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[To Exchange or Not to Exchange?]

By: KAN Yuen Yee, Christine (Hall 11)
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Going to exchange can be a very exciting and rewarding experience, but there are also many factors to consider before going. Here are some pros and cons of studying abroad which might help you choose.

Going on exchange allows you to experience a totally different culture than that you are used to. It provides you with a complete change in scenery, allowing you to immerse yourself in a foreign environment. For those exchanging to English-speaking countries, this might be a great way to upgrade your English conversation in a short period of time. Exchanging also gives you a chance to travel, not only around the country, but possibly even to nearby countries, where you can make many new friends and gain many invaluable experiences of a lifetime.

However, all these things come with a cost. Depending on where you go, the total cost for the whole trip may range from HKD $10,000 to HKD $100,000 per semester, provided you can get some form of subsidies. It also means that you would be away from your friends and family during the period, with less contact than usual. In some cases, cultural shock may be a factor, especially to those who do not adapt easily out of their comfort zone. Either way, it would definitely take some getting used to when you move in to an apartment or hostel yourself, home away from home.

Therefore, whether to go on exchange or not? Think carefully before you decide!

【要當交流生嗎?】

文:簡婉兒(舍堂十一)
譯:鄧子筠(賽馬會敬賢堂)
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當交流生會是刺激而有意義的經驗,但出發之前也要考慮不少因素。以下是一些海外留學的利弊,可能幫到你決定要不要去交流。

去交流可以讓你感受截然不同的文化,欣賞不同風光,把自己浸淫在異鄉中。如果你是去英語國家的話,這會是個讓你在短期內改善英語溝通能力的好機會。去交流也可以趁機旅遊,除了你交流的國家,還可以到鄰近國家逛逛,途中你會認識到許多新朋友,留下畢生難忘的寶貴回憶。

然而,所有事都需要花錢。如果你成功申請資助的話,一個學期的旅程開支大概是港幣一萬至十萬元,取決於你的目的地。期間你要離開家人和朋友,跟他們少了接觸。對於不太容易離開自己舒適圈的人來說,文化衝突也是要留意的地方。無論如何,自己搬進遠離家鄉的公寓或旅館時,總要點時間適應。

所以,去不去交流?決定前要好好想清楚!

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