Summer in Asia: 5 Cities in 3.5 Weeks

China - Japan - Hong Kong - Macau - Thailand

May 27 - June 20, 2019

Experience 5 great Asian cities in one summer

Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau, Phuket

Travel, live and study with top students from all over the world!

30% of Forum-Nexus students come from outside the U.S.

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Travel

Travel, live, and study with top students from all over the world

Earn Credits

Earn up to 8 credits transferable to your college or university

Professional Experience

Attend professional visits at leading Asian companies and international organizations

Study

Take classes and learn from experienced and friendly multilingual professors

Be a tourist

Visit world-class museums, historical sites, and architectural landmarks

Increase your Intl. IQ

Increase your international IQ and gain valuable international experience

Tracks

Select from a wide variety of courses in the following tracks:

  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • International Accounting and Finance
  • International Business and Management
  • International Marketing
  • Journalism and Mass Media
  • Luxury Goods and the Fashion Industry
  • Nursing
  • Political Science and International Studies
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Med
  • Psychology
  • Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology and Cultural Studies
  • Travel Photography and Filmmaking
  • Urban Planning
Courses, Concentrations, and Tracks

Earn up to 8 credits this summer while studying in 5 amazing Asian cities!

Acquire a solid understanding of the culture and politics of Asia, as well as its changing economic and social environments.
Join Forum-Nexus Study Abroad for our 29th year of multi-country summer programs!
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Itinerary (Main Session)

Beijing

May 27 - June 3

Opening session and orientation May 27
Classes + professional visit May 28
Classes + free afternoon May 29
Classes + professional visit May 30
Classes + free afternoon May 31
Free day for independent sightseeing
FN Day Trip to the Great Wall and the Forbidden City*
June 1
Free day for independent sightseeing
FN Day Trip to the Summer Palace and the Ming Dynasty Tombs*
June 2
Independent Weekend Excursion to Xi’an or Shanghai**
return to Beijing Sunday night
May 31 - June 2

Tokyo

June 3 - 10

Flight from Beijing to Tokyo June 3
Classes + professional visit June 4
Classes + free afternoon June 5
Classes + professional visit June 6
Classes + free afternoon June 7
Free day for independent sightseeing
FN Day Trip to Kyoto*
June 8
Free day for independent sightseeing June 9
Independent Weekend Excursion to Taipei (Taiwan) or Singapore** June 7-9

Hong Kong

June 10 - 15

Flight from Tokyo (or from weekend excursion city) to Hong Kong June 10
Classes + professional visit June 11
Classes + professional visit June 12
Day trip to Macau June 13
Classes + free afternoon June 14
Independent Weekend Excursion to Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur** June 14-16

Phuket

June 15 - 20

Flight from Hong Kong (or from weekend excursion city) to Phuket June 15
Free day for independent sightseeing
FN Day Trip to Koh Phi-Phi*
June 16
Classes + free afternoon June 17
Final exams + free afternoon June 18
Project presentations + farewell party and graduation ceremony June 19
Flights home June 20 at any time

* FN Day Trip Optional day trips organized by Forum-Nexus
** Independent Weekend Excursion Optional Independent Weekend Excursions organized by students

Students enrolled in 5 credits participate in 3 professional visits.
Students enrolled in 8 credits participate in 6 professional visits.

Dates and Sessions

Main Session
Beijing to Phuket: 5 Cities in 3.5 Weeks

Session Number: A1 Dates: May 27 - June 20, 2019 Cities included: Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau, Phuket Courses:
  • Students enroll in either 5 or 8 credits
  • All students must enroll in the International IQ Seminar (2 credits), plus 1 or 2 additional courses
  • At least one 3-credit course must be selected from Course List #1 - Regular Courses (Section 01 or Section 03)
  • An additional 3-credit course may be selected from either:
    • Course List #1 - Regular Courses (Section 01 or Section 03)
    • Course List #2 - Supervised Independent Study courses and Internships: In order to enroll in a Supervised Independent Study course or in an Internship, students must fill out the corresponding application forms and be accepted

Optional
Intensive Sessions (2.5 to 3 weeks)

The full description for the intensive sessions is presented in the next section. More Information

Courses Offered

We offer three types of courses: Regular courses, Supervised Independent Study (SIS) courses, and Internships.

Students may enroll in one or two regular courses, or a combination of a regular course and an SIS course or an internship. All students participate in the International IQ Seminar course.

Regular Courses

Classes for the regular courses are conducted on weekday mornings, either at a local campus or in the conference center of the hotel. The main professor for each course travels with the group from city to city. The professors are highly experienced, multilingual, friendly, and share a passion for traveling and learning. Each regular course (section 01 and section 03 courses) is worth 3 credits. All students participate in the International IQ Seminar, conducted by Dr. Hugo Hervitz, which is worth 2 credits and provides an overview of Asian history, geography, language, and politics.

  • Section 01 classes are held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
  • Section 02 International IQ Seminar from 10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
  • Section 03 classes are held from 11:45 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Supervised Independent Study (SIS) Courses

Students enrolled in a Supervised Independent Study (SIS) course pursue structured independent work, following a well-defined syllabus, under the supervision of one or two faculty members. Each SIS course is worth 3 credits.

Not every student is allowed to enroll in an SIS course. Interested students must fill-out the SIS Course Request Form justifying their suitability for the course and their ability to conduct independent work. Students enrolled in an SIS course are required to also enroll in a regular 3-credit course.

Internships

The Forum-Nexus Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable academic and professional experience while earning 3 credits for their experience. There are a limited number of openings. There are internships available in Communication, Hospitality Management, Marketing, Management, and Photography & Videography.

FN Internship Program

International IQ

One of the highlights of Forum-Nexus programs is the emphasis placed on making sure that the participating students acquire a higher level of International IQ. We define international IQ as the minimum level of international knowledge that a student should have in order to come across as a cultured and educated individual in an international situation, such as a gathering of professionals from around the world, or an international negotiation.

All students participate in the International IQ Seminar, conducted by Dr. Hugo Hervitz, which is worth 2 credits and includes:

  • World and Asian geography
  • Current international events
  • Essential Asian history
  • Key international organizations
  • Cultural characteristics of the Asian countries
  • An overview of Asian art history

Participants in the Forum-Nexus program are interested in a wide variety of disciplines and subjects. In order to facilitate their choice of courses, students can select one of 9 concentrations, and then select a specific track within the concentration.

Courses, Concentrations, and Tracks

Majors

The program is suitable for students in all majors. In particular, students in the following fields will find one or more Forum-Nexus courses that are valuable for their majors:

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • Finance
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Med
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
  • Videography/Film

You may enroll at the undergraduate or graduate level, based on your qualifications.

Sponsoring University

Franklin University Switzerland

A prestigious liberal arts university accredited both in the U.S. (Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools) and in Switzerland (Swiss University Conference).

Transcripts

All transcripts will be issued by Franklin University Switzerland.

Credit Transfer

Language

All classes and professional visits are conducted in English

Professional Visits

One of the things that makes Forum-Nexus unique is the emphasis placed on professional experiences and networking opportunities. Professional visits take place throughout the program, usually in the afternoon, at leading companies and international organizations. Most visits include detailed discussions with executives, followed by a tour of the facilities. Students enrolled in 5 credits participate in 3 professional visits. Students enrolled in 8 credits participate in 6 professional visits.

Professional Visits

Independent Cultural Visits

In addition to visiting global companies and organizations, Forum-Nexus students make the most of their time in each city by participating in Independent Cultural Visits (ICVs). These visits may include experiences at historical sites and landmarks, museums, art galleries, traditional music or dance performances, and culturally relevant events. Students enrolled in 5 credits participate in 3 ICVs. Students enrolled in 8 credits participate in 6 ICVs.

Application Process

Complete an online application free of charge here. Admission is on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. There is no application fee.

Within two weeks of receiving an official acceptance notification, a $650 confirmation deposit is due. The deposit is applied to the overall program fees and it is refundable if you withdraw before March 31, 2019. As a recipient of our August Early Bird Discount, your remaining balance must be paid before February 15, 2019. Payment extensions are available by request.

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Program Fees

The table below provides the overall program fees, including tuition, for the various sessions of the summer Asia 2019 program.

Students can enjoy a substantial discount by participating in our Early Bird Discount program.

You now qualify for the August Early Bird Discount which entails a discount of $1600 if you apply before August 31, 2018. The table below provides the overall program fees, including tuition, for the various sessions for the August Early Bird Discount.

Payment Options
Please note: The $1600 August Early Bird Discount has already been applied to the fees listed below.
Main Session

Session A1

Beijing to Phuket:
5 Cities in 3.5 Weeks

(May 27 - June 20, 2019)
$9,791 5 credits
$11,231 8 credits


 
Intensive Session

Session A2

Beijing to Hong Kong:
4 Cities in 3 Weeks

(May 27 - June 15, 2019)
$8,959 5 credits
$10,399 8 credits
Intensive Session

Session A3

Tokyo to Phuket:
4 Cities in 2.5 Weeks

(June 3 - June 20, 2019)
$8,589 5 credits
$10,029 8 credits

Fees include

  • Tuition for two or three courses (5 or 8 credits)
  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast in all hotels
  • Professional visits
  • All transportation within Asia between Beijing and Phuket, by air*
  • Health insurance
  • Welcome reception
  • Farewell dinner

* Students do have the option to deviate from the Forum-Nexus flights over weekends 2 and 3, if they wish to participate in an Independent Weekend Excursion. In that case, they may fly directly from their weekend excursion to the next FN city.

The following items are not included:

  • Round trip ticket to Asia: Students are responsible for booking their flight to the first city in the program (usually Beijing), and their flight home from the last city (usually Phuket). From the U.S., the average cost is about $1,200.
  • Meals other than breakfast: the estimated cost is $30-35 per day.
  • Optional FN Day Trips
  • Independent Weekend Excursions
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