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Hong Kong – international student study guide

This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Hong Kong.

As a place to live, Hong Kong is vibrant and cosmopolitan – often known as one of the places where East meets West, where tradition meets often eye-popping innovation (just look at that skyline). Its fashion, cuisine and education system are respected across the world.

Hong Kong has a long-established aim to become one of the world's premier education destinations, and with world-class research facilities and respected universities, you should be very excited about having the opportunity to study a degree here.

Bachelor Degree In Hong Kong

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Hong Kong with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Hong Kong

Hong Kong does not have a huge number of universities, but those it does have are of international quality. There are eight statutory universities in Hong Kong (state-funded, government approved centres), as well as several other institutes and private colleges dedicated to specific fields and qualifications.

The most prominent universities in Hong Kong are:

• The University of Hong Kong
• Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
• Chinese University of Hong Kong
• Hong Kong Polytechnic University

All four of these universities appear in the top 150 of the QS World University Rankings, and two – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Hong Kong - are in the top 30.

Tuition Fees in Hong Kong

Explore tuition fees in Hong Kong for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

Undergraduate courses in Hong Kong typically last four years, depending on the options you choose.

Courses can be taught in English or Cantonese, and many universities offer crash-courses in Chinese Language to help international students get the most out of their studying time.

Immigration & Visa in Hong Kong

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Hong Kong, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

Once accepted by a Hong Kong university, as an international student you must apply for a student visa/entry permit.

To support your visa, you will need a local sponsor (which can be arranged through your university) as well as a number of documents including completed and signed ID995 A and B forms (which can be downloaded from the Government of Hong Kong website); evidence of financial standing and proof of academic qualifications.

It can take up to six weeks to process a visa or entry permit so make sure you leave enough time to receive yours before you travel. You will also need to renew your visa each year you study, so always remember to do this at least four weeks before your old one expires.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Hong Kong

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Hong Kong.

Whilst studying in Hong Kong, you can choose either to live in University or Private Accommodation.

University Accommodation is normally cheaper, more modern and more convenient than off-campus housing: you can expect to pay HK$5,000-$20,000 per semester on-campus, whereas off-campus will cost you about the same per month.

Rent: Student accommodation in Hong Kong costs between HK$5,000 and HK$20,200 per semester. Here is an average of rental costs across the entire state:

1 bedroom apartment (city centre) – 17,188 HK Dollar ($2,215)
1 bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 11,587 HK Dollar ($1,495)
3 bedroom apartment (city centre) – 38,090 HK Dollar ($4,908)
3 bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 23,096 HK Dollar ($2,976)


(Rates are intended as a guide only).

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Hong Kong. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is classed as safe and secure, however students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic

Students should be aware of pickpockets around tourist attractions and busy areas. The crime rate increases the further north you travel.

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Hong Kong

Apply to Study in Hong Kong and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Hong Kong.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

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