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Some advice for future HKUST EAP participants

May asked the current EAP kids for advice to give to the next year’s participants. Here’s a quick list I came up with, archived here for more broadcasting power.

  1. Buy an Octopus Card at the MTR station at the airport, regardless of weather you choose to take MTR or taxi to the university
  2. Buy a phone card at the 7-Eleven store at the airport, and make sure you have a GSM (non-CDMA) phone.
  3. Make sure to bring a bunch of passport-sized photos of yourself. You’ll be needing them a lot on the first day, and taking pictures on the first day is quite a hassle.
  4. A few weeks into the semester, you’ll be able to apply for a Student Octopus Card, giving you 50% off on MTR rides. Even though technically semester-exchange students are not allowed to apply, apply anyways. The school will still approve you.
  5. If you don’t have an international credit card, bring lots of US dollars in cash. Opening a bank account here is easy.
  6. Bring a first-aid kit. Band-aids here are really sticky and painful to remove. Common over-the-counter medicines are also a lot less effective from my personal experiences.
  7. Power plugs can be easily obtained at Mong Kok for HK$5 a piece, so don’t worry too much about it.

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