You may still be exploring the idea of studying abroad in Hong Kong or you may have been accepted at your chosen university and be ready to pack up and leave home. There are many great reasons to study in Hong Kong including the stable economy and quality of education, as well as the sense of adventure you will get from learning in another culture. Here are some top tips to help you on your way.
Off to a Good Start
If you are still at the early planning stages there are several factors to consider. Research education programs and facilities offered at each university and then check admission policies of your preferred establishments to make sure you qualify for admission before applying. If English is not your first language, you will need to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.
Why Study in Hong Kong?
Most importantly, because four of Hong Kong’s universities appear on the list of the top 200 universities in the world, with the University of Hong Kong featuring in 18th place. However, aside from its academic prowess, the city offers an intoxicating blend of ultra-modern living and ancient heritage that is unlike anywhere else in the world. What’s more, along with brushing up on your Cantonese and Mandarin, English is an official language in Hong Kong so you can ease yourself in gently.
Be Well Prepared
Before you go, make sure you have taken care of practical things such as organizing your student visa or entry permit, checking your passport expiration date, arranging flight insurance and other travel essentials. It would be disappointing to miss out on such a great opportunity because you overlooked one of these important details.
A Rare Opportunity
Being a student in Hong Kong offers a rare opportunity to live in a city where housing is largely only afforded by the highest paid. Even traveler hostels are more expensive than in other Asian countries. However, many university student halls are very cheap, providing accommodation in a property hot spot that doubles as the gateway to the rest of China. From there the possibilities are endless.
More Than City Limits
Hong Kong is not just about the skyscrapers and bright neon lights. Seventy percent of the city is undeveloped, so there is ample opportunity to get away from it all or head out for some education enhancing adventures. Sure, there are karaoke bars and shops galore, but there are also temples marvel at and national parks for hiking, cycling and rock climbing in. And it’s all accessible by public transport making it easy to soak up traditional culture, spectacular scenery and sample fresh fish and local delicacies.
Finally, having made the decision to study in Hong Kong, make sure you get yourself an International Student Identity Card that will entitle you to discounts in shops and restaurants and will also help ease the strain on your student budget.
About the Author:
Rob Toledo is a travel enthusiast who can never get enough of seeing the world. Rob highly recommends taking any opportunity to travel while studying as he feels it greatly adds to the experience. He is working alongside tripinsurance.com who recommends flight insurance before any big adventure.