program stipulates no minimum grade point average, an applicant’s transcript should demonstrate that they are a serious student who will make the most of this opportunity. Because the course is taught in English, there is no language prerequisite.

    Each application is examined on the basis of the student’s scholastic record and personal statement. If you are interested in applying for this program, please fill out the online application.

    To discuss the Hong Kong: September program and the possibility of participating, please contact Lauren Schneider.