Anqi Y., UK-England – Summer in Cambridge & Hong Kong – University of Hong Kong

ACADEMICS

  1. What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB?

During my 6 weeks in Cambridge I  took two courses that were related to my major and one business course. The major courses were more project based rather than lecture based. Since the class size were much smaller than UCSB’s, we were able to do more presentations and small projects.  

My experience at the University of Hong Kong was a little different. I took mostly General Education courses, such as Business and Culture in the 21st Century, Uncertainty and Information, Cybersocieties: Understanding Technology as Global Change, Social Policy Issues in Hong Kong. Theses courses are not offered in UCSB. They were very fun to take.

  1. What was your favorite class abroad?

My favorite course I took abroad would be Creativity and Business Innovation in Cambridge. It was the first business related course that I had ever taken since UCSB doesn’t offer any business courses.

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

No, I wish I could have.

HOST INSTITUTION

  1. How would you describe your host institution?

Both of the institutions I went to are very prestigious, the courses are not easy. Professors there really push your limits. Class time is usually longer than it is at UCSB. The classes I had in Hong Kong were 90 minutes per lecture.

  1. Are there student clubs/organizations that UC students can join?

Yes, there were international student associations and many non-academic clubs that are open to all UCEAP students.

 

HOUSING

  1. Describe your housing situation.

I lived right across where Charles Darwin used to live in Cambridge. I feel there is nothing I should complain:) But overall it was great. In Hong Kong, I was lucky to get into my first accommodation choice and had a great bay view from the room. It was a double and my roommate was from Taiwan. She helped me a lot with adjusting.

FOOD

  1. Where did you eat most of your meals?

I usually asked the local students for recommendations for places to go try. I enjoyed trying different things everyday and didn’t  have one specific place.

  1. How much was an average meal?  Do you have any budgeting tips for future students?

In UK, I ate mostly from the dinning commons since we had to buy meal plan. The food was not bad and was fun to try all the English meals. In Hong Kong, food was very cheap. On average, it was probably around 5 dollars a meal.

  1. Would it be difficult for vegetarians/vegans and others with strict dietary restrictions to find meals?

I don’t think so, especially in Hong Kong.  You pretty much can find everything there.

  1. Describe your most memorable dining experience abroad.

During my time in Hong Kong, one of the local students took us to a local DIY BBQ place. It was on the other side of the island and took us a three hours by bike.  It was very fun and the food was pretty good.

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

English traditional breakfast and Hong Kong street food.

HOST CITY

  1. Describe your host city.

Cambridge is a beautiful small college town and very historical spirited. There were just so many tourists come and go in the summer.

Hong Kong was very fun since it was very easy to travel around and was small enough to manage to get yourself around.

  1. Was it easy to get around?

The transportation system was great in Hong Kong. In the UK, I took train mostly to get around. Sometimes the train does get canceled due to weather and other issues, which was not as fun.

  1. Did you feel safe in your host city? Do you have any safety tips for future students?

Yes, most of my time aboard I barely felt unsafe. It’s always important to be aware of your surroundings and stay alert though. Stay away from protests or any political demonstrations.

  1. What were some interesting/fun things that you did in your host city?

Make sure to go punting when you are in Cambridge! You can bring food, drinks or any snacks. Go with your friends during sunset times, it is amazing!


HOST CULTURE
 

  1. Describe any cultural differences you experienced while abroad.

I didn’t feel much of cultural shock during my time in the UK. Hong Kong was fast-paced.

  1. How did you handle culture shock?

I took it as a learning experience. I was more curious about the cultures other than feeling distant.

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

Most of the people that I encountered were really friendly and very willing to help if you reached out.


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