Over 3,000 students from Hong Kong study undergraduate and postgraduate courses in London. The majority of students from Hong Kong study at undergraduate level. Creative arts & design, business and social studies courses are the most popular subjects followed by engineering & technology, law and biological science courses.

How to apply to a London university

Follow these three steps to start your application today.

1. Find a course: Our course search enables you to search over 30,000 courses on offer in London. Register with us to save your favourite courses and to contact universities for further information on entry requirements.

2. Prepare and submit your application: The application process differs for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

  • If you wish to apply for an undergraduate degree, you will need to submit your undergraduate application via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
  • If you wish to apply for a postgraduate degree, you will need to apply directly to the university via their own online application system. Contact your chosen university to find out more.

3. Check you are eligible for a UK student visa. Read our information on the Tier 4 Student Visa to make sure you are aware of the requirements in advance.

Entry requirements at London universities for students from Hong Kong

Course entry requirements can vary depending on the university and degree you choose. The information below is only a guide so be sure to check the entry requirements for your favourite courses.

Entry Requirements for Undergraduate Courses (First degree)

You will need a minimum of two HKAL/GCE A-levels or equivalent with good grades. Some universities will require three A-levels, especially for popular courses.

Many universities also accept the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE). Typically, you will need a combination of core and elective subjects with grades between 3 and 5.

Entry Requirements for Postgraduate Courses (Second degree)

You will need a Bachelor's degree from a recognised university with good grades. GPA requirements differ and can range from 2.6 to 3.3 out of 4.

Remember, you can contact the international office at your chosen universities and they will tell you if your qualifications meet the requirements of your chosen course.

Hong Kong Students living in London

With over 3,000 students from Hong Kong living in London, alongside another 12,000 from mainland China, there is large Chinese community in the city contributing to the vibrant and diverse London population. London is a popular education destination for students from Hong Kong, with many drawn to the city in search of unique cultural experiences and learning opportunities. London offers the perfect blend of excellent academic facilities and endless opportunities to enrich your personal life though London’s many cultural offerings.

The Chinese community in London is particularly strong, making it easy for new international students to connect with a familiar culture via a variety of events and societies.

  • You will find Chinese student societies at most London universities. These meet regularly and provide the perfect opportunity to make friends and enjoy Chinese culture, food and events.
  • The Chinese Students and Scholars Association, United Kingdom (CSSA-UK) organises, sponsors, and supports various social and cultural activities among Chinese students and scholars in the UK. You will find sub-groups of CSSA at many of the London universities.
  • The Association of British and Chinese University Students also has branch groups at several of the London universities. The aim of ABACUS is to promote and celebrate Chinese culture in Britain, which they do through regular meet-ups and events.
  • London’s China Town is a hot-spot for events and the best places to get Chinese food.

What London's Students from Hong Kong Say

"I grew up in Hong Kong, a busy and vibrant city which London is as well. This I knew would help me adapt to university life. There are so many other plusses though: the many top London Universities, the entertainment and multicultural hub all rolled into one city."
Phoebe Leung, Management in healthcare student from Hong Kong

"The quality of education here is incomparable to other cities as London has a high concentration of top-ranked academic institutions. In addition, the employment opportunities after graduation are diverse as students here receive maximum exposure to the culturally diverse, vibrant capital of the world."
Karsen Cheung, Human Resource Management and Employment Relations student from Hong Kong

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