Studying in Hong Kong

Three fundamental strengths set Hong Kong apart as a centre for education in our region: cultural diversity, opportunities and international standards.

Hong Kong's rich cultural blend of East and West forms the backbone of a vibrant learning environment. It is easy for students to communicate in both English and Chinese in an intellectually stimulating mix of cultures.

As the premier gateway to China, Hong Kong is in tune with our nation's needs in terms of talent, investment and creative thinking. There is also great opportunity for students to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and learn about different cultures, particularly how to do business in the Mainland.

Hong Kong's third fundamental strength is high standards of education.

The Government is making efforts to further internationalise Hong Kong's academic institutions. Currently, about 14 per cent of students in our publicly funded programmes are from places outside Hong Kong. Another 4 000 students come to Hong Kong every year on exchange.

A PhD Fellowship Scheme is introduced to attract the brightest around the world to pursue PhD studies. Each fellow receives an annual stipend of around HK$240,000 (US$30,800). The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme received applications from 117 economies in 2012-13.

We have relaxed immigration and employment restrictions on foreign students. They can now take up part-time work, internships and summer jobs, enabling them to integrate better into the community. After graduating, foreign students can remain in Hong Kong without restriction for up to one year.

Top-notch Universities

Hong Kong's universities are among the world's best. Of the 16 degree-awarding institutions, three were ranked within the top 50 in 2012 by Quacquarelli Symonds: University of Hong Kong (HKU), Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). The same survey ranked another two institutions among the world's top 200: City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. HKU is 35th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13.

World-class MBA and EMBA

Some of the world's best business administration and executive business management programmes are offered in Hong Kong. A Financial Times survey in 2011 ranked the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA programme first worldwide. In 2012, the MBA offered by the HKUST was ranked 10th worldwide.

International Schools

Hong Kong has a vibrant international school sector, which helps attract talent and executives from around the world to come here with their families. We have 48 international schools — more than any other Asian city — offering about 37 000 primary and secondary school places. Please click here to find the hyperlinks to international schools, including Hong Kong Japanese School, and schools under English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong.

More information can be found at the following websites:

Last Updated: October 03, 2018