BSocSc Asian and International Studies

Year of Entry 2019
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1102
BSocSc Asian and International Studies
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
(subject to change)
Direct Application Places (Local Students) :

3 (Combined figure for programmes 1102 and 1327A)

Non-Local Students Places : Please click here for details.
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
Programme Website Click here to open
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Direct/Non-JUPAS Application Deadline
3 Jan 2019 (Local & Non-local)
Accept Late Applications
No (Local)
Yes (Non-local)
Admissions Tutor
Dr Linda TJIA
Programme Leader
Prof Daniel C LYNCH
General Enquiries
Remark: For JUPAS applicants, the programme code is JS1102


Department of Asian and International Studies

Asian and International Studies explores Asia’s place in the contemporary world and Hong Kong’s strategic positioning in the region and the world. It aims to develop students’ knowledge of socio-political, economic, and cultural processes of change occurring in the countries of Asia and to situate them in the broader international context, reflecting the increasing significance of Asia in world affairs. Through its interdisciplinary curriculum and training in social research, the major seeks to equip students with analytic skills of value to organizations in diverse economic sectors in Hong Kong, Asia, and beyond. The programme is taught by faculties from diverse disciplines of sociology, anthropology, and political science. It will enhance students’ skills in critical reasoning and problem-solving, and will extend and deepen their regional and global perspectives. Upon graduation, students are well equipped for both public and private sectors to pursue careers in a variety of fields, including business, project-planning and management, public relations, politics, research and education, mass media, politics, social enterprises, as well as non-governmental and community organizations.

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.

Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1102) will be considered for admission to first-year studies in the Bachelor of Social Sciences in Asian and International Studies programme.

Applicants seeking advanced standing entry can submit an application for the following programme:

  • BSocSc Asian and International Studies (admission code: 1327A)

Click here for the qualifications eligible for advanced standing entry.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

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

First-Year Curriculum

Suggested study pattern: 

Subject Area

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Gateway Education (6 credit units)

Gateway Education(GE) – English

GE1401 & GE2412


University English &
English for the Humanities and Social Sciences

OR English for Academic Purposes
(depending on students' language background)


College Foundation (6 credit units)

College Foundation (CF)


One course (3 credits) in each group:


  1. Liberal Arts Group
  2. Social Sciences Group


Major Core (18 credit units)

Major Core (MC)


Social Research Methods



Traditions of Inquiry in the Social Sciences



History and Society in Asia



Political Dynamics in Asia



State and Economy in Asia



International Political Economy






 * students entered with Level 3 in HKDSE English Language have to take EL0200 English for Academic Purposes (a year-long course at 6 credits offered by English Language Centre) before  proceeding to GE English courses directly.

Student Exchange/Internship

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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.