Global Citizenship

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Global Citizenship Summer Institute

The Global Citizenship Summer Institute (GCSI) aims to provide a platform for social sciences students to step beyond their academic and physical borders, engaging in intellectual and experiential learning through participating in a four-week intensive study programme in Taiwan and South Korea.

GCSI aims to enhance social sciences students’ awareness of the importance of Asia in the globalizing world. Students will spend two weeks in Taiwan and two weeks in South Korea attending academic lectures relating to four focus areas: economic, social, cultural, and political developments in Taiwan and South Korea. Students will critically examine these focus areas through a comparative lens as well as analyzing their regional and global implications.

Field visits to government offices, civil society organizations, political parties and cultural sites will be organized to provide students with a more holistic understanding of Taiwanese and South Korean societies. By the end of these four weeks, students will have gained a unique perspective on Asia through interacting with academics, government officials, community leaders and local people in the selected Asian societies.

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Application period January 16 – 27, 2012
Notification of offer February 3, 2012
Signed notice of acceptance and Submission of documents February 8, 2012
Make full payment March 9, 2012
Orientation May 31, 2012
Classes begin
• Taipei
• Seoul
June 17 – 30, 2012
July 1 – 15, 2012

Programme fees:
$22,000 HKD

Friday March 9, 2012 by 6:00pm

Payment method:
Please submit a cross cheque or bankdraft (payable to "The University of Hong Kong" to the Faculty Office (MW401)).

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Scholarship and Bursary:
The Faculty is offering the following Scholarship and Bursary to the enrolled students of the Global Citizenship Summer Institute 2012 Programme. You are highly recommended to pay attention to the individual selection criteria of both the Serena Yang Award Scholarship and HKU Social Sciences Pioneer Class of 1967 Fund. Application period will be scheduled in April 2012. Detailed information will be announced in due course.

Selection Criteria:

Serena Yang Award scholarship

  1. Faculty of Social Sciences students
  2. Students who have not previously received the Serena Yang Awards
  3. Students having a cumulative GPA 3.2 or above
  4. Students demonstrating an outstanding performance at the Award interview
  5. The Award will provide up to a maximum of HK$ 40,000 scholarship to each selected student.

HKU Social Sciences Pioneer Class of 1967 Fund

  1. Faculty of Social Sciences students
  2. Students having a cumulative GPA lower than 3.2
  3. Bursary will be provided on a need basis
  4. Students will be required to attend an interview

Visa information:
Visa information: Some passport holders may enjoy a visa-free entry to Taiwan and South Korea. Students who require a visa shall obtain it. Please visit the following websites for details:
- Bureau of Consular Affairs (Taiwan)
- Consulate General of the Republic of Korea

Insurance information:
A Group Personal Accident Insurance will be covered by The University of Hong Kong for all participants of the Global Citizenship Summer Institute. Students are highly encouraged to obtain their own insurance coverage for the duration of the programme.
- Travel Insurance for Undergraduate Students 2011/2012

Last update on June 1, 2012

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