Credit: Phan Virginia (2016-17 inbound exchange student from France)
2017 — 18 Student Exchange Programme
|Destinations||Name of Universities|
|A||Taiwan：||National Changhua University of Education|
|National Chi Nan University|
|Fo Guang University|
|National United University|
|National Taiwan University|
|National Chengchi University|
|Shih Hsin University|
|Fu Jen Catholic University|
|Feng Chai University|
|Chung Yuan Christian University|
|B||France：||Institut National Des Langues Et Civilistions Orientales|
|Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main|
|BSP Business School Berlin|
|Swinburne University of Technology|
|University of Wollongong|
|G||Mainland：||Dalian University of Foreign Language|
|Yunnan University of Finance and Economics|
|Ocean University of China|
|Communication University of China|
|Shanghai University of Finance and Economics|
Sharing from Outbound Exchange Students:
“If you ask me what rewards I have gained from the BEST program, I would say it is the attitude towards life. The locals would spend most of the time to do what they value. For instance, the shops wou ld not be opened on Sundays and holidays, sometimes even on Saturdays. They would spend the time with family in holiday. They would chat and drink in a place for the whole afternoon. Their pace is slow compared to Hong Kong. Yet, it is comfortable. I had just stayed in Germany for a month, but I felt relaxed and contented. The experience has made me a more compassionate, selfless and sympathetic person. These are the things that I have learnt.”
—— YUNG Wai Him William, Department of Business Administration
Host university: University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany
Left: William (L2) BBQ with classmates and buddies at University of Duisberg-Essen.
Right: Visiting the Parliament (The German Bundestag) in Berlin.
“…I have been studying at the University of Potsdam for five months. The host university offered some courses which are quite unique to me. I met people from different countries. It broadens my horizon…Not only do I have to thank my home university for giving me a chance to be an exchange student but also to the University of Potsdam. My decision to join the exchange programme is definitely justified.
—— LAW Nok Yi, Department of English
Host university: Potsdam University, Germany
In the learning process, explanations from professors and classmates made me gain a wealth of knowledge. The innovative teaching methods also put spice into a dull classroom. In addition to acquiring academic knowledge, I also built up genuine friendship with my classmates there, which offered me an unforgettable experience.
—— LO Shuk Yan (Left 2 in the photo), Department of Architecture
Host university: Dankook University, Korea
Going on an exchange programme at the Communication University of China has given me lots of chances to learn more about media production in China by attending classes. Interacting with the local students also enabled me to understand each other’s culture, background and way of thinking.
—— KOON Ka Man, Department of Journalism and Communication
Host university: Communication University of China, Beijing
I can say that the experience of being an exchange student this year has affected my life. I came across many people and plenty of things. Every day I heard stories from different countries, and learnt different folk customs, which enriched my life experience. I was fortunate in making friends with many people from various countries. Friendship is the most valuable thing I have acquired this year. Coming from
different parts of the world, we put aside our old values to have a taste of new things, and we opened ourselves up to forge profound friendship, which gave a sense of satisfaction that is hard to describe in words. I have been to a few countries to visit my good friends, and have invited them to visit to Hong Kong, with me as their tourist guide. Currently, I am planning to visit them in different countries next summer holiday!
—— TAI Ka Yee (Left 3, line 2 in the photo), Department of Journalism & Communication
Host institution: Dankook University, Korea
Sharing from Inbound Exchange Students:
My name is Belinda from Frankfurt in Germany.
I am really looking forward to my exchange semester in Hong Kong as I am deeply interested in other cultures. After my A level I have been to Hong Kong for one week and really enjoyed the big, multi cultural city. That is why I decided to come back for my semester abroad. A main reason for me to go abroad is to gain new experiences with other cultures, to improve my English and to get to know an other university with interesting classes. I am curious to meet a lot of interesting new people from all over the world and make a lot of new friends. Certainly, I want to travel a lot while I’m in Hong Kong because I want to experience as much as possible. As an rather active and open minded person I hope to meet new friends very fast and have an amazing time together!
—— Heigl Belinda from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Hey folks, I´m Julia from Berlin, Germany.
At home I´m studying international management in the 3rd year.
I spent the last 3 month interning at Mastercard in Sydney, Australia.
I´m really looking forward to my stay in Hongkong and especially to the time at the Chu Hai College. I´m curious to meet students from all over the world and make new friends!
I´m also looking for travel buddies who are keen to go on trips to the outer city region and China.
I love being outdoors and go hiking. Back home I spent a lot of time with my horse and my dog. Furthermore I´m passionate about traveling and diving into different cultures.
I´m also a big fan of theater, stand up comedy and concerts.
See you on campus!
—— Gschmeidy Julia from Business School Berlin, Germany
Chu Hai College provided me with high quality lectures. The lectures were taught in English and all of them had their own specialty…… I was happy to see the involvement of the student union, in terms of activities and organizing an Orientation-Camp for new students. … I enjoyed the environment as well as living here on the brand-new campus. Chu Hai College provided me with the opportunity to explore many different possibilities for my future.
—— Seny Chowdhary (Sunny), from the Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
—— Seny Chowdhary (Sunny) 來自德國杜伊斯堡－埃森大學
For my study experience, I am very satisfied with the courses I chose because the teachers are enthusiastic and they broadened my horizon. I got to know more about myself and how I can build my career. I am very surprised how involved and closed to their students the teachers here are. It builds student’s self-confidence and makes them happy to come and study. Studying abroad at Chu Hai College is a life experience that won’t come into your life twice, so if you have the chance to go, seize it!
—— Virginia PHAN, from the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France
—— Virginia PHAN來自法國巴黎東方語言文化學院
First of all my personal goal is to meet new people and getting to know more about their culture and personal habits.
Another goal of mine is to improve my knowledge of financial topics and my English skills which are both important for my future career and my life.
Moreover I hope that I can also improve my presentation skills especially to speak in front of a lot of people.
My expectations for my semester abroad are the same as you see above. I think I will learn a lot of new things and meet a lot of new people. Furthermore the way the students learn is different because you learn in smaller groups and there are more interactions in the courses. You make presentations, write homework assignments and make group projects and this is very important for my soft skills and for my Eng-lish. We do not have this in our university. Also I think the courses are more informal because there are not so many students and you have a closer cooperation with the professors.
—— Wesp Bjorn from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Living in Hong Kong would be one of the most challenging steps I’ve taken in life. It doesn’t has anything to do with being away from home since I really enjoy travelling to different places and stay there as long as I could to get the feeling of places and its cultures.
Nevertheless, becoming an exchange student in Hong Kong is a totally different story which I feel like there’s more than just travelling, have fun and try to get through the day but the challenging part is trying to adapt and working towards my dreams, so I’d like to see and prove to myself that I can live well or even do well in any places. Hong Kong to me is never really an ideal place to live in but if we are talking about working skills and life perspective, I can see that I would learn so much from staying in Hong Kong.
—— Nattakarn Wongratanakulthon from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
The Department of Architecture has a variety of international and inspiring professors. This results in a very international education that provided me with a lot of new perspectives about architecture. The positive atmosphere in the studios was a boosting factor during the design progress of my assignments.
—— Jakob Ghijsebrechts, from the Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium
—— Jakob Ghijsebrechts 來自比利時哈塞爾特大學
My name is Pathitta Sivamard. I am a fourth year architecture student in Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. I came to Hong Kong to study as an exchange student for one semester. The past three years at Chulalongkorn University have granted me a solid foundation in design and architecture and also inspired me to dream of pursuing a career in sustainable architecture.
I came here in hopes of many things. I want to experience new environment and meet new people. Hong Kong is ranked as one of the most sustainable cities in Asia and I am looking forward to numerous opportunities in participating in cutting-edge researches and doing projects surrounding the subject I greatly enjoy. Studying and living in Hong Kong will certainly fuel my aspiration in sustainable architecture.
—— Pathitta Sivamard from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
All of the lectures were taught in English. Moreover, they were really interesting. It was a really new experience for me, because the teaching methods were different from those in Germany. We had on average just 20 students per lecture. All of the professors and the entire staff were really kind, and if we had any questions they would always take time for us. …
—— Seddanth Kakkar (Sid), from the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
—— Seddanth Kakkar (Sid) 來自德國歌德大學