A wide array of opportunities for students to experience life and work outside Macao is offered by the Institute, including via semester-long exchanges, internships abroad and theme-based educational experiences.

Living within a different culture a bonus of overseas internship

Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort and Spa, in Surat Thani Province, Thailand, took on IFT Hotel Management undergraduate Coco Chow as an intern during academic year 2018/19. Coco says the internship at the luxury property – part of her study programme at IFT – gave her a chance to experience a new culture and become more independent.

Since she already had some work experience as a part-time employee in hotels in Hong Kong, Coco decided to make use of her internship placement to venture abroad and gain some insight into working in a different culture. Coco says her choice proved fruitful. “The internship provided me with a chance to explore the world, so that I could learn how hotels in other places operate,” she notes.

The IFT student says one additional advantage of doing her curricular internship abroad was to allow her to expand her professional network beyond Macao.

Shenzhen internship offers practical insight on Greater Bay Area

Shopping mall operator Shenzhen Coastalcity Commercial Management Co., Ltd welcomed an undergraduate from IFT on a 6-month internship in academic year 2018/19. The student, Kini Lin, from the Tourism Retail and Marketing Management programme, says the internship was an opportunity to gain professional experience in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The mall firm operates Costal City, a shopping and office complex in Nanshan District, in Shenzhen, in Mainland China’s Guangdong Province. Kini was placed in the company’s planning department, where she became familiar with some of the differences between Macao and Shenzhen in terms of retail management.

“We now always talk about the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area,” Kini says. “I think having taken an internship in a company within the Greater Bay Area can provide me additional work opportunities in the future,” adds the IFT student. She plans to build her professional career within the Greater Bay Area city cluster, preferably either in Macao or Shenzhen.

IFT students visit Beijing for Mandarin study programme

A group of 17 representatives from IFT travelled to Beijing in Mainland China between December 2018 and January 2019, to take part in a National Putonghua Proficiency Test and Cultural Studies Programme.

The 2019 edition of the yearly programme took place at the Beijing Language and Culture University. It was attended by a total of 44 participants from Hong Kong and Macao, including from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University.

The Putonghua Proficiency Test and Cultural Studies Programme aims to help higher-education students enhance their Mandarin language proficiency, and to promote cultural exchanges between Beijing, Hong Kong and Macao. Each year, students who attend the programme are eligible to take the National Putonghua Proficiency Test. All students passed the test, with 90 percent of them receiving a Grade 3A or above.

The Putonghua Proficiency Test – or Putonghua Shuiping Ceshi (PSC) – is an official test of spoken fluency in Mandarin. Candidates who pass the examination are given a certificate of proficiency level at levels 1, 2 or 3, each of which is subdivided into grades A and B, with Level 1A being the highest level. Candidates for civil servant positions in Mainland China are required to pass this proficiency test.


  • Asia

– The Continent Hotel Bangkok (Asset Lifestyle Co.)
Bangkok, Thailand

– Capital Museum
Beijing, China

– China World International Exhibition Co., Ltd.
Beijing, China

– International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) China
Beijing, China

– Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center
Beijing, China

– Temple of Heaven
Beijing, China

– Crowne Plaza Guangzhou City Centre
Guangzhou, China

– Harbin Kanghua International Travel Agency Co. Ltd.
Harbin, China

– Baobab Tree Event Management Company Limited
Hong Kong, China

– InterContinental Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

– Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

– The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage Ltd.
Hong Kong, China

– W Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

– Jiangmen U-lile Culture Communication Co., Ltd
Jiangmen, China

– Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
Phuket, Thailand

– The Sanya EDITION Hotel
Sanya, China

– Wanda Yacht Club
Shandong, China

– World Heritage Institute of Training and Research – Asia and Pacific, Shanghai
Shanghai, China

– Shenzhen Coastalcity Commercial Management Co.
Shenzhen, China

– Shenzhen Renyou Int’l Travel Agency Co.
Shenzhen, China

– Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa
Koh Samui, Thailand

– Cathay Hospitality Management
Taipei, Chinese Taiwan

– Regent Hotels & Resorts
Taipei, Chinese Taiwan

– Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Taipei
Taipei, Chinese Taiwan

  • Rest of the world

– Copthorne Hotel (Slough) Limited
Berkshire, United Kingdom

– University of Évora
Évora, Portugal

– Double O Oy (SEVEN)
Helsinki, Finland

– Hotel Les Corallines — Thalasso Spa La Grande-Motte (SAS S.A.M.C.I.L)
La Grande-Motte, France

– Corus Hotels Limited
London, United Kingdom

– Copthorne Lakefront Hotel
Queenstown, New Zealand

– Copthorne Lakefront Queenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand

– Kawarau Village Limited (trading as Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa and DoubleTree by Hilton)
Queenstown, New Zealand

– MCK – Copthorne Lakeview Hotel & Apartments
Queenstown, New Zealand

Skyline Queenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand

The Rees Management Limited T/A The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments and Lakeside Residences
Queenstown, New Zealand


During the summer break many IFT undergraduates attend short-term programmes outside Macao, offering them opportunities to broaden their horizons and learn more about topics relevant to tourism. Some of the programmes involve partners beyond Macao’s shores working with IFT. Outside exchange programmes attended in 2018/19 by IFT students included:

  • Shenzhen University’s “2019 Exchange Scheme of Faculty and Students among Universities in the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao” – Summer Experience Camp on Traditional Chinese Culture
    Shenzhen, Mainland China, 30 May – 8 June 2019

  • Tianjin Cultural Exchange Programme for Macao University Students 2019
    Tianjin, Mainland China, 8-23 June 2019

  • Nanjing University’s “2019 Exchange Scheme of Faculty and Students among Universities in the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao” – 2019 Macao and Jiangsu University Students Cultural Exchange Programme
    Jiangsu, Mainland China, 18-24 June 2019

  • Discovery of Vietnamese Culture and History
    Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta, Vietnam, 30 June – 10 July 2019

  • Destination and Experience Marketing
    Breda, the Netherlands, 30 June – 11 July 2019

  • Portuguese Culture, Tourism and Gastronomy
    Peniche, Portugal, 7-20 July 2019

  • Northeast Forestry University’s “2019 Exchange Scheme of Faculty and Students among Universities in the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao” – Summer Experience Camp on Forest Ecology, History and Culture in Northern China
    Harbin, Mainland China, 10-19 July 2019

  • Sun Yat-sen University’s “2019 Exchange Scheme of Faculty and Students among Universities in the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao” – Summer Workshop on Economic Development of Bay Areas of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao + Yangtze River Delta
    Guangzhou and Yangtze River Delta, Mainland China, 21 July – 4 August 2019

  • Food, Wine & Culture Summer School
    Algarve, Portugal, 22 July – 3 August 2019

  • Lanzhou University’s “2019 Exchange Scheme of Faculty and Students among Universities in Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao” – 2019 Cultural Heritage Friendly Action Camp on the Silk Road (Northwest Circuit Route) / Chuanlong Ethnic Corridor
    Hexi Corridor along Qinghai and Gannan in Northwest Sichuan, Mainland China, 22 July – 8 August 2019
Field trips and off-campus activities

Field trips and off-campus activities are integral parts of academic life at IFT. They help broaden students’ horizons and increase their knowledge in relation to their area of study, their community, and the wider world. Here are examples of field trips and off-campus activities involving IFT students held in academic year 2018/19:


  • A group of Year 3 Heritage Management students attending the Special Interest Tourism course took part in a 7-day study trip to South Korea, from 6 to 12 September 2018

  • Year 3 Tourism Management students – respectively enrolled on the Travel Services Management course and on the Development and Management of Attractions course – took part in a field trip to Huizhou, in Mainland China, from 8 to 12 October 2018

  • A group of Year 2 Tourism Management undergraduates taking the Passenger Transport Management course, visited Hong Kong International Airport on 19 October 2018

  • Year 3 Tourism Business Management students took part in a field visit to Hong Kong Disneyland on 8 March 2019, as part of their Travel Services Management course

  • Year 4 students enrolled on the Service Quality Management course visited Hong Kong Disneyland on 22 March 2019.

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