I’m thinking abut going on exchange to HKUST for a semester during my degree. Not just because I want to learn mandarin, but because I like Hong Kong and they have an engineering agreement with my university. However, I have learned some mandarin and would like to keep learning when I’m there. I do not want to go to the mainland because I know how bad many of their universites are, and I’m not good enough to do engineering in Chinese.
Even though they speak catonese in Hong Kong, HKUST offer mandarin courses that I can take. How common is it for people to know mandarin at campus and also want to speak it with me? I have heard there is a lot of mainland people going to Hong Kong to study, so I can practice with them. Is that right?