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.
Programme: BEng Mechatronic Engineering
One of the most beneficial things I have done at CityU is joining the English Debate Team. It has given me so many opportunities to meet fascinating people here at CityU, in other universities in Hong Kong and all around the world. Also, it has made a big impact on my public speaking skills and ability to use logic and reason. I was lucky enough to go to a debate tournament with our CityU team in Tokyo, which allowed me to see a new city and bond with my teammates. So my advice would be get involved on campus, there are so many great societies, clubs and teams!
When I first came to Hong Kong it was love at first sight. Everything about this bustling mega-city enticed me. I think it's one of the few places in the world where you have such a highly developed urban life and nature side-by-side. Within 30 minutes of Central there are so many islands, beaches and hiking trails it's hard to imagine the chaos of the city center is so nearby. It's this duality that brought me here and continues to amaze me.
Country: Laguna Beach, California USA
Programme: BA Linguistics and Language Technology with Korean minor
"CityU has offered a lot of opportunities for internships and participation in large-scale competitions, through which you may be able to meet with potential employers and future partners. I found these experiences helpful for my professional development."
"With all business attention moving from the West to the East, I can see very good job opportunities in Hong Kong. My plan is to become a public certified accountant in Hong Kong within a few years after graduation. Since the qualification is globally recognized, I could then consider pursuing my career in different parts of the world."
Ashtar Ali Bangash
Programme: BBA Accountancy
My first visit to Hong Kong left an impression, which during couple of years grew into some real feelings towards the city. The Ocean, landmark, people, food, beaches, mountains around, - everything is so different from the "world" I am from, and yet so exciting. Hong Kong provides its citizens with plenty of life-enjoyment opportunities; in the free of studies time I have learned how to Kite-surf and paraglide, and that would never be possible in the city where I am from. Hong Kong is an amazing place to start career and live a happy life for a young energetic and ambitious people.
Hong Kong provides students with a variety of different universities. However, my choice was City University of Hong Kong. I loved the concept of it from the first time I have visited the campus. The location of campus may explain a lot about this fast growing and innovation-oriented university. Located not far away from the city center it is also close to the nature. CityU is in the middle between the busy inspiring city landmark and calm and relaxing beauties of nature. In my opinion City University combines comfort and opportunities providing a learning hub and a home to people from all over the world.
Vladimir A. Baskov
Programme: BSS Asian and International Studies
"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!
Programme: BBA Accountancy
While international students increased year by year, there are lots of chances to meet people from everywhere in CityU. I am so pleased to get alone with classmates from other cultures. By doing projects and activities with different backgrounds of students, I am always inspired by the ideas that I have never thought of.
The crash of different mindsets and lifestyles pour new and surprising experiences to all students in CityU. For the time being, the best thing I get from CityU is probably the opportunity to exchange to Netherlands. It would be great to understand a brand new life that differs from my own country. In a word, you will never feel regret getting into CityU!
Chou Ying Chun, Ingrid
Programme: BBA Accountancy and Management Information Systems
During my time at CityU I had the opportunity of working with MEAO, SRO and College of Business through the OSS schemes, all of which gave me the experience needed to kick-start my career. My ventures with the International Student Society also built up my stress resistance, negotiation skills and multi-tasking abilities.
Working with and around all the cultural differences and stereotypes was definitely one of the challenging and memorable experiences in CityU. I walked away knowing more about myself and the kind of role I can play in Hong Kong. Plus, where else can you get a group of good friends all from different parts of the world.
Yu Cher Chan, Jack
Programme: BBA Marketing (Current Alumni)
Company: Financial Times (HK) Ltd