Hong Kong

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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 insitutions, Westminster alumni have teamed up to offer students a unique opportunity to experience the professional environment, history and culture of Hong Kong.

About the programme

Dates and duration

Sunday 10 September – Tuesday 19 September 2017, 10 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 prior to the trip end date.

Funding

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 contribute a £100 non-refundable deposit, 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).

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.

Visits will have an employability focus and may include:

  • Seminars and workshops
  • Workplace tours
  • Q&A sessions with UoW alumni
  • Mock interviews and CV guidance

Your trip will also include activities to enhance your understanding and cultural knowledge of Hong Kong. Visits may include:

  • The Peak
  • HK-Stanley and Aberdeen Monastery
  • Night Markets

Please note: this list may be subject to change.

Accommodation

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.

In-country support

The visit will be led by senior members of the Alumni and Outward Mobility Offices, and you may be joined by a senior member of academic staff. 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.

An orientation and preparation session will be held in late August, to assist you with your planning and preparation.

Eligibility

You must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate 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
  • Complete a workbook or reflective journal about your time on the trip
  • Participate in a project specific to the trip destination
  • Be aware that things may change during your time abroad, have an open mind and be flexible!

How to join the programme

In order to be selected you will need to:

  • Complete an online application form
  • Agree to the participant expectations
  • Be available to travel from 10 - 19 September 2017

Applications have now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome a week after the application period closes.

A selection panel will shortlist the participants against criteria which includes:

  • Academic performance
  • Motivation for taking part in the programme
  • Quality of response to the application questions
  • Previous Outward Mobility experience with the University

Further details

The University of Westminster takes the safety of our students very seriously. This employability programme will be supported in-country by a minimum of one Westminster staff member and all students must take Westminster’s travel insurance. 

All students selected to participate in the programme will be required to attend the pre-departure briefing session which will take place in August 2017.

For further advice on security and visiting Hong Kong, please see the Foreign Travel Advice – Hong Kong on the government’s website.

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