A fantastic synthesis of Western and Eastern cultures, Hong Kong is extremely modern, whilst still respecting the ancient Chinese traditions and cultures. A relatively small region, it is an Asian economic power, and a world-leading centre of finance, trade and logistics. Combine all of this with the brilliant quality higher education institutions, and you can see why Hong Kong is the perfect choice for any international student.
Many international students already choose Hong Kong for their higher education studies, but the region is keen to attract more. It is investing plenty of funds into increasing the numbers of international students, including offering more scholarships to make study more accessible. Hong Kong has a strong reputation in the areas of research and innovation, making their education system diverse and well-developed. Society in Hong Kong is extremely multicultural, and there is a lot to experience in a compact area. Life is fast-paced and cosmopolitan, with lots to keep you occupied in your free time!
Hong Kong is home to many world renowned universities, with one of the world’s highest concentrations of internationally ranked institutions. There are 6 of Hong Kong’s universities in the 2023 QS World University Rankings top 500. The highest ranked is the University of Hong Kong, which is placed at 21st. The next highest ranked is The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), which is placed in 38th. The only university that is not within the top 500 is Lingnan University, which even then is only in the 601-650th group!
International students interested in studying in Hong Kong will need to obtain a student visa or entry permit. For more information about this, see our Hong Kong Student Visa Guide.
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Hong Kong has two official languages. These are Chinese and English. They have one recognised regional language; Cantonese. Their official scripts are Traditional Chinese and the English alphabet.
It is extremely common for higher education institutions to offer courses in English and Chinese. If you choose to study in a non-native language, you may have to provide evidence of your language proficiency. If you do not meet the required standards, you may be able to take a language course to help you improve.
Even if you are able to study in English, you should still make an effort to learn as much Chinese as possible. The Chinese language is widely spoken around the world, and is a heavily used business language. Being able to speak Chinese will not only be useful for your everyday life, it is a skill that looks great on your CV/resume!
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