Learn, Live and Intern in China (LLIC) 2016 – For Overseas Students

About LLIC

Founded in 2008, The Learn, Live and Intern in China (LLIC) Programme at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) brings together undergraduate students from around the world to experience China in Shanghai through a nine-week internship. LLIC has a unique network of companies that offer internships to our participants in Shanghai. Once accepted to LLIC, students are automatically guaranteed an internship with one of our partner companies. The internships are not intended to relate to a student’s major, but rather to provide practical working experience and an insight into the local working culture in Shanghai.

LLIC is unique in three ways:

  1. Many of the LLIC partner companies require neither Chinese language skills nor previous field experience from interns. Students from any academic background can apply.
  2. LLIC not only handles the internship placement for students, but also provides air-ticket between Hong Kong and Shanghai and houses all interns together.
  3. LLIC offers a unique framework for cultural exchange, as half of LLIC interns will be selected from HKU applicants and the other half from overseas institutions. All LLIC participants truly get the chance to meet people from all over the world.

The vision behind LLIC is to provide students opportunities to experience working in Asia, increase their understanding of Chinese culture and to extend their professional and personal networks. Participants gain experience not only through studying and internships, but also through cultural exchange with the other local and overseas participants.

Because of its small size and generous funding offered to participants, LLIC remains an exclusive programme whose past participants come from some of the best universities in the world. Participants in previous programmes have represented universities such as CambridgeHarvard, King’s College LondonPennsylvaniaYale and Oxford, among other quality institutions whose students continue to join each summer.


In response to the growing number of students interested in China, LLIC encourages participants to experience the region in a genuine way. Many Chinese language/cultural programmes give preferential treatment to foreign students, meaning participants are not able to gain any real insight into the local experience. LLIC tries to move away from this approach by housing interns in local establishments in the heart of the city. Despite working in different locations, all interns are housed together so that they can easily meet up for dinner, go sightseeing, or just talk about their day after work. Minimal group activities are scheduled so that interns can choose what they want to do according to their own preference.

LLIC looks for students who are easy-going, independent and open-minded. We do expect participants as adults, the maturity to step out of their comfort zones.

For those of you who have never been to China before, LLIC could be your perfect introduction to the language, business style, and even culture at large in China. LLIC attracts a number of Chinese speaking students, both from overseas and from HKU, so there will be a number of people around who can help you communicate with others.

For those of you who have started learning Chinese or a degree East Asian Studies, it goes without saying that there is no better way to improve your knowledge of a foreign culture and language than to visit the country of origin.

Here are some questions to help you determine if you are a good match for LLIC:

  • Are you easy going and open-minded?
  • Are you curious about China?
  • Are you hardworking, ambitious and responsible?
  • Do you want to improve your communications skills?
  • Do you want to travel with other students throughout China?
  • Do you plan to go into business or non-profit work?

If you answered YES to most of these questions, then LLIC may just be the perfect programme for you this summer!

  • The 1st batch application deadline: 27 January, 2016*
  • The 2nd batch application deadline: 26 February, 2016*


A late application is any application submitted after the application deadline. If an application is submitted on time but the required study documents that support the application do not arrive until after the deadline for the supporting documents for eligibility, that application will also be considered late.

Below is an anticipated timeline for the Learn, Live and Intern in China (LLIC) 2016 programme.

Programme Period

Check-in: June 12, 2016

Check-out: August 19, 2016

Seminar Series at HKU + Study Tour to Hangzhou June 13 – 19, 2016
Opening Ceremony in Shanghai June 20, 2016 (Monday)
Internship in Shanghai June 21 – August 17, 2016 (9 weeks)
Closing Ceremony in Shanghai August 17, 2016
Closing Ceremony at HKU August 19, 2016

*Programme content and funding arrangement are subject to change without prior notice.

Learn, Live and Intern in China (LLIC) 2016 Programme takes place between June 12, 2016 – August 19, 2016 (9-weeks). The below items are covered by the programme funding (Victor and William Fung Foundation Ltd) for overseas students:

  • 1-week seminar series at HKU
  • Networking events, social activities and orientation
  • Accommodation in Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • Airport transport in Shanghai
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare between Hong Kong and Shanghai
  • Internship placement in Shanghai

Estimated Personal Costs

**Costs are an approximation and will differ depending on individual needs**

Items Cost (USD)
Roundtrip Air-ticket (from home to Hong Kong) 300-2,000
Daily Meals and Transportation 300-500
Visa Application 110
Miscellaneous and Personal Expenses 500-800

How to Apply

Terms and Conditions of Participation

Please note that only undergraduate students are eligible to apply. LLIC strongly encourages you to fully read the website thoroughly to be aware of the terms and conditions of our before you submit an application. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

1. Application

Please fill in the online application form here. After you completed the online form with the required documents by the deadline. For enquiries, please send email to llic@hku.hk.

2. Interview

Once you have submitted your application, you may be contacted for an interview within one month’s time. Accepted interviewees will be notified of their status via email. Interviews will take place either in person or online with one of the LLIC Programme Coordinators.

3. Accepting the offer

Successful applicants will be notified of the acceptance to the programme. They will have two weeks to review the terms of agreement. Then students will need to formal accept the offer. Students who have confirmed their participation are automatically guaranteed an internship by LLIC, but the location, the company, and the duties of the internship are all to be determined solely by the LLIC Committee, and are not subject to student requests.


  • * The 1st batch applications submitted on time will be processed first and the 2nd batch applications afterwards. This means that if you submit after the 1st batch application deadline, all the applicants who have sent in their applications on time will be given admission before you. As the places in programmes are limited, this could possibly mean that you will not be accepted.

Any vacancies in a programme will be offered to “late applicants” after the second selection round. This means that any potential admission will reach the late applicant rather late.

  • While Oxford University students are very welcome to make an application for this programme, applications for Oxford students must be through The Oxford University Internship Programme here.



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