Nephele Yeager

BA Business Management with a Year in Industry

I’d say one of the most rewarding elements was getting to meet like-minded individuals and create bonds which I think will last.

What motivated you to study abroad?

There were two main reasons for my interest in studying abroad. The first was to complement my academic development, I consider spending some time living abroad as an essential part of my studies and an experience that will demonstrate my employability.

The second reason was for character development. A major component of studying abroad is meeting new people from all sorts of backgrounds.

I believed that being able to spend a semester in a new city would enable me to truly explore and understand business from a different cultural and academic perspective.


Where did you go and why did you choose this University?

I chose to go to City University of Hong Kong because the thought of living in Asia, especially in a major global hub such as Hong Kong, really excited me. They call it the gateway between the East and West and I thought it would be an opportunity to explore Asia.


What was the biggest challenge that you faced and how did you overcome this?

CityU places a great emphasis on group work and while this is a great chance to interact and really get to know local students, if I wanted to be involved, I had to make an effort. I found that the best way to deal with this was to initiate and organise group meetings in person.


What were the most rewarding elements of your time abroad?

I’d say one of the most rewarding elements was getting to meet like-minded individuals and create bonds which I think will last.


In addition to your studies, what did you do?

Obviously, I had to take the opportunity to travel around Asia. During the semester I went to Thailand and South Korea. Otherwise I made the most of living in Hong Kong and explored beyond the city. I went on numerous hikes, bike rides and swims.


Would you recommend Study Abroad?

YES! I think the idea of living in a completely different place is reason enough.


What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about Study Abroad?

Do a lot of research and try to see if it is a place you want to be for 4 months.


What skills do you think you have enhanced or gained through your study abroad experience?

I have definitely gained independence, resourcefulness, creativity and social skills.‌