Get an early start on your UH Mānoa experience by participating in Mānoa Academy Beijing, Summer 2018. You will engage with Mānoa faculty, build a new network of friends, and expand your understanding of China. Mānoa Academy Beijing is a study abroad opportunity that allow students to complete a General Education Core requirement (SOCS 180) in the exciting cultural and political center of China.
Orientation for the Mānoa Academy Beijing begins on the majestic Mānoa campus. Students have the options of residing in residence halls or homestay.
The Chinese host institution, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) is located in the heart of Beijing in the modern university district of Haidian. From the historic Summer Palace to the modern IT offices of Baidu Campus and Google – Beijing, Haidian is a hip tech and university district.
You live in comfortable double rooms with other UHM students in a hotel blocks from the BFSU campus. Room amenities include private bathrooms, air conditioning, TV, and cleaning service. Internet access available via Ethernet cable.
All meals are covered, free of charge. Students are provided with on-campus meal cards. For breakfast and lunch, the BFSU cafeterias offer a wide array of reasonably-priced Chinese and foreign food. Dinners are included with daily excursion tours.
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.
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. Passport 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. You must have a valid U.S. passport in order to start the visa application process. Visa processing takes on average 3-4 weeks and the cost is an estimated $180.
3. What is the activity level in Beijing?
Tours and excursions in Beijing are physically active. Most days are moderately to strenuously paced with walking, including hilly terrain and stairs. Please bring comfortable shoes and attire.
Watch the Mānoa Academy Beijing, Summer 2017 experience video!
Mānoa Academy Beijing is designed for incoming UH Mānoa first year students, although current UH Mānoa students are eligible to apply. Preference is given to students who have participated in the Mānoa Academy. The program will be capped at 20 students, so please apply early for best consideration!
UHM Summer tuition and fees apply, as well as visa and passport costs. Scholarships may be available. All in-country costs including accommodations, meals, ground transportation, excursions, and other program costs are covered by a generous grant from the Hanban, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), and UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences, valued at over $2,600 per student. Round-trip airfare to Beijing is generously provided with support from Hawaiian Airlines.
Download the Mānoa Academy Beijing - Summer 2018 printable flyer (pdf)