Course of Study

Students enroll in two of the three curricular options listed below. All participants attend Economic and Political Globalization: Hong Kong as a Case Study and select their second option from the remaining offerings.

Economic and Political Globalization: Hong Kong as a Case Study

With Hong Kong as a point of focus, students examine the nature of relations between nation-states in a period of increased global economic and political integration. Topics include theories of international political economy in relation to foreign aid and sovereign debt, international trade and capital flows, security and non-state actors, rights-based approaches to development and humanitarian emergencies, energy sustainability, and the role of international organizations and financial institutions.

Participants examine these and other topics through lectures, research, policy dialogue, group projects and presentations, peer critiques, and guest speakers.


History and Culture: Hong Kong and Beyond

This course provides students with a broad introduction to the history and culture of the region to help them contextualize their summer experience in Hong Kong. Lectures providing historical background are paired with group discussions focused on closely examining the city’s culture. Materials have been chosen according to their general prominence and importance in Hong Kong’s historical and cultural consciousness.

The course feature a number of trips to important cultural and historical sites around Hong Kong, which will correspond to the materials covered in class.

Discussion will be aimed at engaging students in a college-level analysis of texts in preparation for weekly written assignments. Students will be responsible for handing in an essay of 3-5 pages at the end of each week, which should be an organized and well-written critical reflection on one or more of the materials covered in class. Feedback from the instructor on these assignments will help students hone theirwritten critical analysis skills and prepare them for the expectations of a college course. Students will also be expected to participate in class discussions as well as small group presentations.


Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Blending theory and practice through interactive lectures, case studies, and group work, the course gives students as close to a real life venture creation experience as possible. We cover all the essential aspects of building a successful venture, including creating a business model, customer discovery, product-market validation, in-depth industry and market analysis, product or service innovation, go-to-market strategy, financing, and finally pitching.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have created fully realizable business models. They will have also honed key professional skills including creative problem-solving, communication, negotiation, project management, financial analysis, and collaborative leadership.


Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in the fall.
Programs are conducted in English and no knowledge of a secondary language is required.
Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the University.