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Cross-Cultural Integration

Adjustment Tips from Senior Non-local Students

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Hey Freshers,

Welcome to Lingnan University! 

I can assure you that you have made the right choice to study here. I believe that you are excited to pursue your journey in Hong Kong but also nervous because you’ll be living in a brand new environment. Here are some tips that may help you to adjust to your new life here.

Make new friends! Talking to people can help you avoid feelings of homesickness. I know that it is not easy to be away from your home alone, so I highly recommend you to join the Lingnan Host Family Scheme.

Remember, always seek help when needed! If you don’t know who to approach, feel free to seek help from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) or any of the seniors. We are more than happy to help you!

All the best! See you on campus!


Miss MUN Jia Yeane

BBA Year 3 student from Malaysia


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Hello, new students, welcome to Lingnan!

Be positive! This is one of the best things you can do for your social life and for making friends. The people you become friends with are likely to help you out a lot over the next four years. Keep in touch and make friends with Lingnan students from other places. Explore the uniqueness of Hong Kong with an open mind. Being confident, upholding a positive attitude and maintaining a healthy lifestyle also helps. Your time in Lingnan University will become an unforgettable experience in your life.

If you need any help, please contact the Office of Student Affairs or Lingnan University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (LUCSSA), we are very willing to help you.


Mr ZUO Jiapeng, Joe

BBA Year 4 student from Mainland China


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First of all, congratulations on becoming a part of the Lingnan non-local crew!

As a senior student, I have learned all the tricks of making the best out of your four-year journey in Hong Kong. I’d like to start with food: definitely become a frequent visitor at Tamjai (local noodle place) and get a 759-store discount card, you’ll thank me later.

Hong Kong has lots of amazing hikes. They will either lead you to some amazing hidden beaches or beautiful waterfalls instead, it’s great either way, so go hiking! Also, have your share of fun partying at Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo but not too much, because you have a GPA to keep up with. Familiarize yourself with the local area, so you don’t get lost on your way back to the university like I did. Make full use of the University’s free sports facilities because not fitting in your clothes that you brought from home is going to be sad AND expensive.

Other than that, do not overthink too much and try to enjoy your early twenties to the fullest.



BBA Year 4 student from Kazakhstan


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Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Lingnan! A new stage of your life is about to begin. Although the new life comes with much confusion and many surprises, all of them will become valuable experiences that contribute to your growth. Here are some tips that can be easily followed and will help you better prepare for your university life.

Firstly, staying open-minded and rational is important for both your academic study and personal life. When arriving in Hong Kong, you may face cultural clashes. Examining things through different aspects will give you a clearer understanding of the situation and help you avoid conflicts.

Furthermore, take advantage of every opportunity that you encounter. The experiences you gained from these opportunities will benefit you in your future. Finally, always prioritise your health, both mentally and physically.

Hope you have a wonderful journey in Lingnan and we are here waiting for you!

Mr ZHANG Boyang

BA Year 3 student from Mainland China


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Hey guys, welcome to Lingnan University! Your university life is about to begin!

Integrating into a new environment is challenging. However, all of us are willing to help you adapt to your new life here. As a student who has been living here for more than two years, I would like to give you some useful tips. When you arrive at the university, the first thing that you should do is to familiarize yourself with the surroundings, so that you don’t need to worry about where to eat or where to buy necessities. If you wish to enrich your campus life, join some interesting ILP activities in which you can do sports, learn life skills and enrich your knowledge. If you are in trouble, please do not hesitate to seek help from the staff of the Office of Student Affairs. They are kind and always willing to help you.


Miss Sun Xueyuan, Cheryl

BBA Year 3 student from Mainland China


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Lingnan University provides care and support as well as many different opportunities for its students. Right as we stepped out of our plane and arrived in Hong Kong, we were gladly greeted by the senior students and had bus pick-up arranged for us. The senior students also gave us insight into practical things like understanding university life, getting HKID application and even where to buy the household items for the dorm. Their tips helps you get back on your feet really fast right before your semester and to get ready for the academic and social part of your life in Hong Kong.

I would recommend you to join the student societies and clubs and commit yourself to be an active member of the student community. Discover more about yourself and your passions: apply for Dancing Society, Music Society or debating tournaments to get the most out of your time here in Hong Kong.

This city is the financial and cultural hub of Asia and it would be a waste not to take advantage of its convenient location. Don't miss these spots: the Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, where  many events are held regularly, the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, which is a declared monument, and so much more.  There are also a great number of museums and beautiful hiking spots across the city. Make use of your time accordingly and broaden your social circle of friends, experiences and accomplishments.



BA Year 4 student from Kazakhstan