In recent times, Hong Kong, has been listed among st sought- after study abroad countries. This is owing to its high-performing universities, world-class research, and attractive lifestyle. However, Hon Kong, is characterised by low taxation and free trade, and has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
International students who are really worried about the Chinese language deficiency, need to take some chill pill. This is because, English is one of the official languages of Hong Kong (the other being Cantonese Chinese) and is widely spoken. Most courses and programmes use English by way of instruction.
There are also many courses offered in Chinese, ideal for those who wish to perfect their Chinese language skills during their stay. Learning the Chinese language can help you to integrate better and make the most out of your stay, not to mention making you highly employable upon your graduation.
- There are 13 institutions of higher education and universities in Hong Kong which are allowed to award academic degrees. The following eight of these schools are universities funded publicly by the University Grants Committee (UGC).
- The University of Hong Kong (HKU), established in 1910–12, is the oldest.
- Most undergraduate degrees are for four years, rather than the previous three.
- Most courses are taught in English, but there are short courses in Mandarin.
Ideally, the application period for international students usually starts from September to December in the year prior to the year of admission. Although, Late applications are sometimes accepted but the chances of getting a place is minimal.
- Applicants may print out an application form and send it by mail or courier service, or apply online if available.
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language should take TOEFL, IELTS or other acceptable English language tests to prove their English proficiency.
- Tuition fees in Hong Kong vary depending on university and program of study. Postgraduate fees depend on the programme selected. In addition academic expenses (books, field trips and so on) account for approximately £600–£2,500 for undergraduates and £800–£3,300 for postgraduates.
- Some scholarships are available.
- The state universities have a variety of residential halls and colleges and there are private alternatives. Students are advised to apply on time as there may be too many students queuing for the little space available.
Working while studying
- Since the 2008–09 academic year, student visa holders in degree courses of more than one year’s duration at tertiary institutions may take up short-term internships that are study/curriculum-related and be arranged or endorsed by their university and up to one year’s duration with no restriction on the nature of work, level of salary, location, number of working hours and employers.
- Students may alternatively take up part-time on-campus employment for up to 20 hours per week throughout the year, or summer jobs (1 June to 31 August) with no limit on work hours and location.
- Graduates from a Hong Kong university may apply to stay in Hong Kong or return to work there.
University Rankings 2017–18
|Chinese University of Hong Kong||46||58|
|City University of Hong Kong||49||201-250|
|Hong Kong Baptist University||281||351-400|
|Hong Kong Polytechnic University||95||201-250|
|Hong Kong University of Science and Technology||30||44|
|University of Hong Kong||26||40|