Hong Kong, China Project Center (IQP)
Hong Kong ("Fragrant Harbour" or "Incense Harbour" in Cantonese) is a former British Crown Colony (1842-1997) and now autonomous territory and special administrative region of China. This global financial center is located south of Mainland China and east of the Pearl River Estuary. At 7.2 million residents, Hong Kong covers a total land and sea area of 2,754 km2 and ranks as the world's fourth most densely populated sovereign state or territory. Nicknamed "Pearl of the Orient", Hong Kong is renowned for its deep natural harbour, which provides international cargo ships ready access, and "cement forest" skyline with an extremely high density of skyscrapers. As much of Hong Kong's terrain is hilly to mountainous with steep slopes, less than 25% of the territory's landmass is developed, and about 40% of the remaining land area is reserved as country parks and nature reserve. Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate: summer is hot and humid and winters are mild and sunny. Average temperatures in February range from 59°F to 66°F.
WPI students will be living in serviced apartments in the Tai Kok Tsui district of Kowloon. Apartments are located equidistant from 3 MTR (subway) stations as well as being near other forms of public transportation such as buses. The neighborhood is residential and commercial with many nearby shops. Apartments are fully furnished with two single beds, a full bathroom and a living space with a kitchenette area. The apartments have air conditioning. The electricity is 220-240 volts, which is different from the US. Every apartment has satellite TV and broadband internet access and linens. There are no laundry facilities in the building, but there are inexpensive laundry services available nearby. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Hong Kong cuisine has been influenced by many different cultures, both Asian and Western. Common ingredients include the century egg, cabbage, shitake, red bean, hoisin sauce, shrimp, scallops and lotus seed. Common dishes are hot pot and dim sum. Peanuts are used in some dishes and it may be hard to identify what is in a particular sauce. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies (nuts in particular) into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Past Hong Kong students have:
- Identified ways to preserve the endangered Chinese White Dolphin by controlling marine traffic
- Evaluated the feasibility of introducing car sharing to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution
- Developed ideas for expansion and improvement of walkability for Victoria Harbour's waterfront
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Hong Kong can be found here: Hong Kong Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State