Studying abroad has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong these days. However, with the huge amount of information available on the internet, DSE students and their parents could get confused as they search for their next study destination.
IDP Education believes that every student is different and hence have different needs. As we help students look for their “Right” study choice, there are a few points to look out for:
- The “Right” Institution
There are 11 universities in total in Hong Kong, making it very competitive for students to get into university. Comparatively, there is a larger range of overseas universities students could choose from accordingly to their needs and preferences.
“University Rankings”, which reflects the reputation of institutions, and “University Groups”, a group of universities with similar status and research focuses, are both very useful guide to find out the teaching quality and international recognition your target university holds. Different styles of universities have different features too. Prestigious universities with rich historical background usually have a solid foundation in traditional courses while younger and more research-based universities might focus more on developing their innovative research work. Students should also take university campus and facilities into account, such as the number of campuses, types of student support services and whether there is a university security system etc.
- The “Right” Subject
In addition to the popular subjects in Hong Kong like Business, Law, Psychology and Social Science, students can find more specialist subjects in universities overseas. Subjects like Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Life Science and Data Science are less common in Hong Kong. With comprehensive research and lab facilities, students could better focus on their research and academic work. For certain courses students could even graduate with a professional license, making them ready for employment soon. Students could also choose courses with placement opportunities to get work experiences before graduation.
- The “Right” Country
In terms of countries, parents, in particular, might have more concerns in terms of logistics. For instance, how far is the country and how long would the direct flight be? Is there any time difference and do they have summer or winter times? What’s the living standard and costs like? And most importantly, what are the procedures for VISA application and how long would it take? It would be best if students and parents could get to know the culture of countries like Australia, New Zealand, and the UK before making their decision.
- My DSE Results
Essentially, DSE results would be the ultimate element affecting students’ final decision. While the best scenario would be getting accepted into an undergraduate degree directly, it is definitely not the end of the world if otherwise. A lot of universities provide pathway courses for students whose results might not be as ideal. As they complete their Foundation, International Year One or Diploma courses, students could then proceed to year one or two of their undergraduate course. Pre-planning a few study options before getting your DSE results would make you better prepared and eventually more confident on the results release day.
Have yet found your “Right” study path? IDP Education would be your best choice!
IDP Education, established in 1969, is a world leader in assisting international students to find the right overseas study option for them. IDP Education represents over 700 institution from Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland, and has successfully helped over 500,000 international students realize their international education goals in the past 50 years. Our professional IDP Education Consultants will support you through your university or course applications, helping you realize what is “Right” for you!
Enter you contact details or contact us by calling 2179 3600, let’s start planning your overseas study journey!