Widening horizons

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 July, 2005, 12:00am

Opportunities abound for students looking to broaden their horizons and study abroad.

In the past few years, exchange programmes have become increasingly popular among Hong Kong students as universities have expanded their portfolios of partner institutions around the world.

Students interested in improving their language skills, learning about different cultures and studying in a fresh environment can apply to take part in exchange programmes offered by their universities.

Applicants must usually pass either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) and attend an interview in which their maturity and reasons for going on exchange are assessed.

The rewards of exchange are numerous. Students who study abroad report improvement in their English, a shift in perspectives, personal growth and a deeper understanding of other cultures.