Advantages of language courses in Hong Kong
Course costs. A week of courses in Hong Kong costs 301 USD. In comparison, prices average at 430 USD/week in the US, and 442 USD/week in the UK.
Small groups. Language course students in Hong Kong study in small groups — a maximum of 8 people. This allows the teacher to devote more time and attention to each student.
Special training. Language schools in Hong Kong offer in-depth writing practice. In English-language programs, students study advanced grammar and vocabulary. In Chinese courses — traditional and simplified characters. There are also spoken language trainings available to help practice pronunciation and understand the tones of Chinese.
Cantonese and Mandarin. Both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese courses are available in Hong Kong. Mandarin is more common — it is spoken throughout China. In Hong Kong itself, people communicate in Cantonese. If you are planning to study or work here, it is best to know this dialect.
Visas. Student visas for language courses are processed by the chosen language school. Moreover, you do not need to be present in Hong Kong — a ready-made visa is sent by mail.
Disadvantages of language courses in Hong Kong
University courses. University language courses in Hong Kong are available only for students of these universities. If you are looking to engage in student life or apply to a university through a Pathway program, choosing another country is your best option.
Accommodation. Language schools in Hong Kong do not provide accommodation for students. Most often, students live in rented apartments, hostels, and hotels.
High prices. The average cost of living in Hong Kong is 1,077 USD/month. This is comparable to prices in popular destinations: for example, the US — 1,361 USD/month and Great Britain — 1,124 USD/month. Living is also cheaper in Beijing, where people often go to learn Chinese — 749 USD per month.
Cost of language courses in Hong Kong
|School||Program||Number of weeks||Course costThe longer the course duration, the lower the cost of one week||Cities||Apartments||Hostels|
|Q Language||Intensive English / Chinese 15*||1-4||386-1,355 USD|
|1,822 USD/month||13 USD/day|
|Intensive English / Chinese 24*||618-2,163 USD|
|Intensive English / Chinese 15*||2-12 months||2,649-10,502 USD|
|Intensive English / Chinese 24*||4,064-16,726 USD|
|International Language Center||Weekday Morning Class (English) 4*||8||1,084 USD||Hong Kong||1,822 USD/month||13 USD/day|
|Weekday Morning Class (Chinese) 4*||957 USD|
|Saturday Morning Class (English) 3*||10||1,084 USD|
|Saturday Morning Class (Chinese) 3*||957 USD|
|Intensive Group Schedule (English) 3*||20 days||2,296 USD|
|Intensive Group Schedule (Chinese) 3*||1,913 USD|
|Private English lessons||Individual||2,360-4,656 USD**|
|Private Chinese lessons||1,658-3,572 USD**|
* number of hours per week
** individual programs are divided into modules of 30 and 60 hours, the cost is indicated for 1 module.
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Types of English courses in Hong Kong
|Type of program||IntensityHours per week||GroupNumber of students per group||Min. language level||Avg. cost per week|
|Semi-Intensive English||6-9||6-8||Beginner||236 USD|
|Intensive English||15-24||6-8||Beginner||472 USD|
|Business English||20-25||6-8||Beginner||367 USD|
|Conversational English||10-15||5||Beginner||135 USD|
|English Writing Course||10-15||5||Beginner||135 USD|
|Private Lessons||Individual||1-2||Beginner||70 USD/lesson|
General English lessons. Usually last 8 or 10 weeks. Available for any language level.
Intensive English. More intensive programs for those who want to learn English in a shorter amount of time. Duration — from 1 week to 12 months.
Semi-Intensive English. A course with an intensity of 6-9 hours a week, made particularly for those who are not ready to devote a lot of time to language learning. Lessons are held in the morning or evening for 2 hours a day. Duration — from 1 week to a year.
Business English. Courses for those who plan to work in English-speaking countries. In the classroom, students learn special vocabulary and develop presentation and negotiation skills. Duration — from 1 week to 12 months.
Conversational English. English for real life situations. During the course, students learn how to introduce themselves to strangers, ask for directions, contact a bank or hospital, and much more. Duration — 8-10 weeks.
Writing courses. Practical courses for those who want to improve their writing skills. Beginners are taught the basics of grammar and spelling, while advanced students are taught how to make speech more interesting with advanced vocabulary. Duration — 8-10 weeks.
Private lessons. Individual lessons with a teacher. They allow the student to study at their own convenience, independently choosing the intensity (1-20 hours per week) and duration of their classes.
Types of Chinese courses in Hong Kong
|Type of program||IntensityHours per week||GroupNumber of students per group||Min. language level||Avg. cost per week|
|Intensive Mandarin / Cantonese||15-24||6-8||Beginner||386-618 USD|
|One-to-One Mandarin / Cantonese||1-20||1-3||Beginner||55 USD/lesson|
|HSK / AP Test Preparation||Individual||5||Beginner||128 USD|
|Chinese Writing Course||Individual||5||Beginner||128 USD|
Intensive Mandarin / Cantonese. Intensive General Chinese courses. Schools in Hong Kong offer both Mandarin and Cantonese courses. Duration — from 1 week to 12 months. Available for any level of Chinese.
HSK / AP Preparation. Preparation courses for language exams. Available for any language level, though the duration and intensity of the classes depend on it.
Chinese Writing course. Students study traditional and simplified characters, as well as practice reading and writing skills in Cantonese and Mandarin. The duration and intensity depends on the initial language level. Courses are divided into modules of 60 hours. Upon completion of the module, students move up to a more advanced group.
One-to-One Mandarin / Cantonese. Individual lessons. The student can choose the intensity and duration of their lessons. Courses can also be taken in small groups of up to 3 people.
Courses at Hong Kong universities are available to those who have already enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, but do not have sufficient knowledge of English or Chinese for their studies. As a rule, such programs last 1-2 academic years.
Universities also allow you to take the international IELTS exam and the standardized HSK test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi).
Features of admission to language schools in Hong Kong
Enrollment to language schools takes place all year round. Classes start every Monday.
For admission to Hong Kong language schools, you need to:
Apply through the official website of the school
Pay for the chosen course and registration fee
Receive an invitation from the school
Provide documents for a visa (pay the consular and delivery fees)
Language schools help students with visa processing and document translation. The processing time for a Hong Kong student visa can take up to 6 weeks.
On the first day of school, students take a test in order to determine their level of English or Chinese. After that, they are divided into groups. Some schools offer online testing on their website before arrival to Hong Kong.
Taking language courses in Hong Kong
University language courses are only available to their respective students, with the main aim of the curriculum being preparation for higher education studies. Classes are held in the format of lectures and seminars, having a fixed duration and schedule.
Language schools offer more varied and flexible courses. General and Intensive English courses can be supplemented with IELTS/TOEFL preparation, Business English lessons, or conversational and writing practice.
Chinese can be studied both in General and Intensive programs, as well as in special courses for reading, writing, or Business purposes. Both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese courses are offered in Hong Kong.
Schools in Hong Kong do not organize extracurricular activities. However, teachers and staff are always ready to give advice on how to spend free time in the city. Moreover, language schools are located in central areas of Hong Kong — within walking distance of tennis courts, dance schools, and city attractions. Language course students walk around the city, explore museums and galleries, or get together to visit Disneyland.
Furthermore, language schools do not provide students with accommodation in a host family or residence. Students usually rent apartments together with other classmates or live in hotels and hostels.
Accommodation options while studying in Hong Kong
|Accommodation options||Meals||Number of people per room||Avg. cost|
|Consular fee||21 USD|
|Registration fee||64 USD|
|Visa delivery by courier||37 USD|
|Airport transferOne way||69 USD|
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Visa for language courses in Hong Kong
A student visa is necessary to take language courses in Hong Kong. As a rule, it is processed by the chosen language school or university. The student provides scans of the necessary documents, and the staff of the educational institution sends them to the migration service. When the visa is ready, it is sent to the student by mail or courier service.
Documents for a Hong Kong student visa:
Completed and signed visa application form with an attached photo
Foreign passport with blank pages and a validity period of more than 6 months
Copies of active passport pages
Proof of financial solvency — bank statement, income statement, scholarship award letter, etc.
Invitation letter for language course enrollment
For underage students, you will also need:
Parental consent to travel abroad
Accommodation booking in Hong Kong
Work while taking a language course in Hong Kong
Work on a student visa is prohibited in Hong Kong. For violation of this ban, foreigners can be deported and banned from receiving a visa in the future.
Most popular language schools in Hong Kong
Q Language opened in Hong Kong in 1999. It offers courses in English, Mandarin, Cantonese Chinese, and even Korean.
The school offers two types of intensive English and Chinese courses: 15 and 24 hours a week. Short-term courses last from 1 to 4 weeks, longer ones — from 2 to 12 months. Courses can be adapted to the goals and objectives of each student. For example, they can add elective classes in Business English or international exam preparation.
The average course cost is 386 USD per week.
International Language Centre
ILC Language School has been teaching English and Chinese for over 10 years.
They offer general and intensive programs, courses for Business English, as well as practical training in speaking and writing. You can work individually or in groups of 5.
The school offers several scheduling options, allowing you to study on weekends or evenings.
The cost of the Chinese course is 969 USD, while the English course is 1,084 USD for 8 weeks.
Hong Kong for learning English and Chinese
Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. It is autonomous in resolving internal issues, has its own visa policy, and is known for its Cantonese dialect.
World recognition. There are 7 major universities in Hong Kong. Among them are the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which are regularly included in the world’s top 50 universities according to QS.
Rich culture. Hong Kong is an international port and a major financial center in Asia. Due to the abundance of foreigners who come to the area to work or study, different cultures and nationalities mix here. Students who choose to study English or Chinese in this city can practice by interacting with locals.
Nature. Hong Kong is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by picturesque mountains, where students of language schools often go hiking. In addition, the city has many parks and squares.
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