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HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education
Claudia Zhang
Singapore
University of London International Programme
(Lead College: LSE): BSc Business and Management
I chose Hong Kong as my base to pursue my degree because of its similarities in culture and closeness in geography to home, and am delighted to say that the facilities and convenient location of the campus and the quality and dedication of my teachers have all convinced me that I have made the right choice! There are many intraschool activities made available to us, including job seminars, counselling and workshops to help guide and prepare us for the working world. I would highly recommend HKU Space for anyone wanting to experience and live 'Hong Kong', it is a wonderful school; my education feels very much supported and well-rounded, and I am looking forward to learning and developing as a person in my years here.
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HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education
Lou, Kenley
Philippines
University of London International Programme
(Lead College: LSE): BSc Business and Management
At the age of three, we moved to the Philippines. After completing my secondary studies and taking the IGCSE and GCE-A Level examinations in the Philippines, my dream of studying here in Hong Kong started to unfold. Hong Kong, being Asia’s World City exposes us to a wide range of cultures, where East meets West.

I was fascinated by how such a prestigious degree from one of world’s best social science and management universities could be offered and studied in Hong Kong. Since the syllabus, course materials and examinations are designed by academics from the LSE, students and employers are assured that the standard attained by overseas graduates are similar to those who study on-campus.

One of the highlights of studying this programme with HKU SPACE is that when the examination period approached, lecturers and professors from the LSE and other universities in the United Kingdom who came to Hong Kong for revision courses and explained difficult topics, answered queries and clarified mix-ups.

Graduating with first-class honours from the programme has opened up numerous paths for me in both graduate studies and career opportunities. Recently, I have received an exciting news that I had been given an unconditional offer from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to pursue an MSc in Accounting and Finance. The University of London and HKU SPACE has given me a solid foundation to be well prepared for the new challenges that may come along the way.

I am sincerely grateful to the University of London and HKU SPACE for providing this once in a lifetime opportunity.
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HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education
Iaroslav, Sherstoboev
Russia
University of London International Programme
(Lead College: LSE): BSc Banking and Finance
Hello everyone, my name is Yaroslav from Russia.

Previously, I have been studying in the UK doing my GCSE and A-level programs. Afterwards, as I have found that University of London International Programs gives a different variety of countries where you can study then I have planned to go to Asia, but I have changed my mind at the final stage and decided to go to Malta for my Bachelor Program Year 1. The pathway I have chosen is Banking and Finance. Unfortunately, I was informed that my degree program will no longer continue in that university due to some organisational problems. At that time, I was surprised that the life gave me a great chance to go somewhere else and of course I was focused on Asia and particularly on Hong Kong because the development of this city is incredible. Particularly banking sector which is well fit with my Bachelor degree and there are some big named banks such as HSBC, Citibank, Standard Chartered. This is how the new page in my life just turned and I have moved to Hong Kong for Year 2 and 3 within the same network of the University of London.

The life in Hong Kong is different to any European country which means that I have to adopt the new reality for myself. I would say that studying process here is interesting and always pushes me to do my own researches and read the material provided. Therefore, my adaptation to the new location was smooth and interesting. The teachers at HKU SPACE are very good, gives lots of help during the studying. Also, while being here I have found that there are lots of events going around such as FinTech, Blockchain or StartUp Token meetings in Hong Kong which I should not miss a chance to visit.

For the future plans, I have decided that I will finish the Bachelor first and do the ACCA program afterwards and this will help me to develop myself more in the finance industry.
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Caritas Institute of Higher Education
Liu Shengyun
Mainland China
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) – Marketing and Event Management
As a non-local student coming from the Mainland China, I want to say that it’s been a great experience of studying in the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Hong Kong. I can meet friends from all walks of lives from different places in here, and I can learn to care about the society through volunteering in social services. I even got a chance to manage a tiny restaurant with your schoolmates! Such open and internationalized teaching style was once unimaginable to me and it was made true in Hong Kong. What’s more, the Institute encourages all kinds of extracurricular activities, from business competitions to literature sharing. Here I can find my interests which are not because I am being pushed to attend the different activities. I also got the chance to experience an interflow tour with lovely students and teachers to the Mainland, Korea and elsewhere. I am really looking forward to broaden my vision through the activities soon!

I ever encountered a difficulty on health before I went to the Caritas Institute of Higher Education where I am studying now. The Institute embraced me like a local host and encouraged me twice to apply for the Endeavor Scholarship awarded by the Hong Kong SAR Government. The warm feeling was real, for my studying place in Hong Kong really cares me. I was no longer worried about my self-condition and started to focus on daily life.

I have also joined the Institute’s Student Ambassador Program and listened to the sharing of other people. Through this Program, I make friends with many local students and get to know what they do in normal days. The fun of getting closer to different culture lies in the time when I learn that, although people have totally different life styles, nearly all of them have heard of or used my country’s Taobao!

All in all, it’s a wonderful place to spend my tertiary study life here, where I always get help and assistance no matter I am a local student or not. I can find out where I am, as the Caritas Institute of Higher Education keeps directing me there alike once Jesus did.
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Caritas Institute of Higher Education
Yu Xiaorong
Mainland China
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language and Liberal Studies
When I was admitted to Caritas, I was already the mother of two children and have been a full-time housewife for five years. My focus on raising children over the five years and the resulting lack of social interaction made me feel really doubtful if I could manage to integrate myself into the society and open my view through learning at school.

After entering Caritas, I found that Caritas has already built a friendly platform for me, so that I can open my mind and feel like home with schoolmates and teachers who have totally different experiences. This helps me gain self-confidence to “return” to the society.

I remember when I was enrolled, I was worried about my weak Cantonese and English, and that I would be unable to keep up with the progress of the curriculum after having stopped systematic and professional learning for so many years. However, the Institute set up English classes specially for me and some other schoolmates from the mainland even before we requested it. The teachers are very patient with all the questions we asked. They also let us have group discussions with schoolmates from different backgrounds. This arrangement enables us to adapt quickly to the curriculum, and to engage in discussions with ease.

In terms of curriculum, the school teachers do not confine our learning to purely academic and theoretical studies. They also set up a number of topics incorporated with practical issues that prompt us to learn more about Hong Kong’s social, economic and cultural life. I remember that a few topics such as “Funeral Dilemmas in Hong Kong”, “Hong Kong People’s Cultural Identity” and “On Internet Language”, prompted me to look closer into the reality in my research. During the course of my learning and studies in response to these topics, I reached beyond the boundary of mindset within the campus, broadened my mind, and also learned and sorted out the ways to observe and think about social issues.

My studies at Caritas also brings about new elements to my family life. In the past, I talked with my husband mostly about children, the elderly and his business, and we rarely had communication and sharing about literature, history and arts. Ever since my studies have begun, I usually discussed with my husband the contents required by the teachers and that I needed to learn. On the one hand, I shared with him what I had learned from the curriculum, which helped sort out our ideas. On the other hand, I would listen to his opinion regarding topic selection, information gathering and research methods. In a way, the curriculum has created an opportunity for us to learn together, and enabled us to have more mind exchanges. This is a great bonding agent between us.

In short, for me, studying at Caritas not only gives me the opportunity for systematic learning again, but also allows me to be more self-confident to integrate myself into the society, as well as strengthening and enhancing the bonding in my family. Thanks you Caritas!
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Caritas Institute of Higher Education
Liu Xiaoli
Mainland China
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language and Liberal Studies
In my first academic year at Caritas, we had a subject of General Studies that required us the students to do six hours of volunteer work, and then share with the teachers and schoolmates about the process and experience. After discussion with a few schoolmates, we registered on the website of St. James’ Settlement and searched for the opportunities to do volunteer works. The sisters at St. James’ Settlement contacted us soon afterwards, and fixed a time and place to visit the elders.

On the appointed date, we went to an housing estate in Kwun Tong, and the other volunteers arrived one after the other while we were waiting. Some of them were parents bringing along their children; some others university students, and secondary school students. The team grew larger and larger until all of us were there. Soon afterwards, a van arrived with the sisters and the materials donated by volunteers. The sisters got off the van and instructed the people to move the materials up to the podium of the estate. Then we allotted the materials, divided into teams, and delivered them to the doors of each group of elders. The whole process was very orderly and neat, and we can see that the sisters were well-trained and well-versed in the procedure.

Our group visited four elders. A 92-year-old old lady is particularly impressive to me. We knocked the door and explained our intention. The old lady was very happy, and she insisted on preparing fruit juice for us. She also took out her photo album for us to have a look. Her life is condensed into these pages of photos, which were gradually unfolded in front of us. She explained the background of each photo to us, and we found that she was a domestic helper in a westerner’s home during the colonial period. A majority of her photos were taken together with children. She was young back then, with peaceful smile and clean and neat outfit. When we reached another stage, however, the album came to an end. I thought that perhaps she was no longer able to work in that stage. She shared this album to us because she found her period as a domestic helper most fruitful. She is not married, nor does she have any children. The children she raised was the best of her memories. When we said goodbye, the old lady said, “Thank you for visiting me. I haven’t talked for a few days.” My heart sank and tears started to gush out the moment I heard this.

I was feeling heavy even when sharing this story with school teachers afterwards. A teacher comforted me and said, “You have to free yourself from this sort of sad mood. You cannot solve any problem with sad feeling. The issue with the elders is not unique to Hong Kong. This is a big dilemma in the entire world. The only thing we do is to rise up and do something for this disadvantageous group. Even a greeting and a simple face-to-face conversation would be a great comfort to those lonely elders.”

The teacher’s words are very enlightening. I realized that our influence may be so little as individuals, but we can enlarge this influence when more and more people rise up and do something together, so that the elders would receive care and love. I decided to engage in practical actions. I am now a registered volunteer at St. James’ Settlement, and I visit two elders in Tung Ming Convalescent Home, Tai Kok Tsui, twice a month. They are happy seeing me, and I feel my value in this. It is a bliss to be able to care and love others. This is my growing experience in addition to studying and gaining knowledge in Hong Kong.
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Community College of City University
ZHOU Zhuopeng, Eagle
Mainland China
Associate of Social Science in Leisure and Tourism Management
I decided to come to Hong Kong to study because it is an international and cosmopolitan city where I can broaden my horizons. Studying Leisure and Tourism Management at Community College of City University (CCCU), I am able to learn the basic knowledge of leisure and tourism industry. I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon, Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival as a helper on behalf of CCCU. Combining theories and practice, I now know better about leisure and tourism industry to lay a solid foundation for my future career. Despite I am only studying for an associate degree, I will study hard in the remaining semester to further my studies in an undergraduate programme in one of the main universities in Hong Kong. Being born in Guangzhou, where people also speak Cantonese, I feel quite at home in Hong Kong. My hope for Hong Kong is that it can develop even better in the future and keep a good relationship with Mainland China.
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Community College of City University
LI Qiutong
Mainland China
Associate of Business Administration in Marketing
I choose to study a marketing programme in Hong Kong as I see a great demand in the marketing industry in Hubei, a rapidly developing province in China. The programme curriculum allows me to explore new horizons of knowledge in market strategy and tendency of development. The Community College of City University (CCCU) offers a good educational environment and resources to students. Teachers here are always kind and ready to offer guidance and help in my studies. At the beginning of my studies, I was afraid to communicate with local students because of my different cultural background. They turn out to be very friendly and this encourages me to make new friends. As I gain more confidence in adapting to the new environment in Hong Kong, I keep believing that if people have faith, something good will happen one day.
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Community College of City University
Ye Xin Yao
Mainland China
Associate of Arts in Digital Visual Design
I am a Digital Visual Design student at the Community College of City University (CCCU). This study period will always be in my mind as one of my most precious moments. It was my first contact with the subject of design, and also my first time to study in Hong Kong. I will always be grateful for having the chance to study here, where all the students and teachers are warm to me, and they never made me feel any different from other local students. I made many friends here, and they have made my life in Hong Kong much more delightful.

Apart from fellow students, my lecturers and tutors also inspired me a lot, with their professional dedication and their charming personalities. I really like the study mode here, where students are given lots of freedom to express themselves. Our teachers never impose any “correct answers” on us. They help us to improve our own work, not just asking us to follow instructions. I believe this kind of teaching can bring out the best in all students.
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Hong Kong Shue Yan University
YU, Bing Connie
Mainland China
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics and Finance
I’m a great lover of change and challenge. That’s the reason I chose to leave my hometown of Shanghai and study in Hong Kong. Lots of my friends ask me what makes Hong Kong attractive to me. Actually, it’s not because it is a prosperous city because I am used to busy streets where all kind of workers hurriedly walk in the crowd. I like Hong Kong because I can enjoy cultural differences. Most of my classmates and professors are local Hong Kong people. Always I can find some different and exciting ideas in our discussion ranging from life attitudes to social issues. Differences help me to rethink myself and gain a new understanding of the country I live in. Moreover, Hong Kong is an international community with a relatively fair learning and working environment. I can achieve my goals through my ability and hard work. Various programmes offer me opportunities to explore this colourful city and even to travel worldwide.

Luckily, as a study abroad student, I spent one semester in Leicester, England, in my third year of study. I am grateful to Shue Yan for giving me such an opportunity. During my study abroad period, I learnt how to cooperate with foreign people in a new exotic environment. Their creative mind and exploring spirit motivated me to think in wider ways and in broader prospective. At Christmas, an African girl, a British girl, my Chinese friend and I made dumplings together. Integrating Chinese culture into a western festival has made a deep impression on us. Hong Kong has offered me such a brilliant chance to see a world of diversity, warmth and light.

Studying in Hong Kong is an excellent choice for me. Despite the language challenge and cultural shock, I have gained useful learning skills, a new understanding of Hong Kong and mainland China as well as broadening my international horizons, which will be a benefit for my whole life.
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The University of Hong Kong
Dr WEN Haofu
Mainland China
PhD Graduate, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Founder and CEO at Accosys Limited, Hong Kong
"I spent eight years receiving education from my alma mater. The University witnessed me grow from an 18-year-old kid who had never been too far away from home to a 26-year-old professional who just started his own company. Thanks to HKU, I managed to meet talented peers, some of whom later became my best friends in life, and learnt from great professors, most of whom are still inspiring and mentoring me today.

HKU is a great place for people to grow and improve themselves. To those who are fortunate enough to join the HKU family, treasure your time at HKU and always be learning."
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The University of Hong Kong
Dr YU Xi
Mainland China
PhD Graduate, Faculty of Education, Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, USA
“Through studying at HKU, I have not only received excellent research training, but also benefited greatly from the rich international activities/interactions at various levels. These experiences provided me with opportunities to communicate with top researchers worldwide and introduce my own work at conferences. Among them, I’d like to highlight the RGC-Fulbright Hong Kong Dissertation Research Programme Fellowship. Through this precious programme, I got to visit top universities and meet with all other Fulbrighters to learn about different cultures and research fields. I sincerely wish that new students can develop an international outlook and grow to their full potential through participating in the various exchange/visiting programmes available at HKU.”
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The Open University of Hong Kong
CHAO Xinya
Mainland China
Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Accounting
Michelle was awarded Dr Sin Wai Kin Mainland Students Scholarship in 2014/15.

I was selected to join the Internship Programme of General Electric (GE), Shanghai of China in the summer of 2015. I worked as an intern of Record to Report team at GE Global Operation Asia Center.

I assisted my team to drive the accuracy of Record to Report metrics and quality improvement. I also deeply involved in the account reconciliation preparation for several Energy Management ledgers and document translations.

I hoped to be a professional accountant after graduation and could get diversified exposures in accounting field.
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The Open University of Hong Kong
Zhang Shuda
Mainland China
Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Accounting
A graduate in Professional Accounting Bachelor in 2016, I am now studying the Masters programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

I am very glad to have chosen Open University in that year. The greatest wealth that Open University gives me is not only endless knowledge, but she also leads me to integrate into the Hong Kong society.

Unlike the spoon-fed education in the mainland, Open University adopts the teaching method by which teaching and learning are conducted in small classes and by independent exploration. This helps me cultivate the abilities of independent thinking and self-learning. Tutors and teachers are the most lovely part of the University. They treat students as friends, and will help clear your vision when you feel confused and perplexed. At the same time, they care about your daily life, and teach you the customs and local culture of Hong Kong. We feel the warmth deep in our heart being far away from our homeland. This lays a foundation for us to step towards the society in the future.

The four-year experience at Open University is youthful, energetic and fruitful. Having spent four years now, I am very proud of my choice back in day one.
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Community College
TIAN Su
Mainland China
Associate of Business
With great expectations for the future, I came to Hong Kong. Due to the differences between the educational system of Hong Kong and that of the Chinese mainland, I found it hard to adapt to the living in Hong Kong at the beginning. However, once accustomed to it, I got much apart from the knowledge from textbooks. All of the warm-hearted teachers at Hong Kong Community College were willing to give me advice both on my study and life. Besides, I met a lot of friends who gave me support when I was in trouble and learnt how to cooperate with each other. In addition, I took part in numerous activities such as a study tour to Australia and got financial support from the HKSAR government. All of these will become my precious memories and I will keep doing my best.
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Caritas Bianchi College of Careers
Yasuhiro IESAKA
Japan
Associate Degree in Business
Over the first few months when I came to Hong Kong to study, I had understood most of my first year’s subject matters through checking the meaning of some difficult words with English-Japanese dictionary. However, there were still some concepts and jargons contained in business which I never came across when I was a pupil in Japan. Therefore, I thought I need to pay more attention to them because they were not the things which I could understand with the sole translation from English to Japanese. On the other hand, as expected, I have had some communication problems with my classmates here, as I can only chat with them with my limited proficiency in Chinese (Cantonese). However, glad that my classmates, in contrary, are very helpful in interpreting the study and life matters in English for me. I shall try to get more acquaintance with them in future.
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Community College of City University
SANDHU Manbir Singh
India
Associate of Science in Airport Operations and Aviation Logistics
I began my college life at Community College of City University (CCCU) in the fall of 2015. This journey has been one of the most important in my life, and my time spent at CCCU has been both a pleasing and eye-opening experience. Through my studies, I have expanded my knowledge as well as proficiencies required to become competitive and truly functional outside of the educational environment. Of course, there is always more for me to learn.

Being an international student, I was afraid of how I could adapt myself to a new College environment. But my classmates and teachers made that route very silver-tongued for me by accepting and appreciating my diverse cultural background. Whenever I had uncertainties about lecture materials, my teacher was always willing to put effort to help out. The fellow students in my freshmen year were warm-hearted and outgoing as they always provided a helping hand when needed, especially for the language barrier. We just simply have a wonderful time together. I will continue to feel good about Hong Kong as I complete my associate degree studies!
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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Kairat Eshbolotov
Kyrgyzstan
Mathematics and Information Engineering
The phenomenal collegiate system of CUHK has facilitated my adjustment to university life. I belong to a new college that has an intimate, international, intellectual and involved environment. I have represented my college in swimming and soccer competitions and participated in many cultural and academic events. In our college, we have three communal dinners per week and it is a great opportunity to meet new friends, thus expanding your social circle. I think one crucial benefit of this is that it fosters open-mindedness to embrace differences, meet new people and build friendships with them. This is the core value of the cosmopolitan society of which I am a part, which aims to bring together people with different backgrounds and cultures to promote mutual dialogue.
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The Education University of Hong Kong
Ayush Punn
India
Engineering
Hong Kong is an amazing city and has a vast culture. CUHK is a mini Hong Kong and has always been a platform for great opportunities for everyone and I feel very lucky to be a part of it.

Being a part of a cosmopolitan society and the International Student Association gave me the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and also know more about their culture. I had the chance to be a part of the TEDxCUHK team, which taught me how to work together with a bigger group, enhance my team spirit and make the event a success for everyone. Participating in these societies and activities far from home definitely eased my adjustment to the CUHK community and allowed me to meet so many more new people.
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The Education University of Hong Kong
Cheong Yi Ling, Elaine
Malaysia
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology
Studying in Hong Kong is a decision I would never regret. Being ‘alone’ abroad makes me become more independent and mature.

In The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), hall life is the part I enjoy most. Besides attending classes or joining activities, I spend most of my time with my roommates. Roommates are someone you are not familiar with at the beginning but will develop a friendship and an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect later on. In the end, they will become my very close friends I truly bond with. Since the cost of living is rather high in Hong Kong, buying food and groceries from markets and cooking by ourselves have become the happiest moment of university life. There are some touching and warm-hearted moments with my roommates, such as cooking porridge for me when I was unwell or bringing me back dessert when they dined out. All these make me feel the warmth in the student hall and treat my homesickness.

Moreover, I’ve got to make friends with people from various parts of the world. This valuable experience makes me realize that all of us are global citizens. I can tell that skin colour, appearance, and even language do not affect our friendship to nurture and grow. By knowing more about the cultures of different countries, I recognize how my personal identify is shaped by the culture of my country and I feel proud to be a Malaysian.

In short, I enjoy my life in EdUHK very much. If you would like to explore both yourself and this city more, come and study in Hong Kong!
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The Education University of Hong Kong
Peng Yu Chen
Taiwan
Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) Programme
Hong Kong offers students a unique learning experience which is much different from Taiwan. It is the environment, the people, the way of learning and teaching that eventually lead me to Hong Kong.

As a student in EdUHK, we need to learn how to manage our time for exploring and empowering ourselves. Outside the classroom, we can make use of our time to go beyond textbooks and learn more about our own area of study. We can also take part in various activities organised by academic departments or student halls, or explore this beautiful city – a fusion between the East and the West. In this little ‘global village’ where students coming from different parts of the world, the quiet campus in Tai Po is a perfect place to cultivate friendship. It reminds me of a famous Chinese saying – ‘Friendships across the world would always make near neighbours of far horizons’.

In addition to textbook knowledge, I’ve learnt a lot from our professors. Often when we meet professors in the campus, they will greet us by our names instead of saying ‘hello’ in a mechanical way. Here, I am preparing myself to be a professional teacher and a good model for my students in the future.
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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
ROONGRUANGCHAI Korn
Thailand
Bachelor of Music (Honours) Degree
As a former music student from Bangkok, Thailand, I chose to further my music study in Hong Kong last year and I still believe that it was a right choice to make.

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is absolutely different from a traditional music conservatory. Housing different genres of performing arts under one roof at the Academy, it always inspires me in many ways during my music making journey. Studying at the Academy gives me an opportunity to study with one of the best violin professors in Hong Kong, Prof. Michael Ma, and opportunities to have lessons and work with world-class musicians such as the Shanghai String Quartet, the Endellion String Quartet, Francesco and Stefano Parrino and more. Making music with friends is always fun, my classmates from Hong Kong and the Mainland and I established our own String Quartet and received a prize in an international music competition in Bangkok last July.

The standards of music education and performances at the Academy are higher than some leading music institutes in Europe. The rich resources and support provided by the Academy have encouraged me a lot and helped me to improve my playing every single day when I practice. I am looking forward to my graduation recital that will be held at the end of 2019 – a showcase of what I have learnt throughout the four-year programme at the Academy.

Life in Hong Kong and the study here at the Academy have changed my life as a person and also as a musician. Being the only Thai student here, I have made many local and non-local friends from different backgrounds and countries, which helped me get rid of loneliness. I feel that the Academy is my second home now.
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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Chee Kar-hung
Malaysia
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree in Dance
“Studying in Hong Kong is an amazing journey to me.” I major in Chinese Dance in the School of Dance of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Although I have just been studying in Hong Kong for 6 months, I am extremely impressed with the culture and environment of Hong Kong. The biggest difference being in Hong Kong and being in my home country, Malaysia, is that I have more learning opportunities here, as lots of professional and high standard performances could be watched in almost every theatre. In addition, I was very happy for having 50% student discount for basically all performances in Hong Kong. Therefore, I take this advantage to go to the theatre whenever I have a chance so as to enhance my artistic level.

So far, I am doing well with my studies here in Hong Kong. The teachers and my classmates here are very passionate and always willing to help me whenever I have any problem. In the past semester, I have had a lot of opportunities to perform, and cooperate with many artists, we have exchanged our points of view, which made the artistic outcome more sensational and diverse.

During weekends or holidays, my Hong Kong classmates would spend their time taking me around Hong Kong. Besides that, when I was in Malaysia watching TVB dramas, I have always wanted to visit Central and Victoria Harbour. Now, my dreams have finally come true.

Lastly, I feel grateful to have a scholarship. It gives me the opportunity to study in Hong Kong. I will pass on everything I have learned here to the next generation when I return to Malaysia.
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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Du Juan
Mainland China
Bachelor of Music (Honours) Degree
In the twinkling of an eye, this is the third year I have lived and studied in Hong Kong. There were moments of self-doubt at the beginning when I found it hard to adapt and accommodate to the environment, and at present when I want to do everything well every day. I thank God for giving me all the tempering and testing. All this may become a remote past over the passage of time, but the trace that remains is very unforgettable to me.

I find myself a very lucky person, and I have to thank the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for fostering me, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club for its scholarship that gives me the opportunity to receive free higher education in such a highly competitive and densely populated metropolis. I never stop thinking what I can bring to this society in return.

I am specialized in viola performance, which has relatively fewer solo opportunities and demands than violin, and I perform more in the form of ensembles. To be an excellent performer, it is essential to learn how to work with others. My mentor, Ivan Chan, used to be the No. 1 violin performer active in the Miami Quartet, one of the most famous string quartets in the United States. He is very experienced in chamber music and stage performance, and I have learned a lot from this. Meanwhile, during my learning process in Hong Kong, I was able to meet the outstanding young musicians from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the mainland, and even different Asian countries. I have also received instructions from the performers and top teachers active in the present international music circle. I have experienced the shock of cultural differences as much as I have learned how to absorb different elements, seeking similarities among differences in the process of cooperation, and learning from each other from diverse cultural backgrounds in a proper way and under the premise of mutual respect. I enjoy all that which have been bestowed on me from this land, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have close contact with a lot of masters. Their impact on me would be useful in my lifetime.

In the days to come, I will be more diligent in learning and making up for my lack and enhancing my level of performance and cultural accomplishment, so as to define my orientation and objectives in this colourful city, develop myself comprehensively, and contribute to my alma mater and the society.
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Hong Kong Baptist University
Alpha, Yun Chieh HSU
Taiwan
Film
I am proud of my university since the very beginning of my study. Small classes here make the distance between professors and students as well as that among classmates incredibly close! I made a very right decision to step out of my comfort zone in Taiwan and beat new challenges passionately in Hong Kong.

HKBU provides a comforting and great atmosphere for us to explore ourselves, learn from all kind of opportunities and grow up mentally. I’ve learned how to select smartly among various internships, seminars, gatherings, exchange programs, workshops and activities of student clubs. I have learned how to stay calm and find myself through reading alone in the library which is full of resources. I have learned how to discover the different sides of Hong Kong in suburbs besides the fancy city with local friends. I have learned how to push myself forward to speak unfamiliar languages for practicing and exchanging ideas. I have learned how to consult and discuss with professors who are open-minded enough to lead me to explore the universe. We have even become good friends. I have learned not to give up easily. I believe that we would benefit from different things that we experience.

HKBU is a place that can help you gain knowledge and happiness as well as excel yourselves. I love it and I wake up enthusiastically every morning.

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Hong Kong Baptist University
Jenny LIM YEN NI
Malaysia
Statistics and Operation Management
As an international student, I feel lucky that HKBU gives me a feeling of “home away from home”. The staff members from International Office, the lecturers and also the students from HKBU are willing to lend their helping hands whenever I need. With their assistance, I am able to overcome the obstacles that I face at study. After living in HKBU for some times, I had fully acclimatized to the life in HK and I start joining activities held by HKBU. I have a chance to join the cultural trip organized by HKBU to Inner Mongolia which really broadened my horizon. I was also selected by the Faculty of Science to participate in Science Elite Programme (SEP). Through this programme, I joined the Outward Bound course which pushed me beyond my limit. I also have the opportunity to involve myself in research programme which is very beneficial for me because I wish to pursue a higher degree after graduation.

It’s a right decision to choose HKBU as the destination for my undergraduate study. HKBU has been providing me the best to maximize my potential.
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College of International Education, HKBU
Pratinda Rai
Nepal
Currently studying Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of South Australia
Associate of Science (Life Scince) HKBU, 2015
I was privileged to be able to work at as intern at HKBU Cell Biology Laboratory. The CIE lecturers’ support on academic pursuit and experiential learning has made my college life a rewarding one.
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College of International Education, HKBU
Jain Trikaansh Manoj, TMJ
India
Currently studying Marketing Degree in Oregon State University, USA
Associate of Arts (Marketing) HKBU, 2015
Chinese is not my first language, which is a barrier during my studying process, but I somehow managed and made great friends who always supported me. Lecturers in CIE gave me some valuable advice which really helped me throughout my study experience.
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College of International Education, HKBU
Anna Yoshida
Japan
Associate of Arts (Cultural Studies), HKBU
Studying in CIE gave me a fruitful learning experience. My lecturers and fellow students had been very kind and supportive to me. Joining different workshops and out of classroom activities also enabled me to explore my own interests and career goal.
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Hong Kong Shue Yan University
KIM, Jin Hak
Republic of Korea
Exchange Programme
Hi! I am Kim Jin Hak from the Republic of Korea. I have studied at Hong Kong Shue Yan University (Shue Yan) as an exchange student for one semester.

Throughout the exchange period, Shue Yan students and staff (including security guards at the dormitory and attendants) helped me a lot to adapt to the lifestyle in Hong Kong. Special thanks must be given to my roommate who always offered me assistance in different aspects of my daily life in Hong Kong. To me, people in Hong Kong have a warm heart and welcome people from all over the world.

The local students who I have met have no problem in communicating with international students in English. I love travelling and have visited quite a lot of countries. From my own personal experience, local students’ English communication skills seem to be better than those I have met in other Asian countries.

As for the learning experience, I have been impressed by the teaching staff’s passion for and professionalism in teaching. The teaching staff are expert in their research area. I have had a good time studying at Shue Yan and really enjoyed learning economics and business related subjects in the Hong Kong context. Regarding the learning atmosphere, the teaching staff are always approachable whenever a student has questions. I have been impressed that the teaching staff always appreciate questions on learning and university life from students.

To me, the dormitory is very important as that is the place where I spent most of my time during the exchange period. I had not stayed in a dormitory before I came to study in Hong Kong. I was so lucky that rooms in the dormitory were reserved for all exchange students. The dormitory is clean and cozy. It has been equipped with all necessary facilities such as common rooms, kitchens with utensils, fitness room, swimming pool, student canteen etc.

From my point of view, exchange students should focus not only on studying, but also exploration. Night views in Hong Kong are well-known and a ‘must see’. As someone who loves travelling around, I have visited a lot of attractions with the new friends that I met in Hong Kong. Repulse Bay, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (especially at night) are my favourites.

Foreign students do not have to be worried about food. Hong Kong is really an international city even for dining. Cuisine from around the world in every class can be found in Hong Kong. Among those I have tried, I really love dim sum and steamed milk pudding. I highly recommend them to foreign students.
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The University of Hong Kong
Dr PHOON Yee Peng
Malaysia
PhD Graduate, Department of Clinical Oncology
“Chasing my dream is what brought me to HKU, the door to international exposure and networks. And the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme was the key to opening up the whole new exciting worlds of cancer stem cell research and the bench-to-bedside approach. I gained invaluable critical thinking skills and strengthened my transferable skill sets including experimental techniques, cementing the basic foundation for research study. I believe that daring to dream and following 3Ps (passion, persistence and perseverance) will bring forth great achievements.”
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
MABOLOC, Elizaldy Acebu
Philippines
PhD in Marine Environmental Science
Hong Kong is one of the world’s financial center, a hub of cultural diversity in Asia and well-known for its top ranked universities. Hong Kong and HKUST give me the opportunity to meet new friends from all over the globe, to experience the rich culture in HK and at the same time to broaden my academic training.

HKUST is an ideal university for learning and career development because of its top-notch training for high quality research with world-renowned and supportive faculty. The laboratories are well-equipped and the university has a strong international linkage. This connection allows me to be exposed to the international scene in both research and industry. HKUST is also famous for its beautiful campus with extensive recreational facilities and wellness programs, helping me balance the research life and physical well-being.

I am so grateful to receive the prestigious HK PhD Fellowship, which allows me to conduct my research without any financial worries as well as provides me with travel grants for conferences.
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HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College
WU Yao
Mainland China
Associate of Applied Social Sciences in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement
First of all, I am very grateful to study in HPSHCC. As a non-local student, language would be the biggest challenge to me. The lecturers and staff here are caring and helpful, and the classmates are very friendly. They provided a lot of support to me when I encountered difficulties, which helped me get familiar with the learning environment.

Hong Kong is an international metropolis, in which the teaching method and education system are very different from that in mainland. Studying in Hong Kong has broadened my horizon and enriched my knowledge.
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Lingnan University
HAN Paul Lu
Myanmar
Bachelor of Social Sciences
“Why did you choose Lingnan?” is a question people ask me very frequently in Lingnan. I am delighted to say that I chose Lingnan because I believe that liberal arts education will boost my ability to become an informed citizen, a lifelong learner, and most importantly, a critical thinker. Never have I imagined in my life that I would belong to a liberal arts community with accessible professors, helpful staff, and friendly students. Apart from academic activities, talking to friends from different countries, doing service-learning, and leaving my comfort zone by joining Toastmasters are so far the most remarkable parts of my journey in Lingnan.
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Lingnan University
GOH Chen Yik
Malaysia
Bachelor of Social Sciences
It is a blessing and privilege to be given the opportunity to study overseas under the Lingnan University Non-Local Student Scholarship. Despite being in Lingnan for only half a year, the experience thus far has been wonderful and exciting! I have managed to discover new personal values and talents. Such values and talents are nurtured and enhanced under the guidance and support of the staff and lecturers in Lingnan. My life here in Lingnan is indeed a journey of self-discovery with a group of right-minded people. I am more than excited to continue my Lingnan journey.
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Lingnan University
VICHETH Pisey
Cambodia
Master of Philosophy in Business
Hi, I come from Phnom Penh City, Cambodia.

Living in Hong Kong is my most precious life experience. The locals are gentle and friendly which make a newcomer like me feels welcome. The city is the combination of everything: culture, arts, lifestyle, and entertainments; it also offers spectacular natural sights. Besides, Hong Kong is the food paradise that is the ideal escape when being stressed from loads of study. What’s more? Living here allows me to practise my English and Mandarin, as well as pick up a new language, Cantonese.

It’s my honour to be offered a chance to study at Lingnan University. Lingnan is a small but large university. The school is huge in education, inspiration, warmness, friendship, and understanding. Here, I learn new knowledge, face with new challenges, along with meeting new friends. Not only the professors, but staff here are modest, helpful, and kind. These are the strengths keeping me from homesick. Lingnan appreciates hardworking students which is my main impetus to work hard in my studies.

I wish the duration of my study programme could be longer, so that I would be able to enjoy more of Hong Kong.
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Relina Gurung
Nepal
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Studies for the Professions
I am a second-year student at PolyU. Taking linguistics as my major, I am pursuing Social Policy as my minor because I also have huge interest in it. A combination of major and minor allows me to focus on a particular profession of study while adds extra versatility to my major. Completing a major is a lot of work but I think it is a worthwhile experience to equip myself for future challenges.

I have participated in various events and organized my own in Hong Kong. I am going to introduce traditional food and culture from my country, Nepal. I wish everyone could make good use of the opportunity, platform and support from university to make the most out of their time in university which many claimed it was the time with the greatest freedom in lives.
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Igor Ivankin
Russia (The Russian Federation)
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in International Shipping and Transport Logistics
As Asia’s world city, Hong Kong offers lots of opportunities to develop yourself! It is a very diverse city with many different attractions; from going on a hiking trip in the countryside to exploring a busy life in the big city! No matter what you study or what you are interested in, you will always find yourself here. With students from all over the world, it is easy to find people to share similar interests and start a wonderful adventure here.
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Savannah College of Art and Design (Hong Kong)
Armina (Mina) Valdez Menor
Philippines
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Ms. Armina Menor was born in the Philippines and grew up in Hong Kong. After graduating from HKU SPACE Community College with exceptional grades, Armina followed her passion and pursued the opportunity to study at SCAD Hong Kong on multiple scholarships.

As an international university, students come from every part of the world. Armina learns from and is exposed to diverse cultures without ever having to leave Hong Kong. Moreover, Armina recognizes that the students at SCAD truly care about the work they do. She is surrounded by talented and passionate peers and professors, driving her to create the best possible work she can.

Apart from the lessons taught in the classroom at SCAD, students really learn from doing, making mistakes, and through constructive criticism. The atmosphere in SCAD has been essential to helping Armina grow as a person and as a creative. She has learnt that design is not solely about aesthetics and the programs used to create work. It is about the thought and concept behind it, and how the concept is communicated through a chosen medium and received by the public.

Thanks to the networking opportunities and the education she has gained from SCAD, Armina has completed a number of freelance work and design internships the past 3 years. All of which have been essential experiences and learning platforms that will help her as a professional. She would like to continue to create work that the public will learn and be able to benefit from.
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Hong Kong Design Institute (VTC)
Sharon Ng
Malaysia
Higher Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management
"Hong Kong is a prosperous city which is well developed in the hospitality industry and this is the reason why I’m studying in Hong Kong. I have adapted myself to the surrounding environment and have also enjoyed my study life in Hong Kong. I have learned a lot from the programme and most importantly it has enhanced my practical skills and given me valuable experience. My teachers and friends are very friendly and enthusiastic. My learning journey has been meaningful!"
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Hong Kong Design Institute (VTC)
Aurelia Laksmana
Indonesia
Higher Diploma in Creative Media
“Studying Creative Media at the Hong Kong Design Institute has been a wonderful experience for me. I had been looking for a good design programme before, but unfortunately in my own country it is not offered. So that’s why I came here. It is a good experience to learn how to be a creative thinker in the design industry.

Furthermore, having a chance to live in Hong Kong has broadened my horizons. Because in Hong Kong, Asia and Western cultures mix together and you can explore these cultures. Making friends from other countries and expanding your knowledge are good steps in extending your networks.”
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Yew Chung Community College
Vipral Kaur
India
2014 – 2016 HDip in Early Childhood Education, Yew Chung CC
2016 Year 3, BSc Applied Child Development, HKU
YCCC set up a strong base for me in early childhood education. All the credit goes to YCCC in order for me to go into The University of Hong Kong. There was a time when I was dealing with a heavy workload. But all the lecturers supported me by saying and telling me to work hard today, to look to the future, and to know what I will get tomorrow. My dream is to open a quality and free of charge kindergarten in India for needy people.
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Yew Chung Community College
Winnie Ketan Dani
India
HDip in Early Childhood Education
I suffer from Glioma and Nystagmus, thus I can now only see with one eye and the vision is limited to a distance of one metre. I dream to be a kindergarten teacher and came to YCCC for the professional training. To overcome my difficulty in learning, my one year school life in YCCC feels like four years. YCCC is like my second home, where I study and live. I get along well with my classmates and teachers and they know me very well. Whenever I come across a problem, they always solve it with me. I want to articulate to The University of Hong Kong and complete the bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After that I wish to go back to India and set up a shelter where every child could feel safe.
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Yew Chung Community College
Mehvish MAQSOOD
Pakistan
HDip in Early Childhood Education
I have always been very passionate about teaching; even when I was a kid, I was certain that teaching would be my future profession. My aspiration is strongly influenced by my elder sister who enjoyed teaching children and became a teacher later. Her dedication and passion towards teaching induced me to reflect on my future career path in education.

YCCC gave me an opportunity to achieve my dream of becoming an Early Childhood Educator. I am pleased to be a student of YCCC as it uses English as the medium of instruction, which is very beneficial to ethnic minorities students like me.

One of the things I like most at YCCC is the full support from teachers and members of the staff. Their guidance and support have motivated me to study hard. With their encouragement, for the first time in my life, I applied for a scholarship under the Self-financing Postsecondary Scholarship Scheme (SPSS). I am honoured to receive the Reaching Out Award. The scholarship gave me a valuable opportunity to meet educators and ECE experts in the field from all over the world at an early childhood education conference in Thailand. It was such an honourable moment for me and never was I so certain about my career goals. The scholarship has widened my horizons to see beyond limits and see the beauty of being an early childhood educator.
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Centennial College
Maurice Del Rio
Philippines
Programme: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programme, Majoring in Integrated Business
As a non-local student in Centennial College, I can say that the lifestyle is very diverse, multi-cultural and open. Centennial College not only gives foreign students the freedom and independence to make their own choices, but also offers a warm, welcoming environment for foreign students to mingle with local students where they are looked upon equally. The Office of Student Success provides plenty of opportunities for us to interact with students such as the friendly 3-on-3 basketball competition. This event gave me the chance to meet new friends with similar interests and create friendships that will last for years to come.
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Centennial College
Sharma Rohini
India
Programme: Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Honours) Programme
I am very grateful to have been studying in Centennial College for a year now. Being a non-local student, I was afraid of acclimating myself all over again into a new College environment. But the students and professors here made that process very smooth for me by embracing and respecting my diverse cultural background. Professors always put an extra effort to clear my doubts in the lectures. They always welcome my questions and facilitate me with a satisfying answer. The fellow students are warm and friendly and they have always given me a helping hand to defuse the language barrier. Actually most of them have very good English speaking skills. Thus we have a very good time together, for there are no communication problems.

I am very excited to start my 2nd year in Centennial College and meet more of such lovely people.
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Chu Hai College of Higher Education
He Xin
China
Programme: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Journalism & Communication
Currently a Filmmaker
During the four years spent at Chu Hai, I was able to learn so much, allowing me to understand different aspects of media as well as giving me the opportunities to interact with many political figures and media reporters. As an extracurricular activity, I also had the honour of becoming Chu Hai’s first President of the Mainland Students Association.

In addition, due to the recommendation of my Professor, I started to pursue a career in Screenwriting. I first participated in helping to create the movie “Summer Love” with Director Chin Kwok Wai , and later directed the film “Wait, I Love You” together with Director Huo Huo . Currently I am working mainly Mainland TV dramas, but am hoping to work on many future films for everyone to see.
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City University of Hong Kong
Arnav Ghosh
India
Programme: Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering
I decided to come to CityU all the way from New Delhi, India and it was a big change for me. The place, culture, people everything surprised me when I first landed in Hong Kong. Studying at CityU and living alone all by myself has given me a lot of self-confidence and made me very independent. Living in this megacity has been phenomenal as I have been able to network with people from all over the world which would have not happened if I were studying in India. Hong Kong has made me a very global citizen and I am proud that I chose to come to City University of Hong Kong.
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City University of Hong Kong
Jessica Kurnia
Indonesia
Programme: Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy
"I think Hong Kong offers more opportunities for Indonesians than, say, Singapore or Australia, because those places are already packed with other Indonesians. I think we have a chance in Hong Kong for future career and personal growth."

"I like the Gateway Education very much as we get to take courses outside our major studies. I took a visual literacy class last semester and learned to appreciate different kinds of arts and media such as paintings, photography and movies. It's really fun and inspiring!"

Originally, I was hesitating whether or not to continue my study in Hong Kong due to communication and language barrier. However, choosing Hong Kong and City University had been proven to be the best decision of my life. The food, weather, environment and culture are great. I got to experience many new things and made new friends. Classes are very fun and interactive. The GE courses offered allow me to diversify my skill and learn subjects outside my major courses. Being in CityU is truly a life-changing experience!
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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Chua Yuqian, Debra
Singapore
Programme: Arts, Event & Stage Management
"Most of the staff and students at the Academy are nice and helpful. As I was not able to understand Cantonese very well, they made an effort to speak and communicate with me in English and Putonghua.

I am also impressed with the campus facilities of the Academy. With its own studios, the Academy enables me to practise anytime to improve and strengthen my skills.

Based on my own experience I would recommend the Academy to all interested students as it would be great learning opportunities for them to be exposed to all sorts of productions and events that are only available at the Academy."
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Hong Kong Baptist University
Leong Chun Ping, Jonathan
Malaysia
Programme: Bachelor of Sciences in Chemistry
I am currently a Year 2 Chemistry student in HKBU. Studying in Hong Kong is just wonderful. It is an Asian world city that gathers people around the world from different backgrounds and cultures. Watching TVB drama and Hong Kong movies like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Stephen Chow is part of my childhood activities. I dreamed to study here one day. However, by considering the high living expenses and tuition fees, together with my family’s financial situation, it was next to impossible for me to study here. Luckily, I was granted a scholarship by HKSAR Government, and I appreciated this opportunity very much. With the best wishes and great encouragement from my family members, I am here to pursue my dream.

The professors and friends here are friendly and always ready to lend a helping hand. When I first arrived, they gave some useful advice and always had a nice chat over a cup with me. I began to understand more about life here in Hong Kong, so that I could adapt myself in the shortest time. I have a fabulous hall life here, getting to know students from different cultures and backgrounds. We have games, celebrate birthdays and hold parties together. I have the most memorable moments in my life.

Undoubtedly, overseas studying experience is great. It trains you to become independent, responsible and self-disciplined. Besides stimulating your IQ in academic, it also trains your EQ, on how to mix well with friends. Last but not least: AQ, to know how to deal with daily circumstances. To have these three criteria fully develop, we can face tougher challenges in the future. Finally, I wish to have an even fruitful university life for the coming two years.
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The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Aye Myat Su Wai
Myanmar
Programme: Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Global and Environmental Studies

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I am from Myanmar (Burma).

The Hong Kong Institute of Education offered me an entrance scholarship to study Global and Environmental Studies. The professors and the staffs in HKIEd have been so warm and helpful for me that I think I have got a new great family away from my home. From the beginning of my first semester, International Office of HKIEd has helped me adapt well to the new exotic environment. IO arranged a series of trips and activities to enjoy together with my fellow international students and local student buddies. It enhanced my knowledge and understanding on the local HK culture and diverse groups of people. Making new friends was a really effective way of adapting and enjoying the new environment. One of the most memorable experiences was going to Cheung Chau Island with IO staff, international students and buddies and spending time together exploring the local culture.

Besides, I enjoy the hall-life in HKIEd. I have two roommates and both of them are local students. The hall arranged many activities for the hall residents to participate and know each other well.

Studying in HK actually is a turning point of my life. So far, it has given me valuable university life, international exposure and networks.
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The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Huang, Yun Hua
Taiwan
After a 1½ hour flight, I have travelled from Taiwan to the beautiful Hong Kong.

I engage in all sorts of local highlights and amusements. I have tried a range of gourmets, from the tasty snacks on the street to the delicacies of the seasons.

I set foot on every corner of Hong Kong. I enjoy bargaining fiercely with hawkers on Women Street in Mongkok, running into celebrities in Tsim Sha Tsui, trying fortune telling at Wong Tai Sin Temple, and embracing the nature on Lamma Island.

I love every moment I spend here, including the vivid Fireworks Display on National Day, the charms and funs at Hong Kong Disneyland, and the thrills at Ocean Park.

At the Hong Kong Institute of Education, I commit myself to my learning, appraise various approaches in language teaching, experiment on different pedagogical models, and broaden my global perspective when discussing with students from other countries.

Among all language learning resources at the Institute, I treasure those afternoons I study in Arthur Samy Language Learning Centre.

I, at HKIEd, have the opportunity to mingle with foreign exchange students who speak different mother tongues. Although exchange students will return home eventually, we have already knitted our bonds and become good friends evermore.
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The University of Hong Kong
Murtaza K Rangwalla
Pakistan
Programme: Biomedical Engineering
Experiencing a unique culture at a world class university
Hi! My name is Murtaza Rangwalla, though my friends just call me JM. I’m a Pakistani freshman currently studying Biomedical Engineering. I fondly remember the time I was applying to the University like you. I had many questions (is this the right choice? what about the language barrier? what are the lessons like?) but when I look back now and I can’t help but feel like it all worked out perfectly in the end. Assuming of course that you’ve done your homework, you’ll know that the HKU is ranked very highly, and by that I mean that it comes in the top 25 colleges in the world. This was a major reason for my coming here.

Another reason is the culture. The more I compare Chinese culture with my own culture the more similarities I see; the same basis in the concepts of respect, honor and modesty, the same usage of tones between Chinese and Arabic. The food here is great too! If you’re a vegetarian prepare to experience paradise and the meat dishes are also delicious (you should try Peking Duck!) plus I enjoy using chopsticks. Come to HKU for a comfortable taste of a unique culture whilst gaining a world class education.
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The University of Hong Kong
Karmanya Malhotra
India
Programme: Electronics and Communication
Innovative teaching- From theory to practice!
My name is Karmanya Malhotra and I am from India. I’m in the Bachelor of Engineering programme. Hong Kong is a tech-savvy city and it’s an exciting place to be engineering major!

My classes are pretty interesting and very interactive. For instance, my mechanical and electronics projects are good examples of the innovative teaching style you can expect at HKU. My mechanical project included building a plane which had a ‘bomb-dropping’ ability. My electronics project was about making a working model of a ‘Gold Rudeberg Project’. Our projects help us to apply theory not to mention it makes for a fun day in the lab!

HKU has several halls of residence and I’m proud to say that I live in Starr Hall. In fact, whenever I tell other students about it, they get really impressed that I am a Starrian! My high school was the Doon School and I recently found out that the warden of Starr Hall, Fred, had gone to India to give a talk in my school. It’s exciting to know that there are Starrians all over the world!

I enjoy performing Bollywood dance with my friends!



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The University of Hong Kong
Joseph Poh Wen Xian
Malaysia
Programme: Business Design and Innovation
Learning alongside the best and brightest
Hello! My name is Joseph and I come from Malaysia. I recently graduated from HKU where I majored in Business Design and Innovation. I’ve always wanted to work overseas and experience different challenges. I believe Hong Kong is the best place for me to do that because of the city’s international community and the competitive environment that stems from working with some of the world’s brightest minds.

What I enjoyed most during the course of my studies at HKU was doing presentations for many different projects. This skill is essential in the corporate world and it helped me differentiate myself from other candidates. I also found that I learnt a lot from my fellow classmates who were top students from Mainland China, Hong Kong and the rest of the world. The quality of the student population is, I believe, very good and we can learn from each other in this way.

Currently, I work for a corporate strategy firm that helps hires who are interested in doing business in Asia by providing strategic advice and research. What I like most about my work is that it is never the same each day. Each project covers different industries so I am exposed to a wide variety of business fields and our clients range from private equity firms to multinational companies.
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Munjung Koh
South Korea
Programme: Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Business
"A lover of change and challenge, I chose HKUST for university studies after graduating from Korean Minjok Leadership Academy in Korea. The exciting city of Hong Kong never ceases to amaze me while the rewarding academic environment at the university motivates me. During the first summer, I worked as an intern at Bloomberg LP, and thereafter, I was at University of Warwick on exchange. I am now employed as Data Analyst at Bloomberg in Hong Kong."
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Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Xu Hui Hui
China
Programme: Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance
Hong Kong, a place with a great business environment and a well-established financial system, still keeps its original characteristics. When I was a little girl, I looked forward to coming to HK to see a different world. Two years ago, HKSYU offered me an opportunity to experience a different culture here. Two-years of study life have made a deep impression on me and provided some great memories.

At the beginning, it was not easy for me to study in Hong Kong. Because of cultural differences and language problems, I could not understand what professors said, and had no idea how to communicate with classmates. Luckily, professors and local students were willing to help me, not only in my study, but also in my life. They taught me Cantonese during our conversations. Thanks to this support, I soon got used to the new study life. In the first year, extra-curricular activities held by different student societies also offered me a great platform to make friends with students of different backgrounds. Being the Treasurer of a student society made me learn how to cooperate with Hong Kong people. All of the above experience offered me a good chance to know the Hong Kong culture and to practice my Cantonese. It also prepared me better to work in Hong Kong in the future. In addition, programs offered by various institutions also showed me a different and colorful world. For example, the internship experience in a mainland bank provided me with a deeper understanding of bank services. Besides, in this summer, the experience of being an ambassador in an exchange program provided me a good chance to communicate with the students from Taiwan and Hong Kong at the same time.

I really enjoy studying and living in HKSYU. My experience in Hong Kong started here. It has provided me with knowledge and plenty of fruitful activities in the past two years. In the next two years, I am sure that more opportunities are ahead to show me a world of diversity, and to prepare me better for my future career development.
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Park Soyeon, Shawn
Korea
Programme: School of Hotel and Tourism Management
As one of the full-time Korean students at the School of Hotel & Tourism Management, I am proud to be a PolyU alumnus through such a connection.

On my journey of discovery at this world-class University, I have acquired competences which will help me become well-equipped for my career, so that I will develop into an independent and confident professional. I want to thank PolyU for all the lessons, experiences and valuable memories.
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ngui Yin Jeh, Jason
Malaysia
Programme: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
As a Civil Engineering undergraduate student, studying in this conducive environment with complete laboratory equipments and intensive industrial training has made life easier to comprehend conceptual knowledge as well as getting exposed to real life scenarios.

Life in this huge multicultural city is quite like that in Malaysia, but mild seasonal changes in Hong Kong is indeed a fresh experience for a student from a tropical country like me. This is a place like no others where one could seek for a great touristy spots and widespread greens at the same time!

Many would think that living costs is sky high in Hong Kong but cooking with peers and seeking for great bargains have made my life economical, vibrant and high quality all at once!

Bottom line, seeing is believing, come and explore Hong Kong through studying in PolyU for yourself!
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Toshiki Kobayashi
Japan
Programme: Department of Health Technology & Informatics
I am a PhD Student of Biomedical Engineering at PolyU. I obtained my Bachelor's degree here as well. The undergraduate programme provided me with not only theoretical knowledge, but also hands-on experiences, which I gained from working at a local hospital during my summer work placement. Through interacting with professionals and patients in the field, I got a clear picture of my study and what my future career would be like. Also, I appreciate PolyU's sports facilities and academic resources, particularly the library, which contains many of the books necessary for undergraduate study. At PolyU, the teachers, staff and classmates whom I often went out to have fun with, are very friendly. I would recommend studying in Hong Kong to anyone. It really gives you a different perspective of university life compared to those in the western countries.
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Savannah College of Art and Design
Novita Permatasari
Indonesia
Programme: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
"My application to SCAD was seamless, efficient and easy; SCAD assigns a personal advisor through the process, I found it to be extremely helpful as I was living in Indonesia and was not familiar with Hong Kong. During my 2 years at SCAD, the level of personal interaction continues to be surprise and delight me."
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HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC)
Aidaswani Sunil Mahesh
India
Programme: Higher Diploma in Business (Accounting and Financial Planning)
"Lecturers of the College not only provide us with knowledge from the textbook but also they are all professionals who like to share their personal experiences with us. They make studying more interesting and certainly it allows me to get the hang of those conceptual theories. Let’s not forget the 5-star environment the College offers as it helps motivate all the students to work harder. These are the qualities that only the College can offer, with lecturers’ and classmates’ support and encouragement, together with a do-my-best spirit on all assignments and presentations, my dream – entering a university that I have been longing for has come true."
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Hang Seng Management College
Jiang Ying Ying
Mainland China
Programme: Business Administration in Supply Chain Management
"I was admitted to Hang Seng Management College (HSMC) in 2012 with a good JEE score 60 points above the 1st admission line, an outstanding IELTS result and a pass in the written test and the admission interview. The first-year of study has witnessed my substantial gains at the HSMC. I not only have made great progress in my study but also enriched my life significantly. I chose to major in Supply Chain Management at the HSMC because I am fascinated by its knowledge and the logics behind the theories.

My study at the HSMC has motivated me to change from a shy girl with passive learning attitude to an active and independent university student with full self-confidence. The heuristic education here broadens our horizon. What benefits me a lot is from the intense discussion among classmates. Besides, a variety of societies and school teams are in place for our participation. I have joined the Photography Society and the Cycling Society, and luckily been selected to be a member of the fencing team. I do enjoy my time in these activities. Furthermore, the harmonious and warm connection over the campus impresses me most. I receive the meticulous care from professors to fellow students, from college staff to security staff. I remember that there is a time when I tried to get hot water at the cafeteria, one of the cafeteria staff thought I may not know how to operate the water fountain. She came to help me get the water and explained how to use it correctly.

Apart from the all-round education, the HSMC provides its students with other learning opportunities outside classroom, such as the student exchange programmes, internship and part-time on-campus job opportunities. Last summer, I was sent to work at the Institute of Chinese Literature as a student helper. I am delighted to grasp this precious chance to get in touch with a variety of people and to strengthen my capability, in particular the problem solving skill. In the coming year, I will strive for working in the logistics industry as an intern in order to further widen my vision. In the HSMC, except the knowledge from the textbook, students can definitely equip themselves with both knowledge and practical skills from the field work. I believe my future after graduation will be blooming with consolidated and professional knowledge and competence."
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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Peachayaporn Pongsarojanavit
Thailand
Programme: Global Economic and Finance
"I chose to study in Hong Kong for its prestigious reputation as the international financial hub. The cosmopolitan city is a prime example of economic success and being able to learn from the best is ideal. I enjoy the vibrant and exciting lifestyle here and am able to make friends from all over the world. I am currently studying in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Our University offers high standard education programmes with great internship opportunities. Besides, the staff and seniors are friendly and I am proud to be a member of CUHK."
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HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC)
Khan Sidra
Pakistan
Programme: Higher Diploma in Business (Management)
Three degree offers received:
  • Year 3, BBA (Hons) – Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • BA (Hons) in English Studies, City University of Hong Kong
  • BA (Hons) – Integrated Business, Centennial College

"The College has given me the best opportunities to further my education. Through my lecturers’ teachings, the study tours and the scholarship opportunities, I am now able to continue my studies at university and have also made several lifelong friends and connections. I am grateful for the advice and guidance I have received during my time at the College."
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