By Maria Camila Rincon, Exchange to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Classroom: The classroom environment was small (SFU tutorial style) and very fast-paced. The professor was enthusiastic, engaging, and very encouraging. We had quizzes every week, weekly assignments, and a final exam. I took a language course in Cantonese (lower division elective). The professor taught in English and Cantonese. Classes were 3 times a week for 2.5 hours each.
Campus: Very beautiful and reminds me of SFU because it is also situated on a mountain! Swimming pool, recreation and gym facilities were available for students. This university has its own MTR train station so it is very convenient to get anywhere. Be careful of mosquitoes during the Summer (there are so many because it’s such a green campus).
I highly recommend coming to The Chinese University of Hong Kong for an exchange program and exploring the amazing city of Hong Kong. Be prepared to try new foods, explore the city, its nightlife, and shop! I did not personally live on campus, but heard great things about it. Two people share a dorm, and the buildings are new! Air conditioning, internet, and phone access are available in each room. The variety of food in Hong Kong is incredible and everything is delicious! However, the same can not be said for the university’s cafeterias. The food is mediocre and there are not a lot of vegetarian options. Your best friend will be the Maxim’s Restaurant (HK style cafe) at the university MTR train station. Two train stations from the university is the biggest mall of the area called New Town Plaza which has all the stores you can think of PLUS lots of food choices, including: Pizza Hut, Japanese food, Dim Sum restaurants, McDonald’s, Ruby Tuesday, huge cafeterias, and Chinese food restaurants. However, there is a must-try: the very famous Lemon Pie at the University that students rave about!
I highly recommend coming to The Chinese University of Hong Kong for an exchange program and exploring the amazing city of Hong Kong. Be prepared to try new foods, explore the city, its nightlife, and shop!