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January Term in Hong Kong and Singapore

COMM 4589 - GCI: Asian Financial Capitals: Hong Kong and Singapore

This course examines the role of Hong Kong and Singapore as Asian financial capitals through a series of onsite visits to financial firms, lectures, and executive presentations. Although similar in many ways, the two rival financial centers have different strengths. For instance, Singapore is a growing hub for private banking and wealth management; Hong Kong is an important center for initial public offerings (IPOs) and remains a “financial entrepôt” for Mainland China as it liberalizes its financial markets. The historic role that the natural harbors of both cities have played in their rise to economic prominence is also examined, as is the rise of each city as an air transportation hub. This 3-credit class counts toward the Global Commerce Track and for third-/fourth-year McIntire students counts as a McIntire elective. For more information, contact Professor Bob Webb (

Program Dates 

Dec. 29, 2019 - Jan. 10, 2020

Who Should Take This Class 

This course is open to all UVA undergraduates, regardless of major. 

Information Sessions 

Monday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 256 or
Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 256

Application Process 

An online application is available on the ISO Web site after students review the online Education Abroad Workshop information session.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 1. Once admission is approved, students will attend several orientation sessions during the months of November and December.

A $90 application fee must be paid in person by cash or check at the International Studies Office in Minor Hall no later than 5 p.m., Oct. 1, or may be paid online until 11:59 p.m., Oct. 1. Online payments made on the deadline day will be marked as received the following day.


There are many ways for students to be able to fund their programs abroad. All undergraduate Commerce students who apply to any GCI course are eligible to submit a separate application for need-based McIntire private scholarships, provided by McIntire alumni and companies committed to making these types of global experiences possible. McIntire undergraduate applicants will be sent a link directly via email to the scholarship application for these McIntire scholarships within a few days after the application deadline. Decisions are made quickly, and students will be notified of their McIntire scholarship decision before the deadline for committing to the program. McIntire scholarships range from $500 to half the total billable cost of the GCI course.

Additionally, the UVA International Studies Office suggests many other sources of funding for your education abroad through local, national, and international opportunities.