Yunke Sun, Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong (Psychology & Global Studies)

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  1.  What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal?

Honestly, I did not have much fears about studying abroad because it was really exciting to me. I was excited about unforeseen challenges and opportunities in Hong Kong.

  1. What do you wish you had done to better prepare before going abroad?

I wish I could’ve taken more courses before going abroad so that I could have chosen the year-long program and enjoyed life in Hong Kong for a longer period.

  1. What were your favorite classes abroad? How did they compare to UCSB?

HKU provides many interesting classes that UCSB doesn’t. There are 6 colleges in HKU, so there are more choices for students to study in business, law, medicine even luxury management, etc. I took Cantonese, Crime Investigation, Photography and two major courses. HKU offered a clinical psychology (my favorite) class, whereas UCSB didn’t. But still, this course successfully transferred back and applied toward upper division courses here.

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  1. What is one of your best memories from abroad?

1. Traveling to many places around Hong Kong.
2. Shopping every week.
3. Amazing museums/exhibitions and music concerts.
4. Friday nights in LangKuiFang.

  1. What was your biggest challenge abroad?

Trying to get around political topics with local students. Sometimes I would have an identity crisis.

  1. What is your favorite aspect of your host culture?

It was the same as my home culture.

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  1. Did you intern, volunteer, or conduct fieldwork or research abroad? If so, tell us about your experience.


  1. What local food or drink do you miss most now that you are back?

Dim Sum, Chinese noodles and afternoon tea. Food from different places all over the world.

  1. How have you changed since your time abroad?

I have become more independent since my time abroad. I was forced to make new friends and build up new skills in a new environment again after 2 years at UCSB and I was learning every day about the new environment and new system of study.


  1. What is your advice to prospective UCSB EAP students?

1. Do fully explore your host city during the time you are there (different experience at night or daytime).
2. Make friends with local students!
3. Traveling around will definitely enrich your entire experience.
4. Explore local delicious food. It is often cheaper and delicious.
5. There are many good opportunities for artistic people to visit amazing exhibitions and go to fantastic concerts.

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