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AIPE 2019 Dates: July 6-27, 2019

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Are you interested in a career in international affairs or business?  Do you want to discuss complex contemporary issues in a diverse academic setting? Are you eager to visit Hong Kong, a modern city built on an ancient civilization, where cultures intersect and East meets West?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Asia Institute for Political Economy (AIPE) is the program for you.  Stand out in the competitive global job market and in graduate school admissions by gaining invaluable international experience this summer!

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has organized international academic programs for more than 20 years.  Our objective is to provide a rigorous academic experience, foster dialogues that cross borders, and create a global network of responsible future leaders.

AIPE is a unique program that brings together approximately 65 students from across Asia and the United States together to explore fundamental issues related to political economy and government.  The combination of educational, cultural, and social exchange will allow participants to explore challenging ideas, form life-long friendships, and will greatly benefit their educational and professional development.

Our comprehensive package includes academic credit through George Mason University, ranked the #1 up and coming national university by US News and World Report, as well as meals, a variety of notable guest lectures, cultural and social events, and opportunities for professional development and networking.

Students who complete AIPE graduate into a global network of more than 42,000 TFAS alumni. You can find TFAS alumni living and working in some of the world’s most exciting cities, including Washington DC, New York, London, Paris, Beirut, Hong Kong, Beijing, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, to name just a few. Graduates of our institutes are able to use this vast network to opens doors that have lead to life changing opportunities in various corners of the world.

Come join us this summer for this once in a lifetime opportunity to study in the vibrant and exciting city of Hong Kong!

The summer 2019 program dates are July 6-27, 2019. Get more details here and read about all of the exciting aspects of AIPE.

"The lectures at AIPE were a burst of information, a true melting pot of ideas. [The professors] and the other guest lecturers had an inspiring passion for the topics covered. The students’ eagerness to share ideas and engage in intellectual discourse was very refreshing for me. Everyone’s positive energy towards teaching and learning has reinvigorated my personal interest in the academic field.  AIPE has exposed me to an environment of debates, analysis, critique and questions, something largely lacking in my local university. I hope to be able to bring some of this energy back to my classes, and even for my future undertakings."

Wong Pui Yi

Summer 2019 dates: July 6-27, 2019

Spend 3 weeks in Hong Kong with approximately 65 students from Asia and the United States who are all passionate about exploring the many complex political and economic issues facing today's world.  The intensive schedule is designed to maximize your time with an exciting variety of academic, professional, networking, cultural, and social activities that are designed to being the best out of every student.

Admissions Deadlines:
Early Deadline - December 1
Final Deadline - February 1

Program Format

AIPE consists of the following major components:

  • Courses in political economy and government and academic credit through George Mason University
  • Guest lectures and panel discussions featuring prominent academics, diplomats, government officials, and business leaders
  • Visits to famous sites in Hong Kong and optional excursions to various well-known places in the region
  • Social & cultural events

Your participation also includes these exclusive benefits designed to make your summer in Hong Kong an experience to remember:

  • Housing in furnished dormitories
  • Most meals provided in a variety of campus cafeterias
  • Roommate matching with students from different countries
  • Comprehensive orientation upon your arrival
  • Dedicated program staff members who are available to communicate with you about any issues related to funding, visas, and other general questions in the months leading up to the program
  • Continued staff support while you are in Hong Kong to ensure that you have the best possible experience
  • Planned social and cultural events where you can connect with the other student leaders participating in the programs. These events may include a tour of Hong Kong, a visit to Lantau Island, and a cultural presentations dinner
  • An active network of more than 42,000 alumni worldwide to join upon successful completion of the program

Find Out More

Be sure to check out the menu tabs to read more about all aspects of the program. We accept applications on a rolling basis, so start your application anytime by clicking on the APPLY NOW link in the menu. Our staff is here to answer any question you may have – please see our Contact Us page for details on how to reach us.

"I met great students from around the world. I shared a part of my life with them as did they. The staff welcomed us into the program like close family. My life is forever changed because of AIPE… The individuals I met in AIPE are extraordinary. We bonded despite our differences. We learned from each other’s culture and customs."

Mike Dong
United States


Sample Schedule: Week 1

Please note that the AIPE schedule is subject to change.

12:00pm - 5:00pm – Registration
6:00pm - 8:00pm – Orientation

All day – Tour of Hong Kong

9:30am - 12:45pm – Class
2:15pm - 3:45pm – Guest Lecture

9:30am - 12:45pm – Class
2:15pm - 3:45pm – Guest Lecture

9:30am - 12:45pm – Class
2:15pm - 3:45pm – Activity

9:30am - 12:45pm – Class
2:15pm - 3:45pm – Guest Lecture

9:30am - 12:45pm – Class
2:15pm - 3:15pm – Activity

Free Day