If you have chosen to study in Hong Kong, you can choose among different types of higher education institutions. Find out more in this article.
Over the years, many foreign students from different parts of the world have moved to Hong Kong in order to continue their higher studies. Indeed, Hong Kong not only provides various professional opportunities but also quality education when it comes to higher studies. However, costs, especially when it comes to accommodation and other expenses, are quite high in this special administrative region. Therefore, take the time to inquire on its higher education system and other conditions before proceeding.
Higher education system
Hong Kong hosts several types of universities and other higher education institutions. In general, statutory universities are approved by the Hong Kong Council's Chief Executive and are financially supported by the University Scholarships Committee.
Post-secondary schools provide courses which will allow you acquire a bachelor or a master's degree. These degrees are accredited by Hong Kong's post-secondary schools' ordinance. Enrollment procedures have been simplified, particularly in terms of school results.
Finally, vocational schools are more popular with foreign students. These are independently managed by the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education and are ideal for students looking forward to find a job at the soonest. Some vocational programs have even been set up in partnership with other foreign universities.
You can hence choose among the following courses: design, media, trade and commerce, information and communication technology, tourism and hospitality, Chinese cuisine, etc. Most courses are taught in English. However, some modules can be taught in Chinese. Thus, you must have a good command of Chinese before enrolling.
In general, you can choose among a range of study programs. But you are advised to inquire personally with the university of your choice as requirements and conditions may vary from one institution to another.
Good to know:
Diplomas and degrees offered in Hong Kong are recognized worldwide. Moreover, the quality of education provided by Hong Kong's higher education system is deemed to be one of the best.
University registration fees, as well as examination fees and other related costs usually vary from one institution to another. For instance, you will need an average of HKD 100,000 to enroll for a degree course. Of course, these can be much higher or lower, depending on the type of higher education institution.
You can also request for a scholarship from your university. In this case, you have to proceed much earlier as seats are quite limited. Note, moreover, that these scholarships are generally reserved for more deserving students according to their high school results. Therefore, you better stand above the lot.
Enrollment conditions also vary from one institution to another, but with a few common criteria. For instance, candidates must have a good command of English supported by TOEFL or IELTS. These examinations apply to students whose mother-tongue is not English. You also need a baccalaureate or an equivalent, as well as your high school results book (including your results, appraisals, etc.).
In some cases, universities may request you to attend an interview so as to explain your motivation behind your enrollment and assess your level so as to determine whether you will fit in.
Besides registration and examination fees, you also have to make sure to have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Hong Kong, whether in terms of food, accommodation, transport expenses, student health insurance, etc. Indeed, the cost of living in Hong Kong is quite high.
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