BSocSc Asian and International Studies

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1327
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 3 years (for Advanced Standing I); 2 years (for Advanced Standing II)
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Admissions Tutor
Dr Thomas Patton
Programme Leader
Dr Kobe Chan
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Our Target

This major explores Asia’s significance in contemporary world politics and Hong Kong’s strategic positions within China, Asia and the world. It aims to develop students’ knowledge of the socio-political, economic and cultural changes occurring in Asian countries and to situate them in the broader international context. Students will learn to contemplate Asia's increasingly significant roles in world affairs and examine these roles with both theoretical and practical analytical tools. Through its interdisciplinary curriculum and social research training, the major seeks to equip students with analytical skills that are of great value to organisations in different administrative and economic sectors throughout Hong Kong, Asia and beyond. In addition, it enhances students’ critical reasoning and problem-solving skills, and will deepen their regional and global perspectives.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements.

For senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission, applicants are normally expected to have completed an Associate Degree / Higher Diploma with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of ≥3.0 or equivalent overall mark, or a credit award.

HKDSE students will apply through JUPAS. They will be considered for direct admission to the major of the Department of Asian and International Studies (JS1102, first-year studies).  For details, click here.

What You Will Be Studying

This major emphasises good knowledge and analytical skills in local, regional and global issues and training to enhance students' oral and written skills. It offers both theoretical thinking and practical analytical perspectives.


Core components

  • Courses on the foundations of social sciences
  • Courses on social research methods
  • Courses on Asian societies
  • Courses on international and development studies
  • Courses on environment and globalisation

The major offers three specialised streams: Asian Studies, International Studies and Development Studies. Students are encouraged to choose electives based on their interests. Elective courses include HK and China studies, specific regional, international and development topics, problem-based studies, migration issues and youth politics. All courses strengthen students’ practical skills and analytical abilities.


For details about the curriculum structure of the programme, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue(Note: The catalogue for the 2016 cohort is for reference only. The 2017 catalogue will be published around July 2017.)

Start Your Career Here

This major aims to develop vital human resources that are of strategic importance to Hong Kong. It will develop your knowledge and skills, and broaden and deepen your international and regional perspectives to prepare you for a career in government, social and commercial sectors. Graduates are employable in a wide variety of occupational fields, including social research, market research, journalism and mass media, political groups, public relations, commerce, project-planning and management, social enterprises and non-government organisations.

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Bonus Features

  • This major is the first and only programme in Hong Kong to focus on the increasingly important Asian region in this Asian age.
  • It strengthens students’ international perspectives.
  • It is staffed by scholars conducting field-based research in Asian countries and provides students with up-to-date and in-depth regional knowledge.
  • It features opportunities for students to join overseas exchange programmes and field trips to different countries in and beyond Asia to broaden their horizons.
  • AIS’s internship programme offers on-site job training in a number of fields, such as non-government organisations, marketing and research firms, private companies, media sectors, political parties and policy consultancy agencies.


Did You Know?

Graduates from AIS have gotten jobs in teaching positions at all levels, as well as jobs in the private sector, such as editors, social workers, non-governmental organization members, reporters, journalists, public-relations personnel, etc.