Why Hong Kong?
You want to be exposed to both Eastern and Western cultures, especially those of China, on your route to future success? Or thinking of somewhere vibrant, globally connected and full of opportunities to enrich your study life?
Hong Kong is the place to be.
- home to some of the world’s top 50 universities including those ranked 3rd, 8th and 10th in Asia in 2020.
- an international city where both English and Chinese are official languages and English is used as teaching medium in most university courses.
- a melting pot of Eastern and Western cultures with diversity in lifestyle.
- a cosmopolitan city offering super global, regional and local connectivity.
- a unique destination consisting of beautiful countryside punctuated by a dramatic skyline filled with skyscrapers.
Hong Kong aspires to be a regional education hub. We welcome non-local students to study, to do research and to take part in exchange activities here.
Our institutions adopt international standards in curriculum design and quality assurance and their qualifications awarded are internationally recognised. They are among the best in the world and hold leading positions in various international rankings. Academic freedom and highly internationalised campus are also our privileges which can help you learn from different perspectives so as to broaden your horizon.
You may be a bit worried about language problem. Don’t worry! English is used as the teaching medium in most post-secondary programmes and you would be able to learn authentic Chinese at your institution and when you hang out with your friends.
If you are outstanding enough, you may also get access to various scholarships offered by the HKSAR Government or other organisations.
With the above in mind, we believe that Hong Kong will definitely be your right choice. So, don’t hesitate to step out of your home and start your amazing learning journey in this charming city in Asia
How to Apply
By now, you know that Hong Kong is the place to be for an incomparable educational experience. Here’s an overview of everything you need to do to apply, arrive, and get started!
- Check out each of our institutions. Decide which ones best suit your goals.
- Contact the institutions and programmes that interest you. They can give you more information about admissions requirements, program-specific criteria, and application deadlines.
- Make sure you qualify for admission. International schools and methods of assessment vary widely, as do prerequisites for specific institutions. In general you will need to have completed secondary school, have earned satisfactory results on your country’s Leaving or Aptitude exams, if offered (for example, A Levels, Baccalaureate, SATs, etc.). If English is not your mother tongue, you’ll need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or equivalent examinations. Of course, you should contact the institutions for more detailed information.
- Apply. The timetable for this varies by institution, so make sure to confirm what paperwork you’ll need to do, and when to submit it.
As institutions in Hong Kong enjoy a high degree of autonomy in admission of students, requirements for student admission may vary from institution to institution, and from programme to programme. Institutions will make admission decisions primarily based on the merits (e.g. academic and other non-academic achievements) of individual applications. Some institutions will invite applicants to attend interviews, whose performance at the interviews will also be taken into consideration. You are advised to read the course information provided by institutions carefully and contact the institution(s) you intend to apply for if you need further advice and clarification.
In general you need to have completed secondary school, have earned satisfactory results in your country’s Leaving or Aptitude exams, if offered (for example, A Levels, International Baccalaureate, SATs, etc.). If English is not your mother tongue, you will need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or equivalent exams. Of course, you should contact the admission office of institutions for more detailed information.
There are numerous scholarships available to support your studying and living here in Hong Kong. So please don’t miss any of them when planning your study!
A number of scholarships and awards are offered by the HKSAR Government, post-secondary institutions and other public or private organisations to assist non-local students finance their education in Hong Kong. Some are available solely for non-local students, and others are awarded on a competitive basis to all students regardless of nationality or residency status.
Scholarships/awards for non-local students –
- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government Scholarship recognises the achievements of outstanding local and non-local students studying in the eight University Grants Committee-funded universities, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Vocational Training Council. The scholarship is HK$80,000 (approximately US$10,300) per year for non-local students.
- The Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund provides scholarships to outstanding local and non-local students pursuing full-time locally-accredited self-financing sub-degree or bachelor’s degree programmes. The scholarship is HK$80,000 (approximately US$10,300) per year for non-local recipients of Outstanding Performance Scholarship.
- The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme aims to attract the best and brightest students from around the world to pursue PhD programmes in Hong Kong. The Fellowship Scheme provides an annual stipend of HK$319,200 (approximately US$40,900) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$13,300 (approximately US$1,700) per year for each awardee for a period of three years. For awardees who need more than three years to complete the PhD degree, additional support may be provided by the chosen universities.
Scholarships for students from countries/regions along the Belt and Road –
- The Belt and Road Scholarship is established with a view to attracting more outstanding students from countries/regions along the Belt and Road to pursue full-time publicly-funded university studies in Hong Kong. All awardees would receive a scholarship to cover their tuition fees. The Scholarship has been expanded in the 2019/20 academic year and it now covers all Belt and Road countries*, as well as research postgraduate students. Interested students should submit applications for admission to the publicly-funded local degree-awarding institutions.
* Reference: a list of Belt and Road countries is available at The Belt and Road Portal.
(i) Belt and Road Scholarship (Designated Countries)
- The Scholarship is open to students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar to pursue first-year full-time publicly-funded undergraduate studies in Hong Kong. Details of the respective schemes are as follows:
- Belt and Road Scholarship (Indonesia)
- Commencing from the 2016/17 academic year, up to 10 scholarships would be offered to outstanding Indonesian students annually.
- Funding Source: HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (Scholarship), The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (Bursary1), Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (Bursary2) and Mr LEUNG Lun, BBS, MH (Bursary3)
- 1 Applicable to awardees of 2016/17 intake
2 Applicable to awardees of 2017/18 intake (2017/18 academic year)
3 Applicable to awardees of 2017/18 intake (2018/19-2020/21 academic years)
- Belt and Road Scholarship (Malaysia)
- Commencing from the 2017/18 academic year, up to 10 scholarships would be offered to outstanding Malaysian students annually.
- Funding Source: CMA Li Sau Hung Eddy Special Fund (Scholarship4), HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (Scholarship) and The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (Bursary4)
- 4 Applicable to awardees of 2017/18 intake
- Belt and Road Scholarship (Thailand)
- Commencing from the 2017/18 academic year, up to 10 scholarships would be offered to outstanding Thai students annually.
- Funding Source: Mr Chan King Wai and Hong Kong King Wai Group Company Limited (Scholarship5 and Bursary5), HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (Scholarship)
- 5 Applicable to awardees of 2017/18-2019/20 intakes
- Belt and Road Scholarship (Myanmar)
- Commencing from the 2019/20 academic year, up to 10 scholarships would be offered to outstanding Myanmarese students annually.
- Funding Source: The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and CGCC (Foundation) Limited (Scholarship6), HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (Scholarship)
- (ii) Belt and Road Scholarship (Other Countries)
- In the 2020/21 academic year, up to 35 scholarships would be offered to outstanding students from other Belt and Road countries not covered by Belt and Road Scholarship (Designated Countries) to pursue first-year full-time publicly-funded undergraduate studies in Hong Kong.
- Funding Source: HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund
- (iii) Belt and Road Scholarship (Research Postgraduate)
- In the 2020/21 academic year, up to 25 scholarships would be offered to students from countries along the Belt and Road to study first-year full-time publicly-funded research postgraduate programmes in Hong Kong.
- Funding Source: HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund
Other scholarships and award schemes are administered by the institutions themselves. You may wish to contact the student affairs or international office directly if you want to know more about the details of the schemes, including the procedures for submitting application.
Internship and Part-time Work
Every student has to face the real world of challenges after graduation. Why not acquire some pre-graduation work experience to sharpen your C.V. and elevate your chance of finding a desirable job in future? You may also broaden your personal network through internships, part-time jobs or summer jobs during study.
In general, non-local students studying in Hong Kong shall not take up any employment, whether paid or unpaid. However, the restriction in respect of internship, part-time job and summer job for non-local students has been relaxed, in order to attract talents and further develop Hong Kong as a regional education hub.
Non-local students of full-time locally-accredited local or non-local programmes at undergraduate level or above whose study period is not less than one academic year may take up internship subject to the following conditions:
a. the internships must be study/curriculum-related and be arranged / endorsed by the institutions they are studying in; and
b. the duration of the internship is up to one academic year, or one-third of the normal duration of the relevant full-time academic programme, whichever is the shorter.
There is no restriction on the nature of work, level of salary, location, number of working hours and employers for the internship arrangements.
As regards non-local students enrolled in full-time locally-accredited sub-degree local programmes with a study period not less than 2 academic years, they may also apply to take up an internship if the following conditions are met:
a. the internship must be mandatory, study/curriculum-related and arranged / endorsed by the institutions they are studying in; and
b. the duration of the internship is up to 6 months.
Apart from taking up internship in Hong Kong, some institutions will offer overseas internship programmes, in collaboration with diverse host organizations in providing valuable offshore internship opportunities for students to gain real-life work experience as well as enhance their global exposure and perspectives. If you want to take up offshore internship opportunities, please contact your international office or career office for details.
Part-time on-campus jobs and summer jobs
Non-local students (excluding exchange students) of full-time locally-accredited local programmes at undergraduate or above level whose study period is not less than one academic year may, during the currency of their limit of stay, take up part-time on-campus employment for not more than 20 hours per week throughout the year and employment during the summer months from 1 June to 31 August (both dates inclusive) without any limit in relation to work hours and location.
Eligible students will be notified of the internship, part-time on-campus employment and/or summer job arrangement individually by a “No Objection Letter” (NOL) which will spell out the type(s) and conditions of employment which the student may take up.
Cost of Living
Foreigners may think that, in a bustling metropolis such as Hong Kong, life doesn’t come cheap. Rent, food, clothing, and other necessities should be on a par with the likes of New York or London. This is only partially true, as you will be able to find some bargain buy or cheap but tasty food somewhere. Besides, transportation, telecommunications and public healthcare here cost significantly less than many countries in Europe or North America. Furthermore, student discounts are available for essentials, such as Octopus cards (see Transportation) or even arts and cultural events. With careful planning and price comparison, you can make the most of your Hong Kong experience and still have a plenty of dollars left for extras like travel and fancy dinners out.
Except paying the tuition fee for your study, you also have to prepare the budget for other academic expenses as well as your daily living in Hong Kong.
If you live in University-provided residence halls or hostels, you’ll pay a modest HK$5,000 (about US$650) to HK$15,000 (around US$2,000) per semester; expect to pay that much per month if living off-campus. You should allow for HK$30,000 to HK$50,000 (US$3,900 to US$6,500) per year for other living costs, including food, leisure, transportation, and personal items, depending on how extravagantly you plan to live.
How much do things cost in Hong Kong? Check out these prices, for your reference.
|Items||HK dollars (Approx.)||US dollars (Approx.)|
|A McDonald’s Value Meal:||$24.00-35.00||$3.08-4.50|
|A can of Coke, from convenience store (e.g. 7-11 or OK):||$9.00||$1.20|
|A set meal (main dish, rice, and drink) at an average local café (Cha Chaan Teng):||$50.00-80.00||$6.40-10.30|
|A Starbucks medium size Cappuccino||$36.00||$4.60|
|A movie ticket (without 3D effect)||$50.00-130.00||$6.40-16.60|
|An MTR trip from Central to Causeway Bay, with Octopus card:||$5.50||$0.70|
|Crossing the harbour from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui on Star Ferry:||$2.20-$3.70||$0.30-$0.50|
Don’t break open that piggy bank just yet! Here are some tips for pinching pennies:
- Live in university accommodation as far as possible. It costs less than an off-campus apartment, as well as being cleaner, usually closer to the campus and definitely more convenient.
- Take public transportation. Our system is the envy of cities everywhere, and a good number of them have modeled on it. You can travel in Hong Kong from end to end for less than you’d pay for a cup of coffee. It’s spotless and safe – do like the savvy locals and use it!
- Save money and dive into local culture – eat in a Cha Chaan Teng, the Chinese answer to a café. Service is basic, but the food is delicious and you can’t beat the prices. Besides, you can have your meals at the campus student canteens and the price is low. Having meals there can save much.
- Take advantage of the student discounts offered by museums, cinemas, transport companies, restaurants and even some retail outlets. Just show your student ID.
- If you face financial difficulties during your study, contact the international office or student affairs office of your institution for assistance.
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