Study in Hong Kong


Hong Kong is a fascinating cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer. It's one of the world’s largest financial centres, an exemplary free trade economy and boasts one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. The city is a mecca for professional opportunities and studying in Hong Kong is a great way to increase your chances of successful future employment.

Higher education system

There are over 20 higher education institutions in the city, which are accredited to award degrees, including both public and private establishments. All public universities in the city use English as the language of instruction for their main courses and are, thus, suitable for English speakers with no knowledge of Cantonese.

Hogn Kong universities perform well in global rankings and are popular with foreign students. The University of Hong Kong is one of the most favoured among international students and ranks 26th in the QS World University Rankings. It is closely followed by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Other popular options among expats with a good selection of English courses are the City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic.

Vocational schools are ideal for students looking to find a job as quickly as possible. 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 may be taught in Chinese, which requires a good command of the language prior to enrolment.

 Good to know:

Diplomas and degrees offered in Hong Kong are recognised 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. Tuition fees for non-local students in full time degree-awarding courses generally start at about HKD$100,000 (naturally, the cost varies on the chosen university and course, with certain programs requiring a much larger investment).

As a foreign student in Hong Kong, you are eligible for a scholarship for which you will need to apply at the university of your choice. If you want to be considered for financial aid, you will need to start the process much earlier and make sure to present proof of the above-average performance from previous educational establishments.


Contact your university’s admission commission for updated information on tuition and scholarship options. Make sure to enquire as to whether you will be offered a dormitory, as housing prices in Hong Kong are very high.

Enrolment conditions

Enrolment 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 that you attend an interview to explain your motivation to enrol and assess your level so as to determine whether you will fit in.


Once you’ve been accepted to a university, you will need to apply for a Student Visa (can add link to Visas article) before commencing your studies.

Student life

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. As mentioned earlier, the cost of living in Hong Kong is quite high.

With that said, the city offers its students professional educational facilities, an exciting after-school life and a diverse cultural environment.


You are not allowed to take up paid employment or internships while studying in Hong Kong.

 Useful links:

Study in Hong Kong
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Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education

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