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Study a graduate program in Hong Kong

Population: 7,050,000

City Overview

Hong Kong has everything. This is one of the world’s major financial powers, with a shimmering skyline and thousands of millionaire businessmen living it up in five-star hotels. However, you don’t have to be rich to enjoy studying in Hong Kong. This is one of the world’s best cities for food, which is incredibly cheap. You can do tai chi at dawn, lunch at a monastery, watch the sunset from the mountains and then party the night away in Tsim Tsa Shui all in one day.

However, Hong Kong is more than just city living. It has deserted islands, mountains, beaches and plenty greenery for when your postgraduate course gets too much. Come study in the Pearl of the Orient.

Education profile

Although Hong Kong used to follow the British education system, the government has recently begun to implement a policy of teaching lectures in Cantonese. There are currently nine public universities where you can study a graduate program in Hong Kong, including:
Graduate programs in Hong Kong can be divided into two main categories:
  • Masters degrees
  • Doctoral degrees (PhD)
Masters degrees in Hong Kong usually take between two and three years to complete, with doctoral degrees generally taking three years.

Immigration and visas

Foreign students intending to study on graduate programs in Hong Kong for longer than 6 months need to apply for a student visa. Applicants will need the following:
  • A passport valid for at least six months after arriving in Hong Kong
  • A letter of admission from an accredited university
  • Proof that you can meet the financial costs of studying in Hong Kong
More information about visas can be found on the website of the relevant embassy.

Life in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has always been used to welcoming expats, foreign workers and students on postgraduate courses, so the city has an international feel. There are a lot of contrasting lifestyles in Hong Kong, from the extremely wealthy in their mansions on Hong Kong Island to the colonies of workers in the far north near the border with China.

As a big tourist destination, Hong Kong has plenty of offer postgraduates. You can search for bargains in the markets of Mongkok and Jordan, go out for drinks in Tsim Tsa Shui or get meditative on Lantau Island.

Hong Kongers love to eat out, so expect to be trying new dishes on a daily basis. Luckily for cash-strapped students, eating out here can be very cheap as well as very delicious.

Studying a graduate program in Hong Kong could be the best decision you ever make.

Working in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world’s major economies, particularly when it comes to financial services, so there are plenty of opportunities for successful postgraduates on graduation. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is the seventh largest in the world, and is home to the Asian operations of several major banks.

Hong Kong’s industry is dominated by the services sector, which accounts for more than 90% of the territory’s gross domestic product and is also one of the world’s busiest cities in terms of exports, both through air freight and through its port.

Accommodation

Most international students coming to Hong Kong to study a postgraduate course opt to stay in university accommodation, as this is the easiest way to meet fellow students and get accommodation quickly.

However, if you do decide to go for private accommodation, Hong Kong has plenty to offer and its subway system makes it extremely easy to get around. Students tend to live in the following areas:
  • Southern Kowloon (Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, Mongkok)
  • Tin Hau
  • Fortress Hill
  • North Point
Accommodation in Hong Kong tends to be small, with box rooms and studios the norm. Expect to pay around HK$5,000-HK$10,000 per month (£400-£800).

Weather and Climate

Hong Kong’s climate is always warm, with a humid subtropical feel. Summers are hot with occasional thunderstorms, with the hottest months between July and September, when the temperature will hover around 30C. Winters are extremely mild, with temperatures rarely falling below 15C.

The summer season is the most likely time to see typhoons in Hong Kong.

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