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Extended Study to Hong Kong

THEA/ENGL 349 AX or FMST 340
Performing and Media Arts in Hong Kong
Theater performance in Hong Kong
Director: Assistant Professor Christian DuComb, Department of Theater, and Associate Professor Mary Simonson, Film & Media Studies Program and Women's Studies Program

On-campus course: Spring 2018

Tentative travel dates: May 13 to June 2, 2018

Travel locations: Hong Kong

Course credit: 0.5 credit. Must complete on campus course (1 credit), and three week extended study (0.5 credit)

Prerequisites: Students will be required to participate in Cantonese language preparation during the spring semester prior to departure.

Application Deadline: October 27, 2017
On-campus course followed by three weeks in Hong Kong

To Apply:

Along with the completed application, please submit the following documents to off-campusstudy@colgate.edu. Please indicate your preferred Extended Study destination in the subject line of your email.
  1. Download and complete the Extended Study application.
  2. A personal essay of no more than 500 words, either as a Word document or PDF, explaining why you wish to join this extended study program and what contribution it will make to your education. Also include, if you wish, any characteristics or qualities you possess that you feel would benefit the group.
  3. Your unofficial transcript. Unofficial transcripts may be printed and/or downloaded from Colgate's Portal (portal.colgate.edu)
  4. A copy of your passport (if you have one)


Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Unit of the People’s Republic of China, is one of East Asia’s major artistic and financial centers. As a British colony from 1842 to 1997, Hong Kong developed a distinctive, hybrid culture -- evident today in the city’s thriving film industry, multilingual theaters, and robust civil society.  This extended study course will offer students an immersive experience in Hong Kong's vibrant performing and media arts scene, including visits to live performances, film screenings, museums, and galleries, as well as lectures and walking tours with Hong Kong-based scholars on the city’s history, arts, and culture. These experiences will offer a firsthand glimpse of the intersection of the “local” and the “global,” against the backdrop of a city undergoing profound change as Hong Kong becomes more culturally and politically integrated with mainland China.  Open to first-years, sophomores, or juniors.