Study in Hong Kong
Graduate programs in Hong Kong
Universities in Hong Kong, though relatively few in number, are some of the most prestigious in the world. Modelled closely on the UK system, Hong Kong’s graduate programmes offer chances to join leading research in business, technology and the arts.
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/qualifications.
Graduate programs in Hong Kong fall into three main categories:
- Taught Masters
- Research Masters
- Doctorates and PhDs
Masters can be either taught or research based, but all doctorates are based around research, coursework and one-to-one mentorship.
Taught Masters will have a similar structure to undergraduate degrees: a combination of lectures, seminars, group-work and individual coursework.
Masters typically take 1-2 years to complete, whereas doctorates are undertaken in 3 or 4.
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 and visas in Hong Kong
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.
Life in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the most highly developed countries in the world, and yet still maintains a firm hold on its ancient cultures and beliefs.
Country parks lie side by side to towering cities in this country of contrasts, where food, fashion and technology are renowned throughout the world.
Indentifying itself as ‘Chinese in spirit and international in outlook’, Hong Kong universities welcome students from all countries and all backgrounds.
Hong Kong is forward-thinking in terms of technology, business, trading and medicine, but still maintains many ancient practises such as feng shui and traditional marshal arts.
Working in Hong Kong
Since 2008/9, international students have been able to take up study/curriculum-related internships, part-time on-campus jobs and summer jobs during their period of study (providing its longer than one year).
Upon acceptance, you will be issued with a No Objection Letter (NOL) indicating the terms of your employment rights.
With the introduction of the "Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates" (IANG) in 2008, international graduates may apply to stay/return and work in Hong Kong after they’ve graduated.
International students can apply for 12 months' stay upon graduation without first securing an offer of employment upon application. Successful applicants are free to take up and change employment during their permitted stay.
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.
Climate in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate, meaning summer is hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms, and winters are mild and usually start sunny, becoming cloudier towards February. Spring is changeable and autumn is generally sunny and dry.
Hong Kong's transportation network is one of the most highly developed, and most used nationally, in the world.
Travel on buses, boats, trains and trams can be paid for using an Octopus Card, a stored-value payment system. Buses run 24 hours a day and a tram trip will cost you HK$2, no matter how far you go.
Currently, the maximum cost of a trip on any standard rail network is $47.5 (between Disneyland Resort Station and either Lo Wu Station or Lok Ma Chau Station.)
Taxis are not currently included on the Octopus Card network; the first 2 kilometres will cost you around HK$20, with every subsequent 200 metres adding an extra HK$1.50.
The currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).
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