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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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Vocational Training Council
Liew Wan Sing
Malaysia
Programme: Higher Diploma in Product, Interior and Exhibition Design – Jewellery Design Stream
"HKDI offers programmes in the niche areas such as jewellery design, which are really hard to find in Malaysia. Our projects and workshops reinforced the fundamental knowledge making it real and fun to learn too. Teachers also encourage us to take part in competitions and industry projects to broaden our horizons." Liew Wan Sing
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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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Caritas Institute of Higher Education
Ricardo Zhong
Jiangsu, Nanjing
Programme: Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) - Corporate Management
"The education system here in Hong Kong is very different from that of Nanjing and it certainly takes time to get used to. In the Mainland, everything follows a fixed pattern and every examination question has a standard “cut-and-dried” answer to it that one only needs to rote learn the whole lot. Lecturers and tutors here encourage students to “speak their minds” and seek answers and work out solutions to problems themselves. Through this process of “discovery” learning, we tend to remember what we have learned for a long time.

Language is still my major barrier and I hope I will soon pick up the local Cantonese dialect and make more friends. Of course, I must not forget English, which is an important global language."
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Caritas Institute of Higher Education
Bonnie Cai
Quanzhou, Fujian
Programme: Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) - Corporate Management
"As a ‘new kid on the block’ who arrived some three months ago from the Mainland, I have gradually settled in and adjusted to the local lifestyle. I am truly impressed by the “freedom of speech” here. In classroom discussions, I can freely express what is on my mind. Out of the classroom, I mingle with fellow students and argue with them heatedly over some hot topics. This feeling of ‘freedom in the air’ is great!"
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Caritas Institute of Higher Education
Bella Lee
Quanzhou, Fujian
Programme: Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) - Corporate Management
"Hong Kong is very different from my hometown, Fujian. Time is the essence here in this cosmopolitan city where East meets West! Life here is one big hustle and bustle to me but I love it because I have learned so much and gained so much. I would like to thank my parents for giving me such a great opportunity of studying and living in the SAR."
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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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