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  • Locations: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/02/2017
**
Rolling Admission 05/21/2017 08/19/2017
Fall 2017 05/24/2017
**
Rolling Admission 09/17/2017 12/17/2017
Spring 2018 10/15/2017
**
Rolling Admission 10/09/2017 04/14/2018
Summer 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2018 08/18/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: Co-Op/Internship Level of Study: Undergraduate
Academic Theme: University Wide Credit Offered: UC Credit
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Apartment Program Advisor: Crystal Craycraft
Program Description:
HK Skyline
 

Program Overview

The Hong Kong Experience allows undergraduate students at the University of Cincinnati to complete full-time, unpaid, academic internship / co-op abroad. The International Experience Program combines comprehensive cultural emersion and work integrated learning. This learning opportunity provides students with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace by expanding their academic, cultural and industrial knowledge.
 
Through this program student will be able to:
  • Work with employers across a broad range of fields (includes but not limited to) — architecture, art, business, design, engineering, history, information & technology, and research.
  • Interview and gain employment aligned with their career and academic goals.
  • Participating in a distant learning course that complement and add value to their cultural emersion and work experiences. 

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Location

HK 

An internship in Hong Kong, one of the largest economies in the world, provides an excellent opportunity for cultural immersion without having to learn a new language. Hong Kong, officially Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the southern coast of China at the Pearl River Estuary and the South China Sea. It has a land area of 1104 km2 and shares its northern border with Guangdong Province of Mainland China. With around 7.2 million inhabitants of various nationalities, Hong Kong is one of the world's most densely populated metropolises.
 
In the late 1970s, Hong Kong became a major port of entry in Asia-Pacific. The territory has developed into a major global trade hub and financial center. The 44th-largest economy in the world, Hong Kong ranks top 10 in GDP (PPP) per capita, but also has the most severe income inequality among advanced economies. Hong Kong is one of the three most important financial centers alongside New York and London, and the world's number one tourist destination city .The territory has been named the freest market economy. The service economy, characterized by free trade and low taxation, has been regarded as one of the world's most laissez-faire economic policies, and the currency, the Hong Kong dollar, is the 13th most traded currency in the world.
 

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Who Can Participate?

The Program is open to all undergraduate majors, freshmen through seniors.

  • Open to all undergraduate student at University of Cincinnati ages 18-25
  • Students must be full-time and successfully matriculating in their major
  • Students must be in good academic standing with their college, major and/or academic program.
  • Students must get approval from either academic or cooperative education adviser

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Academic Program and Course Information

Course Name:     COOP EXP and International Academic Internship
Course Number: INT 3071, 3081 & COOP 2011, 3011, 4011, 4012
Credit Level: U - Undergraduate
Credit Hours: 0 - 12 Cr. h.
Instruction Method: Field Experience
Pre-requisites/Permissions: Department Approval
BOK:   No
Repeatable: Yes
Level:  B- Baccalaureate

This course provides a path for a student to obtain an academic internship opportunity outside of the United States. Students will have the opportunity to learn from their field experience and cultural awareness activities completed via distance learning. The distant learning course helps students close the gap between the academic application of business concepts and their pragmatic utilization in the workplace. Furthermore the course will examine values and cultural practices, global interconnections (i.e. economic, political, ecological, and technological), worldwide concerns and conditions, origins and past patterns of worldwide affairs, and alternative future directions in worldwide affairs.
 
Students will be registered by the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education in either a co-op experience or an internship experience.

  • Co-op students will register and pay the co-op course registration fee of $465 for the experience. This registration permits students to maintain their full-time student status with the university.
  • Internship students have the option to register for 0 - 12 credit hours based on academic need. Internship students can register for 0 credit hours of $465 to maintain full time student status or register for variable credit hours (1-12 credit hours). 


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Faculty

Willie Clark
Assistant Director of International Programming
Assistant Professor, Educator
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115
willie.clark@uc.edu 
513-556-0354

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Living Arrangements

Program participants will be provided furnish housing, with access to public transportation, internet connectivity, kitchen and laundry facilities. Students will be living with other students from the University of Cincinnati, as well as student from other universities across the US (and world).
 
Student should expect a 45 to 60 minute commute from there residence to their respective employer location (which is very similar to what the locals do daily).

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Getting There

Students organize their own airline travel arrangements.

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Program Costs

Estimated Program Costs: 
 
Course Registration: $465 (or $450 per credit hour)
Third Party Program Fee:
  • Furnished housing
  • Visa assistance
  • Personalized job placement assistance
  • Cultural emersion activities
Estimated Cost:

      -Fall/ Spring= $7,050- $7,700
      -Summer= $5,820- $6,350

* Program cost is dependent on student participation
Transportation, Food, Personal Necessities:  $800
*varies per person
Airfare:  $1,400-$1,700 
CISI Insurance (Required): $9.50 per week or $30.60 per month
Estimated Total:  Fall/ Spring= $10,315
Summer= $9,000

* Freeman Foundation scholarship available to offset the cost.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

The International Experience Programs offer student advising and programmatic services to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship and grants.
 
We are very pleased to announce that once again, we have been able to secure a grant from the Freeman Foundation. Through their generous support of this program a $400,000 scholarship fund will be distributed through The Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education and The International Experience Programs. Scholarships of up to $5,200 from the Freeman Foundation will be available to offset the cost of the experience.  The purpose of the Freeman Foundation Scholarship is to expose students to international cultures in Asia. The Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education considers China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore to belong to this cultural sphere.  Consequently, students who are native residents of those countries are not eligible to receive the award
 
Additional scholarship funding may also be available through UC International Programs. UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.
 
For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html for more information.

The Academic Internship Council will provide country-specific visa application instructions, resources and assistance to all program participants.   

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

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Health and Safety Abroad

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Downloading the mobile application
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

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Contacts for More Information

Willie Clark
Assistant Director of International Programming
Assistant Professor, Educator
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115
willie.clark@uc.edu 
513-556-0354
 
Darnice Langford
Professor, Emerita
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115
513-556-0322
Darnice.langford@uc.edu
 
Erin Cohen Bove
Manager of International Programming
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115
513-556-4535
Erin.cohen@uc.edu 

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