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Why study at a medical college in Honk Kong?

Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading financial centres, but it is also a respected and exciting place to study medical degrees. Hong Kong’s medical colleges offer rigorous training, with course content and exam difficulty of a similar level to western medical colleges.
Choosing to study at a medical college in Hong Kong will mean living in one of Asia’s most dynamic and exciting cities.  

What medical programs are offered in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is home to several medical colleges where you can study medicine as an international student. Courses are taught in English and offer many different medical pathways, from radiography and pharmacy to nursing and Chinese medicine.

Medical programs in Hong Kong typically take six years to complete. Specialist training is only offered at hospitals under the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong, and qualifications are generally accepted for registration in other countries.

Immigration and visas in Hong Kong

Once accepted by a Hong Kong university, as an international student you must apply for a student visa/entry permit.

To support your visa, you will need a local sponsor (which can be arranged through your university) as well as a number of documents including completed and signed ID995 A and B forms (which can be downloaded from the Government of Hong Kong website); evidence of financial standing and proof of academic qualifications.

It can take up to six weeks to process a visa or entry permit so make sure you leave enough time to receive yours before you travel. You will also need to renew your visa each year you study, so always remember to do this at least four weeks before your old one expires.

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in Hong Kong?

Tuition fees for medical study in Hong Kong are not cheap. International students can expect to pay upwards of US$20,000 for each year of study, with accommodation and living costs also high in Hong Kong.

Working in Hong Kong

Since 2008/9, international students have been able to take up study/curriculum-related internships, part-time on-campus jobs and summer jobs during their period of study (providing it’s longer than one year).

Upon acceptance, you will be issued with a No Objection Letter (NOL) indicating the terms of your employment rights.

With the introduction of the "Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates" (IANG) in 2008, international graduates may apply to stay/return and work in Hong Kong after they’ve graduated.

International students can apply for 12 months' stay upon graduation without first securing an offer of employment upon application. Successful applicants are free to take up and change employment during their permitted stay.

What to do next

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