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Mānoa Academy: Beijing - Summer 2019

Mānoa Academy: Beijing is a three-week program that will be offered in July 2019. The theme of this year’s program, “Macroeconomy in a Global Context,” will allow students to analyze the importance of economics in our daily lives. Students will be introduced to the major transnational dynamics that affect global economics, politics, society, culture, and environment, and draw connections among them while studying in Beijing and Tianjin.

The application submission period is now over.

The Program

Week One: Students will prepare for their study abroad experience on the UH Mānoa campus during the first week of the program (July 8-12). Students will explore macroeconomics topics in a global context, with special emphasis on the United States and China. Students will be introduced to the role of economic processes affecting GDP, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and business cycles. Students will also study international trade patterns, banking systems, and different labor market institutions around the world, as well as participate in discussions on relevant macroeconomic policy issues. Participatory and interactive Chinese language training will also be provided to help facilitate meaningful cultural exchange while abroad.

Weeks Two and Three: Students will then spend two weeks (July 15-27) in Beijing and Tianjin, where they will attend lectures on Chinese history, culture, language, art, contemporary politics, economics, society, diplomacy, and education. Through tours of cultural and historical landmarks including the Great Wall, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square, visits to Chinese companies, and participation in special activities like calligraphy and taiji, students will deepen their understanding of China, Chinese culture, and the Chinese people. Students will experience the high-speed bullet train ride between Beijing and Tianjin and travel 76 miles in 30 minutes. They will also have the opportunity to interact with college students from China, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

The program will be led by Dr. Liang Wang, a professor in the UH Mānoa Department of Economics. Students will also be issued a Certificate of Completion from Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), which is the preeminent foreign language university in China.

Program Dates and Locations

Orientation: April 17, 2019 at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus

Week One: July 8 - 12, 2019 at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus

Weeks Two and Three: July 15 - 27, 2019 in Beijing and Tianjin

How to Apply

Mānoa Academy: Beijing is intended to serve as a capstone experience for students who have participated in the Academy and are enrolling at UH Mānoa as first year students in Fall 2019. Although current Mānoa Academy students will receive priority in the application review process, high school seniors who intend to enroll at UH Mānoa in Fall 2019 are eligible to apply.

Complete the online application form by the March 15 deadline.

Application Deadline

Applications are no longer being accepted.


SOCS 180, Introduction to International and Global Studies, is a 3-credit course that introduces undergraduate students to the major political, social, economic, cultural, technological, and historical dimensions of globalization. Special attention will be paid to globalization processes that have impacted Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific region. This course meets a General Education requirement in the Foundations-Global and Multicultural Perspectives category, Group B.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need a passport?
Yes, all students are required to have a valid, original signed U.S. passport. Please allow ample time to apply for a passport as processing averages 6-8 weeks. A first-time adult passport is estimated to cost $135. Passports must have at least 6 months of remaining validity and blank visa pages.

2. Do I need a visa?
Yes, all students are required to have a valid visa for this program. Students must have a valid U.S. passport in order to start the visa application process. On average, visa processing takes 3-4 weeks and the estimated cost is $160.00.

3. What is the activity level on the trip?
Students should expect to engage in moderate to strenuous walking, including across hilly terrain while participating in tours and excursions in China. Program leaders will discuss what to bring at the orientation and preparatory classes.

4. What can I expect for accommodations and meals?
Students will be housed in comfortable double rooms with other Mānoa students in a hotel located blocks from the BFSU campus. Room amenities include private bathrooms, air conditioning, TV, and cleaning service. Internet access is available via Ethernet cable. Students will be provided with on-campus meal cards. For breakfast and lunch, the BFSU cafeterias offer a wide array of reasonably-priced food. Dinners are included with the daily excursion tours.

5. What is the estimated cost?
All in-country costs including accommodations, meals, ground transportation, excursions, and other program costs are covered by a generous grant from the Beijing Foreign Studies University, valued at over $2,600 per student. Students should estimate spending approximately $2,700 in tuition, passport and visa fees, travel insurance, and international airfare. Program organizers will do everything possible to secure discounted airfare for students.

Partners and Sponsors

Mānoa Academy: Beijing is supported by the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and the Center for Chinese Studies at UH Mānoa.

UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Center for Chinese Studies at UH Mānoa