Hong Kong scholarship

Hong Kong scholarship and awards are offered by the HKSAR Government, post-secondary institutions and other public or private organizations to assist non-local students to finance their education in Hong Kong. Some are available solely for non-local students, and others are awarded on a competitive basis to all students regardless of nationality or residency status.

Top Universities Offering Scholarship in Hong Kong

  • The City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • UGC Hong Kong
  • The University of Bradford
  • The University of Birmingham
  • The University of Southern Queensland
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • HKBU School of Business
  • Western Sydney
  • The Western Sydney University

General Requirement to study in Hong Kong/ Eligibility requirement

As institutions in Hong Kong enjoy a high degree of autonomy in the admission of students, requirements for student admission may vary from institution to institution, and from programme to programme. Institutions will make admission decisions primarily based on the merits (e.g. academic and other non-academic achievements) of individual applications. Some institutions will invite applicants to attend interviews, whose performance at the interviews will also be taken into consideration. You are advised to read the course information provided by institutions carefully and contact the institution(s) you intend to apply for if you need further advice and clarification.

In general, you need to have completed secondary school, have earned satisfactory results in your country’s Leaving or Aptitude exams, if offered (for example, A Levels, International Baccalaureate, SATs, etc.). If English is not your mother tongue, you will need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or equivalent exams. Of course, you should contact the admission office of institutions for more detailed information.

Honk Kong Scholarships for international student

  • The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government Scholarship

Recognises the achievements of outstanding local and non-local students studying in the eight University Grants Committee-funded universities, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the Vocational Training Council. The scholarship is HK$80,000 (approximately US$10,300) per year for non-local students

  • The Self-financing Post-Secondary Education Fund

Provides scholarships to outstanding local and non-local students pursuing full-time locally accredited self-financing sub-degree or bachelor’s degree programmes. The scholarship is HK$80,000 (approximately US$10,300) per year for non-local recipients of the Outstanding Performance Scholarship.

  • The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Aims to attract the best and brightest students from around the world to pursue PhD programmes in Hong Kong. The Fellowship Scheme provides an annual stipend of HK$301,200 (approximately US$38,600) and a conference and a research-related travel allowance of HK$12,600 (approximately US$1,600) per year for each awardee for a period of three years.

  • M+/Design Trust Research Fellowship for International Students in Hong Kong

Applications are invited for M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship offered by M+ and Design Trust. The successful applicants will be attached to M+ for three to six months in 2020, conducting independent research, preferably on a full-time basis. West Kowloon Cultural District Authority’s vision is to build a vibrant cultural quarter for Hong Kong, dedicated to bringing local and international artists together with audiences to be inspired by and to celebrate the arts. This scholarship is available for all Nationalities.

  • Western Sydney International Bursary for Undergraduate or Postgraduate Courses in Australia

Applications are open for the Western Sydney International Bursary at the Western Sydney University. This bursary is open to international students enrolling in undergraduate or postgraduate courses.

The Bursary is valued at $3,000 and will be granted as a one-off contribution towards tuition fees. It does not cover costs associated with living expenses, accommodation, transport, overseas student health cover or other costs associated with the study. The scholarship is eligible for countries like; Applicants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam.

  • HKBU Fully Funded International Postgraduate Scholarship (IPS) Scheme in Hong Kong

The new International Postgraduate Scholarship (IPS) scheme is now available at the HKBU School of Business. The studentships are available to students from all around the world.

The International Postgraduate Scholarship (IPS) scheme at the HKBU School of Business is a global initiative designed to nurture business leaders, bringing together highly talented and intellectually motivated students from around the world to one of our selected taught postgraduate programmes. The subject of study includes; The studentships are awarded to study Master of Accountancy, MSc in Applied Accounting and Finance, MSc in Applied Economics, MSc in Business Management, MSc in Corporate Governance and Compliance.

  • Endeavour Merit Award at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong supported by HKSAR government award Fund is offering Endeavour Merit Award to pursue the postsecondary degree program in China. The Award is available to Hong Kong and international students. The amount of each award will be HK$10,000 for both local and non-local students at all levels. Students may only be awarded either HKSAR Government funding for outstanding performance or the Endeavour Merit Award.

Cost of Living in Hong Kong

Depending on where you’re living, you may have to pay additional fees and costs, including utility bills, internet access, etc. Below is a rough breakdown of what you can expect to pay per month:

  • Gas……HK£0.22/MJ + HK$20
  • Electricity……HK$1.04/kWh + HK$36 (step toll charge)
  • Water……First 12 m2 free + HK$4-6/ m2 (step toll charge)
  • Internet……HK$200 (Hong Kong Broadband Network; 500Mbps)
  • Mobile phone bill……HK$100-300


Fortunately, the transport system in Hong Kong is both varied and efficient to cope with the hectic local lifestyle, making the need to own a car completely redundant:

  • Train railcard per month……HK$25/day, or HK$600 a month
  • Bus travel card per month……HK$6/trip


Eating out for a student can be relatively cheap for a city environment, with students expecting to pay between HK$ 25-35 for a delicious meal from a cafe. check out how much the following key ingredients cost from a shop:

  • Thai rice (8kg bag)……HK$89
  • Chilled Chicken……HK$100-120 per kg
  • Vegetables……HK$14-18 per kg
  • Pork……HK$70-80 per kg

Students from African and developing countries can apply for International Scholarships to study in Hong Kong for masters and PhD degrees.

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