Education in Macau
Students living in the area have their option of a subsidized school or a private school. Very few government schools are in place any longer. Most students enroll in school for about 15 years, which is compulsory and provided through the government without cost. Most schools here, though, are grammar schools, teaching just the basics of education to students. There are a few vocational schools, especially those focusing on technology, construction, and electronics.
Students attend primary and secondary education as long as they meet standard requirements. Students may not enter into secondary school but may choose a vocational school instead. Then, some students move on to higher education.
Higher Education in Macau
Those students wishing to visit the area for educational opportunities will need to understand how the Macau higher education system works. Remember that this is a small location and that nearly all schools are small as well. The country has ten higher level educational facilities. The following are the names of some of these schools.
- University of Macau, a public school
- Macau Polytechnic Institute, a public school
- Macau Security Forces Training College, a public school (not a true college setting)
- Institute for Tourism Studies, a public school
- Macau University of Science and Technology, a private school
- City University of Macau, a private school
- University of Saint Joseph, a private school
- Macau Institute of Management, a private school
- Institute of European Studies of Macau, a private organization (not a true school)
- Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, a private school
Foreign students who wish to enroll in one of these schools must first begin by contacting the school directly. Each of the schools sets their own requirements for enrollment, which often focuses on the student's testing scores, location of previous education, and course study. The schools also set requirements for tuition, which ranges significantly based on whether or not the school is public or private.
Students can choose from a large number of educational programs available here. This includes dozens of programs in nearly all areas and courses of study. Students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree within three to four years, depending on the area of specialization. Some students move on to earn their master's degree, especially in the fields of business management, law, and healthcare. Some of the universities here offer doctoral programs as well, which can take an additional year to three years to complete.
Some of the major courses of education include the following:
- Chinese medicine study
- Social sciences and the humanities
- Sciences and technology
- Business administration
Students who wish to enroll in one of these schools, must work directly with the school to do so. The requirements differ from one school to the next and can be quite extensive in some cases.
Travel Visas for Students
In most cases, students will need to obtain a visa to study in the country. To do so, individuals must have a passport that is valid for at least six months and have an acceptance letter from the university of enrollment. They must also have a plane ticket and a transit visa, depending on location. Students also have to show proof of funds to cover their trip.