In Hong Kong, children who are generally foreign and / or more affluent families in the local community will apply for admission to international schools with a choice of up to 40 or more, of which 21 are international schools (Engish Schools Foundation). Hong Kong's international schools are basically covered by different countries, such as the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Korea and Singapore. Students from all over the world are welcome and about 31,000 quotas are available.
International school students may choose not to participate in local public examinations. The UK's GCSE and A Level have been adopted by many international schools in Hong Kong, but nowaday the International Diploma (IB) has become more popular in most of international schools. Many national-specific international schools will use their own teaching system. Students may also need to take SAT or IB to qualify for admission to overseas universities.
Hong Kong's education system can be divided into pre-school education, 12 years of free education, high school and post-secondary courses. The Hong Kong Government provides 12 years of free primary and secondary education for all school children to ensure that the younger generation of Hong Kong is able to receive quality education, fulfillment, and contribute to society, the motherland country and the world.