FEBRUARY 23, 2018—Stanford’s Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) will introduce a new program starting in Autumn Quarter 2019-20 in one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan urban centers—Hong Kong.
BOSP Executive Director Shawna Knauff said that after substantial research and extensive discussions with multiple stakeholder groups, Hong Kong emerged as the location offering distinctive academic opportunities and resources as well as broad student appeal. Hong Kong also will provide diverse internship opportunities for students studying abroad.
“Given Hong Kong’s engaging political and cultural environment and its reputation as a dynamic center of global enterprise, we are thrilled to extend yet another enriching overseas option for Stanford students,” she said.
Knauff added that Hong Kong also has a highly engaged Stanford alumni community eager to support the program’s launch to ensure long-term success.
BOSP had committed to finding a new overseas opportunity for students in China after suspending its Beijing program in 2016 due to waning student interest in the location. While the new program will take place in Hong Kong, BOSP will explore regional opportunities for students that will enable them to spend time in mainland China and pursue academic, cultural, and internship opportunities in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.
BOSP is in the process of establishing a formal partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), which maintains a residential-college model. Two in-depth site visits by BOSP in 2017 and early 2018 explored CUHK’s academic coursework offerings, residential education, extra-curricular activities and local support for students, including opportunities for service and civic engagement. CUHK is known widely for its deep roots in Chinese culture, bilingualism, multiculturalism, and its unique college system. Classes are taught in English, but Mandarin language classes are offered. CUHK also has a notable program in Contemporary China Studies among other rich curriculum and course offerings.
“Hong Kong is an ideal site for the next Stanford Program in Asia and will offer Stanford students a vibrant learning experience,” said BOSP Faculty Director Ramón Saldívar. “With its compelling history in the postwar and postcolonial era, Hong Kong is a unique site for studying international finance and the emergence of global cities, investigating the development of regional economics, exploring the depth and breadth of Sinophone culture and history, literature and the arts, and analyzing the ongoing challenges to creating a new political system alongside that of the People’s Republic of China.”
Saldívar added that the program’s educational mission will be supported by what promises to be an extraordinary set of opportunities for internships in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and other regional sites.
The Stanford Program in Hong Kong program will complement and collaborate with the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU), which is the headquarters for faculty and students engaged in research, teaching, training and outreach activities in China. SCPKU is run by Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Students interested in the Stanford Program in Hong Kong may begin applying for the first offering in Autumn Quarter 2019-20 as early as December 2018.
Every Stanford undergraduate should give serious consideration to studying overseas.
Regardless of the academic path you choose, you will be enriched by time spent in another country. Achieving cultural literacy and gaining substantive understanding of other perspectives in the world will deepen your awareness of yourself, your educational goals, and your own society. Nearly one-half of each graduating class studies abroad through one of Stanford's overseas programs.