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Who to Apply

We welcome local and non-local applicants who are seeking admission on the strength of non-HKDSE qualifications to apply for our government-funded programmes via Non-JUPAS application route. Local applicants who are seeking admission on the strength of HKDSE qualifications should apply through Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS).

Applicants who possess the following qualifications are welcome to apply:

Applicants who are Associate Degree or Higher Diploma students or graduates (including those who will obtain such a qualification^ by August in the year in which admission is sought) are welcome to apply. However, Associate Degree or Higher Diploma non-final year students should normally possess a good Grade Point Average (GPA) for successful admission. Depending on qualification and attainment, applicants with local sub-degree qualifications may be admitted to senior year. Eligible applicants who are not admitted to senior year will be considered for year one entry and they may be granted block credit transfer.

^ Normally, qualification which is of Level 4 or above under Qualifications Register (QR) of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

Hong Kong citizens who are currently studying/residing overseas or attending high school in an international school in Hong Kong are welcome to apply. A list of acceptable non-local qualifications# for meeting the general entrance requirements for undergraduate programmes can be found here.

# Applicants holding non-local post-secondary qualification may be required to provide a "Report for Qualifications Assessment" issued by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications to support their applications. Same as eligible applicants with HKALE qualification, eligible applicants with GCE AL/IB and 13 years of schooling will be granted a maximum of 9 credit points of block credit transfer. You may find the Average Admission Scores for GCE AL and IB Diploma students admitted in 2019/20 and 2020/21 for reference.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree programme at a recognised local* or non-local university will be considered on an individual basis.

* The following institutions (and the EdUHK) are UGC-funded institutions: City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The University of Hong Kong. However, inter-institutional transfers are not normally allowed except under exceptional circumstances.
 

Applicants applied on the strength of HKALE results are required to possess:

  • Grade E or above in ASL Use of English and Chinese Language & Culture; and
  • Grade E or above in at least two AL subjects OR one AL subject plus two ASL subjects (other than Use of English and Chinese Language & Culture).

Eligible applicants will be granted 9 credit points of block credit transfer.

We work in tandem with the Government to promote a flexible approach to the development of multiple forms of intelligence and lifelong and life-wide learning. We therefore welcome applications from out-of-school candidates aged 25 and above who have specific talents or achievements and a wealth of experience. At the University's discretion, if you do not possess the minimum programme entrance requirements but aged 25 or above on 31 August in the year in which admission is sought and can demonstrate to the University's satisfaction your suitability for and capability to pursue your chosen programme successfully, then you may be exempted from the entrance requirements as a mature student. You need not explicitly request such consideration, as mature applicants provisions are automatically invoked by the University where appropriate. However, you will not be given preferential treatment over normal applications, but will be dealt with solely on your merits on a case-by-case basis.

Language Requirements

In addition to the foregoing general entrance requirements, applicants should also demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in both the Chinese and English languages, unless exempted by the University.

The following is a list of acceptable tests and the score required:

Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements
HKALE Grade E or above in ASL Use of English
HKDSE Level 3 or above in English Language
Level 2 or above in English Language (applicable to holders of a recognized AD/HD)
TOEFL Internet-based: 80; or
Paper-based (prior to July 2017): 550; or
Paper-delivered Test: Minimum score at the intermediate level in each section (Reading, Listening and Writing)
* Passing the TOEFL ITP does not satisfy the English language requirement.
IELTS Academic Overall Band: 6
GCE System Grade E or above in GCE AS-level or A-level English; or
Grade C / Grade 4 or above in IGCSE / GCE O-level English; or
Grade C / Grade 4 or above in GCSE English or English Literature
IB English A: Language and Literature (Higher or Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
English A: Literature (Higher or Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
English B (Higher Level) – Grade 4; or
English B (Standard Level) – Grade 5; or
English Literature and Performance (Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
English Text and Performance (Standard Level) – Grade 4
SAT A sub-score of 8 in Essay Writing in old SAT; or
590 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in new SAT
Others Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University.

The following is a list of acceptable tests and the score required:

Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements*
HKALE Grade E or above AS-level Chinese Language & Culture
HKDSE Level 3 or above Chinese Language
Level 2 or above Chinese Language (applicable to holders of a recognized AD/HD)
GCE System Grade E or above in GCE AS-level or A-level Chinese; or
Grade C or above in GCSE / IGCSE / GCE O-level Chinese
IB Chinese Language – Grade 4
Others Other Chinese language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University.

* Applicants seeking admission to programmes with English as the medium of instruction will be exempted from this Chinese Language requirement on a case-by-case basis. For programmes which require students to have possessed a good command of Chinese, waiver of Chinese Language requirement will not be granted.

Admission Interview(s) / Test(s)

Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an admission interview(s)/test(s) and they will receive relevant details by email and/or SMS. Applicant who has not been invited to an interview/test shall not assume that he/she is not being considered for admission.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply through the Online Application System. To facilitate preliminary assessment, please upload all relevant academic qualifications (including updated transcript, language exam reports, etc.) to the application system once available.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis which means the sooner you apply, the sooner your application will be assessed. Priority will be given to applications received by the main round application deadline. You are strongly advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Application fee for local applicants is HK$150 per programme. The fee once paid is non-refundable and non-transferable unless the programme in question is cancelled by the University. You can pay the fee via online payment by using either VISA/Master credit card or UnionPay. If you are not able to pay online, you may refer to the "Other Payment Methods" for alternative payment methods.

Block Credit Transfer

Block credit transfer will be granted to eligible applicants admitted to Year 1 of our programmes. The number of credit points to be granted is subject to the qualifications of applicants and decision of the relevant Programme Teams, if applicable with details setting out below:

Qualification Note 1 Block Credit Transfer Arrangements
Eligible candidates with 13 years of schooling (e.g. HKALE / IB / GCE AL students) Block credit transfer up to 9 cps Note 3
  • Electives – 2 courses (6 cps)
  • General Education Breadth Courses – 1 course (3 cps)
Eligible AD/HD graduates with good CGPA but failed to gain entry to senior year Note 2 Block credit transfer up to 30 cps Note 3
  • Major-related / Core courses – up to 12 cps (depending on the relevance of the programme in which they are enrolled)
  • Electives – 4 courses (12 cps)
  • General Education Breadth Courses – 2 courses (6 cps)

Note 1: Including transfer students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree or higher degree programme at a local or non-local university.
Note 2: Applicants who have been granted block credit transfer / senior year entry are no longer entitled to apply for credit transfer of individual courses on the basis of the above mentioned entrance qualifications (i.e. no double benefit).
Note 3: Block credit transfer arrangement may vary from programme to programme depending on different programme structure.

 

Applicants who have been granted block credit transfer are no longer entitled to apply for credit transfer of individual courses based on their entrance qualifications (i.e. no double benefit). On the contrary, applicants who have not been granted block credit transfer can submit an application for credit transfer of individual courses upon completion of programme registration. Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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