Hong Kong, the former British colony and now the Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a thriving and vibrant city of almost seven million. While legally part of China, Hong Kong is secluded from main land China as a dependency with a high degree of autonomy. The former colony has its own laws, separate immigration controls, financial system and is officially bi-lingual (Cantonese and English). It is a commercial and economic center surrounded by the natural beauty of the South China Sea and its nearby islands. The transportation network is excellent and Hong Kong's shopping opportunities are world famous. In Hong Kong you can find the all the conveniences of modern living side-by-side with the reminders of its historic past. Visitor highlights such as Ocean Park, the fantastic view at the top of Victoria Peak and beautiful Repulse Bay draw tourists and residents alike.
Notre Dame International offers several exchange programs in Hong Kong:
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Students in this program will take courses at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), a dynamic, comprehensive university of world-class standing. As a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia, it attracts outstanding scholars from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning and research and knowledge exchange. With ten colleges and numerous research centers, its reputation as a center of intellectual excellence is recognized around the world.
Hong Kong University of Sciences and Technology
Hong Kong University of Sciences and Technology (HKUST) is a dynamic and forward-thinking University that embraces a truly global outlook and an innovative spirit. Founded in 1991, it has rapidly established itself as a top global institution and built a respectable reputation in the world by aligning our world-class educational resources with the growth momentum of Asia. The University has developed a unique East-West educational ethos centered on the core values of excellence, diversity, open-minded curiosity and an upbeat “can do” spirit. Notre Dame has established exchange programs with HKUST in 2018.
Global Professional Experience
Notre Dame International offers undergraduate students an international experiential learning opportunity to experience firsthand within an immersive environment how businesses and organizations operate in selected locations throughout the world. The Global Professional Experience Program places students with selected global and local companies and organizations in Asia (China, India, and Japan), Europe (Greece and the United Kingdom), and Latin America (Brazil and Chile).
This seven-week program includes three main components:
- A one-credit course offers an exploration of historic, social, and economic dimensions related to each of the program’s regions, in addition to providing a forum to reflect upon new international perspectives, inter-cultural knowledge, collaborative skills, integrative competencies, and career discernment.
- A one-week on-site orientation provided by the Notre Dame Global Gateways, Global Centers, and selected service providers. The on-site orientation helps students better understand the local cultures and includes cultural excursions and basic language training.
- A six-week placement within a business or organization that will provide students with professional experiences related to their academic and professional interests. Host businesses and organizations include media, startups, technology, healthcare, finance, NGOs, and think tanks, among other sectors.
SIBC Investment Trip
The Student International Business Council (SIBC) organizes a semester-long Asia stock trading competition, with support from alumni, parents, and the Hong Kong Global Center. Winning students are selected to travel to Hong Kong where they visit an assortment of professional service firms in the city. Students produced a video about the trip in 2018.