A group of 23 students from Hong Kong are spending this summer improving their English skills and learning about the historic city of Boston as part of a new, six-week program sponsored by the University’s Center for International Education.

The City University of Hong Kong students attend English classes, led by Second Language Services, on weekday mornings, then work in a variety of volunteer settings each afternoon.

On Friday afternoons, Suffolk University student mentors lead their visiting peers on recreational field trips with destinations such as the Museum of Science or a whale watch trip through the New England Aquarium.

“The Center for International Education, along with Second Language Services, has been working closely with the staff from City University of Hong Kong to launch our first summer language program with a volunteer component for the students,” said Suffolk’s Dan Wu, director of International Alumni Relations/East Asia Initiatives. “We hope that the collaboration between Suffolk and City University of Hong Kong will grow and create a gateway for students from Boston and Hong Kong.”

Said Theresa Tsui, a senior marketing major: “Having this opportunity to learn English at Suffolk has helped me to build up my confidence. America is the perfect place for all of us to improve our English skills. Back in China, the only time we speak English is when we have to ask our professors a question.”

“The professors here are very nice and make things easy to understand," said Henry Lo, a senior information systems major. "I’m happy to be part of this.”

The visiting students are living with host families in Hyde Park, Malden, Melrose, Milton, Quincy, Revere, and Somerville.