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Why Study in the UK?

Why Study in the UK?

When it comes to overseas education, the UK is always among people’s first choices. Why is that? Tens of thousands of students choose to study in the UK every year. What are the advantages of the UK when compared to Australia, Canada and the US?

Learn English in an International Environment

Studying in the UK provides you with chances to meet classmates and teachers who come from different parts of the world, each with their own accents, cultures and stories. Not only will these ensure that students have the precious opportunity in speaking English but at the same time broadening their horizon and strengthening their communication skills.

International Networking

No matter you are studying in a boarding school, college or an university, it’s for sure a very valuable experience. The UK is an international education hub that has attracted some of the best students and teachers from around of the world. Studying in the UK provides students with the opportunities to build an international network that will benefit their career and everyday life.

Diversity of Academic Disciplines

Home to over one hundred universities, academic disciplines in UK universities are so diverse that most students are able to choose to study the subject of their interest when they study in the UK. Subjects that are rare or sometimes not available in Hong Kong such as aerospace engineering, disaster management and museology have their own undergraduate and master’s degree programmes. With such diversity and vacancies, most students can study their desired subject, which in turn would increase their motivation of learning.

A Cradle of World Leaders: Study in the World’s Best Institutions

The United Kingdom houses some of the world’s finest and most reputable education institutions, such as boarding school Harrow School and universities like Oxford, Cambridge and LSE. Every year these schools and institutions attract hundreds and thousands of appliactions from students around the globe.

The UK is the education choice of many world leaders and industry leaders – they include Bill Clinton (former US president), Lee Kuan Yew (former prime minister of Singapore), Aung San Suu Kyi (former State Counsellor of Myanmar), Indira Gandhi (former prime minister of India), as well as Tung Chee Wah (the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong), Andrew Li Kwok Nang (former Chief Justice of Hong Kong),
David Li Kwok-po (Hong Kong banker and businessman) and many more!

Increase your Chances to University and Become a Professional

With adequate supply of university places, progression to university is much easier in the UK than in Hong Kong. Many boarding schools even boost a close to 100% progression rate – and with students studying the subjects and programmes of their choice! Our experience from the past 20 years showed that close to 80% of our students (especially those who started in a young age) were able to study in a top 20 university.

In Hong Kong, the picture is very much different. Fierce competition of places has led to inflated entry requirement, resulting in many students not studying the subject they like even with reasonably good grades.

Let’s take Architecture as an example! There are 85 places (in 2021) in University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong, with entry requiremnt as high as 5*55555 in University of Hong Kong. A student would need to be among the best 2,284 students in Hong Kong to stand a chance! If they apply to UK universities, they will stand a good chance for a top 10 architecture school with 555. If they’re willing to spend one more year on a university foundation course, they will be able to pursue the study of architecture with even lower entry requirements (from 222).

Recognition for UK Qualifications in Hong Kong

UK qualifications enjoy good recognition in Hong Kong. Many professional bodies (such as Pharmacy, Medicine, Law, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Teaching and Architecture) recognize UK qualifications, with some offering automatic or mutal recognition. Apart from professional subjects, many Hongkongers who studied in the UK have had amazing careers in their own field. They include Christine Loh Kung Wai (former Under Secretary for the Environment), Lam Chiu Ying (former director of the Hong Kong observatory), Lui Tai Lok (Professor from the Education University of Hong Kong), Kenneth Ng King Tsun (journalist), Eason Chan and Leslie Cheung (singers and entertainers) and many more!

One-year Master’s Degrees

Having three terms a year, most master’s degree programmes in the UK finish in a year’s time. With the provision of scholarship and bursaries in most institutions, it’s one of the most economical options for postgraduate studies. The combination of such benefit as well as the international reputation of research and teaching made the UK one of the most popular destinations when it comes to pursuing postgraduate education.