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HKUST

Exchange Semester (Fall/Spring): Fall

Academic Year: 2016/2017

 

Chosen Electives (name)

Doing Business in Asia

Managing Global Complexity (CEMS Mandatory course)

 

Main differences compared to Nova SBE teaching methods

Very similar approach. Grading is also based on discussion and participation, group projects, individual

papers and exam. Case studies were used in the Doing Business in Asia course to facilitate discussions.

In-class simulations in the Managing Global Complexity course.

 

Is the local CEMS Club active?

Yes, basically events every weekend and sometimes corporate events during the week. CEMS cohort is rather

small at HKUST (approx. 40 people), hence we get to know each other very well. The CEMS Club is also

organizing interesting trips, for example to Shenzhen in Mainland China.

 

Accommodation

 

Available options for accommodation and suggestions

Majority of exchange students live in LOHAS Park in the eastern part of the city. People usually share taxis to

school (about 2€ to 2,50€ per person per ride) and it takes 10-15 minutes. Connection to the city center via

metro in about 45 minutes. Other options (though a bit more expensive) are North Point or Causeway Bay.

However, since almost everyone lives in LOHAS Park, it is quite convenient to meet up and do things.

 

Approximate cost of accommodation

800€ to 1000€ per month in LOHAS Park (depending on room size)

1300€ – 1600€ per month in more central areas like North Point or Causeway Bay

 

Total cost of living (per month)

600€ - 800€ (excluding accommodation). Groceries, especially Western products, are quite pricy in Hong

Kong. Also, going out might get expensive quite quickly, drink prices in bars and clubs are usually around

10€ – 20€.

 

Transportation cost

Very affordable. Taxi prices are similar to Lisbon. A cab ride back to LOHAS Park after going out is around

3-4€ per person. Public transportation is very cheap, a 45 minute metro ride to the city center costs about

0,75€ and that is quite the maximum one would pay for a metro ride. The MTR is paid with the Octopus card,

make sure you apply for the student card that gives you a discount on public transport.

 

Meal cost

Meals at school around 4-6€ including a drink. Lots of affordable options for going out to eat at around 10-

15€ per person. Hong Kong is amazing in regards to the food options but can get a little pricy quite quickly,

when you go to a nicer restaurant expect to pay 25€ and more.

 

Experience

A really amazing and vibrant city, also with lots of nice options to escape the urban area and go to some nice

National parks and green areas for a hike. The school has a great campus and the CEMS cohort is very active

And close in my semester. Only the prices, especially for going out for dinner and drinks, are a

Disadvantage. And Hong Kong is a great hub to travel within Asia!


Exchange Semester (Fall/Spring): Spring

Academic Year: 2016/2017

 

Chosen Electives (name)

MIMT5310 Understanding Consumers: A Strategic Approach

MIMT5330 Global Supply Chain Management in Asia

MIMT5350 Project Management

MGMT5550 Effective Negotiations

 

Main differences compared to Nova SBE teaching methods

The courses had a higher practical component – we would have more practical cases and group assignments to work on every week. In terms of difficulty, I found HKUST’s curses easier than most of the ones I did at Nova.

 

Is the local CEMS Club active?

In my semester, it wasn’t. As HKUST was relatively new to CEMS, the “CEMS Club spirit” we know at Nova and other European schools was not present there. Also, the fact that we were a small class (around 50 people) contributed to that. We did not have many events with corporate partners (and the ones we did have, were organized by the CEMS office), and most of the events we had to organize by ourselves – even though this CEMS Club receives funding from the CEMS office.

 

 

Accommodation

Most of our class ended up staying in LOHAS Park, in Tseung Kwan O, which is a mass residential complex. It is closer to the university than the city center and thus more convenient than staying there – even though it is tougher if you want to go anywhere else. However, it is cheaper and has great facilities, such as pools/gyms/parks.

 

Approximate cost of accommodation

From 7000HKD to whatever you are willing to pay. It depends on the current exchange rate and room availability at the moment, but I was paying around 800€/month, no bills included. I was sharing an apartment with two other CEMSies from my class.

 

Total cost of living (per month)

Around 1200€-1400€.

 

Transportation cost

Students are granted a student MTR travel scheme, so our fares are cheaper. However, this is not a fixed cost as you pay as you go.

 

Meal cost

Supermarkets are not very expensive when comparing to Portugal, so if you cook at home it is relatively cheap. If you enjoy Chinese food, you will always be able to find cheap places to eat out, with plenty of options. However, if you decide to go to other types of restaurants, such as European cuisine, prices will go a lot up. Nonetheless, it is one of the cheapest McDonalds worldwide! J

 

Experience

I loved spending my semester abroad in HK, and I think I couldn’t have chosen a better place to be. I was looking for a completely different experience than what I previously had in Europe, and HK was everything I wanted and more. The school and the teachers were really good, the city is amazing and the weather was even better than in Portugal (beach until December!). I highly recommend going there!