HKU: Tough program, but an amazing and unique experience Past Review

By (Bentley University) - abroad from 09/17/2012 to 12/22/2012 with

University of Hong Kong / HKU: Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was a very tough program, but it was completely worthwhile. Take 3 or 4 classes if your home university will let you. I learned about so many different cultures, and got a better idea of what kind of work I'd like to do in the future (something international)

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It's tough, and there's a bell curve so you're competing against other students, including locals

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Tons of red tape with registration, didn't get into a lot of classes, overall was very hard during add-drop period for the first two weeks of classes. I didn't know if I was going to get into everything I needed to graduate.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Pretty standard suite style dorm, but was cheap

* Food:

Variety of food choices, from traditional Chinese canteens to French delis and frozen yogurt

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

If you put effort into making local friends, it's easy enough especially since everyone speaks English (all-English speaking university)

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Incredibly safe city and university, can walk around at 4am by yourself and it's totally okay

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)

Local food is very cheap, about $4-5 USD per meal if that. If you want to go to bars and clubs, those are where it gets expensive, but everyone drinks outside at 7-11 first (no open container laws)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Hong Kong is very accessible to all of Asia since it's right in the middle, but if you'd like to travel a lot, the flights are pretty expensive, usually around $300 round trip depending on where you're going. Some are cheap though, like Taiwan and the Philippines at around $150 round trip each.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Making friends with local students
  • Living in the heart of Hong Kong
  • Being able to travel all over Asia
* What could be improved?
  • Better add/drop system
  • Beefier orientation for exchange students
  • Better communication overall
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Save as much money as humanly possible if you want to travel. It's a trip of a lifetime, go to some places you've never even thought of visiting. You can definitely make it on a tight budget without much travel though. Also, have backups for the classes you want to take and think are offered, there's a good chance they actually aren't.