Studying abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

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I am a politics student at the University of Sheffield and have recently been accepted to study abroad for a year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and I am interested in learning a bit more about the student life before accepting their offer. I would describe myself as quite a big extrovert, I am part of many societies and I take part in a lot of socials (both sober/non-sober) on top of my university work. Would it be realistic for me to continue that kind of lifestyle at CUHK? What colleges would I fit into the most? Does the campus' distance from the city serve as a problem for students, especially those that might wish to spend time there in the evening/at night?

Any advice/knowledge from current/former students of CUHK or even young people that reside in Hong Kong would be greatly appreciated.

Ps: I am a gay man, so any information on LGBTQ+ tolerance in Honk Kong and CUHK would be beneficial.
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Whilst I may not be able to speak for the student life (I was due to do a year in Hong Kong right before the pandemic started), I was given advice by my university.

I’d primarily avoid discussing politics when in Hong Kong, the FCDO travel advice page has a lot of useful information which can give you some starters
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hong-kong
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I lived and worked in Hong Kong for five years as an expat. We loved the experience (had only planned to be there a year but stayed for five). We left in 2000 and have been back a couple of times since, the last time being in 2010. The political landscape has changed since then and the expat community has shrunk, however, if either of my kids had the opportunity to go there for study or work, I would still encourage them to do so.

Transport links in Hong Kong are brilliant. CUHK is served by the MTR (Hong Kong's underground) and a network of buses, minibuses and taxis. Public transport and taxis are still relatively cheap so a night out in Kowloon or Wanchai (on HK island) is feasible. One thing to note, a lot (not all) of my local Hong Kong friends did not enjoy alcohol so socialising revolved more around food. Going out drinking with friends was very much an expat activity.

There was an active gay scene when we lived there and I knew several openly gay men. There are pride events and an annual lesbian and gay film festival. However, I think there is still some way to go to incorporate anti-discrimination protection in legislation.

If you do go, pack your sun cream, hat, shorts and lots of wicking t-shirts, and don't leave your home without a bottle of water. With summer temperatures in the 30s and humidity close to 100%, it can be like walking into a brick wall every time you leave an air-conned building. If you enjoy walking, there are lots of trails through country parks - Sai Kung country park near Shatin is particularly notable with great walks to remote beaches. Go - you will have a ball.
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Hey did you post this today? I am a philosophy student also at uni of sheffield and got accepted for year abroad at CUHK. We should get in touch and share research and stuff. Don't really wanna post my social media on here. Is it possible to private message?
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Hey did you post this today? I am a philosophy student also at uni of sheffield and got accepted for year abroad at CUHK. We should get in touch and share research and stuff. Don't really wanna post my social media on here. Is it possible to private message?
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I am a politics student at the University of Sheffield and have recently been accepted to study abroad for a year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and I am interested in learning a bit more about the student life before accepting their offer. I would describe myself as quite a big extrovert, I am part of many societies and I take part in a lot of socials (both sober/non-sober) on top of my university work. Would it be realistic for me to continue that kind of lifestyle at CUHK? What colleges would I fit into the most? Does the campus' distance from the city serve as a problem for students, especially those that might wish to spend time there in the evening/at night?

Any advice/knowledge from current/former students of CUHK or even young people that reside in Hong Kong would be greatly appreciated.

Ps: I am a gay man, so any information on LGBTQ+ tolerance in Honk Kong and CUHK would be beneficial.
Hi there,

Congregations on getting an offer from CUHK. I am not a CUHK student, but I do from Hong Kong. I think I can share something that I know about CUHK and HK.

The campus' distance from the city is not too far. CUHK is located in Shatin, N.T. Hong Kong. It takes around 30 mins to go to the Shatin city centre by train. If you want to go to central (Lan Kwai Fong) or Mong Kok from Shatin city centre by MTR, it will take around 50 minutes.

Also, If you are quite a big extrovert, I am sure you will have a really good time at CU. As far as I know, most of the HK people, especially the younger. They are really welcoming and friendly to international students or tourists. In terms of LGBTQ+ tolerance, I would say most of the younger generation 'acceptance is quite high. But I am not quite sure about the older generation, as some of them are pretty conservative. But overall, Hong Kong people are warm and friendly, especially you are willing to respect and learn their culture.

Also, most Hong Kong people like be to recognized as "Hongkongers" instead of "Chinese". If you can learn some Cantonese, for example, 1. Neih hou (pronounced "nay ho" ) 2. do1-ze6 ( literally 'many thanks') , Hong Kong people will be very impressed.
I hope you will have a good time in Hong Kong

Kylie Ng
MSc International Marketing Management
Coventry University Student Ambassador
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