16 December 2013
Let’s Get Your CityU Life Started!
Non-local Student Orientation Programme
Welcome to CityU! As non-local students, you may feel excited and yet daunted about coming to Hong Kong to study. There are lots of things to do, ranging from applying for your student visa to booking your flight to getting your student ID card… you may not even know where to get down to the nitty-gritty! Don’t worry – as a senior student, let me tell you how CityU can help you.
After you have received your letter of admission, you will surely be eager to learn what your life will be like in the following years. The Global Engagement Office (GEO) specially arranges these pre-arrival orientation sessions for undergraduate freshmen and their parents before arrival in Hong Kong. In 2013, sessions were held in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Seoul and Taipei. During the sessions, important information about visa applications, insurance, health care, regulations, and safety in Hong Kong is provided. Senior students talk about their life skills relating to CityU and teachers give tips about studying and living in Hong Kong.
- Shuttle bus service
Concerned about how to get to CityU on your first time in Hong Kong? Worried about travelling between the student residence and the campus in the beginning? Free shuttle buses will help you!
There is a free shuttle bus service to pick you up at the airport and take you to the student residence and the CityU campus during orientation week. There are also shuttle buses for commuting between the student residence and the campus.
- New student arrival hall
Located at the purple zone outside Lecture Theatre 18 on 4/F in Academic 1, the arrival hall is managed by GEO staff and student helpers to provide information and assist new students. Get your welcome pack and orientation schedule here. Have a good look at our orientation activities and feel free to ask questions. Our buddies and staff will be happy to help you! Feeling tired after your travels? Grab a piece of Dum Sum (Cantonese snacks) at our refreshments table!
- Campus tour
How do you study and live in CityU without knowing how to find your classrooms and all the facilities? Don’t hesitate to join the campus tour. Our friendly buddies will help familiarise you with the campus facilities, e.g. the Computing Services Centre, classrooms, lecture rooms, library, offices, restaurants and cafe, bookshop, bank, etc.
- Adjustments tips for non-local students
Feeling a bit lost upon arrival, as you have a lot to do? GEO organises this Adjustment Tips session for new students to introduce available resources and give tips, including how to obtain an HK ID card and how to adjust to the new environments in Hong Kong.
- College/school academic advice sessions
Get yourself acquainted with your college/school. There are various orientation and advice sessions held by the Colleges and Schools (CB, CLASS, SCE, SCM, SEE, SLW), when you will get to know more about academic matters, outstanding teachers and special college/school support services.
CB: College of Business
CLASS: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
CSE: College of Science and Engineering
SCM: School of Creative Media
SEE: School of Energy and Environment
SLW: School of Law
- Student information sessions
To help you understand the academic rules of CityU, a briefing given by the Academic Regulations and Records Office (ARRO) will tell you things you need to know about the academic structure and regulations in CityU, including how to register courses and choose your major.
The Student Development Service (SDS) organises a series of workshops and sessions on subjects ranging from student leadership training to adapting to university life. A special information session on entrance scholarship is also provided for non-local students during orientation week.
Make the most of all the library facilities and resources by joining the library orientation tour! Library tours will help you learn how to search for reading materials, get online resources, borrow and return books… You will be surprised by the rich collections at our library!
- Safety talk
Leaving home for a completely new place, is bound to make you both excited and nervous. CityU cares about your personal safety and wellbeing. Safety talks conducted by the Hong Kong Police are organised. Safety tips are also provided to new arrivals — the “Do’s and Don’ts” for Hong Kong and how to protect yourself generally while living and travelling overseas.
Visits to consulates general in Hong Kong will be arranged. Consular officials from your home country will share with you knowledge and skills that you might need when visiting and living in Hong Kong. This is also a wonderful opportunity to get to know friends from the same country!
Enriching your life
- Shopping tour
Troubled by where to buy daily necessities and personal stuff like bedding? Our buddies will volunteer to take you to IKEA or other stores to get the things you need.
Fascinated about interesting places in Hong Kong? A city excursion led by CityU buddies will take you to different spots in Hong Kong. It’s also a good opportunity to meet your fellows from all around the world!
Ready to start a new life here? We look forward to welcoming new faces during orientation! Orientation programme updates will be sent to new students by email, or you can check the GEO website nearer the start of the semester for the non-local student orientation schedule. Attending orientation is definitely the right way to get started!