The university announced today that it will participate as a partner school in the Three-Campus Consortium for Comparative East Asian Studies program, a study abroad initiative in which students study at three universities in Japan, Korea and Hong Kong for a full-year or half-year time span.
The program, which is jointly hosted by Keio University in Japan, Yonsei University in South Korea and the University of Hong Kong, allows students interested in East Asian studies to spend three equal parts of the program at each respective university.
Initially an exchange program for students at the three universities, the eight-year-old program has since partnered with universities in the United States and England, such as Princeton University, Cornell University, King’s College London and, mostly recently, Georgetown.
According to a program summary posted on the Office of Global Education website, the goal of the program is to help students develop an understanding of the East Asia region through both academic and cultural experiences.
“The program is designed to provide an in-depth academic and cultural experience in Comparative East Asian Studies, enhancing students’ regional expertise and understanding of the dynamic regional and global relationships that Japan, South Korea and China have with each other and the wider world,” the summary reads.
Students can apply for the program in the fall, then study at the universities from late January to early August.
Students receive 17 credits from the half-year program and are required to take one language course in Japanese, Korean or Chinese. Courses will be offered in disciplines such as political science, international studies and political economy.
The website also mentions that students are likely to benefit from the small number of student participants in the program.
“Participants benefit from close connections with a small cohort of local honor students from Keio, Yonsei and HKU, as well as from collaboration with select students from U.S. and international universities,” the website reads.