How Far Will You Go? – Our Partner Institutions in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of our most popular destinations for ‘with International Study’ students, for a number of
reasons: as one of the world’s leading financial centres and main economic hubs of South East Asia, it is certainly an attractive place to be for well-motivated Business students. Hong Kong is also known as ‘the gateway to China’, a huge global market which is quickly becoming a giant in terms of Business development. Then on the other hand there is the culture and language: Chinese (Cantonese) and English are the main languages, and Mandarin is also widely spoken. The fascinating cultural heritage, diverse scenery from sky-scrapers to tropical beaches, and delicious food & drink will have you enthralled and give you a unique experience of life across the globe, which will impress employers once you graduate.
The Business School has 3 partner institutions in Hong Kong, all of which have a lot to offer. Here’s a bit of information on each one to get you started, although doing your own research on the institutions is paramount as well. Our main piece of advice to you is to choose your institution wisely, and consider all options, even those that might not jump out at you at first: they could be the perfect place for you to spend a year abroad!
Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) (PolyU)
Location: Kowloon, central Hong Kong.
Rankings: 9th in the QS 50 Under 50 list of world’s top young universities 2013, and 34th in the 100 Under 50 World University Rankings 2013 by Times Higher Education (THE)
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HKPU is the largest publicly funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong in terms of student population. They have an international community with over 1,000 international students on campus from over 40 countries and over 1,200 academic staff, many who are recruited globally. You will be able to make friends from all over the world and as an exchange student: you will be assigned a buddy who is a PolyU current student, who will share their student experiences and to give you support during your stay in Hong Kong. You will also be introduced to a PolyU staff member who will act as your ‘host family’ to enable you experience what family life is like in Hong Kong as part of our Host Family Scheme.
You can truly immerse yourself into the lifestyle of a PolyU student by staying at the Student Halls of Residence. All rooms are fully furnished with a shared bathroom between two adjacent rooms. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with broadband Internet access.
Living in halls offers you plenty of learning opportunities with various inter and intra hall events, also known as ‘Hall Education Programmes‘. A wide range of activities like workshops, cultural sharing covering different interests such as cooking, languages, music, dance and much more encourage students to broaden their international outlook and enhance their appreciation of different cultures. Not only do you get to meet new friends and participate in a variety of cultural activities, staying at Student Halls of Residence will ensure you are totally immersed in the PolyU culture, enhancing your exchange/study abroad experience.
The Student Affairs Office, with the help of the International Club, organises the Orientation programme for all exchange students, as well as a variety of social and cultural events throughout the first semester. Do try to participate in these activities as they are one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the PolyU culture! There is also an International Students’ Association which was formed under the Student Union to provide support to international students from all around the world.
Hong Kong University (HKU)
Location: Hong Kong Island, central Hong Kong.
Rankings: 23rd in the QS list of world’s top young universities 2012, and 35th in the World University Rankings 2012 by Times Higher Education (THE)
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At HKU the main medium of teaching is in English, however you can learn Mandarin or Cantonese according to your preference. The professors at HKU are selected from around the world and come from over 40 different countries in all. Students at HKU can benefit from a well-rounded campus life, with everything you could need around you in a supportive learning environment. ‘Buddy Mentors’ are allocated to incoming exchange students to help them adapt not only to life at HKU, but to the culture and language of Hong Kong.
HKU has 13 halls of residence in total, which all vary in size and character. All halls have common rooms and recreational facilities, and each floor has its own pantry equipped with standard kitchen facilities. Communal bathrooms and toilet facilities are also provided on each floor, and bedrooms are fully furnished.
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)
Location: Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong
Rankings: 3rd in World’s Top 100 Universities Under 50 by Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 2012, 65th in World’s Top 400 Universities by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012/13.
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Since its official opening in October 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has established itself as an intellectual powerhouse, energising the community’s transformation into a knowledge-based society, and securing a place on the academic world map in record-breaking time.
An innovator in research and teaching, HKUST is the only science and technology research university in Hong Kong. Its groundbreaking work in science, engineering, business, humanities and social science is successfully pushing back the boundaries of the information age. Such advances are assisted by the University’s top-class facilities.
HKUST has a diverse undergraduate student population with about 600 exchange students and 300 full-time non-local students arriving each year. This brings diversity to life in the classroom, co-curricular activities and in our campus culture.
There is a variety of accommodation available both on and off campus, which the SAO (Student Affairs Office) will be able to support you with. Most Undergraduate Halls are designed for double occupancy, with some for triple occupancy. Your room and roommate will be randomly assigned.
Common facilities include showers, toilets, public telephones, pantries, microwave ovens, smart card operated washing machines, dryers, and common rooms with television sets.
The Global Student Office organises orientation activities for incoming exchange students before the beginning of each term. These activities are designed to help you settle into life at HKUST and Hong Kong, as well as meet fellow exchange students and local student buddies.
If you are interested in learning more about studying in Hong Kong or would like to contact our students who currently studying in Hong Kong, please let us know and we will put you in touch.
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