** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
History & Description
Established in 1956, Hong Kong Baptist University has over 50 years of experience in providing broad-based and creativity-inspiring education. HKBU is consistently at the cutting-edge of the sciences and highly reputed for its commitment to the humanities and arts and it offers associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. The University also encourages service to society among its staff and students, making it a beloved part of the Hong Kong community. At HKBU, education is far more than simply equipping students with professional knowledge and skills. The University is committed to providing Whole Person Education that inculcates intellectual, cultural, social and sporting skills outside the classroom in addition to training the minds within.
Hong Kong is a hodgepodge of multiple personalities, as a result of being both Chinese and from being under a more recent contemporary ex-British influence. Today, this international center is a major tourism destination for China's increasingly affluent mainland population. It is also an important hub in East Asia with global connections to many of the world's cities. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be "Asia's World City." Hong Kong is as vibrant as any city can be, so try the stinky beancurd or the shredded jellyfish, and join in the dawn tai chi. If you wish to escape the city, then watch the sun rise from one of the surrounding mountains, explore its many beaches or one of its deserted islands.
About The Program
Orientation and Airport Pick-Up
When you first arrive in Hong Kong, there will be personnel from HKBU waiting to accompany you to campus as long as the University was notified about your arrival date and time beforehand.
Orientation generally lasts 3 days. It includes a campus tour, a general information session, and an introduction to the university as well as an introduction to the organizations that you can be involved in while you are there. According to past students, the final day is a tour of Hong Kong. You should also receive a student handbook highlighting practical knowledge about the city, the culture, etc.
Most international students will live on-campus in a suite-style room with a roommate. The room comes with a bed, a desk, a chair, a table with drawers, and a closet for each student. There are drawers underneath the bed as well for more storage space. However, you will have to provide your own bedding. Each room also provides Internet access, but not a wireless connection.
You will share a bathroom with three other students. A cleaning service comes regularly and cleans the bathroom for you, but you will have to supply your own toilet paper. There is also a common area on each floor that has a kitchen and TV, so if you choose you are able to buy groceries and cook for yourself.
Food & Laundry
There are various places on-campus to buy meals, such as a café, the cafeteria, and the Wonderland Restaurant. But, if you would like to eat off-campus, there are also many restaurants nearby.
As for laundry, the facility is located on the first floor of the dormitory. You are given a student ID card which you can put money onto for laundry.
According to past students, the public transportation in Hong Kong is excellent. It is recommended that you buy a Student Octopus Card as you will most likely use the metro or the bus every day. You should receive an application for this card during orientation.
Banking & Cell Phones
It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account. In Hong Kong you may be required to open a bank account in order to pay for your housing on arrival. Details regarding this will be shared during Orientation. It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals in order to best avoid any banking problems. Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session.
As for cell phone usage, it is recommended that you buy a cheap cell phone in China and use a Pay-As-You-Go phone card. According to past students, having a cell phone made socializing a lot easier and if you plan on travelling, having a cell phone is strongly recommended.
The class system in China is different from BW, but it is very navigable. Classes are usually lecture only with very little student/professor interaction. Most courses are taught in English. In terms of assessment, some classes only have a midterm and a final. But it varies from class to class. In terms of textbooks, past students have said that they did not have to buy the books for class and that they were on reserve in the library. If you need a section of the book, you can photocopy the pages in the library. Although there are computer labs, it is still recommended that you bring your own laptop.
HKBU does not have a health center, but there is a hospital located five minutes from the university. For those who like to exercise, there is a gym available on-campus. More information regarding that facility will be given to you on-site.
Current BW Status
You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.
Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above. If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director. See Explorations for more details.
Student Conduct Record
Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive). Your student conduct record will be verified with the Residence Life Office during the BW application process.
Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the university for the current term.
You should receive a list of classes available to international students. But, in terms of class themes, classes are offered in the following areas: Accounting, Art(Studio), Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, History, Human Resource Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, International Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematical Economics, Organizational Leadership, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Sociology, and Sports Management.
In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.
How Much Does It Cost?
Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit : www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/costs/.