Study In Hong Kong - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities


This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Hong Kong as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Hong Kong as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as

 

How to study in Hong Kong

Why study in Hong Kong

Cost of studying in Hong Kong

Universities in Hong Kong for international students

Cost of living in Hong Kong for international students

How to get a visa to study in Hong Kong

How to apply and study in Hong Kong

Tuition fees to study in Hong Kong

Applying to study in Hong Kong

 

The academic year in Hong Kong has just two semesters, one from early September to late December, and a second from mid-January to May. Hong Kong’s university application deadlines vary, but are usually between December and May, for courses starting the following September.

Applicants for undergraduate degrees will be expected to have completed secondary education and gained satisfactory results in their country’s leaving exams (such as A-levels, Baccalaureate or SATs). Public universities in Hong Kong teach in English, and proof of proficiency in English is also required for non-native speakers; this means taking an exam such as the IELTS or TOEFL.

 

Once you’ve been offered a place, the university should arrange a local sponsor for your visa application. You’ll have to submit a visa application form, as well as providing proof of identity, evidence of your academic qualifications and a financial statement.

The Immigration Department is also likely to request details of where you intend to live while you study in Hong Kong, so it’s best to arrange this well in advance, either through the university or independently. Most visas need to be renewed annually; remember to do this in good time.

Applying to universities in Hong Kong

 

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.

 

Tuition fees and cost of studying in Hong Kong as an international student

 

The cost of studying in Hong Kong actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Hong Kong have different tuition fees.

Hong Kong universities have one of the most expensive tuition fees in Asia,the tuition fees in Hong Kong vary among universities as private universities are more expensive than the public universities.

The average tuition fees for both public and private universities in Hong Kong is about US$11,500 to 34,000 per year for international students. It should be noted that the cost of tuition also depends on the course a student wants to study. Courses such as medicine and engineering are more expensive than lesser art or science courses.

What affects the budget of most international students in Hong Kong is the cost of accommodation. Accommodation in Hong Kong is very expensive compared to other Asian countries. You will need about US$23,000 per year to cover for just your accommodation if you want to stay alone in a one bedroom rented apartment.

International students are can also pay about US$1,900 for university hostels although they will be very limited to a lot of things and freedom compared to living outside the school. The cost of living in Hong Kong is also very high,so students are advised to spend based on their budget.

Hong Kong is one of the countries with a lot of financial aid and scholarship options for international students. Most of the scholarships are awarded by Hong Kong government and are scholarships based on merit. So you to be very good academically or in a particular field in order to stand a chance of a scholarship.

 

As an international student in Hong Kong,you can earn a side income from part time jobs. In order to be eligible to work part time as an international student,you will need to get a work permit from the immigration.

 

Cost of living in Hong Kong according to expatistan

 

Hong kong

Housing            [Edit]

 

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

HK$37,604

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

HK$26,012

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

HK$1,401

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

HK$22,317

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

HK$15,644

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

HK$733

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

HK$201

            40” flat screen TV

HK$5,291

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

HK$1,215

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

HK$75

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

HK$67

Clothes [Edit]

 

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

HK$589

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

HK$240

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

HK$759

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

HK$993

Transportation  [Edit]

 

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

HK$229,390

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

HK$15

            Monthly ticket public transport

HK$521

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

HK$60

Personal Care   [Edit]

 

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

HK$58

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

HK$80

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

HK$303

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

HK$49

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

HK$35

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

HK$45

            4 rolls of toilet paper

HK$14

            Tube of toothpaste

HK$20

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

HK$212

Entertainment    [Edit]

 

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

HK$393

            2 tickets to the movies

HK$192

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

HK$1,626

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

HK$892

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

HK$117

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

HK$45

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

HK$73

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

HK$3,979

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

HK$0.66

            1 month of gym membership in business district

HK$838

 

Visa application to study in Hong Kong

 

Hong Kong visa is not required for people from more than 160 countries. A stay ranging from 7 to 180 days is granted according to nationality.

 

People from those Hong Kong visa free countries however need to get a HK if they intend to work, study establish or join in a business there.

 

Although Hong Kong is part of China as a Special Administrative Region, it has its own entry regulations.

 

Hong Kong entry requirements for all visitors

 

 

.Have a minimum validity on passport of 1 month beyond the intended stay, or the duration of the visa may be restricted so that there will be one after the visa expiry.

 

.Properly complete the immigration card on arrival

 

.Have onward or return travel arrangements

 

.Have sufficient for your stay without working.

 

.No serious criminal records and unlikely to be involved in crime, nor be considered a security risk

 

Most travelers, especially from western countries are not checked for compliance with the last three but all travelers should allow for the possibility that immigration might choose to check you.

 

List and ranking of all the universities in Hong Kong

 

This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Hong Kong. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Hong Kong and their ranking

 

 

Rank    University         Location

1          The University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

2          The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

3          The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong

4          The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong ...

5          City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

6          Hong Kong Baptist University

Hong Kong

7          Lingnan University

Hong Kong

8          The Open University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

9          The Education University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

10        Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Hong Kong ...

11        Chu Hai College of Higher Education

Hong Kong

 

Courses to study in Hong Kong universities

 

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering

Agriculture

Anatomy

Physiology

Anthropology

Architecture

Art and Design

Oral science

Biochemistry

Biological sciences

Building

Business management

Chemical engineering

Chemistry

Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science

Counselling

Creative writing

Criminology

Dentistry

Cinematics

Economics

Education

Electrical engineering

Fashion

Film making

Food science

Geography

General engineering

German

History

Law

Linguistics

Marketing

Material technology

Mathematics

Mechanical engineering

Medical technology

Medicine

Microbiology

Music

Nursing

Optometry

Pharmacy

Philosophy

Psychology

Robotics

Sociology

Theology

Veterinary medicine

 

Items to pack while going to study in Hong Kong

 

In your carry-on bag

Cell phone and charger

Boarding pass(es)

Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

Copy of birth certificate

Copy of Social Security card

Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

Debit card

Deodorant

E-reader or book

Emergency contact list

Face wipes

Gum

Hand sanitizer

Headphones

Health insurance card

Passport

Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

School ID

Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

State ID

Student visa

Travel itinerary

Travel pillow

Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)

Wallet

Toiletries

Acne medication/cream

Face lotion/moisturizer

Makeup

Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

Mouthwash (small)

Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

 

Supplies

Bobby pins

Comb

Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

Glasses and glasses case

Hair ties

Hairbrush

Headbands

Nail clipper

Razor(s)

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Tampons and pads

Tweezers

Laundry

You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

Downy Wrinkle Release spray

Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

Portable stain remover pen

Travel sheet (for hostels)

Clothing

Athletic sneakers (1)

Bathing suits (1-2)

Boots (1-2)

Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

Casual dresses (2)

Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

Flats (1)

Flip-flops (1)

Formal outfit (1-2)

Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

Going-out outfit (3-5)

Hat (1)

Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

Heels (1-2)

Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

Leggings (1-3)

Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

Pajamas (2-3)

Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

Purse (1-2)

Raincoat (1)

Scarf (1)

Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

Skirts (1-2)

Socks (14)

Sweaters (3-5)

Sweatshirt (2)

T-shirts (3-5)

Tank tops (3-5)

Underwear (14)

Watch (1)

Workout clothes (2-5)

Electronics

Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

Flash drive

iPod

Laptop

Laptop case

Outlet adapters (2-3)

USB cable

Medical

Adhesive bandages

Allergy medicine

Birth control

Cold and flu medicine

Eye drops

Motion sickness medicine

Over-the-counter pain medicine

Vitamins

Miscellaneous

Backpack (small)

Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)

Journal

Language dictionary

Map

Playing cards

Travel guide

Umbrella (small)

 

Benefits of studying abroad in Hong Kong or any other study abroad destination

 

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.


8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

 

Hope this post was helpful

 

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