AMAZING October 04, 2016

By (University of Birmingham) - abroad from 08/01/2016 to 09/24/2016 with

The Intern Group: Hong Kong Internship Placement Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The experience was definitely worthwhile, I enjoyed every minute of it! I made many new friends from around the world who I have stayed in contact with. I was very nervous about going to a place outside of my comfort zone however it was definitely worth the risk as I learned to be more independent. The thought of going to Hong Kong seemed daunting at first and I remember the first day being the hardest, however after the first couple of days it seemed as though I had been living there for years! With regards to my internship, I learnt many new things which I can use in my final year of university for example time management! I became more confident as part of my internship involved me communicating with work colleagues and going to social networking events as well as meeting new people outside of my work.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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? No

Next time I apply for an internship I want to go to another place but I would recommend Hong Kong to any person who is looking to explore the world and learn about a new culture.

Finances

* 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? £100

Language

* 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

My work colleagues all spoke English, therefore I didnt feel the need to learn a new language.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? If the company that you plan to work for does not speak your language then I would recommend getting a language app and practise the basics before leaving. Even though I didnt need to learn the language I still picked up a few words from some apps and work colleagues.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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?
  • fun experience
  • new culture
  • making new friends
* What could be improved?
  • more travel allowance
  • more group trips
  • -
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? -

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.