Global Citizenship Summer Institute

The Global Citizenship Summer Institute (GCSI) provides 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 globalising world. Students will spend the first two weeks in Taiwan and the following two weeks in South Korea attending academic lectures relating to three focus areas: social, cultural and political developments in Taiwan and South Korea. Students will critically examine these priority areas through a comparative lens as well as analyse their regional and global implications. Field visits to civil society organisations and political and cultural parties will be organised to provide students with a more holistic understanding of Taiwanese and South Korean societies. By the end of these four weeks, students will gain a unique perspective on Asia through interacting with academics, students, community leaders and people in the selected Asian societies.

GCSI Programme schedule (Summer 2017) GCSI Course Outline (2017)

General Enquiries

Mr Ken Yau
Assistant Director (Experiential Learning)
Tel: (852) 3917 1240


Application Timeline

Consultation sessions November 14 & 15, 2017 | 2 – 4pm
Rm 1113, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Online application* Click here
(November 8, 2017 - December 29, 2017)
Quota 33
Notification of offer (by email) January 5, 2018 (First round)
January 12, 2018 (Second round)
Submission of signed Notice of Acceptance, required documents and original pay-in slip 12nn January 11, 2018 (First round)
12nn January 19, 2018 (Second round)
Orientations @HKU (compulsory) June 15, 2018
Classes begin @Taipei:  June 24 – July 7, 2018
@Seoul: July 7 – 22,  2018
Multi-media Project Presentation @ HKU (compulsory) August 1, 2018
*Please note that the Global Citizenship Summer Institute may not be offered after 2018 subject to the review of the programme.

Fee, Scholarship & Bursary

Programme fee


(including air tickets and accommodation in Taipei and Seoul)

Scholarship and Bursary

The Faculty is offering the following Scholarship and Bursary to the enrolled students of the Global Citizenship Summer Institute 2017. Students are highly recommended to pay attention to the following selection criteria of both the Serena Yang Award Scholarship and HKU Social Sciences Pioneer Class of 1967 Fund. Application details will be announced by email in April.

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 with a cumulative GPA 3.2 or above
  4. Students may be shortlisted for an interview.
  5. The Award will provide up to a maximum of an HK $40,000 scholarship to each selected student.

HKU Social Sciences Pioneer Class of 1967 Fund

  1. Faculty of Social Sciences students
  2. Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.2
  3. The bursary will be provided on a need basis.
  4. Students may be shortlisted for an interview.

Visa & Insurance

Some passport holders may enjoy a visa-free entry to Taiwan and South Korea. For students who need to apply for a visa, please visit the following websites for details:

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 if deemed necessary.