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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Robin Albrecht
Germany
Architectural Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong allows me to combine two of my major interests: exploring Hong Kong and China’s cultures and preparing for my future professional goals by studying Architecture. The fast pace of change in Hong Kong’s infrastructure makes it a great place to study Architecture. It’s so fascinating to see how much can change in as little as one year. Furthermore, CUHK’s environment also allows me to improve my skills in Cantonese – and to dabble in Putonghua.

After finishing my education, I would like to continue working in Asia to participate in its on-going evolution. Therefore, I believe that studying Architecture at CUHK in “Asia’s World City” is preparing me very well to achieve my goals!
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Noa Mimi Martine NEDERPELT
Netherlands
BBA in Global Business
Hong Kong seems like, as my European high school classmates would put it, ‘an interesting choice’ for someone to pursue a university degree. Born in the Netherlands but raised in Spain, I grew up in a multicultural environment with a Venezuelan-Dutch mother and a Dutch-German father, and therefore coming to study in Asia was not an irrational choice.

HKUST provides endless opportunities to all students such as internships, undergraduate research program and entrepreneurship training. Working for startups was a true highlight of my first semester. It allowed me to polish the skills needed in a corporate environment and I was able to work closely with the founders. The last startup I worked with became hugely successful, raising over 1 million USD on Kickstarter, and catapulted me into a world of connections and career opportunities. Take full advantage of opportunities that come your way, as you will reap the benefits far into the future.

If you wish to become a world citizen, HKUST is the place to go. Hong Kong itself is a melting pot of cultures that all contribute to the unique flavor of your university experience. I am so blessed to be a representative of this incredible university. It allowed me to grow and mould into the person I am today, and my pride in HKUST will only strengthen over time.
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Thomas Rohit NARAYANA SWAMY
France
BSc in Individualized Interdisciplinary Major (Bionics)
Firstly, why HKUST? To be honest it wasn’t really my first choice personally, but my parents thought that it would be a wonderful experience for me, discovering a new culture, new place and so far they have not been wrong. I’m currently studying BSc in Bionics. What is bionics? Bionics or bio-mechatronics is a very specific field. It is the interdisciplinary study of biology, mechanics, electronics and control. HKUST gave me this wonderful opportunity to tailor-make my own program to my specific interests. I initially came to HKUST in the hope of studying mechanical engineering but luckily for me I heard of this new program called IIM (Individualized Interdisciplinary Major), and with the support of professors and the school I was able to turn my interests to something I actually enjoy learning. I highly recommend the IIM program to anyone who has any specific interests in mind and vouch for HKUST’s supportive environment.
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
RETTIG, Lea Andrea
Germany
PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Having completed my Bachelor’s degree in Switzerland, I decided to pursue a master’s program in Environmental Science and Management at HKUST because of the diverse structure, openness to different backgrounds and the unique cultural insight Hong Kong offers. And I enjoyed the program very much, therefore I decided to further study its PhD program in order to gain an even deeper understanding and do research for certain environmental issues. My research allows me to understand more how environmental and sustainability issues can be integrated into the business world, which is my original field of interest and will surely prove very useful once applied in the future. The program is multi-faceted and has a good balance between pursuing own research, as well as attending courses, workshops and seminars. Also, experiencing studies in such a new cultural environment has very much broadened my own horizon and given me invaluable cultural knowledge and understanding which are always useful in understanding the world we live in and can aid in understanding one another better.

Pursuing my PhD studies in Hong Kong has been a challenging but also a very enriching experience for me and I would definitely recommend HKUST for students aspiring to start their new adventure in Hong Kong. It has truly been an eye-opening experience for me so far.
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Lingnan University
MARKU Ylber
Albania
Doctor of Philosophy in History
When I first came to Hong Kong as a PhD student in Lingnan, I did not know much about the University and the city. It resulted in a wonderful life experience in a city that reflects the world and a university that embodies the best of the liberal arts philosophy. In Lingnan, learning and teaching go hand in hand, and the close supervision makes the research process a unique path towards success.
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Kristina Braun
Germany
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Hotel Management
I have been studying and living in Hong Kong since 2011, I love this city because no one judges you, you can be whoever you want to be! I I love the mix between city and country life!

What I really like about being a PolyU student is that we are like a family. I always meet the same people in campus. After some times, we become very close friends. We share food, culture and passion. One of the most enjoyable moment of the day is to chill with my friends at the café near library.
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Savannah College of Art and Design (Hong Kong)
Amandine Piras
France
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising
Born in France, Ms. Amandine Piras arrived in Hong Kong when she was 3 years old and attended went to FIS (French International School). Amandine spent time in Taipei to further improve her Mandarin skills and is now studying at SCAD Hong Kong as an advertising major with a graphic design minor.

During Amandine’s very first year at SCAD, she won the second runner-up award for A-Fontane duvet design competition, and she has continued to achieve things she didn’t realize she was capable of doing. During summer 2015, a design competition with CSL Mobile Limited was organized through the SCAD Collaborative Learning Center (CLC); she and her team partner obtained second place for their submission to the interactive activity challenge. Recently, Amandine was chosen to be a peer tutor at SCAD, which she considers a rewarding job helping her peers in everything from critique, concepting, public speaking, and presentations to design software like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

Since September 2016, Amandine has been interning for Geometry Global, the activation branch of award-winning advertising agency Ogilvy and Mathers. She has been working part-time at the agency while continuing her full-time studies where she aced all her classes. Her internship will end in March (though they have offered to keep her longer), as she will leave for the US. Her plan is to then find work in Paris probably with the same agency, so as to obtain a competitive edge in her field.
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The University of Hong Kong
Timo Heinonen
Finland
Travelling around the world and meeting new friends
Hi! I’m Timo Heinonen from Finland. I joined HKU as an undergraduate in 2008 and I am now pursuing research as a Master's student.

After high school I wanted to broaden my horizons, experience something new and different. Given the region's cultural appeal, I was especially interested in studying in East Asia. Thanks to its geographical location at the heart of Asia and international atmosphere with English as the medium of instruction, I finally chose to study at HKU.

My advice to incoming students is that you will get more out of your study experience if you are willing to engage in local Hong Kong culture and lifestyle. In addition, although studying is important, try to join some of the university's varied extra-curricular programmes, including internships, workshops, and service trips. Some of my most memorable experiences have been the various off-campus learning programmes I have joined. For example, in my freshman year I did an internship in Ghana; in my second year I joined a programme run in cooperation with Harvard students and sponsored by HKU's Office of International Student Exchange (OISE); and in my third year I went to Beijing for exchange, also made possible by OISE. While I was expecting only to see greater China when I first moved to Hong Kong, these programmes have enabled me to travel around the world and meet new friends I wouldn't have come across in any other circumstances.


Timo Heinonen
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Jeremie Plane
France
Programme: Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Business
Jeremie Plane I always wanted to study abroad but wasn’t happy with the usual 1-semester exchange, so I decided to do the whole degree overseas right after I graduated from my Baccalauréat. I was considering the UK and North America until I visited Hong Kong and decided that was the place. I cannot begin to tell you how much I have learnt during the past 2 years in this ever-exciting city.

Coming to Hong Kong for my university studies has been, and still is a life-changing experience – one that I would recommend to anyone who has a large ambition and an open mind.

Ever since I arrived at HKUST, there have been ups and downs but my experience here has never been boring. I worked hard during my first semester and had to juggle my time between leisure, sports, and the university library! The result was worth it: I retained my scholarship and managed to transfer to my current program. Thereafter it became easier as I understood the system better and had more freedom to choose my courses. Now, I am easily managing my studies, leisure time and even a part-time job.

Being an international student from France, there were initially many things I had to adjust to. The competitive academic environment at HKUST challenges you to work hard, and expectedly I had to adapt to the cultural environment here (which is very different from home!). But these are also the challenges that make my experience here worthwhile – as they say, no pain, no gain. Besides, for all these challenges, I am privileged to meet a diverse community of students, faculty and staff members here, pick up some Cantonese and Putonghua language skills, and gain a substantial network which really helps my future prospects in this exciting region.

So, even though it was not apparent to me at first, coming to Hong Kong to study at HKUST turned out to be one of the best decisions I made. I would encourage anyone who can to seize this opportunity!
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Lingnan University
Veronika Ilavska
Slovakia
Programme: Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours)
I truly value every day of my current studies at Lingnan as I made the right choice of pursuing my studies here. The wide variety of courses taught by professionals who are also dedicated teachers. The enormous amount of outside classroom opportunities for further development and career preparation have contributed to my opinion. Moreover, I have got to know here a lot of interesting people from different cultures and that makes my social life very interesting and enjoyable! Veronika Ilavska
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