Vivek Kumar
Exchange-in for the Fall 2005 semester
University of Pennsylvania, USA
 
 
'Why Choose Hong Kong?'

Location, location, location!!
Conveniently located in east Asia, HK provides a great hub for anyone looking to travel throughout the semester.

Nightlife in Lan Kwai Fong!
Party central for the expatriate population! Home of the KAR-NE-VAL and always happening every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night!!

Western Language combined with Eastern Culture!
English spoken by many throughout the region with an omnipresent Chinese culture seen daily.
 

'Why Choose HKUST?'

Absolutely Gorgeous!
Arguably the most beautiful campus in Hong Kong and maybe even one of the top ten most pretty campuses in all of Asia

Atmosphere!
Ideally located in the outskirts of a major city, allowing students with room to participate in numerous activities, study in peace, and still reach Central Hong Kong in less than 45 minutes

Academics
Very accommodative for Exchange students who are looking to take classes on only Tuesdays and Thursdays and also still learn from one of the top three business schools in the world
 

'Why Study Abroad?'

How many times have you heard the phrase, "college is the best four years of year life?” For me, it was never a question of should I study abroad but rather about the details of my program, when I should actually leave, and where I should study at for a semester. A study abroad experience is an essential part of a college education; it teaches you so much more than any classroom environment can ever hope to teach you.

Every single day I am learning and growing, which is a main reason why I wanted to come abroad. I wanted to learn more about myself, see how the world looked from outside The States, and look at business through a different lens. When I graduate in about a year and a half, I want to walk away feeling like my degree is an entire package, something that holds more than just my academic achievements; I also want it to symbolize my achievements as an individual who is learning so much more about the world around him and about himself.

In a sense, this is true college experience that I have always yearned for but never really had the chance to experience. When you are studying at your home university, there is a natural element of constant stress that forces you to think about the future and the consequences of your actions. When you are abroad, you feel free; free to do whatever it is that you want rather than doing things that you think you have to be doing during your college experience.

I would strongly encourage anyone to study abroad; it’s truly an experience you will never forget and enjoy forever! I have included my contact information below. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have.
E-mail: vivek.kumar.wh07@wharton.upenn.edu