A tropical climate, hilly and mountainous terrain, the busiest deep-water port in the world, and a modern international city are just some of the things that make Hong Kong distinctive and attractive to visitors. Hong Kong practices fast-paced market capitalism, blending Chinese traditions and high technology. A history dating back thousands of years coupled with today's robust business climate make Hong Kong a fascinating setting in which to learn about business, economics, politics, and culture. Under the control of the United Kingdom since 1841, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China in 1997. Hong Kong is made up of the Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong Island, and over 200 other islands at the southeastern tip of China. Public transportation is the preferred means of travel, and Hong Kong boasts an efficient and inexpensive public transportation system. Taxis, buses, trains (both above and below ground), ferries and bikes are all primary means of transportation.
The University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) serves 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students in ten different faculties (Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Sciences). The language of instruction is English, and class size ranges from ten to one hundred. Study abroad students take classes with local HKU students and enjoy the same student facilities and benefits.
Study abroad students will take many of their classes through the Faculty of Business and Economics. Its School of Business is one of Asia's top-rated. The School of Business takes an entrepreneurial approach and seeks to foster creativity, competition, and a long-range view.
Students take four or five classes while studying abroad at HKU for a total of twelve to fifteen credits. It's important to note that a 6 credit course at HKU is equivalent to a 3 credit course at Bentley. As per Bentley's partnership agreement with HKU, students are required to take at least 50% of their classes through the Faculty of Business and Economics (these classes are designated by the BUSI, ECON, and FINA course codes) and two additional classes from across the curriculum.
The University of Hong Kong follows the Hong Kong standard of education. Professors may put more emphasis on memorization of class materials and may put more of the responsibility for succeeding in students' hands. Final grades are likely to be based on fewer components than Bentley students are accustomed to: the final grade may depend solely on a mid-term exam and a final exam.
Click here for current HKU timetable information regarding semester offerings for business courses.
Students will live in residence halls operated by HKU. A few of these halls are on the main HKU campus, but most are down the road just a short bus-ride from campus. Most rooms are shared, though there are some singles available. All halls have common rooms, kitchen areas, recreational facilities and quiet places for study. Each hall has a strong identity and may require residents to attend monthly "high table" dinners. Descriptions of the halls can be found here. Students may also arrange their own private housing.
Study abroad students can arrange to have a "buddy" from HKU (a local student) who may be able to meet them at the airport on arrival. Students may ask their International Education Advisor for a Buddy Application before leaving for Hong Kong.
Check out a recent Bentley student's video recapping his semester in Hong Kong!