An incredible and eye opening experience! Past Review

By (University of Kent) - abroad from 01/09/2017 to 04/25/2017 with

The Intern Group: Hong Kong Internship Placement Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It is always worthwhile to travel or work abroad, it makes your more open minded and teaches you things you would not learn from a degree or being in a classroom or even reading a book. It teaches you how to be independent.

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.

My internship was a role in PR/Marketing which was a perfect balance between office admin work and events where it was mainly socializing and meeting clients. I would say I was greatly exposed to both the office work environment and the events side of the job. The office work was more academically challenging but after being in the company for so long and with such great colleagues I never felt stressed out or that it was not manageable. The entire experience was incredible and eye opening.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The intern group were always diligent and efficient in replying to any emails not just during the application and visa processes but also whilst being in Hong Kong. They are always willing to help especially the co-coordinator of the intern group HK (Dicky) who is always just a phone call away.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was really surprised when I first got to my accommodation as I was told most places in Hong Kong were run down and very small. Although the apartment was very average in size it had everything you can and would ever need, a very impressive shower, a very beautiful and clean lobby and a decent sized bedroom and living room space. What i love most about the accommodation was that all the other interns live in the same building as you and you meet young people who speak English all the time. The décor of all the apartments and building in general was very modern, mainly marble and black and white. Very modern and pleasant.

* Food:

Around the kowloon area there are many typically chinese places to eat and would not say they are particularly clean. I worked in Central in the Lan Kwai Fong area where there are strips of amazing restaurnts with different cuisines from around the world. I would defiintley recommend going there for a good meal, particularly this place in the California towers called CÉ LA VI. The atmosphere and vibes around that area are amazing too. Definitely worth going to at some point.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

All the local people I met were from work, apart from work I didn't really get to know many locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I luckily never had to go to any doctors, or hospitals whilst being in Hong Kong but from what i have heard from other interns the health care is great and most of the doctors speak perfect English.

* Safety:

I would definitely say Hong Kong is a very safe city, I never felt threatened or scared even when walking around the streets at 3/4am as a girl by myself. It is notorious for being one of the safest cities to live in and I would definitely agree with this statement.

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

I would definitely do this again and recommend it to other friends. I met the most lovely people and the city is amazing, I extended my stay for another three months as I loved the experience so much. Its hard to describe just how incredible this experience has been. Definitely broadens your horizon and outlook in life as cliche as itv may sound.


* 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)

I worked in cebtral so I spent more than others,I would say I spent HK$5000 a week excluding alcohol ahahah

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Around 500 a week... hard to tell, really depend.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Only buy things you will REALLY need ahahah


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Bachelor degree in Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? I normally just makes sure i read the occasional book or magazine in the foreign language or watch a movie or series in it. This always helps amd it is a fun way in keeping up your language skills,

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
  • Host Family
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?
  • The job
  • The other interns, and work colleagues
* What could be improved?
  • I cannot think of anything
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That most people in offices and in general dress quite casually always and that taxis are cheap and totally worth it when you are lost!

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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.