Studying abroad in HK, an unforgettable experience! May 14, 2018

By (Economics, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/04/2018 to 05/10/2018 with

Chinese University of Hong Kong: Hong Kong - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I understand more of the local culture and encounter much more international students. I truly embraced cultural diversity here. Hong Kong is a city worthwhile to explore because it has many sightseeings and food. The fact that it is closer to other Asian countries is a benefit that I get to travel to Singapore and the Philippines while studying in HK.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

This program offers me new perspectives, enables me to experience different culture, and sets me in a different academic environment. CUHK is completely different from Brandeis, which helps me to live another life.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around 100-150 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Hong Kong is an expensive city, where has cheap and expensive food. You can save money by not going to expensive places. In general, it depends on the students' choices.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Culture Diversity
* What could be improved?
  • CUHK could have given more chances for all exchange students to know each other
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just come here and get surprised!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

International Trade

Course Department: Economics
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Overall the difficulty level was okay. There were two exams (midterm and final), and a group paper. It was a class that can be easily transferred credits back.
Credit Transfer Issues: