TFAS Hong Kong


TFAS Hong Kong 2020 Dates: July 3-25, 2020

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Are you interested in impacting public policy? Are you intellectually curious and prepared to discuss ideas in a substantive and open manner? Are you eager to visit Hong Kong, a modern city built on an ancient civilization, where East meets West?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, TFAS Hong Kong 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. We provide a rigorous academic experience, foster dialogues across borders, and establish a global network of responsible future leaders.

TFAS Hong Kong is a unique program that brings together approximately 65 students from across Asia and the United States to explore fundamental issues related to political economy and government.  Through educational, cultural, and social exchange participants will 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, housing, and a meal stipend. In addition to classes, participants have the opportunity to engage in social and cultural events and hear from accomplished guest lectures.

Students who complete TFAS Hong Kong 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 programs are able to use this vast network to open doors that have lead to opportunities in various corners of the world.

Join us this summer and study in the vibrant and exciting city of Hong Kong! The summer 2020 program dates are July 3-25, 2020. You can read more about the program here.

"The lectures at TFAS Hong Kong 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.  TFAS Hong Kong 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 2020 dates: July 3-25, 2020

Spend 3 weeks in Hong Kong with approximately 65 students from Asia and the United States who are all passionate about exploring complex political and economic issues facing today's world. The intensive schedule includes formal classes as well as guest lectures, cultural events,  and tours of local Hong Kong institutions.

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

Program Format

TFAS Hong Kong consists of the following major components:

  • Academic credit through George Mason University on political philosophy and political economy
  • Discussions on questions fundamental to a free society
  • Guest lectures featuring prominent academics, government officials, business leaders, etc.
  • Visits to iconic 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 with a roommate from another country
  • A meal stipend
  • Membership in 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 the various 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. If you have any questions, feel free to Contact 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 TFAS Hong Kong… The individuals I met in the program 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 TFAS Hong Kong schedule is subject to change.

3:00pm - 6:00pm – Registration
6:00pm - 8:00pm – Orientation

9:00am - 5:00pm – 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 – Site Visit

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

9:30am - 12:45pm – Class