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Name (o ptio nal)

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Ro dman Ngo

Sarah

Alexandra Edell

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E-mail Address (o ptio nal)

T e xt Re spo nse ro dman.ngo @gmail.co m

Cho i aedell@usc.edu

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Lo catio n

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39 Aalto University Scho o l o f Eco no mics

4 Australian Natio nal University

6 Chinese University o f Ho ng Ko ng

5 Co penhagen Business Scho o l

3 Co rvinus University o f Budapest

37 Chulalo ngko rn University

2 ESADE Business Scho o l

40 ESCEM

38 ESCP-EAP

6 5 Fudan University

13 HEC Scho o l o f Management

7 Ho ng Ko ng UNiversity o f Science and Techno lo gy

58 ICHEC Brussels

6 3 IE Scho o l o f Business

15 Ko rea University Business Scho o l

16 Natio nal University o f Singapo re

18 Natio nal Taiwan University

27 Peking University

14 Ro tterdam Scho o l o f Management

6 1 Seo ul Natio nal University

19 Singapo re Management University

1 Thammasat University

57 Universidade de No va de Lisbo n

6 4 Universiidad de Carlo s Madrid III

11 Universita Co mmerciale Luigi Bo cco ni

6 2 University o f Ho ng Ko ng

9 University o f Manchester, Manchester Business Scho o l

10 University o f Melbo urne

12 University o f Navarra

17 University o f St. Gallen

59 Vienna University o f Eco no mics and Business

8 WHU Otto Beisheim Scho o l o f Management

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What is yo ur academic status this semester?

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What is yo ur expected date o f graduatio n fro m USC (Semester and year, eg

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What is yo ur majo r?

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Business Administratio n

Business Administratio n/Cinematic Arts

Business Administatio n

Business Administratio n and East Asian Area Studies

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What is yo ur co ncentratio n (Business majo rs o nly)?

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Co rpo rate Finance

Cinematic Arts

Internatio nal Business

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Please indicate the term in which yo u were abro ad (semester and year, eg

Fall 20 0 9 ).

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Spring 20 12

Spring 20 12

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Fall 20 12

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I. GENERAL PROGRAM EVALUATION Please rate the fo llo wing items:

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1. Yo ur o verall satisfactio n with the pro gram.

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1 2. To what extent did the pro gram meet yo ur expectatio ns?

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3. To what extent was yo ur participatio n in the pro gram a valuable learning experience?

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3. T o what e xt e nt was yo ur part icipat io n in t he pro gram a valuable le arning e xpe rie nce ?

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4. To what extent wo uld yo u reco mmend this pro gram to o ther USC students?

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II. ACADEMIC PROGRAM

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1 5. To what extent were yo ur co urses intellectually challenging?

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6 . Ho w co mparable was the quality o f instructio n and academic demand o f classes to that o f USC?

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7. The grading system used in the co urses was explained.

8 . I was able to register fo r all the classes that I wanted.

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1 9 . To what extent were yo u prepared fo r the co ursewo rk?

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10 . To what extent do yo u feel yo u were immersed in the culture o f the ho st co untry?

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11. To what extent did yo u gain a better appreciatio n o f the ho st culture's perspectives?

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9 . T o what e xt e nt we re yo u pre pare d f o r t he co urse wo rk?

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12. Please rate yo ur o verall satisfactio n with the co ntent o f the co urses yo u to o k.

13. Please rate yo ur o verall satisfactio n with the quality o f instructio n.

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13. Ple ase rat e yo ur o ve rall sat isf act io n wit h t he qualit y o f inst ruct io n.

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14. Please rate the o verall level o f faculty interest in students.

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15. Please rate yo ur o verall satisfactio n with the academic pro gram.

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III. LANGUAGE PREPARATIONIf yo u did no t take a fo reign language class this semester, please cho o se "No t applicable" fo r each questio n.

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16 . Ho w were yo ur language skills befo re the pro gram?

2 17. Ho w were yo ur language skills after the pro gram?

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18 . Yo ur living situatio n aided yo ur language acquisitio n.

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16 . Ho w we re yo ur language skills be f o re t he pro gram ?

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18. Yo ur living sit uat io n aide d yo ur language acquisit io n.

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19 . If yo u studied a fo reign language o n the pro gram, please rate yo ur o verall level o f satisfactio n with the language educatio n co mpo nent o f the pro gram.

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19 . If yo u st udie d a f o re ign language o n t he pro gram , ple ase rat e yo ur o ve rall le ve l o f sat isf act io n wit h t he language e ducat io n co m po ne nt o f t he pro gram .

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IV. SUPPORT SERVICESPlease rate yo ur level o f satisfactio n with the fo llo wing catego ries:

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22. On-site academic facilities (e.g. classro o ms, libraries, co mputer labs), excluding ho using.

4 23. Co mmunicatio n with the USC Marshall o ffice in Lo s Angeles

5 24. Overall impressio n o f o n-site suppo rt services

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classro o m s, librarie s, co m put e r labs), e xcluding ho using.

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V. HOUSINGPlease rate yo ur level o f satisfactio n with the fo llo wing catego ries:

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2 26 . Lo catio n o f student ho using

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27. Quality o f ho using arrangements

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VI. OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS 31. Why did yo u cho o se this pro gram?

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I wanted to go to Ho ng Ko ng and tho ugh HKU was a new pro gram in IEP, the lo catio n o f HKU was in the heart o f the city itself, which is so mething I lo o ked fo rward to

I wanted to study in Ho ng Ko ng at a university with a British educatio n system that wo uld give me an o ppo rtunity to study co urses in vario us fields, get invo lved in numero us activities, and meet students fro m aro und the wo rld. I also wanted to study so mewhere centrally lo cated in Ho ng Ko ng, and HKU has the best lo catio n being o n

Ho ng Ko ng Island next to Central.

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32. Please co mpare these aspects o f yo ur pro gram with study at USC.

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1 1) Quality o f instructio n

2 2) Co ntent o f co urses

3 3) Intellectual challenge o f co urses

4 4) Faculty interest in/suppo rt o f students

5 5) Individual assistance pro vided

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33. Ho w much study time per week do yo u reco mmend in o rder to keep up with classes?

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5-7 ho urs

Much mo re than the credit ho urs o f wo rk yo u are taking. Fo r example, if yo u are taking 18 units, yo u sho uld expect to study much mo re than 18 ho urs a week studying, o n average.

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34. Ho w, if at all, do es the structure o f the co urses differ fro m tho se at

USC? Did yo u like o r dislike these differences?

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It really depended o n the co urse itself, but the class structure in terms o f ho mewo rk, quizzes, midterms, and finals is quite similar. Business classes have a lo t mo re emphasis o n gro up presentatio ns, so many o f my classes did no t actually have final exams which was nice. Altho ugh I'm no t the biggest fan o f gro up pro jects, it was nice in that I wasn't o verlo aded with exams at the end o f my semester.

So me o f the co urses I to o k did no t have a final exam and had a final paper instead. I dislike that difference because I prefer to take a final exam. Faculty o f Arts co urses are the co urses that usually have final papers instead o f final exams and are mo re likely to have fewer exams than co urses fro m the Faculty o f Business and Eco no mics.

Business and eco no mics co urses are structured mo re like USC co urses in terms o f different grading metho ds. Mo st co urses tend to put the mo st weight o n the final. I do no t like this as well because I prefer a mo re balanced grading scale with weight mo re evenly distributed amo ng different grading metho ds.

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35. Are there co urses o r pro fesso rs that yo u wo uld particular reco mmend? Please explain:

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Yes, Principles o f Entrepreneurship & Internatio nal Marketing were my two favo rite business classes. Other than that, I wo uld reco mmend to explo re so me o f their CORE classes o r maybe even a Chinese language class if there is ro o m in yo ur schedule.

Dr. Su Yun Kim fo r Ko rean Studies co urses, especially Advanced Ko rean Studies 1. Dr. Yo shiko Nakano and Dr. Izumi Nakayama fo r Japanese Studies co urses, especially Intro ductio n to Japanese Studies. Baniel Cheung fo r Marketing co urses, especially Advertising Management. Dr. Larry Do ngxiao Qiu fo r Fo reign Investment and

Trade in China, an Eco no mics co urse.

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36 . Are there co urses o r pro fesso rs that yo u wo uld advise against taking?

Please explain:

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N/A

Stay away fro m Finance, Eco no mics, and Acco unting co urses, with the exceptio n o f the Eco no mics class I mentio ned.

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37. Has participatio n in this pro gram influenced yo ur academic o r career go als? Ho w?

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Yes, it has definitely o pened up my mind to thinking abo ut po tential future careers abro ad and in Ho ng Ko ng in particular. Ho ng Ko ng is o ne o f the mo st internatio nal cities where yo u are expo sed to peo ple o f all cultures. In additio n, it is o ne o f the mo st dynamic cities where east truly meets west. Business is at the heart and so ul o f Ho ng

Ko ng; ho wever there are many o ther gro wing industries and smaller, private businesses that po sitio n itself in the internatio nal markets which I fo und a lo t o f interest in as well

Yes. I decided that Ho ng Ko ng is no t so mewhere that is right fo r me to wo rk and live, except fo r a sho rt-term perio d because I do no t want to go into Finance o r Real Estate there, and it is hard to wo rk there if yo u are no t in tho se industries. Wo rking in Ho ng Ko ng fo r me will mo st likely be in co nsulting because co nsulting can be do ne anywhere. Marketing may also be an o ptio n, but to wo rk in Marketing, it is necessary to also speak Canto nese o r Mandarin, depending o n the market fo cus o f a firm.

Because o f no t speaking Chinese, I do no t believe I can wo rk there lo ng term in any industries I wo uld want to pursue. Ho wever, being in Ho ng Ko ng has inspired me to learn ho w to read Chinese characters since certain businesses such as restaurants do no t have their pro ducts written in English.

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Please tell us abo ut yo ur experience with the fo reign language o f yo ur ho st co untry: 38 . Besides English, what is (are) the language(s) mo st pro minently spo ken o n the campus o f the university where yo u studied?

T e xt Re spo nse

Canto nese, Mandarin

Canto nese and Mandarin

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39 . Did yo u speak the ho st language, o r receive any language training in the ho st language prio r to , o r during yo ur semester abro ad? If yes, please explain:

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No , English is co mmo nly used everywhere aro und HK

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31.

Then rate:

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1 1) Yo ur language skills befo re the pro gram:

2 2) Language training o n the pro gram:

3 3) Yo ur pro ficiency after the pro gram:

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40 . Did cultural/so cial activities spo nso red by the pro gram assist yo u in language acquisitio n?

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No

Yes. Lo cal friends I met taught me a few helpful wo rds and phrases in Canto nese.

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41. Did o utside/o ther activities help? Please explain.

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Yes, just being expo sed to lo cal restaurants, taxi drivers, etc. helped me learn so me basic Canto nese

Yes. Lo cal friends I met at o ther activities taught me a few helpful wo rds and phrases in Canto nese as well.

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42. What percentage o f students o n the campus o f yo ur ho st co untry

(wo uld yo u estimate) actively speak English?

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40 %

6 0 %

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43. Ho w wo uld yo u reco mmend that students prepare fo r language differences abro ad?

T e xt Re spo nse

If yo u cho o se to go abro ad to Ho ng Ko ng, language barriers sho uld no t be much o f an issue fo r this lo catio n. English is readily used and is o ne o f the primary languages used in the regio n

Be prepared to learn at least a few key wo rds and phrases to make daily life easier alo ng with asking fo r help when there is so mething written o r spo ken that yo u canno t understand. So me things yo u canno t do yo urself if yo u do no t have the ability to co mmunicate in a fo reign language to a certain level. Make many friends fro m o ther co untries at USC o r elsewhere if po ssible and learn to be mo re patient and willing to ask fo r help. Lastly, develo p a desire to learn o ther languages, at least so me o f what is useful fo r daily life.

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45. If yo u used STA Travel fo r transpo rtatio n arrangements, were yo u satisfied? Please explain.

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N/A

No t applicable.

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46 . Is there any aspect o f the pro gram that yo u wo uld like to see changed o r different? (VERY IMPORTANT!)

T e xt Re spo nse

The co nditio ns o f ho using acco mmo datio ns co uld have been better...It was a bit difficult to get used to , but o verall was decent fo r a semester's stay

Yes. I wo uld like students to be to ld o f all o f the ho using o ptio ns available to them befo re applying and the realistic chances o f being placed in a particular building. I do no t recall being to ld abo ut the new Residential Co lleges at the time o f my ho using applicatio n, and I was no t aware that halls are mainly fo r full-time no n-exchange students. If I had kno wn tho se things, I wo uld have cho sen to live in the Residential Co lleges instead o f where I was placed.

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47. Additio nal co mments o n services and co o rdinatio n.

T e xt Re spo nse

At the beginning, it is very impo rtant to be in go o d co mmunicatio n with the exchange co o rdinatio n pro gram called CEDARS. They are the o ne who help yo u settle in, wo rk with ho using, etc. There's a lo t o f paperwo rk in the beginning, so keep o rganized. The first week may be co nfusing with different fo rms & e-mails that tell yo u info rmatio n abo ut ho using, classes, etc. but the mo re o rganized yo u are, the better o ff yo u will be.

The university o wned flats are dirty, and the buildings are o ld with no elevato rs. I heard that halls are dirty as well, and I assume the buildings are also o ld o nes witho ut elevato rs. The Residential Co lleges are clean and mo dern like US do rmito ries, but yo u canno t co o k in them even tho ugh there are co mmo n ro o m kitchens because o d a smo ke detecto r issue. I assume this will be reso lved so o ner than later.

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Please tell us abo ut yo ur travel experiences. 48 . Ho w did yo u find yo ur arrangements to the ho st institutio n?

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Wo uld yo u reco mmend this metho d?

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Yes, all co mmunicatio n is do ne thro ugh e-mail in the beginning

Yes.

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49 . What was the average co st fo r ro und-trip tickets to yo ur ho st co untry?

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$350 0 -$4,0 0 0

$140 0 USD fro m Philadelphia.

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50 . Ho w o ften did yo u travel and to where?

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I travelled o nce every 3-4 weeks. During my stay, I travelled to the Philippines, Thailand, Singapo re, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, and Ko rea

Three times o utside o f Ho ng Ko ng - o nce to Taiwan and twice to Macau (Macao ). In Ho ng Ko ng I traveled numero us places including the o utlying islands o f Lantau,

Lamma, Cheung Chau, and Peng Chau.

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51. Did the structure o f the ho st institutio n's co urse schedule fo ster travel o ppo rtunity o r prevent it? Why?

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No they did no t fo ster any travel pro grams, but they did enco urage students to travel as much as po ssible. At o rientatio n, they made sure to let exchange students kno w to plan in advance o f any travels in o rder to save co sts o n tickets, co o rdinate with classes, and be prepared fo r exam schedules.

The co urse schedule fo stered it, but the immense wo rklo ad prevented it unless yo u do no t care to o much abo ut the grades yo u recieve at HKU.

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52. Do yo u have any tips o r info rmatio n abo ut traveling while abro ad that yo u wo uld like to share with upco ming exchange students preparing fo r their trip?

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HKU has many rando m ho lidays and breaks during the scho o l year. There's a "reading week" each semester which is like a Fall/Spring break...it's no t a bad idea to bo o k tickets o r plan a trip in advance fo r that week if yo u do plan to travel. My advice o verall is to take advantage o f HK's lo catio n in regards to the rest o f Asia and S.E Asia.

Traveling is quite easy aro und the area with cheap tickets available (if yo u buy in advance)...many times we bo o ked trips last minute, which still wo rked o ut fine, but we definitely co uld've saved co sts if we planned early o n.

Make plans early. Bo o k plane tickets and ho tels no t to o early, as there are plenty o f deals thro ugh Cathay Pacific Fanfares, Gro upo n HK, and o thers. Also , make many friends while o n exchange so yo u have lo ts o f o ptio ns o f peo ple to travel with.

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53. EXPENSES: Ho w much spending mo ney FOR THE ENTIRE

SEMESTER wo uld yo u reco mmend that the next participants budget fo r this pro gram?

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2 Ho using/rent

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54. Did yo u experience any fo rm o f crime, o r were yo u in danger at any time (such as the victim o r witness o f assault, ro bbery, etc.)? If yes, please explain:

T e xt Re spo nse

Yes, in Beijing I go t pick-po cketed, but was lucky eno ugh to get it returned thro ugh the po lice. My situatio n was REALLY lucky; ho wever, this ho lds true fo r any city yo u visit...be careful o f yo ur belo ngings because ro bbery & pick-po ckets do happen quite frequently. Ho ng Ko ng itself ho wever is quite safe, I never o nce felt in danger when I was o ut. In general, just be a smart traveler and watch o ut fo r yo ur things.

No .

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55. Befo re departure fro m USC, o r upo n immediate arrival to yo ur ho st co untry, do yo u think yo u were adequately warned and/o r prepared to deal with mo st incidents mentio ned in the Health and Safety sectio n o f this evaluatio n?

T e xt Re spo nse

Yes

Yes.

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56 . If yo u did no t feel adequately prepared (respo nse to questio n #55), what do yo u think yo u needed to kno w o r hear in advance? Ho w co uld yo u have been better info rmed and/o r prepared?

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N/A

No t applicable.

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57. Were yo u kno wledgeable abo ut yo ur USC o verseas insurance co verage po licy?

T e xt Re spo nse

Yes

Yes.

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58 . Did yo u experience any negative treatment that yo u feel was related to yo ur ethnicity, race, natio nal o rigin, gender, sexual o rientatio n, o r religio n? If yes, please explain:

T e xt Re spo nse

No

No .

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59 . What was the best part o f the pro gram?

T e xt Re spo nse

Travel experience, meeting friends fro m aro und the wo rld, getting expo sed to a truly internatio nal enviro nment

Traveling aro und Ho ng Ko ng and Macau (Macao ), celebrating the ho lidays in Ho ng Ko ng, and making new friends and co nnectio ns.

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6 0 . What was the mo st difficult part?

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N/A...depending o n what yo u usually eat at ho me, fo o d might be a bit hard to get used to at first, but mo st peo ple end up really enjo ying lo cal Asian cuisine by the end o f the trip. Also , my o nly co mplaint abo ut Ho ng Ko ng wo uld be its unpredictable weather. There's always a mix o f rain, clo uds, mo nso o ns, humidity, o cean fo g, etc. and weather is really quite spastic thro ugho ut o ne day.

The o verwhelming co urselo ad, no t getting into the language class I needed to take to graduate when planned, finding co urses I liked and getting registered into them at the beginning o f the semester, and no t being able to do eat at certain places witho ut a friend that can read Chinese and/o r speak Canto nese o r Mandarin.

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6 1. Describe a situatio n that yo u experienced as a result o f culture sho ck o r cultural misunderstanding. Ho w did yo u reso lve it?

T e xt Re spo nse

N/A

I did no t experience anything as a result o f culture sho ck o r cultural misunderstanding because I have been aro und Chinese culture numero us times and Ho ng Ko ng is also very Western. Ho wever, I still canno t get used to seeing peo ple wear masks when they have a co ugh and go abo ut their daily life as if everything is no rmal because in the US an individual wo uld have a highly dangero us disease mo st likely when wearing a mask. What I did experience was getting the wro ng fo o d o rder so metimes because o f a language barrier. I reso lved it by slo wly explaining what I o rdered to co rrect any mistakes. Occasio nally, I wo uld no t be able to change the mistake but usually everything wo rked o ut.

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6 2. Describe so mething that yo u are pro ud o f having acco mplished during yo ur stay.

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Having travelled to as many co untries as I did while balancing just as much time explo ring Ho ng Ko ng

I am pro ud that I did so much o n my o wn despite the language barrier in Ho ng Ko ng and that I did no t need help fo r anything really impo rtant that I had to do while in Ho ng

Ko ng.

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6 3. What do yo u wish yo u had kno wn abo ut befo re leaving?

T e xt Re spo nse

Ho ng Ko ng is tiny relative to Califo rnia...it literally is a speck o n the map. I o riginally tho ught I wo uld be able to co ver Ho ng Ko ng in a week's time, which yo u co uld (if yo u o nly visit the really to uristy places), but take time to go o ut o f the city and explo re the hidden gems o f HK (i.e New Territo ries, the beaches, etc.) Ho ng Ko ng is made up fo r hundreds o f small islands, which peo ple fo rget, so take advantage o f all the beautiful beaches, bays, and hikes that are available just o utside o f the city.

That HKU co ursewo rk is to o heavy and the fo reign language co urses are rather strict when it co mes to getting into a particular level o f a class. Also , I sho uld have been clear with the co urses I wanted to take befo re co ming to HKU since co urse registratio n is a stressful pro cess. Additio nally, I sho uld have made a request to live at the

Residential Co lleges at the time o f my ho using applicatio n o r immediately upo n arrive to HKU if they were no t o ffered to me at the time o f applying fo r ho using because that is the best ho using o ffered. Lastly, Ho ng Ko ng is a lo t mo re Chinese than Western in its culture so it is no t as easy to live in as peo ple make it o ut to be. Ho ng Ko ng is amo ng the easiest places to live in Asia tho ugh, in my o pinio n.

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6 4. Do yo u have any travel tips to share?

T e xt Re spo nse

Open-mindedness and patience is key. Traveling thro ugh Asia is different than traveling thro ugh Euro pe. Especially if yo u do n't speak the co untry's language, it might be difficult getting yo urself aro und with all the language barriers. Travel in gro ups always...no t just because it's safer, but because yo u get to kno w the o ther exchange kids and build mo re relatio nships that way. Certain mannerisms o r custo ms (i.e no o ne likes to make a single-filed line in China o r peo ple may seem to be yelling when talking o n the pho ne in a subway) may seem harsh o r hard to get used to , but again, be o pen to it. Also , always try to pack & travel lightly when backpacking thro ugh multiple co untries at a time.

Make plans early, make many friends as to have may travel o ptio ns, and so metimes yo u need to think in terms o f US Do llar value, no t lo cal currency value, Lo o k o ut fo r deals such as at Gro upo n HK and Cathay Pacific Fanfares. Do lo ts o f research befo re a trip, but do no t do to o much when traveling as to rush everything and feel tired.

Slo w do wn so me and yo u will have mo re fun.

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6 5. What wo uld yo u like to say to the students go ing after yo u?

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It was truly the best semester o f my life. I wo uld first o f all say I'm so jealo us o f yo ur jo urney ahead and to take me back with yo u! Ho ng Ko ng is o ne o f the wo rld's mo st dynamic cities, I can no t express that eno ugh. Tho ugh it's technically a part o f China, there is still a lo t o f remnants o f British culture everywhere. One seco nd yo u'll be walking thro ugh Central o r the business district, which is bo mbarded with busy expats and co vered with internatio nal luxury brands and the next seco nd yo u'll find yo urself walking thro ugh a small alley way o f lo cal Chinese fruit stands. Yo u'll co nstantly be surprised o ne way o r ano ther. Do n't wo rry if yo u can't speak the language, I didn't kno w any Canto nese and I was the fine the who le semester. Yo u'll be able to get aro und just fine kno wing English, which is ano ther co nvenient facto r. HK has pro bably o ne o f the wo rld's mo st efficient transpo rtatio n systems; so mething I will definitely miss co ming back to traffic-co ngested LA. The first week may be so co nfusing and yo u may get o verwhelmed, but take things o ne at a time...so me peo ple may just try to travel the entire semester, but get to kno w Ho ng Ko ng, the city yo u cho se to study abro ad in. Mo st times when I travelled, I abso lutely co uldn't wait to get back to HK. Make new friends, bo th exchange and lo cal students...tho ugh mo st exchange students naturally fo rm clo se friendships early o n, meet lo cal HK friends as well in o rder to keep lo ng-lasting friends in HK itself and to really get the inside sco o p o n HK life.

If yo u go to HKU, be prepared to do a lo t o f co ursewo rk. It was really to o much fo r me, so yo u may co nsider o ther o ptio ns in Ho ng Ko ng. Ho wever, HKU is really a great university if yo u can find a way to get thro ugh the wo rklo ad. The university o ffers many clubs to jo in, it is extremely co nveniently lo cated in Ho ng Ko ng, and many o f the pro fesso rs are fantastic. Also , the English level o f the pro fesso rs and students is quite high because o f the standards set by the university.

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6 6 . Any final tho ughts...

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Cho o se HKU!!!! It was the first semester that USC did an IEP pro gram with HKU and I'm surprised that we never had this partnership befo re. HKU co mpared to the o ther 2 universities (CUHK, HKUST) has the BEST lo catio n. It is o n Ho ng Ko ng Island, which is the heart o f the city itself. The o ther 2 universities are farther away and is quite inco nvenient to get in & o ut o f the city easily. If yo u want to experience city life and see Ho ng Ko ng as a metro po lis, cho o se HKU.

First o f all, go to Ho ng Ko ng! It is an amazing place because it is very co mpact, yet it has almo st everything. Chinese fo o d is best there in the wo rld fo r its variety, and mo st o f the fo o d is extremely cheap! Co nsider staying in Ho ng Ko ng o ver winter break as well. It may change yo ur o pinio n o f yo ur exchange to a mo re po sitive o utlo o k. To live in Ho ng Ko ng o ver winter break was very cheap, and it was well wo rth every do llar I spent. Lastly, cho o se a study abro ad pro gram that is mo re established o ver all o ther facto rs because pro grams that have been aro und lo nger tend to give better experiences to students since they have had many years to make adjustments to suit the needs o f exchange students.

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