Study Tour

USA Study Tour (26 May - 23 June 2018)

This 29-day US Study Tour in the Summer Semester is organized in conjunction with the Hong Kong America Center ( and is equally split between two weeks in New York City (Part A) and two weeks in Washington, DC (Part B). Part A focused on international relations and development, especially with the United Nations headquartered in New York City, as well as the media, global finance, immigration, culture, while Part B focused on governance and advocacy in the nation’s capital and relations between the US and the world, especially Asia. Taken together, this US Study Tour provides a wonderful opportunity for AIS students to see how their knowledge gained in the classroom is related to the real world of international relations, diplomacy, immigration, culture, and domestic US politics, gain new knowledge and international experience, as well as meet, learn from, and discuss with important decision-makers, experts, diplomats, activists, civil servants, and politicians involved in key issues impacting the United States, Hong Kong, China, Asia, and the world. In New York City students stayed at Hostel International New York City a few blocks from Central Park, and in Washington DC at a George Washington University student dormitory, steps from the White House, International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. This US Study Tour involves daily lectures (with Sean Kenji STARRS) and meetings (leveraging the extensive contacts of the Hong Kong America Center), as well as field visits to intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), media companies, the various branches of the US government, as well as museums and other sites in both cities. Students will also have plenty of time to explore these two awesome cities on their own. In short, students finish this Study Tour with a better understanding of how the world works, and how to make it better.