Regular Student Exchange Programmes and Language Immersion

a. Student Exchange Programmes (SEP)

Student Exchange Programmes (SEP) are provided for students to widen their international and Greater China Region perspectives as well as increase their cultural awareness. Exchange abroad destinations cover more than 20 countries/regions around the world, including but not limited to North America, Europe, Australia and the Greater China Region. SEP are administered by two offices: the Greater China Affairs Office (GCA) for exchange opportunities in the Mainland and Taiwan; and the International Office (IO) for the international exchange destinations. Details of the two SEP are given below:

IO    http://www.eduhk.hk/io/exchange_abroad.html

GCA  http://www.eduhk.hk/gca/tc/exchange_out_application.php

b. Language Immersion

The semester of study in an overseas university for all students of Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language), (BEd(EL)), is a distinctive feature of the programme and one that many students record as the most memorable and important single part of their EdUHK degree. Participated students go abroad to study in an English-speaking country (most recently, Australia, the United Kingdom, USA or Canada) and complete a 12 week semester studying alongside local students in the university, earning credits towards their EdUHK degree. They also spend 10 days attached to a local school. Each student lives with a local family and learns about the local way of life by living it. The experience of living and studying overseas improves their English proficiency and broadens their understanding of English speaking cultures. Students grow in confidence and make friendships and connections that last for years. In addition, PGDE English Language Immersion Programme (PELIP) is a 6-week intensive language immersion programme for student teachers who study English as their major subject in the one-year full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Primary) or (Secondary) programme. The aim is to further develop participants’ English language proficiency and understanding of the teaching / learning of English as a second language in an English-speaking country. Over the past few years our student teachers have studied in Australia, Britain or New Zealand for their immersion experience. PELIP is held in November and December every year. Throughout the six weeks, participants are involved in an intensive programme of academic and sociocultural activities. They also have chances to engage in lesson observation and teaching in local primary or secondary schools where they experience a different education system in action and try out a range of teaching strategies and approaches. During their stay, all participants live with host families and experience local life in an English-speaking context. Details of the two immersion programmes are given at this link: http://www.eduhk.hk/ele/study-abroad/el/