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Universities for Expats Hong Kong

Submitted: July 2013

Firstly, the title of this section is somewhat of a misnomer as there are not any specific universities in the Hong Kong specially set up for expats only. Universities in Hong Kong, through producing well-rounded graduates among other factors, have established their presence in a variety of world university rankings . Hong Kong’s universities emphasize holistic development; enlarging perspective on life, culture and ethics, while practical experience is amassed for endeavours beyond the classroom setting . Notably, the main teaching medium is English, with crash courses in mandarin made optional .

Higher education institutions may be categorized, with University Grants Committee Funded Institution (UGC) being, by far, the most prominent. The UGC has no power over the operations of the Universities it supports, as the universities have control over curriculum, acceptance and research, among other areas. However, seeing that it is government funds that are being used, the UGC seeks to maintain appropriate balance over the legitimate interest of the government and the community at large and the functioning of the universities . There are eight UCG in Hong Kong.

In addition to these, numerous self-funding institutions are also available for students to pursue their degree. However, before choosing one of these institutions, be sure to verify its accreditation status as administered by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualification. Their website may be accessed using the following link: https://www.hkcaa.edu.hk/en/

There are also institutions which are geared at honing the vocational and technical skills of students.

Although the prominent institutions (UGCs) are government subsidized, universities in Hong Kong are fee-paying. Local students (often classified as those who do not require a visa to study in Hong Kong) are typically required to pay less due to government subsidy, than non-local student (those who require a visa to study in Hong Kong). For some universities, non-locals may be required to pay as much as approximately three times that of locals as is the case with The University of Hong Kong . For higher education, locals are charged flat rate of HK$ 42,100 (approximately, US $5,500/ £ 3,519) for tuition at UCGs. Due to increasing demand for human resources in the field of science and technology, flat tuition charges are implemented to attract more young people to these disciplines. For a more cumulative cost, which includes miscellaneous fees, books, food and other expenses, one should expect to spend from HK $ 76,890 (US $9,910 / £ 6,450) to HK $ 97, 340 (US $12,550 / £ 8,150). Local students may expect to pay an average of HK $140,000 if they expect to be enrolled at a private institution .

Additionally, locals have the option of applying for student loans or grants if they meet the specified conditions. Many universities are open to foreign students and offer a number of scholarships in order to attract them. These may range from partial fee payments, to full grants which cover fees and living expenses .

It should be made known that recent educational reforms in Hong Kong now legislate for 4 years of tertiary education, by facilitating a one-year reduction in secondary schooling . In previous years, student would sit the HKALE which would be the determining exam for college acceptance. With the aforementioned reform, JUPAS system was introduced to decide placement of students in Universities. You may obtain more information about JUPAS from their website: https://www.jupas.edu.hk/en/j4/about-jupas/the-scheme/jupas

Furthermore, the educational system in Hong Kong is compatible with that of mainland China, as such; in some cases students are encouraged to participate in exchange programs with universities in china.

The admission procedure is not as uniform for postgraduate studies. You should visit the website of each university in order to determine whether the desired course is offered, its costs, funding opportunities and application information.

In determining which university would best suit your child, you may want to consult the university guides. These provide an in-depth analysis of various criteria such as student satisfaction, tutor-to-student ratio, investment on facilities, ease in finding employment opportunities upon graduation and graduate pay. The following link provides an overview of the major Hong Kong universities: https://studyinhongkong.edu.hk/eng/01uinhk.jsp



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