Hong Kong offers excellent study opportunities for local students looking to complete their education or foreign students wanting to study abroad. The nine universities are funded by the government and corporations, and three of these schools are in the top 100 universities in the world.
If you are considering studying in Hong Kong, you will first want to decide exactly what you want to study. In general, universities in Hong Kong offer a wide variety of courses of study, however, schools tend to specialize in different disciplines.
You want to be sure that your university of choice will provide you with an adequate education. Some universities, such as The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, emphasize research. Others, like the City University of Hong Kong, specialize in humanities-oriented studies similar to liberal arts education programmes. You may want to look into how much government and corporate support each university receives, as the amount could have an effect on the quality of your education.
The nine universities in Hong Kong are:
- University of Hong Kong
- Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Hong Kong Baptist University
- City University of Hong Kong
- Lingnan University
- The Open University of Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Of these, the University of Hong Kong is by far the most prestigious and well-funded. Though technically The Open University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University are listed as private universities, they have received government subsidies or grants for improvements and renovations in the past, and will likely do so again in the future.
University admissions in Hong Kong
Exact admissions requirements will vary from university to university. All require strong English language skills – classes are taught in English – and standardized exit-exam test scores (such as the British A-Level, American SAT, Hong Kong HKALE). If you are not a native English speaker you will most likely have to take an English language proficiency test before you will be admitted.
You will be able to enter most universities if you have obtained an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma or if you have completed at least one year at a recognized (accredited) university. There are also program-specific requirements for admission into certain courses of study at some universities.
Only after being admitted to university will you be able to apply for a student visa. Universities usually help their admitted students through this process, but it is important to remember that you must renew your student visa each year. If you do not, your residence in Hong Kong will be considered illegal and you will be subject to deportation, or worse.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The cost to study in Hong amounts to an average of about US$10,000 per year. This includes tuition, fees, room and board. In comparison to other countries, this is a relatively high figure, but there are plenty of opportunities available to apply for scholarships and financial aid. These awards range in size from small stipends to full tuition.
Scholarships have their own eligibility requirements and application processes: many will require essays, interviews, and letters of recommendation. Awards also vary, and as a general rule the more generous the scholarship seems, the more rigorous its application process will be.
Universities in Hong Kong offer a full range of degrees, from Bachelor´s Degrees to Doctorates. Currently it takes a student three years of study to obtain a Bachelor´s Degree in Hong Kong, but this will change by 2012 due to the government´s education reform efforts. After 2012, the required length of study to obtain such a degree will be the standard period of four years.
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.
What is it that strikes instantly to your mind when you hear Hong Kong? If you are thinking about an ultra modern city with skyscrapers, busy speedway lanes with high-end cars, big shopping malls and the legendary Bruce Lee movies, then your guess is right. Hong Kong is slowly emerging as a cost-effective study destination as well; if one chooses to spend some time to learn Mandarin. Hong Kong is definitely mushrooming into a strong study-abroad destination for Indian students as countries like the UK are tightening student visa norms and the cost of air-travel is increasing with each passing day. Hong Kong’s proximity to India, focused-teaching methods, low tuition costs and an excellent research network are some of the main reasons why Indian students should consider studying in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is
- Home to some of the world’s top 50 universities including those ranked 2nd and 5th in Asia in 2015.
- An international city where both English and Chinese are official languages and English is used as teaching medium in most university courses.
- A cosmopolitan city offering super global, regional and local connectivity.
Hong Kong is a place full of opportunities, be it for advancing up your career ladder or realizing your dream. We are sure you will earn valuable work experience if you decide to stay in Hong Kong for work after graduation, especially if you are determined to tap on the market of Mainland China, the world’s fastest economy, in future.
To attract and retain talents so as to strengthen Hong Kong’s competitiveness and long term economic development, we welcome our non-local students to stay here after graduation. We have put in place a favorable policy, called the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates (IANG) for non-local fresh graduates to stay in Hong Kong for 12 months after graduation without any restrictions to seek jobs.
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