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Foreign Students Master Their Education in Hong Kong
Donna Lin Niles
Thinking about earning your master’s degree abroad? Whether you’re on the hunt for a master’s degree or a doctorate in your chosen field, the growing number of institutions that call Hong Kong home are highly selective and globally renowned. Studying at a top university in Hong Kong isn’t all work and no play either. With a master degree in Hong Kong, you can count on challenging learning experiences, a great deal of new and exciting career opportunities, and a fascinating new world to explore.
If you think financing your international education will be a major obstacle to studying a master degree in Hong Kong, think again. The amount of available funding, scholarships, and grants for international students have increased over the years for both master’s and graduate students. For example, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, offered by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, provides up to $20,000 HKD per month over the course of three years. Individual schools also offer funding to well-qualified candidates and these incentives can be more than enough to fund an individual course of study. With a bit of smart research into the types of scholarship dollars and government assistance available, as well as the organizations that can provide the funds, you can certainly realize your educational dream in Hong Kong.
Employment opportunities during and after your studies can be quite plentiful. For several years now, students enrolled at universities in Hong Kong have the freedom to take on internships, part-time campus positions, and summer jobs that are in fields related to their studies. As most higher education students know, these internships can be invaluable in securing full-time positions upon graduation. Having the automatic ability to work as a student is a great way to get ahead. After graduation, international students can apply for a year-long visa to remain in the country to search for employment (if the student has not yet secured a job). The good news is that the highly esteemed universities in Hong Kong have strong relationships with local, and other domestic, employers.
Of course, if the allure of a top-notch master degree in Hong Kong and the opportunity to live and work abroad aren’t enough for you, there’s always the plentiful sights and experiences of Hong Kong and greater China at your fingertips. From the world class marine-themed Ocean Park to Hong Kong Disneyland, from the modern conveniences of downtown Hong Kong to the rugged hiking trails in the New Territories, and quite a lot of history at your fingertips, you can be sure that your educational experience is truly once in a lifetime.
Studying in Hong Kong can have great rewards and enhance both your short- and long-term career. A thorough search will reveal a wide variety of scholarships and funds that can finance your master degree in Hong Kong, and you can capitalize on your experience as a student to work in the location of your choice. Take advantage of the sights and truly capitalize on your time in Hong Kong; it will certainly be the best move you’ll make.
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