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Non-local Status

If you are holding one of the following documents issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR, you are regarded as a non-local student for the purpose of admission to our programmes

  • student visa / entry permit; or
  • visa / entry permit under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or
  • dependent visa / entry permit (You were 18 years old or above when you were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR.)

Please click here for the definitions of local and non-local students. To make direct enquiries on the definition of non-local students, please contact the Education Bureau (EDB) [Email: / Fax: (852) 2804 6499].

Hong Kong citizens who are currently studying/residing overseas or attending high school in an international school in Hong Kong are considered as local applicants.

Our Global Affairs Office (GAO) will render assistance to non-local students for their visa applications. Successful non-local students are advised to submit the required documents to GAO as early as possible as it often takes considerable time (normally 6 to 8 weeks) for the Immigration Department of the HKSAR to process your visa application. For details, please consult the Immigration Department of the HKSAR directly.


In accordance with the HKSAR Government's policy, all non-local applicants, regardless of whether they possess HKDSE Examination results, MUST apply for admission via the non-JUPAS route. For enquiries concerning the definition of local and non-local students and corresponding education policies, please contact the Higher Education Division of the EDB [Email: / Hotline: (852) 3509 7396].

A list of acceptable non-local qualifications for meeting the general entrance requirements for undergraduate programmes can be found here. Qualifications not listed there will be considered on an individual basis. Due to quota limit, applicants having satisfied the University's entrance requirements will be considered for admission on a competitive basis. To be competitive for admission, applicants are strongly advised to upload academic proof to the Online Application System on or before 31 May. For some qualifications, applications may be reviewed after the released of public examination results.

In addition to the General Entrance Requirements and Language Requirements, applicants for Music and Visual Arts related programmes are required to submit a portfolio (including professional certificates in music / arts, video clips of music performance, photos of their artworks, etc.) by uploading the materials to their online application accounts for our consideration.

Non-local applicants will normally be considered for admission to Year 1 of our full-time undergraduate programmes. Upon successful admission, you can apply for credit transfer of individual courses after completion of the programme registration (normally in late August). The number of credits to be transferred from your previous studies depends on the depth and relevancy of the subjects and the programme in which you are enrolled. The subject department concerned will consider each application on a case-by-case basis.

Senior year places are reserved for quality students holding recognized qualifications such as Associate Degree / Higher Diploma or equivalent. In this regard, high school graduates without any post-secondary qualifications are not eligible for senior year entry.

You are welcome to apply to EdUHK if you have not completed your final examination at the time of application. However, you have to provide details of the examination (e.g. Year of the exam, subjects, etc.) in the online application form. To facilitate preliminary assessments, please upload your provisional results / predicted grades / GCSE / GCE O-level / GCE AS-level results, if any, to your online application account. In case you do not have any predicted results, please indicate result pending for the relevant subject(s). Upon receiving your official scores / grades, you are required to upload the results to your application account as soon as possible.

If you possess JEE results obtained in previous years and do not have any other post-secondary qualifications, your application will not be considered.

Entrance scholarship will be granted automatically to outstanding applicants who obtain excellent academic results and demonstrate outstanding performance in admission interviews. In this regard, no separate application for scholarship is required. For those who have not been awarded entrance scholarship can apply for a range of scholarships during their studies at the University. For details, please visit the website of our Student Affairs Office.


You can submit application via our Online Application System. Each non-local applicant can submit applications for a maximum of two programme choices by paying an application fee of HK$300. To facilitate the admission process, applicants are required to indicate their first programme preference via the online application system. The application fee (i.e. HK$300) will be charged for the 1st preference. The fee once paid is non-refundable and non-transferable. Priority of consideration for admission will be given to the first programme choice.

Bachelor of Education (BEd) programmes are aimed at training pre-service teachers who will be equipped well with in-depth major-related knowledge and professional teacher training. Graduates of the BEd programmes are eligible to apply to become fully qualified and registered teachers in kindergarten, primary or secondary schools in Hong Kong.

Graduates of the 5-year full-time co-terminal double degree progrmames will be awarded both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education qualifications. They will be equipped with solid subject knowledge in addition to in-depth knowledge and skills in professional teaching training.

Graduates of the 4-year full-time complementary undergraduate programmes will be awarded the qualification of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Social Sciences with solid subject knowledge. Graduates who wish to join the teaching profession may choose to undertake the one-year full-time or two-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes in order to acquire the qualification for registering as qualified teachers.

To facilitate the evaluation of your application, you should upload copies of your academic transcripts, certificates, public examination results and other relevant information you consider appropriate to your online application account ( Your application will remain incomplete until we receive all the necessary supporting materials. Personal statement and recommendation letters are not required. However, you are still welcome to upload them to the online application system if you want our teachers to know you more.

To be competitive for admission, applicants are strongly advised to upload academic proof to the Online Application System on or before 31 May. For some qualifications, applications may be reviewed after the release of public examination results.

Applicants should request the College Board / IBIS / ACT / ETS (TOEFL) to send their examination scores to the University. EdUHK’s institution codes for the respective qualifications are as follows:

Qualifications Institution Codes
IB Diploma 004307
College Board
The ACT Test 3642
ETS (TOEFL) 5225

Applicants are advised to upload any available academic / non-academic qualifications to their online application accounts for our review. Scanned / downloaded copy / examinees copy of their result slips will be considered. The original copy of academic certificates, official transcripts are not required at the application stage. 

In case of any doubt, the University will require you to apply for official transcripts to be sent directly by the issuing authority to the University.

Upon successful submission of application, you will receive an application acknowledgement by email within one day of submission. It contains your application number and choice of programme. Please retain this acknowledgement for future reference and enquiries. Shortlisted applicants invited for admission interview / test will be notified by email. Please check your email regularly after submission of application in order to receive any updates or interview invitation from the University.

Applicants who have not been given admission offers by end of August may assume that they have not been selected for admission. No individual notifications will be sent to unsuccessful or waitlisted applicants.


Eligible applicants may be requested to attend interviews for further assessment. Shortlisted applicants will receive individual notifications by email. Applicants are strongly advised to check their personal emails frequently after submission of applications in order to receive any updates or interview invitations from the University. It is therefore important that the email address you provided is correct and up-to-date. Please login your online application account to update your email address and contact phone number when changes occur. Applicants are strongly advised to use the email address that registered in our Online Application System for communication with the University.

Admission interview for shortlisted non-local applicants will be conducted through electronic means such as Skype / Zoom.

Normally, each applicant will be invited for admission interview once only based on his/her programme preferences. You will be invited to attend admission interview of your first programme choice if you meet the selection criteria. Only when you are not being considered for admission to your first programme choice, we will proceed to consider your second choice application and another interview may be arranged if necessary.

Offer and Registration

Successful applicants will normally be informed of the interview results by email within a month after the admission interview.

If your application is successful, you will be notified by email. You may log into your online application account to download the offer letter. No hardcopy will be provided by post. Please read through the letter and the attached documents carefully before making a decision about accepting the offer. If you wish to accept the offer, you must complete the offer acceptance procedures including online acceptance of offer and full payment of a non-refundable admission acceptance fee by the stipulated deadline.

Programme registration will normally be held by end July. The University will not send letters to successful applicants about registration details. They are required to visit the registration website which will be launched in July to find out details of registration arrangements. Details will be announced via email nearer the time.

To formally register as a student, successful applicants are required to present the original / official academic certificates / transcript as entered in their application forms for verification on the registration day. Some may be required to arrange sending the original academic transcripts and/or score reports of public examinations directly by the issuing authority to the University before registration. E-version / scanned copies of the transcripts and/or score reports will not be accepted.

Failure to provide the required documents may result in your unsuccessful enrolment in the programme. If documents provided are found to be falsified, unclear, misleading or inconsistent with the qualifications stated in your application, or do not fulfill the requirements for admission, the University will have to withdraw your admission offer and all fees paid will not be refunded.