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Graduate programs in Macau

Study in Macau Lying just west of Hong Kong, Macau is a popular holiday destination for visitors from both Hong Kong and mainland China, and is a former Portuguese colonial city. The influences of Portugal are still clear, from the food to the temples, and islands of the Macau coast offer a sense of escape in a rapidly urbanised area. The oldest European settlement in the Orient has plenty to offer the student in search of adventure.

Population: 566,375

Education overview

Higher education in Macau follows either the Chinese, British or Portuguese education system, and all courses are conducted in one of these languages. Occasionally, courses may be taught in Japanese.

There are around ten universities in Macau, most of which are private. The University of Macau, the oldest and largest in the country, is the only one that is public.

You can study for a graduate program in Macau at:

University of Macau

Macau Polytechnic Institute

Macau University of Science and Technology

City University of Macau

University of Saint Joseph

Macau Institute of Management

Macau Millennium College

Institute of European Studies

United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology

Immigration and visas in Macau

Students looking to study in Macau need to obtain an F1 student visa, which they can get at the Chinese embassy in their home country. Students need their university admission letter and a JW202 Form when visiting the embassy. Your university is likely to be able to help with this process.

If staying for more than 180 days (around six months) a medical certificate is also required.

Most universities in Macau have an international office that you can contact in order to discuss the exact nature of your visa and application requirements.

Life in Macau

Macau is a small locale of less than 600,000 people, and whilst it might have surpassed Las Vegas as the world’s gambling capital it still retains the historical charm - both Chinese and Portuguese; Macau was the first and last European colony in China – that belie its history as a sleeping fishing town. Since 2005, the city’s centre has been listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The city is only an hour by ferry from Hong Kong, making travelling easy.

Macau is also high on the global living index, with residents living to the ripe old age of 84.4 – meaning quality of life in the city is high.

Working in Macau

One in five of Macau’s residents work in casinos – it is, after all, the biggest gambling capital in the world.

As an international student you will not be able to work whilst studying in Macau – this is banned by the government.


Some universities in Macau (including the University of Macau) have residential buildings on their campuses, where students live together in a relatively communal setting.

These halls of residence might not be available at all universities, especially the smaller ones, so it’s best to check with your university to see if they will be able to provide accommodation, or whether this will be your responsibility.

Climate in Macau

Macau has a hot, wet and humid climate, with an average temperature of 20 degrees and 100 days of the year where the temperature reaches above 30 degrees.

April to October is the rainy season, whilst typhoons can be expected in July and September.


There are no trains in Macau, although a light rail system is being planned. The main modes of public transport are buses and taxis, although most residents drive.

Hong Kong is an hour from Macau by ferry, and mainland China can also be reached by ferry. International flights arrive and leave from Macau International Airport.


The currency of Macau is the Macanese pataca.

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