Education System in Hong Kong

  • The education system in Hong Kong was established similar to that of the United Kingdom. Students attend three optional years of kindergarten, six years of primary school, three years of junior secondary school and three years of senior secondary school. Upon completion of the senior secondary education, students will take the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE). Successful candidates will be admitted to tertiary institutions for local Bachelor's Degree education on a 4-year curriculum.
  • For a better understanding of the Hong Kong education system, you may read detailed information on the website of the Education Bureau and An Overview of Various School Types in Hong Kong prepared by the Human Resources Office.


Pre-primary Education for Newly Arrived Children

  • In Hong Kong, there are child care centers and kindergartens which provide service to children below the age of three years and from three to six years old respectively.
  • Child care centers mainly operate on a whole-day basis; some are run by groups that receive subsidy from the Government while some are managed by non-profit-making organizations or private operators.
  • Most kindergartens currently offer half-day classes but some offer whole-day classes. All kindergartens in Hong Kong are privately run and operated by either voluntary agencies or private enterprises.
  • Some institutions may provide child care service as well as kindergarten education to children in the same premise. To learn more about local child care centers and kindergartens, please refer to the weblinks below:


Busy Bees Kindergarten at HKUST

  • Officially opened in November 1998, the Busy Bees Kindergarten was founded by HKUST parents who desired a high-quality, bilingual pre-school for their children in campus.
  • It provides morning classes (for children aged 3 years 6 months to 5 years) and afternoon classes (for children aged 2 years 8 months to 3 years 6 months).
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Primary and Secondary Education for Newly Arrived Children


Support and Services from the Education Bureau for Newly Arrived Children


University Support and Services

  • As competition for places (especially for young children) in ESF and international schools is keen, the Human Resources Office (HRO) is providing administrative support (e.g. sharing school information, assistance in applications for school places etc.) to non-local new faculty members in search of school places for their kids. If you wish to obtain more information on international school education or require assistance in children's schooling, please contact Miss Stefanie YAU of HRO at or (852) 3469 2585.


Survey on Faculty's Children Schooling in Hong Kong

  • For a better understanding of the type of schools attended by children of existing faculty and for a sharing of schooling experience from a peer perspective, the Human Resources Office conducted an on-line survey which was aimed to collect relevant schooling information from existing HKUST faculty members in March 2012. Data was collected and collated and is available for reference of HKUST’s faculty members. Please click HERE to access the survey data.