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Cost of Studying in Hong Kong 2019 | Tuition, Living, Medical and Visa Fee

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Cost of Studying in Hong Kong – Planning to study in Hong Kong will need you to plan as well your cost of living, visa, transportation, medical insurance as these are a very important aspect of your study in Honk Kong.

Not to worry if you can’t decipher these costs, that’s why we are here for you with this article to have you updated on what would be your cost of studying in Hong Kong.

Education System in Hong Kong

Cost of Studying in Hong Kong 2019 | Tuition, Living, Medical and Visa Fee

The structure of the education system in Hong Kong is based on the United Kingdom´s system. Students may attend up to three years of kindergarten, starting at the age of three.

After kindergarten, students enter six years of primary school. Each of the final three years of primary school concludes with intense examinations, which determine the secondary school that each student may be eligible to attend.

The secondary school in Hong Kong is divided into two levels: Junior and Senior. The secondary schools themselves are divided into three Bands.

The Bands are ranked in order of academic prestige, with Band 1 being the most prestigious. Naturally, the better-ranked ¨Band¨of school a student attends, the better chance he has of getting into university.

Only the Junior years (or Forms) of secondary school in Hong Kong are compulsory. These are Forms 1, 2, and 3. When this period ends, the students who are planning on attending university enter Forms 4 and 5, a period also called Matriculation.


The end of the secondary school period is marked by two exams, the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Exam (HKCEE) and the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE).

The HKALE is similar to the British A-Level Exam, and the student´s score becomes an important factor in the university admissions process.

The school year in Hong Kong begins in the fall and ends in the early summer. During major holidays including Christmas, Easter, and the Chinese New Year, school is not in session. The school year is divided into either terms or semesters, depending on the school.

Cost of Tuition in Hong Kong

  • Undergraduate Tuition Fee

Tuition fees for international students seem to be much more much higher than those of local students. Whilst fees are subject to change based on institution and subject area, international students can expect to pay between  HKD 70,000-HKD 120,000 (US$ 9,000-US$ 10,300)  per year in undergraduate tuition.

  • Masters Tuition Fee

Masters degrees in Hong Kong can be either taught or research-based programs. Taught Masters will have a similar structure to undergraduate degrees, combining lectures, seminars, group, and individual coursework. Research-based Masters, meanwhile, are excellent preparation for Ph.D. work.

Assessment for both kinds of qualification will be based on written exams and projects, as well as a lengthy dissertation. You might also have to give an oral presentation on your dissertation.

International Masters students in Hong Kong can often be expected to pay a significantly higher rate of tuition fees to local students.

Annual tuition fees for international students range depending on university and programme, but can cost between HKD $90,000-265,000 (USD $11,500-34,000).

  • Doctorate Tuition Fee

The core component of a Hong Kong Ph.D. program is similar to that of the UK and other countries. You will submit and defend a thesis detailing the research you have conducted.

The majority of Hong Kong doctoral programs are three or four years full-time depending on your previous qualifications.

The three-year program is for students who have a research Masters (such as an MRes). Whereas the four-year program is for those with a first in their Bachelors and/or Masters degree.

There is an option for international students to study part-time. However, in order to be in line with visa restrictions, the course must be taken in a UGC funded university. A three-year part-time program is typically 54 months and a four-year part-time program for 72 months.

The full-time academic year consists of two semesters: fall (September-November) and spring (January-April). As the universities are private or autonomous government-funded institutions fees vary.

You can expect to pay between HKD $90,000-$265,000 (USD $11,478-$33,797) a year for tuition fees. These are typically paid in two installments per year.

Accommodation Fee in Hong Kong

The cost of living in Hong Kong will depend on where you choose to live. If you choose to live in privately rented accommodation, this will be more expensive than university accommodation.

For a student dormitory, you should budget for between HKD 15,000 and HKD 45,000 per year (US$1,900 – US$5,800).

For a privately rented one-bedroom flat, you should budget for between HK$96,000 – HK$180,000 ( US$12,600 – US$23,000). For extra living costs, you should allow for around HKD 50,000 per year.

International students are permitted to take on certain types of part-time employment.

Cost of Visa in Hong Kong

If you wish to study at a university in Hong Kong, you are required to have a student visa. You will need to complete the ID995 A and B forms. As well as these forms, there are several other documents you must provide.

These are a photocopy of your passport, travel itinerary with proof of your flights, recent passport photograph, proof of admission to a Hong Kong institution, evidence of financial support (bank statements or proof of scholarship) and evidence of your accommodation.

You will also need a local sponsor, which is a service that your institution will arrange for you. Contact the institution for more information. To shorten the processing time, application forms and supporting documents can be sent by fax in the first instance.

However, the original copy of the duly completed application form and the photographs required should be sent immediately to the HKSAR Immigration Department by airmail. The type of visa varies in Hong Kong and as such its price varies as well.

The ordinary visa goes for HKD190, the transit visa goes for HKD100, Hong Kong is a country which is very particular about its visa issuance and these shows in their provision for you to create a visa if you intend staying longer than you anticipated in the Hong Kong and this particular visa goes for HKD190


Cost of Medical Insurance in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is among the countries with the highest medical costs in the world. As the public healthcare system might not be an option for all expats, purchasing private health insurance is definitely recommended.

The insurance sector in Hong Kong is very competitive. Therefore, it is well-worth investigating different offers to get the best deal for your own medical insurance plan.

How much health insurance costs in Hong Kong usually depends on your age, pre-existing conditions, the provider of your choosing, and many other factors.

The average cost for a health insurance plan for an adult around 30 years of age can be anywhere between 2,000 and 25,000 HKD (250 and 3,200 USD), depending on the details of your personal insurance plan.

Cost of Transportation In Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers an array of transportation options, most of which are clean, timely, cheap and efficient.

The Mass Transit Railway, the city’s subway and light rail system commonly known as the MTR, travels along the north side of Hong Kong Island and extends into the Kowloon side and to the mainland China border. Trams, buses, and ferries can be used to access areas not supported by the MTR.

The Mass Transit Railway is the name for Hong Kong’s rail system comprising underground, overland and Light Rail (slower tram-style) services.

Universally known as the ‘MTR’, it is clean, fast and safe, and transports around four million people daily. It costs only slightly more than bus travel (fares HK$4 to HK$25) and is the quickest way to get to most destinations in Hong Kong.

The trains are around 90 stations on nine underground and overland lines and a Light Rail network that covers the northwest New Territories.

Smoking, eating, and drinking are not permitted in MTR stations or on the trains, and violators are subject to a fine of HK$5000.Trains run every two to 14 minutes from around 6 am to sometime between midnight and 1 am.

Minibusses are vans with no more than 19 seats. They come in two varieties: red and green. The Green Mini Bus goes for (HK$4 to HK$24) Cream-colored with a green roof or stripe; they make designated stops and operate fixed fares, much like regular buses.

You must put the exact fare in the cash box when you get in or you can use your Octopus card.

Two useful routes are the 6 (HK$6.60) from Hankow Rd in Tsim Sha Tsui to Tsim Sha Tsui East and Hung Hom station in Kowloon, and the 1 (HK$10.20) to Victoria Peak from next to Hong Kong station.

The red minibus is Cream-colored with a red roof or stripe, they pick up and discharge passengers wherever they are hailed or asked to stop along fixed routes.

Information such as the destination and price are only displayed in Chinese.

CSN Team.

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