If you are considering a study abroad option to learn Mandarin or Cantonese, a great option is to study in Hong Kong. Here are a few reasons why you might like to consider it as a destination.
ABOUT HONG KONG: The name "Hong Kong" is an approximate phonetic rendering of the pronunciation of the spoken Cantonese or Hakka name, meaning "fragrant harbor". Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. It is situated on China's south coast and, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. Hong Kong is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor. It is also a center for modern architecture and considered the world's most vertical city with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. As one of the world's leading international financial centers, Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterized by low taxation and free trade.
STUDY ABROAD COURSE: Programs are available to learn Mandarin and Cantonese language skills to students and business clients from around the world. Programs range from intensive and comprehensive learning program in conversation and Chinese reading and writing to casual and one-on-one training situations. Look for courses conducted by qualified teachers, certified in teaching Chinese as a second language. Also choose classes that are small, this assures that each student receives the maximum of individual attention based on your skill level.
WHERE TO STAY: Students can live in a homestay situation with Hong Kong families, or in local guest houses and hotels. Host family housing often includes your own private, furnished room, and shared bathroom and often includes food with the family. It's a great option and provides an extra level of immersion.
REQUIREMENTS: Passport and Visa are required to enter Hong Kong. Admission documents to apply for an entry Visa at the nearest Chinese Consulate should be provided. Make sure to check your passport expiration date and make sure it will not expire while overseas.
Some study programs require participants to have comprehensive medical and accidental insurance. Contact the insurance companies directly for info and policy enrollment. If you plan to travel to other areas of China (outside Hong Kong), then we would suggest you consult your doctor (clinic) about vaccinations that may be required: hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus (DTP), polio booster, and flu shots are recommended.
SHOULD YOU GO? Of course! In a place where bamboo and concrete jungle unite, Hong Kong has long been the primary gateway to China. Home to and ancient and rich culture as well as stunning natural beauty, Hong Kong is a melting pot of different nationalities and cultures. Culture and heritage is what sets Hong Kong apart from the rest of Asia - even the world. Also, Hong Kong's other official language is English, making it a convenient destination for many international students. There is no better place to learn Chinese or Cantonese other than in the heart of Asia itself, Hong Kong. Hong Kong can offer world-class education with world-class staff and facilities which gives you an unforgettable experience of a lifetime!
Center For Study Abroad has been providing low cost study abroad opportunities to students and adults worldwide. Our mission has been to be non-profit oriented and offer programs at low cost, as well as provide more flexibility to best fit each participant. Visit us at http://www.centerforstudyabroad.com
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