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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Quick Facts & Figures

  • language

    Cantonese, English
  • currency

    HKD (Hong Kong Dollar)
  • religion

    Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism
  • weather

    Subtropical
  • timezone

    GMT +8

Study in Hong Kong

One of the brightest and busiest hubs of Asia is Hong Kong. Despite its small size, it boasts of a vibrant economy, being one of the world’s financial centers. Along with its being competitive in business and financial aspects, Hong Kong is also globally competitive in higher education. It is home to several of Asia’s top universities with four of them being part of QS World University Rankings top 10 universities in Asia for 2018. With its excellent academic programs, close proximity to the Philippines, and more affordable tuition and living expenses, universities in Hong Kong should definitely be one of the top international education destinations for Filipinos.

With partner schools all over Hong Kong, Filipino international students have a lot to choose in pursuing their international studies.

We have over 2 Hong Kong schools and universities on our website that Filipinos can search and apply for!

Why study in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is a great destination for Filipino international students thanks to its top-ranking universities and liveable cities. There are a handful of reasons why Filipinos should study in Hong Kong.

  • Where East Meets West
  • One of the Best Public Transportation Systems in the World
  • World-Class Learning Institutions

Schools in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's rigid education system is ranked 18th in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2018.

Life and Culture in Hong Kong

In 1997, the governance of Hong Kong was handed over to China by the United Kingdom. The territory is a Special Administrative Region of People’s Republic of China. Hong Kong has its own government, legal system, and currency (HK$).

Study and work opportunities in Hong Kong for Filipinos

Non-local students (exchange students excluded) whose study programs are more than a year in duration can work part-time on campus for up to 20 hours per week when school is in session. The school you are enrolled in should inform you upon your entry through a “No Objection Letter” (NOL) as to what types of internships, past-time campus employment, and/or summer jobs you may take.  

Filipino students are also allowed to apply for an internship provided that the internships are study/curriculum related and endorsed by the school and that the duration of the internship be one year or less. There are no restrictions on the hours, salary, and employers for those taking an internship.

Student and work visa requirements in Hong Kong

Learn all the requirements, processing time, fees, and everything Filipinos need to know to apply for a study and work visa in Hong Kong. Discover how you can apply for a student and work visa in the Fragrant Harbor. 

 

A Student’s Guide to Applying for a Visa or Entry Permit to Hong Kong

Understanding the IANG: Your Post-Study Work Visa for Hong Kong

 

Scholarships in Hong Kong

The cost of studying in Hong Kong is steep, but Filipinos shouldn’t face it alone. There are numerous scholarships offered by the HKSAR Government to international students to help ease the financial burden.

Partner Schools

Studying in Hong Kong

How do I get a student visa for Hong Kong?
If you’re a Philippine passport-holder, you may need to obtain a student visa. The process is as follows:
  1. Secure an offer to your chosen university and pay for your first semester of university (this must be done before you can be approved for your permit).
  2. Complete any online application forms
  3. Gather all necessary documents
  4. Submit documents and application forms to the embassy
Please note that the letter of acceptance or letter of admission from the university you wish to enter for your intended course of study is a necessary requirement under the eligibility criteria for a Hong Kong student visa. For the full list of details, check out our guide on how to apply for a student visa in Hong Kong!
Are there scholarships available? How can I finance my studies?
Visit the Edukasyon profiles of the schools you are interested in to check if they are offering any scholarships.
There are also some international student loans available for different loan giving bodies. University representatives usually work in tandem with their financial aid department that focuses on helping students find options to finance their education. Explore our partner schools here, and click "Send Inquiry" to get connected with your university representative.
How do I choose a school in Hong Kong?
There are an endless array of schools and programs available to Filipino students looking to pursue their studies in Hong Kong. After deciding (1) What your career goals are and (2) What academic programs can help you achieve those goals, it's time to do some research on which school is best for you! There are schools in Hong Kong that are looking for Filipino students just like you! Explore them here.
What are the requirements for studying at a school in Hong Kong?
Generally, schools will ask for your:
  • Documentation of general eligibility
The specific requirements will vary depending on your school, course, and level of study. Visit the Edukasyon profile of the school you like to find their specific requirements. For a list of schools in Hong Kong looking for Filipino students, see here.
What are the required languages for studying in Hong Kong?
We still highly advise students to master at least a basic understanding of the Cantonese language.
If you’re worried about your English language proficiency, check out our partner language centers that can help you improve your skills!

Living in Hong Kong

What is the lifestyle like in Hong Kong?
Also, Hong Kong is considered as Asia’s world city, because of all the services and structures people from vast cultures need while maintaining their own identity. Generally, the life of a local in Hong Kong is fast-paced. They walk and talk fast, but they also like to enjoy relaxing on their downtime. However, the nightlife in Hong Kong is where they truly shine. During the night, you can see most of the city is lighted up, and the view is extremely spectacular. Some local opt to go to a bar or a club, while others choose to go shopping at one of its luxurious boutiques.

Although, the nightlife in Hong Kong is amazing. The locals there also enjoy the outdoors. After a long week, others like to do yoga or acrobats during the weekend. You can also find a lot of beaches, mountains and country parks there, as it takes up 40% of Hong Kong. During the weekend, you can also choose to hike on one of its many hiking trails, go to the beach or take a cruise around the city.
How much is the cost of living in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is rated as one of the most expensive places in Asia to live, ranking third after Tokyo and Seoul. Although, the cost of living in Hong Kong really depends on your lifestyle.

Food: HK$25 - HK$35
Accommodation: HK$10000-HK$17000 (monthly)
Transportation: Train railcard: HK$25/day
Bus travel card: HK$6/trip
Utilities:  HK$150-HK$200 (monthly)
Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: HK$500
Are there Filipinos living in Hong Kong?
The Hong Kong census reports about 184,081 Filipinos living in Hong Kong, many of whom works as a domestic helper.
 

Working in Hong Kong

Can I work while I’m studying in Hong Kong?
Non-local students (exchange students excluded) whose study programs are more than a year in duration can work part-time on campus for up to 20 hours per week when school is in session. The school you are enrolled in should inform you upon your entry through a “No Objection Letter” (NOL) as to what types of internships, past-time campus employment, and/or summer jobs you may take.  

Filipino students are also allowed to apply for an internship provided that the internships are study/curriculum related and endorsed by the school and that the duration of the internship be one year or less. There are no restrictions on the hours, salary, and employers for those taking an internship.
 
What are the benefits of graduating from a school in Hong Kong?
Graduating from an institution in Hong Kong opens up opportunities for you in mainland China. Not only do you receive a great education, you also get to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity and be completely immersed in their unique culture. The opportunities you can also grab in Asia’s world city is limitless!