Hong Kong is a fast-paced working environment and is a global hub for sectors such as business, architecture, design, journalism and media.
Along with academics and partner institutions, Westminster alumni have teamed up to offer students a unique opportunity to experience the professional environment, history and culture of Hong Kong.
Westminster Working Cultures (WWC) is part of the Westminster Employability Award. As an optional activity, you can gain 10 points upon successful completion of participation in the WWC programme.
About the programme
Dates and duration
Saturday 14 September – Sunday 22 September 2019, 9 days (inclusive of travel).
Please note: you must be available for the whole period of time and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip end date.
This trip has been generously funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust and alumnus Trevor Yang, a 1983 graduate of social sciences. This means most of your trip costs will be funded, including flights and accommodation.
Students who are selected for the programme will be asked to make a £100 contribution towards the trip, pay for your own transport costs to and from the selected London airport, a visa if you require one and costs associated with free time (ie food and entrance fees).
Please note: to find out whether or not you require a visa to visit Hong Kong, please visit the Government of Hong Kong Immigration Department website.
During the trip
The purpose of the trip is to enhance your employability and develop skills that will help you after graduation. You’ll visit a number of leading and diverse organisations in Hong Kong and have a chance to reflect on your experience. A full itinerary and list of companies you’ll visit will be provided closer to the trip. Please be prepared to research the organisations so you can make the most of your time.
Please note: students will have to do a lot of walking and use public transportation around Hong Kong. To ensure students make the most during their time in Hong Kong, the itinerary will include multiple visits and talks a day and may be quite intense.
Sessions will have an employability focus and include:
- Learning about what makes Hong Kong special and how to navigate it from a professional angle from Trevor Yang, Managing Director at Jebsen Family Office and Social Sciences BA graduate
- Hearing first-hand careers advice from Mike Allen, Senior Managing Director, Construction Solutions at FTI Consulting and Quantity Surveying BSc graduate
- Exploring the city through architecture on a walking tour with Professor Stephen Brookhouse, Associate Head of External Relations, College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries
Additional visits are being organised and may include:
- Seminars and workshops
- Workplace tours
- Q&A sessions with UoW alumni
Your trip will also include activities to enhance your understanding and cultural knowledge of Hong Kong. Visits may include:
- The Peak
- Happy Valley
- Night Markets
Please note: this list may be subject to change.
Flights and Accommodation
Flights have been booked to and from Heathrow with Cathay Pacific.
Accommodation will be in University-standard Halls of Residence or similar. Details will be confirmed prior to departure.
Please note: you will be sharing a twin room with another student of the same sex.
The visit will be led by members of the Alumni Office, and you will be joined by Professor Stephen Brookhouse, Associate Head, College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries – ER. The visit will be subject to normal University risk assessments and regulations.
There will be a number of informal alumni events which you will be required to attend as representatives of the University.
You must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate University of Westminster student at the time of this trip.
Agree to the ‘Expectations of trip participants’:
- Be on time and participate in all activities and meetings
- Submit photos, videos or write a blog post about your experience
- Reflect on your experience through the Westminster Working Cultures workbook
- Be aware that things may change during your time abroad, have an open mind and be flexible!
Students are required to maintain the highest standards of behaviour while abroad on a University of Westminster programme. Students overseas remain bound by the University of Westminster’s 'Student Code of Conduct'.
How to join the programme
In order to be selected you will need to:
- Complete an online application form – the application link will be live from Monday 8 April 2019
- Agree to the participant expectations
- Be available to travel from 14–22 September 2019
Applications will remain open until 11.59pm on Monday 6 May 2019 and applicants will be notified either way of the outcome as soon as possible after the application period closes.
A selection panel will shortlist the participants against criteria which includes:
- Academic performance
- Quality of your response to the motivation questions for taking part in the programme
- Previous Outward Mobility experience with the University
Please note: priority may be given to final year students who have not previously travelled abroad as part of their course or with the University. However, we strongly encourage applications from students on all courses and years within the undergraduate programme.
Tips for writing a good application
Stand out from the crowd!
- Prepare your answers in advance of making the application, ask someone to proof read for grammar and spelling
- Use the word limit for each question to fully explain and showcase your interest in the opportunity. If you only write a sentence or two for the core motivation questions, you will probably not be selected for this opportunity.
- Clearly demonstrate your motivations with particular reference to academic, professional or personal development. We want to know why YOU want to take part in this opportunity.
The University of Westminster takes the safety of our students very seriously. This employability programme will be supported in-country by a minimum of two Westminster staff members and all students will be covered by the University of Westminster travel insurance (free of charge to students).
All students selected to participate in the programme will be required to attend the pre-departure briefing sessions which will take place in June and late August.
You can email [email protected] with any queries.
For further advice on security and visiting Hong Kong, please see the Foreign Travel Advice – Hong Kong on the government’s website.
"Going into offices and talking to employees/alumni who have lived and worked in Hong Kong was very eye-opening. Learning about some of the things they have experienced and their motivations for living there was interesting. Visiting the agencies opened my eyes to the bigger picture and made me look beyond the fun and excitement of travelling abroad."
Jordan Robertson, Marketing Management BA Honours (September 2017 trip)
"In a world where companies are beginning to spread globally, I can use this international experience to show that I am willing to put myself out there to learn about different cultures… This experience will also show that I am open to learning new things, welcome challenges and willing to form partnerships to tackle global challenges."
Julian Montoya Vallejo, Biochemistry BA Honours (September 2017 trip)
"I will put this experience on my CV under “achievements” and add the new skills I have developed… when in interview situations I will use plenty of examples as evidence that I have truly developed these skills."
Rachelle Kyriacou, Human Nutrition with Foundation BA Honours (September 2017 trip)
"The programme is great for students with a desire to gain employability skills in a global context and is a great benefit to those who want to work abroad. It's also a great opportunity to learn about a new country – giving opportunity to insights that would otherwise be impossible to gain without the university's prior knowledge and organisations with the Westminster alumni. I would definitely recommend applying."
Alex Buchan, Contemporary Media Practice BA Honours (April 2018 trip)
Find out what one of our students also has to say about her experience on this video: