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Hong Kong Baptist University, China - Reciprocal Exchange
Hong Kong (Heung góng in Cantonese, meaning fragrant harbour) is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a more recent contemporary ex-British influence. Today, the former British colony 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 Baptist University
Imbued with the unique vision of Whole Person Education championed by its founding fathers, Hong Kong Baptist University started life in 1956 as a private post-secondary college grounded in a Christian heritage.
In 1983, the then Hong Kong Baptist College became a fully-funded public tertiary institution. In 1994, the institution achieved University status and was renamed Hong Kong Baptist University, awarding degrees in its own right.
Since then, the University has gone from strength to strength, enjoying dynamic growth in both physical size and academic stature. Today, the University has emerged as a center of creativity, innovation, and academic excellence.
Why Hong Kong?
Our world is rapidly changing. There is an increasing focus of attention and resources on the Asia-Pacific region, in view of China’s rising economic and political influence. This translates into a treasure-trove of opportunities and prospects for the region. Here in Hong Kong, not only will you be at the gateway to China but you will also receive a world-class education that counts as one of the best in the region and beyond.
There is so much more to Hong Kong than the ‘shopping mecca’ and ‘food paradise’ that it is commonly known for. This former British territory offers a lifestyle so vibrant, dynamic, and varied, it has been and continues to be an irresistible destination for people to work and live in. With a population exceeding 7 million people, Hong Kong's society personifies the essence of both the eastern and western traditions. This is where ancient Chinese temples are juxtaposed against towering steel and glass skyscrapers and where dragon boat races are held alongside the annual Rugby Sevens.
Hong Kong, above all, continues to be a land of opportunities. During the yesteryears, migrants were attracted to labor-intensive industries such as manufacturing and textiles. Supported by a low-crime, low-corruption environment and an adherence to the rule of law, the territory has developed into a leading global business and financial center, serving as an important bridge between multinational corporations and the Mainland China market.
To prepare you for a future where the eyes of the world are set on Asia, Hong Kong is the perfect opportunity for you to understand the 21st century business environment and regional market conditions.
Hong Kong Society and City Life
With a rich Chinese heritage going back thousands of years, and some 150 years of British administration until its return to China in 1997, Hong Kong has a unique East-West perspective that created a cosmopolitan society of 7 million people and a dynamic city with a 24/7 lifestyle and an electrifying energy all of its own.
From the lively nightlife of Lan Kwai Fong on Hong Kong Island, to the long distance walking trails in the hills of the New Territories, to the lively Chinese festivals celebrated around the city, Hong Kong offers students an exciting mix of activities to choose from.
Throughout the year, many colorful Chinese festivals are celebrated, drawing you into a culture stretching back 5,000 years. The lion dances and fireworks of Chinese New Year, races and rice dumplings of Dragon Boat Festival, and mooncakes and lanterns of Mid-Autumn Festival are just some of the traditional events waiting for you to explore.
There is also a lively arts scene and a wide selection of clubs, concerts, and creative events that keep Hong Kong going. International arts and film festivals draw top names from around the world, while major sports events such as the world-renowned Rugby Sevens attract stars and visitors to the city. You can well be taking in a Chinese folk dance one week, Jose Carreras the next, and Disneyland thereafter.
For those who prefer some peace and quiet, country parks and scenic walks are widely available in Hong Kong.
HKBU offers one semester and one year exchanges, and the freedom to take courses from across the undergraduate programs. Experienced and caring faculty members provide expert and individual tuition. Our campus facilities, located in the heart of the vibrant city, offer world-class library and research resources. Student life is dynamic and varied. Exchange students come to HKBU from more than 100 world-wide partner institutions.
Hong Kong itself offers a unique window into China and a gateway to other Asian countries. There is no better way to learn about the many changes and challenges facing China and Asian as a whole first hand - living and learning with students not only from Hong Kong, but also from China and many other countries. Living in a multi-cultural environment in the heart of Asia, you will also learn what makes another society unique and gain a fresh perspective on your own home.
Scholarships for study abroad: see http://www.studyabroad.iastate.edu/home/students/outgoing/
Students are free to choose and enroll in any courses they want (provided they meet the prerequisite requirements, if any, of the courses). However, they should confer with their ISU academic adviser to seek approval for selected courses for the purpose of credit transfer.
Applicants should list on the enrollment application, in order of priority, six to eight courses which they wish to study (six to eight courses should be listed in the event that some of the courses are not available due to time scheduling conflicts, etc.). Based on this information, HKBU will try to pre-register applicants ifor these courses. Be aware that, like at Iowa State, it may not always be possible for students to get into every class they want.
Course Listings for Exchange Students
Living on Campus
The student residences are imbued with a unique sense of community. The mix of students from different backgrounds helps students broaden their world view and embrace different cultures even as they learn to be considerate and respectful of their hall mates.
HKBU strives to create positive living environments at our four student residence halls: Cai Hall, Soong Hall, Zhou Hall, and Yang Hall. Moreover, guests and visitors to HKBU can avail themseleves of accommodation at HKBU's Dr. Ng Tor Tai International House.
For more information on accommodation, please visit:
Student Residence Halls
Dr. Ng Tor Tai International House
Sports facilities at HKBU include two multi-purpose gymnasiums, squash and tennis courts, a swimming pool, fitness room, and full-size outdoor athletics stadium.
Wai Hang Sports Centre and Dr Stephen Hui Sports Hall
Joint Sports Centre
Hong Kong Tourism Board