Game-changer. Past Review

By (Heriot-Watt University) - abroad from 01/07/2017 to 03/31/2017 with

The Intern Group: Hong Kong Internship Placement Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I came here with the intention to pivot into an industry I was entirely unfamiliar with. This program provided me with the right exposure into the financial technologies industry that I was expected. In fact, I could definitely say that it exceeded my exposure. Further, I live by a work hard; play hard mentality. The work experience holistically encouraged me to work hard -- but then the Intern Group filled in the "play hard" section of that metaphorical pie chart. Some next level stuff from both sides.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

working at at start-up put me in a position to be included with several tasks simultaneously. It got pretty crazy.

* 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


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?
  • Work ethic
  • Night life
  • Exposure
* What could be improved?
  • Accommodation
  • More networking
  • Networking with external parties
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Whatever your budget is going in, Hong Kong sort of makes you go over budget.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.