Pick of the options for study abroad

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 June, 2011, 12:00am



Primary education is designed to give a sound education in key areas, including English, maths, studies of society and the environment, science, arts, languages, and health and physical education. There is a social justice theme of tolerance towards other cultures. Schools typically offer English-language programmes for international pupils. At upper secondary, subjects might include law, psychology, computing, graphic design, aviation and drama. Public exam results are recognised by universities across the country. Attending government secondary schools involves home-stay arrangements rather than boarding houses. Tuition fees range from A$6,000 (HK$50,000) to A$13,000 a year, while home-stay fees are about A$110 to A$270 per week. Tuition fees at private schools range from A$17,000 to A$30,000 per year. Boarding fees range from A$10,000 to A$20,000 per year. The cost of home stay is similar to that for government schools. Sources: Australian government website (www.studyinaustralia.gov.au) and Aston Education (www.astonhongkong.com)


The country offers quality education at a relatively low cost, and enjoys a reputation as a culturally diverse, friendly and safe place. Public and private schools adhere to the curriculum requirements set by the education ministry in their province. Public schools are managed by a local school board or district, and offer their co-educational day programmes to a limited number of international pupils. Overseas students will be placed with a Canadian home-stay family where they can learn about Canadian culture and enhance their English-speaking skills. Private schools have more freedom in setting entrance requirements. Private schools provide a boarding and/or home-stay option. For public schools, tuition and home-stay fees vary from C$10,500 (HK$83,500) to C$23,000 per year. Tuition and boarding at private schools costs up to C$46,000 per year. Sources: Canadian Education Centre Network (www.studycanada.ca) and Council of Ministers of Education (www.educationau-incanada.ca)


Hong Kong pupils can attend two main types of schools here: independent or, if they hold full British or European Union passports, state ones. Many opt for private international or tutorial colleges for A-level or its equivalent, or state sixth form and further education colleges. Independent schools focus on the general qualifications normally taken by students up to the age of 18. They charge between GBP22,000 (HK$281,000) and GBP29,400 a year, including boarding fees. A small number of state boarding schools are available only to British and EU passport holders, and those with residency rights in Britain. They charge boarding fees from GBP7,000 to GBP12,000 a year. Those in day schools can expect to pay around GBP650 per month for board and lodging. Tutorial and international colleges offer A-level, International Baccalaureate or international foundation courses for university. The colleges are focused on gaining university places for pupils. State sixth form and further education colleges are another option. They freely recruit international students. Tuition fees range from GBP4,000 to GBP17,000 a year. Hong Kong students enrol in them for traditional academic programmes such as A-levels and vocational courses such as the BTEC Diploma. Sources: British Council Hong Kong (www.britishcouncil.org/hongkong) and Aston Education (www.astonhongkong.com)