Mānoa Academy Beijing offers you the opportunity to complete a General Education Core requirement (SOCS 180) in the exciting cultural and political center of China. Academic classes delve into global issues involving China's culture, society, economics, and language. Authentic experiences with fellow students will take you behind the scenes of a modern city that is thriving and yet is grounded in antiquity.

Course Theme

The primary theme of the course is health and aging in China, Hawaiʻi, and around the world. We will embed our discussion of aging related issues (i.e., perception and experience of aging, resilience/sustainability at individual, neighborhood, and community levels, health care system, etc.) within the major political, social, economic, cultural, and historical dimensions of globalization. 

Where You'll Study and Explore

  1. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), [May 15-26]: In Honolulu, delve into the theme of health and aging and develop an understanding of the landscape in Hawaiʻi. Receive boot-camp training in conversational Mandarin from the Confucius Institute at UHM. Gain fresh perspectives on China's ties with Hawaiʻi through special tours to historic and cultural sites, and meet some of Hawaii's most prominent leaders with strong ties to China.
  2. Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), [June 3-16]: In Beijing, explore topics of health and aging, resilience and sustainability, social systems for health and community, and globalization. Explore cultural and historical landmarks including the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square, and deepen your appreciation for Chinese culture through special activity options like calligraphy and tai chi.

Where You'll Stay

  1. In Honolulu, students may choose to reside in UHM residence halls or homestay.
  2. In Beijing, students will reside on or near the BFSU campus. BFSU is located in the heart of Beijing in the modern and exciting university district of Haidian.


  1. SOCS 180: Introduction to International and Global Studies (3) Introduces undergraduate students to the major political, social, economic, cultural, technological, and historical dimensions of globalization. Special attention will be paid to globalization process that has impacted Hawaiʻi and the Asia-Pacific region. A-F only. (Cross-listed as POLS 160) FGB
    Location: Saunders 244 · Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm · Days: MTWRF
  2. BFSU Certificate of Completion, a distinguished recognition from the preeminent foreign language university in China.

UHM Program Support Faculty

  • Wei Zhang, PhD, Program Director & Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Denise Eby Konan, PhD, Dean and Professor of Economics
  • Suwan Shen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

For more information, contact:

Lesley Thorne

Lesley Thorne
Director of Global College
College of Social Sciences, UH Mānoa
Tel: 808.956.4211
Email: lthorne@hawaii.edu


Who Can Apply?

Mānoa Academy Beijing seeks motivated, independent students who are eager for a unique global academic experience. Applicants may be incoming or current undergraduate UH Mānoa students in good academic standing. Talented high school seniors are especially encouraged to participate.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the following:

  1. Online Student Introduction Form

Limited enrollment of 20 students - apply early for best consideration - students will be approved on a rolling basis.


UHM Summer tuition of $1,359. All in-country costs including accommodations, meals, ground transportation, excursions, and other program costs will be covered by a generous grant from the Han Ban and Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), valued at over $1,200 per student.

  • Round-trip airfare to Beijing, visa and passport costs are not included.
  • Financial assistance may be available!!

Registration and Orientation

Registration information will be provided upon receipt of Online Student Introduction Form and selection.

A Mānoa Academy Beijing Orientation will be held (date/time TBA). Attendance will be mandatory.

Orientation to include topics of:

  1. Application for a Tourist/Visitor Visa
  2. Required Forms
  3. Travel details

There is a gap between the class meetings ending on May 26th and programming beginning at BFSU on June 3rd.

Flights will be departing on June 1st from Honolulu nonstop to Beijing, returning June 16th.

College of Social Sciences (CSS)
Confucius Institute Hawaii
Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU)