Increasing numbers of mainland students are coming to Hong Kong to gain international experience, directors of an academic exchange organisation say. Professor Herbert Tsang Hinpok, director of the David Lam Institute for East-West Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University (BU), said: 'I think there is a general trend for universities in China to internationalise. But if they want to go to Australia or the United States, the cost will be very high.' For the first time, nine mainland students joined 73 other international and local students to take part in BU's International Summer Institute. 'It looks like they are looking for these opportunities. I think in the future there will probably be even more Chinese students coming to Hong Kong,' Professor Tsang said. 'This is also a very good sign because in China there is no summer school, so most students just go back to their home town for summer,' he said. The assistant director of the institute, Wendy Chan, said: 'I think the improved economic situation in China is also one reason why they come.' The mainland students were given scholarships by the institute and the Wing Lung Bank International Institute for Business Development (IIBD) for tuition fees and accommodation. The institute offered four US$500 (about HK$3,900) undergraduate courses in the Summer Institute on Contemporary China Studies and five MBA-level subjects were taught in the IIBD Summer Institute at US$1,000 per course.