HKDSE - Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Prepare early if you want to study abroad

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am

Students who want to study abroad should start planning early and think seriously about which majors to pursue, a consultant says.

With the final batch of Form Seven students and the first HKDSE graduates fighting for places at local universities, competition is fierce. More students are looking overseas, with Australia and Britain the most popular choices for Hongkongers.

IDP Education senior manager Calvin Chan said students should start planning early if they want to study overseas - and not see it as a back-up option if they miss out on a local place. 'Students might miss application deadlines if they come to us too late ... Also, most countries require students to produce financial statements, for example, from the last six months to prove their financial status,' he said.

And Chan advises students to follow their interests, not trends and rankings, when choosing a degree. 'Students should think about their interests, not blindly pursue the 'hottest' majors that will land them the 'hottest' jobs,' he said.