Stanford accepting student applications for new Hong Kong program

Hong Kong campus
The campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong is set on a hillside overlooking Tolo Harbour. (Image credit: Chinese University of Hong Kong)

In autumn 2019, the Bing Overseas Studies Program will launch a new program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where Stanford students will be able to choose from 15 courses, ranging from China Under Mao to Fintech and Entrepreneurship in China.

When the first cohort of Stanford students arrives at CUHK next autumn, they will immediately become part of the campus community, joining other undergraduate students in the university’s classrooms and student residences.

The Stanford contingent will also join students, faculty and staff riding the university’s shuttle buses – and using its skywalks and express lifts – to move around the 340-acre campus, which is located on a steep hillside overlooking Tolo Harbour.

“One of the most striking things about the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong is its geographical beauty,” said Ramón Saldívar, the Burke Family Director of Stanford’s Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP), who made several trips to the campus. “With its sea views and mountain views, it’s a beautifully situated green campus.”

Saldívar said the Stanford delegation that chose CUHK to host the new overseas studies program was impressed by the university’s academic focus, which encompasses the liberal arts, as well as and science and technology.

“One other feature that immediately made CUHK stand out for us was the extraordinary care and attention it pays to the quality of its undergraduate education,” he said, adding that students affiliate with one of its seven colleges when they enroll in the university.

Under the Stanford in Hong Kong program, up to 25 Stanford students will spend the first quarter of the 2019-20 academic year studying and living at CUHK.

“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,” he said.

Stanford, which announced plans in early 2018 to establish a new overseas studies program at CUHK, finalized the agreement in October. The new program is a successor to the Stanford in Beijing Program, which closed in June 2017 due to low enrollment.

Stanford is now accepting student applications for the new program.

Read more in Stanford Report.