Hong Kong is a densely populated global financial center that – through a combination of low taxes and an international financial market – has established one of the strongest economies in the world relative to its size. As a result of a history of both British and Chinese colonial rule, the region’s two official languages are English and Chinese, making for a unique mix of dialects and cultures. This blend of east and west also permeates the region’s architecture, where towering skyscrapers (Hong Kong has more than anywhere else in the world) stand side-by-side with British- and Chinese-style structures.
In general, each one of Hong Kong’s universities has a primary language of instruction which is either Chinese or English. However, no matter the language, the region’s universities are world-class and appear in the top 100 universities worldwide. It certainly makes Hong Kong one of the most appealing places to study in the world: a destination that can offer a plethora of English-language programs, world-renowned universities, and access to the fastest-growing economy in the world.
Hong Kong is one of the most expensive places to live in the world. You can expect to pay upwards of EUR€60,000 per year for an MBA in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Study in Hong Kong recommends budgeting between HK$30,000 and HK$50,000 (US$3,800 to US$6,400) per year for general living costs, like food, leisure, and transportation (excluding rent). Student accommodation ranges from HK$5,000 (US$630) to HK$15,000 (US$1,900) per semester (for on-campus housing), while off-campus housing typically ranges from HK$8,000 (US$1,000) to HK$15,000 (US$1,900) per month.
If you are not from China, Macau, or Taiwan then you must apply for a visa to be able to study in Hong Kong. The full details can be found on the Education University of Hong Kong’s website.
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) was the first higher education institution founded in Hong Kong when it opened its doors in 1911. Since then, it has established itself as one of the best in Asia, along with the likes of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). All of these universities rank in the top 100 globally.
The majority of graduates in Hong Kong remain in Asia after completing their MBA. All non-local, full-time MBA students can apply for a visa for up to 12 months post-graduation in order to work in Hong Kong. As one of the major business and financial hubs of the world, many multinational companies have regional offices or headquarters based in Hong Kong. This means MBA graduates in Hong Kong have plenty of opportunities when it comes to securing a job post-graduation.
International students make up around 20% of the total student population in Hong Kong, with the majority of those (65%) coming from mainland China.
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