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IELTS for Hong Kong


Study in Hong Kong

With a unique blend of cultures from both East and West, Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic and competitive cities in world, attracting students from all over the globe to experience the fusion of impressive traditions and modern innovations. With three universities in Hong Kong ranked within the global top 100, this city has one of the most remarkable concentrations of internationally ranked institutions. Students can surely benefit from the world-class education and cultural diversity that Hong Kong has to offer.

Why Study in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is renowned as a world-leading hub for finance, but with the city’s increasing focus and in-vestment in diversifying its tertiary education and recruitment of international students, Hong Kong is also moving towards becoming a regional hub for higher education.

As a multicultural city, English is widely used in Hong Kong within higher education and highly integrat-ed into the day-to-day life of this urban metropolis. This offers international students the opportunity to delve into an Asian city for a well-rounded but also relatively accessible study abroad experience. 

There are 20 local degree-awarding institutions in Hong Kong, nine of which are publicly-funded. Apart from undergraduate programmes, there is also an extensive selection of taught and research postgraduate programmes from a diversified range of academic disciplines. Students can also choose from a wide variety of sub-degree, continuing and vocational programmes, offering a vast array of learning opportunities. 

Required scores and useful information

"IELTS is highly recommended by teachers. "

Meghana Rathanakumar, St. Margaret's Co-educational English Secondary and Primary School, IELTS score 8.5 (UK)

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Work in Hong Kong

Language skills are key to a successful career. Many employers require evidence of your English language proficiency, so being able to prove your skills is an important part of the job-hunting and promotion processes.  

A great way to do this is by taking IELTS, a highly-popular English language proficiency test which is recognised by many multinational organisations, including investment banks, law firms, accounting companies and insurance companies.

The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region also uses IELTS for job screening procedures in its Common Recruitment Examination (CRE). The CRE consists of three 45-minute papers. These are: Use of English (UE), Use of Chinese (UC) and an Aptitude Test (AT).   An overall IELTS band score of 6.5 or above in the Academic Module (with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting) is accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE within the two-year validity period of IELTS. 

Useful links

HK Government

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