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Welcome to the Hinich Foundation’s Orientation page for all Global Trade Leaders attending Hong Kong Baptist University.
On the left sidebar you find a list of informational resources related to student life in Hong Kong. These have been created by our current scholars to better prepare you for your arrival and ensure the smoothest transition when you start university.
Have a great first semester and congratulations again on being chosen for the Hinirich Global Leadership Program!
Pre-arrival – Before you get to school
After you have sign the MoU with Hinrich Foundation, the first important thing you have to do is filling up the online application at https://ar.hkbu.edu.hk/~gs/index.php and then sending application number by email to Department of Journalism. Make sure to save a copy of your online application form after you finished the filling for later reference.
Official transcript(s) for the qualification(s)
After receiving Acceptance letter from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) for your admission to the program, you will be asked to send Official transcript(s) for the qualification(s) of your previous education (bachelor program). It will be better to prepare this before hand to avoid the long-taking process, requesting your previous university to certify your transcript(s) and seal in an envelope with an official chop affixed to it.
Any additional payments during the application process will be covered by the scholarship, you might need to pay in advance but they will be reimbursed later on.
Visa application for South East Asians
Visa application will be handled by HKBU, all you need to do is filling in the Additional Information for Student Visa Application form as below and send to HKBU along with a copy of your Passport. It will normally take around 6-8 weeks for the Immigration Department to finish the process before sending the visa to you by post.
Hinrich scholars will reside in NTT International House during the program. All you need to do is submitting the NTT Application Form to the Department as soon as possible in order to confirm your place.
You can book the flight ticket for yourself and get the reimbursement later when you are in Hong Kong. Another way is requesting the coordinator at Journalism Department to book the ticket for you. Do not forget to leave your return date open, because you never know exactly when you will finish all the classes and exams.
Make sure you have made copies of all related documents in both hard and soft copies (including all confirmation documents of your applications (program/ accommodation/ visa…) and personal identities (passport/ your id in home country as you might need it later for banking process).
In terms of packing, you should bring along the below items
Arrival : Getting from the airport, ID Cards and Banking
The most convenient and cheapest way to go to HKBU from the airport is by using Citybus. Ask the Information Desk or follow the signs to get to the Airport Bus Centre (Ground Transportation Centre). The bus number that take you straight to HKBU is E22 heading to Lam Tin (North). Before you board the bus, buy an Octopus card, recharge if you already have one or prepare exactly 18 HK$ in notes and/or coins (as the bus driver will not give you the changes). Below is the E22 route:
After you have arrived at HKBU bus-stop, find your way to NTT International House which locates at the new Campus on the eastern side of Junction Road from this bus-stop (see the big building on the right in this image for reference.
Classes: Course preparation and reviews
For students of International Journalism Concentration, students must complete 4 core subjects and 5 electives for the award of an MA degree.
Core Course Description
JOUR International Relations Theory and Practice
JOUR Introduction to Comparative & International News
JOUR Newsgathering for International News I
JOUR Advanced English for International Journalism
JOUR International News Laboratory
Some suggested websites to browse especially the headline news:
Notes for exams
Preparation before coming to study MAIJS in Hong Kong
Have a glance on some literary review of theories relating to the media.
Living in Hong Kong Baptist University – Housing, shopping and other establishments
NTT International House
Graduate students are housed in NTT international house. You will share a room (and bathroom) with a fellow student.
Free Facilities Services
Contacts and Further Information for the NTT International House
Hong Kong Identity Card
If you will be in Hong Kong more than 6 months, you need to obtain a HKID card. However, you must always have photo identification (e.g. your travel documents) with you at all times.
BANK SERVICES ON CAMPUS
There are 2 mini banks on campus – Hang Seng Bank n Ho Sin Hang campus and the Bank of Eat Asia on the Baptist University Road Campus. Automated teller machines (ATM’s) are also available near the entrance of the library.
If you wish to open a bank account with either one of the banks, you will be asked to provide these following documents
Noted: Normally the process will take 2 weeks to 1 month so please bring enough money to spend during the 1st month when waiting for stipend and bank account opened.
Virtually, all buildings and places are air-conditioned but few have heating. Local dress ranges from smart casual to conservative business suits.
In the summer, cool and loose-fitting clothing is recommended for outdoor wear.
During winter, warm cloth is needed because most of the buildings do not have centre heating.
Since Hong Kong is still humid during winter months, 10 degree C in Hong Kong feels much colder because of the wind and humidity.
In Hong Kong, as a general rule, it is not preferred for students to wear too casually (e.g. flip flops) for official ceremonies or events.
Shopping Centres Nearby
There are two large shopping centres within 15-mintue walk from the campus
You will find it very convenient to purchase your personal items/foods/ snacks at these locations.
The vast majority of shops are open every day. Generally, shops are open from 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. But there are exceptions. Stores in busy retail areas like Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui stay open even later, perharp until 9:30 p.m. Those in Central, meanwhile, usually close at 7:00 p.m.
There are three major canteens and three different kind restaurants in Hong Kong Baptist University. However, the students just always enjoy their meals in the following places. They are Hall Canteen, To Yuen Taiwanese Restaurant, New campus Canteen, Renfrew Chinese Restaurant. Here we have done some evaluations to above food shops.
It is believe that it is the most familiar restaurant for the students. It is because it is the nearest restaurant from SCE (school of continuous education) space is big enough to supply seat for students. Students can discuss projects, have their lunch break and finish class at the canteen.
The food in there is quiet good; it is well-known and be the best compare with other canteens in HKBU. The special foods in there include BBQ Pork rice, Western sandwiches and fried rice and noodles. On the other hand, the set breakfast and teatime set is the most popular in there.
The environment is great and comfortable; the lighting design is very modern. It looks very clean and soft. Many people like enjoy their meal there.
New Campus Canteen
Located in new campus. New canteen is the smallest canteen in HKBU. The food is just fine, but the price is the cheapest in HKBU. Also, breakfast set and tea set is the quite good, and the sandwiches are as good as Chinese restaurant.
The environment is not good, because most students said there look dirty and not tiny. The seat is not enough and it is very noisy. Also, the drink is not good in there.
To Yuen Taiwanese Restaurant
Located near NTT House, this canteen is selling mostly Taiwanese foods. The famous dish is chicken wing ramen noodle.
Renfrew Chinese Restaurant:
Located on 2nd floor of Wing Lung Bank Business Building (WLB). It has a great dim sum and hot pot. Students will get 20% discount. People don’t speak English there so bring your Chinese friends.
Lok Fu Plaza (10mn walk from HKBU, NTT)
Lok Fu Plaza has become a major shopping destination in central Kowloon for shoppers of all ages and interests.
Kowloon Wet Market (20mn walk from HKBU, NTT)
Where you can find almost every fresh food in local market. It is relatively cheaper than the supermarket (UNY, PARKNSHOP,etc).
Meals on Campus
HKBU doesn’t operate any meal plan, mandatory or optional. Students can dine where they want, on or off campus. There are several canteens on campus. The most convenient is student hall canteen. Students get 20% discount, ranges from HK$20 up.
List of Restaurants on Campus
Transportation – How to get around
Most convenient transportation in Hong Kong is MTR ( Mass Transit Railway). It is cheap for students. When you arrive, you will apply for student card with 50 percent discount for your travel.
Public transport in Hong Kong
Some websites relating to public buses
Trains (East Rail Line)
Trains on the East Rail Line provide service from the heart of the city to the New Territories or Mainland boundary at "Lo Wu” or "Lok Ma Chau” for Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Beijing or Shanghai.
You can use the Octopus card (stored-value pass) to pay the fare on the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and most of the buses and mini-buses.
Students can enjoy concessionary fares; students must travel by a Personalized Octopus Card with "Student Status". Details can be seen at the following website, click here.
Octopus cards can also be used at some selected convenience stores, fast food chains, supermarkets and bakeries.
Activities – On-campus clubs and international travel
For more activities, visit here.
Travelling outside Hong Kong
If you are planning to travel outside Hong Kong during holidays, please notice the people who are responsible and your friends, such as your travel itinerary and contact details,etc.
It is not recommended that you travel when classes are in section, since class attendance is required and expected.
Extra passport photos
It is recommended that you bring with you 4-6 extra passport photos. You will need these for various travel documents from time to time.
If you don’t have them, you can make them after you arrive Hong Kong. Automatic passport photo booths appear in many MTR stations (e.g. Prince Edward, MongKok) or Fotomax at the Lok Fu Plaza (Shop No. 1162A, 1/F.)
Travelling to China
International students who are travelling into Mainland China (PRC) must obtain a tourist visa prior to departure.
For Vietnamese passport holders, if it is the first time you travel to China, you need to apply your visa at Chinese Embassy at your home country.
What not to bring?
When travelling to China, do take note that prohibited items including milk powders, printed matters, films, photos, gramophone records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes/video tapes, CDs, and articles which deemed are detrimental to the political, economic, cultural, and moral interest of China.
Emergency numbers and contacts
PEOPLE WHO YOUR CAN CONTACT:
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:
YOUR MAILING ADDRESS AT HKBU
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