Hong Kong is a small but dynamic city located to the southeast of China, It was a British colony from 1842 to 1997. Hong Kong island and the Kowloon penisula are at the core of the city, surrounding Victoria Harbor. Hong Kong consist of the basic law, locally enacted ordinances, subsidiary legislation, the common law, rules of equality and customary law. The city population is over 7 million. People of Chinese descent comprise the vast majority of the population. The Chinese majority forms the core of the local culture but also have significant foreign population.
There are more than 500,000 people from different countries of the World living in Hong Kong for education, employment, business, etc. Filipinos, British, American, Thai, Indonesian, Indian, Japanese, Australian, Pakistani and Nepalese are the major foreign population in Hong Kong. Nearly 90% of the population are Cantonese speakers. Here, both Chinese and English are the official languages. English is widely used in the Government, public organizations, institutes and even professional and business sectors as well. Climate of Hong Kong is sub-tropical, temperatures dropping below 10 degrees in Winter and exceeding 31 degrees in summer. It is warm, sunny and dry in autumn, cool and dry in winter and hot, humid and rainy in spring and summer.
Why Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is a modern and dynamic city, a prominent education hub with both eastern and western cultures. Hong Kong is home to some of the World's top 50 universities including ranked 2nd, 7th and 8th in Asia in 2014. It is the perfect gateway to career prospects in China and rest of Asia in which over 3,700 overseas companies have based on Asia pacific region, employing over 200,000 people. Hong Kong is a unique destination consisting of beautiful countryside punctuated by skyscrapers. It is a cosmopolitan city offering global, regional and local connectivity.
All the institutes adopt international standards in curriculum design and quality assurance. They are among the best in the World. Academic freedom and highly internationalized campus will help students to learn from different perspectives. English is used as the teaching medium in most post-graduation programmes.
If student is very brilliant, he/she may also get across to various scholarships offered by government or other organizations.
Following are few more advantages of studying in Hong Kong:
Colleges and Universities
There are almost 20 degree level higher education institutes in Hong Kong, among them few universities are publicly funded. All public universities in Hong Kong use English as the medium of instruction for the majority of courses.
Publicly funded Institutes
Self-financing Institutes for local degree courses
Self-financing Institutes for locally accredited sub-degree courses
Tuition Fee and Cost of living
As an overseas student, your tuition fee and other expenses of studying in Hong Kong varies according to your study level and choice of programme. Normal tuition fee varies from US$11,500 to US$34,000, Accommodation varies from US$1,900 to US$5,800 for Hostel and from US$12,600 to US$23,000 for flat rental fee, Living expenses cost is approx. US$6,500 and other miscellaneous cost is approx. US$1,900.
Travel and Transportation
Whether you arrive in Hong Kong by air, rail or sea, you can reach to main town in no time. Hong Kong has very modern and efficient public transportation system is able to bring you to nearly every corner within the city. The MTR (Mass Transit Railway) has 87 stations connecting major population centers.
Health and Safety
If you encounter a fire or any emergency, you can contact the Police, Fire services Department or get an ambulance by dialing 999. You also can report your lost property, cyber crime in E-report room on the Hong Kong Police force's website. Although, Hong Kong has a very low crime rate, pickpocket, etc.