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Study Tour to United States

(External Programme)


 How does Washington DC Work? How it is changing under Trump?

An Up-Close Study Tour of the America Federal Government

Dates: June 9-22, 2019                   Program Fee: HK$20,000             Application Deadline: March 27


A two-week study visit in America’s capital, Washington D.C., offered by Hong Kong-America Center, is open to all students of universities in Hong Kong. We will visit the three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial and be briefed by senior staffers and government officials.

We will learn from Washington insiders and well-connected journalists how American government really works. This will be a unique opportunity for students of all disciplines and career paths to learn how America is governed. We will focus on how the Trump presidency has changed the norms and traditions of Washington establishment.
We will be guided by professionals in American government who have retired from distinguished careers in the American Foreign Service. We will stay in the dormitories of the George Washington University located in the middle of downtown, only blocks from the White House and the World Bank. Government agencies, think tanks, academics, journalists and leaders of NGOs will brief us. We will also have time to visit museums on America’s Mall and after-hours time to enjoy cultural events and the spirited nightlife of America’s capital.

The program fee does NOT include airfare, US visa, and most meals. Students are eligible to apply for the Reaching Out Award ($10000). Places are limited; first come-first served.

Application Link: 

2019 Study Tour to Washington D.C. schedule (tentative)

Dates: June 9-22, 2019

June 9-15, Week 1

Day 1, Sun June 9: Arrive in Washington D.C. Late Afternoon (Everyone must be together from airport to check-in); Check in to George Washington University Student Dormitory; Orientation with Aggie Kuperman, Hong Kong America Center

Day 2, Mon June 10: Free Time/Recover from Jet Lag

Day 3, Tue June 11: 10-11:30 World Bank (Arrive 9:45am); 2pm Lecture by Dr. Satu P. Lemaye, Director of East-West Center (Arrive 1:50pm; 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 600)

Day 4, Wed June 12: 11am Guided Tour of Library of Congress; 2-4pm CATO Institute, Dr. Roger Pilon on the Constitution and Federalism

Day 5, Thu June 13: 11am Director of Hong Kong Economics and Trade Office, Kim Wai Law (1520 18th St. NW (near DuPont Circle) 13:00 Newseum (Making a Change: Civil Rights and First Amendment class at 13:30); Free Time for Museums

Day 6, Fri June 14: 10am Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Colorado and Senior Policy Advisor Lynne Weil (44 Independence Ave, SW); Noon Tour Capitol Building; 2:30pm Senator Orinn Hatch, R-UT and Senior Policy Officer Dr. Jacob Olidort (Hart Senate Building, Room 104)

Day 7, Sat June 15: Day trip to Baltimore

June 16-June 22, Week 2

Day 8, Sun June 16: 2pm International Organization for Migration; 4pm Meet with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY.

Day 9, Mon June 17: 10am Foreign Press Center, Diplomat Olga Bashbush; 1:20-3pm Center for Security and International Studies Prof. Scott Miller

Day 10, Tue June 18: Free Day for Museums (Those who want to try the African American Museum, at 6:30am one person can book 4 same day tickets, first come first serve until they run out:

Day 11, Wed June 19: 2pm International Organization for Migration; 4pm Meet with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY.

Day 12, Thu June 20: 4pm Cook Political Report, Lecture by Charlie Cook

Day 13, Fri June 21: : 9am-11am Anna Carter @ Asia Foundation; 1pm Meet with Rep. Mike Coffman, R-CO; Free Time for Museums

Day 14, Sat June 22: Departure to Hong Kong

For more details about the program, please visit the website of Hong Kong America Centre at or contact 3943-8755.

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