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Arrival Guide for International Students 2012-13 Facts about CityU Established in 1984 7 Colleges and Schools College of Business College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences College of Science and Engineering School of Creative Media School of Energy and Environment School of Law Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies World rankings: 110th in QS World University Rankings 2011 12th in QS Asian University Rankings 2012 Contents Welcome to City University of Hong Kong 2 Visa Apply for Hong Kong student visa 3 Visa restriction Accommodation Student Residence 7 Private housing Money Settling the fees 11 Banking Insurance 15 Arrival Pre-departure checklist 17 Getting to CityU Get Started Student Residence check-in 21 Student orientation Enrolment and student ID Course registration “Student status” Octopus Card Hong Kong Identity Card Settling In Safety 25 Weather / climate Electricity Telephone Post Religion Smoking Transport Academic Advising 29 Campus Resources 33 Contacts 37 Welcome to City University of Hong Kong This guide is compiled by the Mainland and External Affairs Office (MEAO) to provide you information that you might want to know before and after arrival in Hong Kong. It is by no means all-inclusive, but serves as a quick tool to navigate you at the beginning of your living and studying in a new country and university environment. Please use this guide as well as the other sources of information available at the CityU website while embarking on your educational journey with us! Contact MEAO Address: Mainland and External Affairs Office 2/F, Block 2, To Yuen Building City University of Hong Kong Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR Tel: (852) 3442 8089 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Vision Website: www.cityu.edu.hk/meao and Mission Vision: City University of Hong Kong aspires to become a leading global university, excelling in research and professional education Mission: To nurture and develop the talents of students and to create applicable knowledge in order to support social and economic advancement 2 3 CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 Visa isa Visa Visa Apply for HK student visa as soon as possible Apply for Hong Kong student visa If you don’t have the right of abode or the right to land in Hong Kong, you must obtain a student visa (or entry permit for mainland Chinese students) from the Hong Kong Immigration Department before you can formally register as a student at CityU. Apply early as an application may take as long as six weeks to process at the Hong Kong Immigration Department. CityU will assist students with their student visa application. Send the following documents to MEAO by post if you need CityU to sponsor your student visa: Original documents required Hong Kong Immigration Department form ID995A, with all relevant parts completed and signed Letter of consent completed and signed by your parent if you are under the age of 18 A declaration by financial sponsor if you are financially sponsored by another person A Request for Visa Sponsorship and Student's Agreement form Templates and forms can be downloaded from www.cityu.edu.hk/meao. Visa Photocopies required Your travel document or identity card containing personal particulars Letter of admission issued by CityU (keep the original letter with you as you may be asked to produce the letter for inspection upon entry to Hong Kong) Your acknowledgement of acceptance of the admission offer (not applicable to exchange students) Financial documents, e.g. bank statements, savings account passbook, scholarship award notification, etc. If you are financially sponsored by someone else, provide proofs of deposit, income statements, tax receipts, etc. of the financial sponsor (don’t send original documents as all documents, once submitted, will not be returned) If you are a resident of the mainland of China and possess an Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao《往來港澳通行證》, enclose the page with your personal particulars For Macao residents, your Macao identity card For Taiwan residents, your household registration in Taiwan (戶籍謄本) and Taiwan identity card Visa fee & postage Remember A non-refundable and non-transferable payment to present of HK$450 will be charged for student visa (or your student visa / entry permit) application and courier fees. Enclose a bank draft payable to "City University entry permit to the of Hong Kong" together with your visa Immigration Officer application, or fill out the payment section upon entering in the Request for Visa Sponsorship and Hong Kong Student's Agreement to authorize payment by credit card CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 4 5 Visa Community and Integration ”Poon Choi“ sharing Possessing a Hong Kong visa does not mean that you have the right to enter the mainland If you are a permanent resident of the of China. If you wish to travel to mainland of China, you will need to apply for the mainland during your stay an Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from in Hong Kong, a separate visa Hong Kong and Macao (EEP) plus an exit is needed. Contact the China endorsement from an office of the Public Security Travel Services for more Bureau after receiving your Hong Kong entry permit. information Visa restriction With a student visa issued by the Immigration Department, you must: attend the educational institution and undertake the programme or course of study that were named in the letter of admission issued by the University not take up any employment, whether paid or unpaid, or establish or join in any business, unless you have special permission granted by Hong Kong Immigration Department For detailed information about visa application, visit this website http://www.cityu.edu.hk/meao/pns_stdvisa.htm. 6 7 CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 ccommodation Accommodation Accommodation Accommodation Student Residence Application method and deadline How to Apply Exchange students Apply online (Undergraduate) www.admo.cityu.edu.hk/ Deadline: 15 May 2012 exchange_visiting/exchange/apply/ Exchange students (Postgraduate) Deadline: 15 May 2012 Degree-pursuing students Application form is obtainable from from overseas www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/htm/e_download.htm Deadline: 30 May 2012 Degree-pursuing students from mainland China Deadline: 29 July 2012 Accommodation Facilities Inside the room… Desk lamp Air-conditioner (operated with a fee card) Pedestal Bookshelves Chair Study desk Telephone (free for local calls) Computer network connection port A shared shower room Single bed with mattress A shared toilet Wardrobe Rubbish bin Mirror cabinet Wash basin Common area… Laundry room Common rooms on most floors Music room Computer room Meeting room CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 8 9 Accommodation Residence fees Undergraduates Double Room: HK$4,840 per semester per person. Single Room: HK$7,260 per semester per person. 3-person Apartment: HK$6,450 per semester per person. Postgraduates of government-funded programmes Fees vary from HK$1,350 to HK$3,000 per month per person. Air-conditioning, laundry and bedding fees are not included. Private housing The rental for off-campus accommodation could range from HK$5,000 to HK$12,000 a month depending on the size, location and type of accommodation. For more information about finding an off-campus accommodation, please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro. 10 11 CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 oney Money Money Legal tender in Hong Kong is the Money Hong Kong dollar (HK$), which is linked to the US dollar at a rate about HK$7.8 to US$1, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly. Estimated Cost of Living Food HK$3,000 Local transportation HK$300 Laundry HK$200 Books & stationery HK$200 Personal toiletries HK$300 Total: HK$4,000 Note: The cost of living is for reference only. Settling the fees New students will receive one payment notice during the first month after enrolment, which may cover tuition, student residence fee and insurance premium, whichever applicable Payment can be made at the Hang Seng Bank on campus by means of cash or a personal cheque in Hong Kong dollars, or by a transfer in Hong Kong dollars from a local bank account Money Don’t bring too much cash with you while travelling to Hong Kong! About HK$10,000 in cash should be enough to cover basic necessities for the first two months in Hong Kong. Banking Banks nearby: ˙ Hang Seng Bank on campus ˙ Citibank, HSBC and the Bank of China can be found in the nearby Festival Walk shopping mall To open a bank account, you need to produce your CityU Student Identity Card, travel document, student visa (or entry permit), and a proof of residence 24-hour Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are available nearly everywhere in Hong Kong. They are connected to global networks such as Cirrus, Global Access, Plus, Visa or MasterCard. ATM cards can be used to withdraw cash in Hong Kong dollars. Some ATMs also provide cash in Renminbi CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 12 13 International Exposure Internship at London Olympics Money 14 15 CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 Insurance nsurance Insurance Take out travel and health insurance before coming to HK Insurance It is mandatory for non-local students to have suitable and adequate insurance throughout the entire period of their studies at City University of Hong Kong. You should purchase your own insurance policy that includes, but not limited to, travel, personal accidents, medical expenses (accident and non-accident), hospitalization and emergency evacuation / repatriation before coming to CityU. If you don’t have your own insurance, or wish to have additional coverage, you may enrol in the Group Personal Accident and Medical Benefits Insurance Plan for Non-local Students contracted by CityU. However, the Plan provides only basic and minimal coverage and does not include medical and health insurance. Students who have special concerns or wish to have better protection should take out insurance policies that will meet their specific needs It is always in your best interest to obtain and maintain a suitable and adequate insurance coverage before coming to CityU. Failure to do so may put your well- being at risk. The University and its staff are not liable for any loss, damage or injury, cost or expense arising from your failure to maintain adequate insurance Arrival rrival Arrival Pre-departure checklist Apply for student visa / entry permit to Hong Kong Apply for Student Residence or find an off-campus accommodation Purchase travel and health insurance before departure Complete online pre-enrolment process and activate your electronic ID (EID) to login the CityU Student e-Portal and access information relating to your studies Read course registration information and follow the instructions on add / drop of courses Bring the following things with you to Hong Kong: ˙ valid passport / travel document Arrival ˙ original letter of admission issued by CityU ˙ copy of your insurance policy (Leave the original with your next of kin) ˙ cash, traveller’s cheque and / or credit card ˙ medication prescribed by your physician for personal use ˙ a few recent passport-size photos ˙ clothes fitting the weather in Hong Kong ˙ useful telephone numbers in case you need to seek help Bus E22 From Airport to Kowloon Tong Arrival Getting to CityU From Hong Kong International Airport ˙ By bus - take bus number E22 (do not take A22, E22A or E22P) from the public bus terminal at the airport and get off at the CityU Student Hostel Station which is located at Cornwall Street in Kowloon Tong ˙ By Mass Transit Railway (MTR) – take the MTR from the Airport Station to Kowloon Tong Station, where CityU is located. You will need to change the line at Tsing Yi, Lai King, and Prince Edward stations. Please visit www.mtr. com.hk to check the route and fare ˙ By taxi – it will cost about HK$220 to get to CityU or the Student Residence. There will have an extra charge for each piece of luggage and toll fees for crossing bridges or tunnels From Hung Hom Railway Station ˙ By MTR – take the East Rail Line and get off at Kowloon Tong Station ˙ By Taxi – it will cost about HK$50. There will have an extra charge for each piece of luggage CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 18 19 Students Clinch International Awards Arrival 20 21 CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 et Started Get Started Get Started Student Residence check-in If you have secured a place in the Student Residence or in the Jockey Club House of the Academic Exchange Building, you should plan to arrive in Hong Kong and check in to your room at the start of the housing term Housing Term Semester A 27 August 2012 – 29 December 2012 Semester B 7 January 2013 – 27 May 2013 Full-year 27 August 2012 – 27 May 2013 Come to MEAO Please check www.cityu.edu.hk/sro for the latest information. and get your welcome pack Student orientation The University’s orientation programme normally starts Started Get one week before the first teaching week, unless specified otherwise. Join the orientation to get yourself familiarized with the campus environment and make new friends After settling in at the Student Residence, visit MEAO to get your orientation pack, which contains useful information about the orientation week Orientation programme schedule will be posted at the MEAO website one month before the semester begins Check out for more at www.cityu.edu.hk/meao. 12 credits Minimum study load per academic semester Important Dates Semester A Semester B Student orientation 27 August 2012 7 January 2013 3 September 2012 Applicable to exchange students, students admitted with Advanced Standing II and postgraduate students First teaching date 14 January 2013 10 September 2012 Applicable to new undergraduate students other than students admitted with Advanced Standing II Last enrolment date 15 September 2012 26 January 2013 Course registeration 15 September 2012 21 January 2013 deadline Started Get Enrolment and student ID New students are required to complete the enrolment process. Bachelor’s degree, exchange and visiting students should follow the instruction for enrolment as indicated in their enrolment letter Course registration Most of the courses can be registered online via AIMS (Administrative Information Management System), the University's intranet system. If online registration is not available for the course you intend to take, you will need to select the course on the AIMS platform, print out your selection (Add / Drop Form) and then submit the printout to the teaching department for approval As a non-local student, you should register for 12 up to 18 credits in one semester, or 6 up to 7 credits during the summer term to fulfil the student visa requirements CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 22 23 Cross-culture Experience “Student status” Octopus Card Started Get Full-time students aged 25 or below are eligible to apply for a personalized Octopus Card with "student status" to enjoy discounts on the MTR Octopus application form can be obtained from Student Development Services at the beginning of the semester, or you may get the form from any one of the MTR stations Hong Kong Identity Card It is required by law to apply for a Hong Kong Identity Card within 30 days after entering Hong Kong if you will stay in Hong Kong for more than 180 days Make an appointment to apply for Hong Kong Identity Card at www.gov.hk/icbooking 24 25 CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 Settling In ettling In Settling In 999 For Help (Police, Fire, Ambulance) Safety Although Hong Kong is comparatively a safe city, it is always in your best interest to stay vigilant and safeguard your personal well-being at all times Hong Kong is left-hand traffic in driving. Always remember to check the traffic on your right hand side and then the left before crossing the road In the event of an emergency, call 999 for help (police, fire, ambulance) Weather / Climate Season Months Temperatures Humidity Spring March to mid-May 20°C to 28°C About 80% Summer mid-May to mid-September 28°C to 35°C About 90% Autumn mid-September to mid-December 20°C to 28°C About 70% Winter mid-December to February 15°C to 20°C About 70% Settling In Electricity The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The majority of electrical sockets take a three-pronged plug. Transformers and adaptors for electrical / electronic devices can be purchased in Hong Kong Telephone Local calls are free from private landlines and cost only HK$1 for five minutes from public telephones Telephone at the Student Residence can make free local calls Mobile phones which operate on networks such as GSM 900 / 1800, CDMA2000 and WCDMA can be used in Hong Kong (Phones operate on GSM 1900 network do not work in Hong Kong) Settling In Post The postage of a regular letter via airmail charges from HK$2.5 The nearest post office to CityU is located at 11A, Fa Po Street, a 15-minute walk from campus along Tat Chee Avenue in Kowloon Tong Religion Hong Kong is a multicultural city and people are free to worship according to their beliefs A quiet room is available on CityU campus (Room R7206, 7/F, Amenities Building, via Lift 19) for quiet reflection, meditation and prayer CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 26 27 HK $5,000 Maximum penalty for smoking in the prohibited area Smoking Smoking is prohibited in most indoor areas, including the university campus and its buildings Some outdoor and public areas are designated as statutory no smoking areas, such as public beaches, swimming pools, public transport facilities and escalators Any person who smokes or carries a lighted tobacco product in the prohibited area commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a maximum fine of HK$5,000 Transport Settling In Public transport system ˙ The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is one of the most convenient means of public transport in Hong Kong. CityU is located right next to Kowloon Tong MTR Station ˙ Buses, minibuses, trams, ferries and taxis are also widely used in Hong Kong Octopus Card ˙ Octopus is an electronic stored-value card that can be accepted by most public transport including buses, minibuses, trains, ferries, and the Peak Tram ˙ It can also be used in convenience stores, e.g. 7-Eleven, Circle K and some fast food restaurants, e.g. Maxim’s, McDonald’s 28 29 CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 cademic Advising Academic Advising Academic Advising For academic advice, students may contact their college or school. College of Business Room G7502, 7/F, Academic 1 (852) 3442 8525 www.cityu.edu.hk/cb College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Room G7612, 7/F, Academic 1 (852) 3442 7151 www.cityu.edu.hk/class College of Science and Engineering Room B6518, 6/F, Academic 1 (852) 3442 7124 www.cityu.edu.hk/cse School of Creative Media Level 7, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre (852) 3442 8049 www.cityu.edu.hk/scm Academic Advising School of Energy and Environment Room G5702, 5/F, Academic 1 (852) 3442 2410 www.cityu.edu.hk/see School of Law Room P5300, 5/F, Academic 1 (852) 3442 8008 www.cityu.edu.hk/slw Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Taught Postgraduate and Visiting Postgraduate Studies 7/F, Block 1, To Yuen Building (852) 3442 5588 www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs Academic Advising Research Degree, Professional Doctorate and Visiting Research Studies 7/F, Block 1, To Yuen Building (852) 3442 9076 www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 30 31 Whole Person Development Olympic Torch Relay Academic Advising 32 33 CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 ampus Resources Campus Resources Campus Resources Academic Regulations and Records Office (ARRO) Services for undergraduate students ˙ Student identity card application ˙ Course registration matters ˙ Certificate of study / graduation application ˙ Transcript application 5/F, Fong Yun-wah Building www.cityu.edu.hk/arro Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Services for postgraduate students ˙ Student identity card application ˙ Course registration matters ˙ Certificate of study / graduation application ˙ Transcript application 7/F, Block 1, To Yuen Building www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs English Language Centre (ELC) ˙ English language enhancement programmes and workshops ˙ English Language Mentoring Scheme ˙ IELTS preparation courses ˙ Self-study online resources 2/F, Green Zone, Academic 1 www.cityu.edu.hk/elc Student Development Services (SDS) ˙ Scholarships ˙ Personal counselling ˙ Leadership training programmes Resources ˙ Physical education and sports Campus ˙ Student and cultural activities ˙ Services for disabled students 6/F, Amenities Building www.cityu.edu.hk/sds Library ˙ Books, serials, journals, and electronic resources ˙ Workshops on citing sources of information and preventing plagiarism 3/F, Academic 1 www.cityu.edu.hk/lib Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre ˙ Indoor sports facilities ˙ Training for the university sports teams ˙ Physical education courses http://www.cityu.edu. 4/F, Amenities Building hk/sds/home/service/ pes/facb0001.htm Campus Catering City Express (Student Canteen) 5/F, Amenities Building AC2 Canteen 3/F, Academic 2 (Halal food packs available) Garden Cafe G/F, Academic Exchange Building City Chinese Restaurant 8/F, Amenities Building City Top 9/F, Amenities Building Homey Kitchen Student Residence, Cornwall Street Resources Campus CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 34 35 East Meets West Chinese New Year Celebration Computer and internet Wi-Fi is available in most parts of the campus including the ground area of the Student Residence Free internet service is available inside the room of Student Residence E-portal Access various online services ranging from academic matters to campus facilities booking via e-portal AIMS (Administrative Information Management System) View or manage your course registration, class schedule, examination timetable, grades, Student Residence application, personal information, student financial account, campus job application, application for certain student services, etc. Service for the disabled Resources Campus Student counselling and study aids are available on campus. Please contact Student Development Services for details 36 37 CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 Contacts ontacts Contacts On-campus contacts 24-hour Campus Security Main Campus (852) 2788 8888 Student Residence, Cornwall Street (852) 3442 1111 Jockey Club House, Academic Exchange Building (852) 3442 4509 (852) 3442 6066 (Medical) Young Chung Yee Health Centre (852) 3442 6052 (Dental) Mainland and External Affairs Office (International and (852) 3442 8089 Non-local Students) (852) 3442 7658 Student Residence Office (Help Desk) Academic Regulations and (852) 3442 2300 Records Office (852) 3442 7658 Computing Services Centre (Help Desk) Chow Yei Ching School of (852) 3442 5588 Graduate Studies (852) 3442 9076 College of Business (852) 3442 8525 College of Liberal Arts and (852) 3442 7151 Social Sciences Contacts College of Science and Engineering (852) 3442 7124 School of Creative Media (852) 3442 8049 School of Energy and Environment (852) 3442 2410 School of Law (852) 3442 8008 Off-campus contacts Police, Fire, Ambulance 999 Hong Kong Baptist Hospital (Private hospital) (852) 2339 8888 Caritas Medical Centre (Public hospital) (852) 3408 5678 Hong Kong Immigration Department (852) 2829 3253 (For HK identity card application) China Travel Services (852) 2315 7171 (For China visa application) Consulates General in Hong Kong www.protocol.gov.hk (Protocol Division of HK) Contacts CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 38 39 Campus Map 40 41 CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 MTR System Map CityU Arrival Guide 2012-13 for International Students Mainland and External Affairs Office 2/F, Block 2, To Yuen Building City University of Hong Kong Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR Tel: (852) 3442 8089 Fax: (852) 3442 0223 Email: email@example.com June 2012 Mainland and External Affairs Office City University of Hong Kong We strive to provide the most updated information in this guidebook as far as possible at the time of printing. However, the University cannot accept responsibility for any changes that may occur. For the latest information, please visit our website at www.cityu.edu.hk/meao and the websites as provided in this Guide.
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