Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Villanova University, School of Business Global Citizens Program, Hong Kong

This program is open to Villanova University freshman who will be enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and who have a special interest in Asian economies. This sixteen week overseas study experience combines academic coursework with a practical internship located in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city for students to be immersed in a vibrant culture and gain valuable professional experiences. For the same reasons that thousands of multi-national companies have chosen Hong Kong as their base, the city provides an ideal context for a successful academic setting and Asian internship experience.

Professional practice internship

Villanova University will partner with AIC, a non-profit provider of academic internship services in Hong Kong.  In addition to academic coursework, students will participate in a professional practice internship, completing over 200 hours of work experience. 

Villanova University students will have access to professional practice internship opportunities spanning a wide variety of industry sectors in Hong Kong. The internship services include:

  • Instructions on preparation of a placement essay and a resume appropriate to Hong Kong
  • Individual interview with an internship director on the Villanova University campus approximately two months prior to the program start date
  • Group orientation on the Villanova University campus and on-site in Hong Kong
  • Placement of student in a professional practice internship
  • Follow-up and any required trouble-shooting
  • Coordination with each internship supervisor and obtaining the supervisor’s and the student’s written evaluations

Internship placements are based on the skills, interests and professional goals of the student and the project needs and work cycles of the internship sponsors. Students are placed in internships that directly reflect or relate to their courses of study to ensure quality and academic relevance of the placement.

In addition to the internship, there will be four course components, developed in collaboration with Villanova University and taught by local faculty. These four courses are designed to fulfill freshman year VSB requirements and to ensure that all GCP participants will remain on schedule to graduate in four years:

  1. Augustine and Culture Seminar – ACS 1001
  2. Strategic Info Technology - VSB 2006
  3. Business and Society * Subject to change for 2016
  4. Intro to Macroeconomics – ECO 1002 - OR - Global Political Economy ECO 3108
  5. Internship - BA2002 - free elective

Spring 2015 Dates:
Friday 16 January (arrival in Hong Kong) – Saturday May 9 (departure day)

  • Sixteen-week program, with
    • On-site orientation activities,
      • Friday 16 January – Wednesday 21 January
    • Eight-week course component,
      • Monday 19 January – Friday 13 March
    • Exam period,
      • Monday 16 March – Tuesday 17 March
    • Mid-program break,
      • Wednesday 18 March – Sunday 22 March
    • Seven-week full-time internship component
      • Monday 23 March – Friday 8 May

2015 Calendar Notes

  • Public Holidays
    • Lunar New Year: Thursday 19 February – Saturday 21 February
    • Good Friday: Friday 3 April
    • Day Following Ching Ming Festival: Monday 6 April
    • Day Following Easter Monday: Tuesday 7 April
    • Labour Day: Friday 1 May

Students will be provided with 16 weeks of centrally located, fully furnished student housing in Hong Kong. Housing will be convenient to public transportation and will include simple kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connectivity. The 2015 housing location is Y-Loft located at the MTR Chai Wan train stop. The building offers fitness facilities, meeting rooms and food optoins. The neighborhood offers a shopping mall and a variety of shops and activities.   

* Cost Worksheet GCP HK 15.xls
Estimate of expenses

On-campus Orientation

Once the participating students have arrived on Villanova’s campus in the fall, members of the Office of Education Abroad and VSB staff will lead a series of orientation sessions on various topics that will prepare the Global Citizens for their semester abroad and internship placement.

Support Services in Hong Kong

Orientation. All Global Citizens will participate in a pre-departure orientation on the Villanova University campus and an on-site orientation for students upon arrival in Hong Kong.

Management and safety. An AIC program director will be the principal contact for students on issues of housing, safety, culture and social life in the city. The program director will also serve as the principal contact with the Villanova University campus. The program director will be available via regular office hours, outside the students’ normal work schedules, to answer questions and resolve problems and will also be available to students 24 hours per day via cell phone for medical, legal or other emergencies.  


  • Airport pick-up for group designated flight and airport drop-off on final day of the program
  • Public transportation pass

Cultural services

  • City Tour orientation
  • Dance or Theater performance
  • Two local excursions
  • Company visits
  • Fairwell reception

Application Form - Due April 3, 2015

Please name all documents with your First Name and Last Name prior to emailing as an attachment.


For further information, please contact the Office of Education Abroad, Middleton Hall by phone: 610-519-6412 or email abroad@villanova.edu.

NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.