Studying in Hong Kong
The Business centre of Asia
Hong Kong was a British colony, since governance of Hong Kong was handed over from the UK to China in 1997, the city has held the status of a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. With such a historical background, the city grows as a vibrant city where students are exposed to both Eastern and Western cultures. The city is globally connected, taking the role as a business centre of Asia and a gateway to China.
Unique choice of curricula and Chinese learning
With the unique history and development of Hong Kong, there are around 50 international schools who offer curricula of the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Germany, France, Singapore and the IB organisation. The international school sector is diverse, providing a high quality education for kindergarten, primary and secondary school children of international families living in the city and families coming to Hong Kong for work or investment. Most of the international schools offer more than one language option. English is the most common inclusive language of schools and many schools are also offering Chinese (written: Traditional and/or Simplified Chinese; verbal: Cantonese and/or Mandarin) lessons. Depending on the curricula of each school, there are often more options to explore.
Each school has slightly different admissions deadlines and procedures. Some international schools accept applications from birth and other schools accept applications only usually one or two years before intended entry. Submitting the application early will not increase the priority of admissions. Applications after the published deadlines will be considered subject to available places and special circumstances of overseas applicants.
All international schools in Hong Kong charge application fees. Some schools may also charge students participating in an assessment an extra fee. By law, all fee structures should be clearly listed on the school websites. In most of the cases applicants can request for a roll-over of application if it is not successful, however the application fee is non-refundable.
Schools give certain admissions priorities to alumni, sibling of existing parents, debenture holders and etc. Each school has different types of debentures, such as depreciative and non-depreciative, individual and corporate. Prices of debentures range from hundred thousands to millions in Hong Kong Dollar. Some debentures do not guarantee admissions and there are terms and conditions attached. Parents should read through the details before paying the large sum of money.
Documents to prepare
For families newly relocated to Hong Kong, it is important to prepare documents in advance to avoid any delays in school applications. In general each applicant should prepare:
- School reports for the current and previous 1-2 year(s) in English, or certified translation
- Reference letters from current and previous school(s) and/or teachers
- Birth certificates or relevant documents
- Passport photos of applicants
- Copies of passports of applicants and parents. Personal information should be clearly shown
- Copies of other visa documents
- Proof of address (in Hong Kong and/or place of origin)
Currently there is only one international school in Hong Kong providing boarding education to students, however there are some schools with boarding facilities.
Best International Schools in Hong Kong
Schools in alphabetical order, no ranking:
Send your request to those schools
The popular schools can have long waiting lists. We advise you to apply early in order to secure places, so make sure, that you start investigating well in advance. Then start approaching the schools’ admissions offices or use the world schools request function.