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The qualifications listed below are accepted as satisfying the General Entrance Requirements for our bachelor's degree programmes. Qualifications not listed below will be considered on individual merits. Applicants are normally required to complete Grade 12 studies on a full-time basis in high school and they may also need to fulfill the language requirements and/or programme specific requirements. Due to quota limit, applicants having satisfied the University's entrance requirements will be considered for admission on a competitive basis. Eligible applicants will be requested to attend interviews for further assessment. Holding minimum requirement does not guarantee admission to the University.

General International Qualifications:

GCE AL / IAL

GCE AL / IAL with

  • Grade D or above in 3 AL subjects; or
  • Grade D in 2 AL plus 2 Advanced Supplementary Level (ASL) subjects.
Not including Chinese / Mandarin / English Language subjects. The same subject cannot be counted at both the AL and ASL)

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
IB Diploma International Baccalaureate Diploma

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
  • IB English B (Higher Level) – Grade 4; or
  • IB English B (Standard Level) – Grade 5; or
  • IB English A1 or A2 (Higher or Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
  • IB English A: Language and Literature (Higher or Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
  • IB English A: Literature (Higher or Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
  • IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
  • IB English Text and Performance (Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
  • General English Language Requirements
Applicant should request the IB organization to send scores to the University (Institution Code: 004307).
SAT Reasoning Test A minimum total score of 1,190 (out of 1,600) in the new SAT Reasoning Test (including Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics) / 1,650 (out of 2,400) in the old SAT Reasoning Test (including Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) in one sitting.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
  • Obtain a sub-score on essay writing of no less than 8 in the old SAT / a minimum score of 590 in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of the new SAT; or
  • General English Language Requirements
Applicant should request the College Board to send scores to the University (Institution Code: 7380) and upload the copy of the scores reports onto the Online Application System.

National / Regional Qualifications (By Country / Region):

Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Australia One of the following:
  • Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) minimum score of 80; or
  • Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank (ENTER) minimum score of 80; or
  • Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) minimum score of 80; or
  • Universities Admission Index (UAI) minimum score of 80; or
  • Overall Position (OP) Band score between 1 and 8 (25-band scale).
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Bangladesh
  • Completion of Higher Secondary Certificate; and
  • Fullfillment of the abovementioned requirements on the SAT Reasoning Test.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Brunei Brunei-Cambridge GCE A-Level (AL):
Fulfillment of the General Entrance Requirements and Programme Admission Requirements for GCE AL / IAL applicants.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Canada One of the following:

Alberta
  • High School Graduation Diploma with passes in five Grade 12 courses, provided that at least 70% is achieved in each of those courses.
British Columbia
  • Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with passes in five Grade 12 / BC Provincially Examinable Courses, provided that at least 70% is achieved in each of those courses.
Ontario
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with passes in six Grade 12 University Preparation Course (U) or University/College Preparation Course (M) courses, provided that at least 70% is achieved in each of those courses.
Quebec
  • Diploma of Collegial Studies with an average of 70%.
Other provinces
  • High School Graduation Diploma with at least 70% is achieved in each of the five Grade 12 subjects.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
China
  • Students attending the current year National Joint College Entrance Examination (JEE) of Mainland China:
    Meeting the 1st cut-off line (or equivalent) of the respective province for admission to mainland key universities (第一批重點高校分數綫 (一本綫)).
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  • JEE for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Students (港澳台僑高考) :
    A score of not less than 600 (out of 750).
 
  • Students from international schools taking examinations other than the JEE:
    To follow the entrance requirements of country/region to which the qualification belongs.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
France
  • Baccalaureat General; or
  • Option Internationle du Baccalaureat (OIB); or
  • European Baccalaureate
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Germany Completion of the High School Degree of Secondary Education (Abitur)/Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife (German Abitur certificate).

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
India Completion of a senior secondary school leaving certificate at Grade 12 level, e.g. All India Senior School Certificate Examination (SSC) / Higher School Certificate (HSC) / Indian School Certificate (ISC), with 75% or better in each of the Standard XII subjects.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Indonesia
  • Completion of SMA Ujian Sekolah; and
  • Completion of SMA Ujian Nasional.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Ireland Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in five subjects at C level (before 2017) / H4 (from 2017) or above in Higher level papers.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Japan Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho)

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Kazakhstan
  • Completion of Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat / Svidetel’ stvo o Srednem Obrazovanil) with grade 4 (5-point scale) or above in each of the subjects; or
  • Certificate of Unified National Testing (UNT); or
  • Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools' (NIS) Grade 12 Certificate; or
  • Successful completion of one year’s study in a bachelor’s degree programme at a recognized university.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Kyrgyzstan
  • Completion of Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat o Srednem (polnom) Obrazovanii) with grade 4 or above (5-point scale) in each of the subjects. To make the application competitive, applicants are recommended to have good results in the National Scholarship Test (NST); or
  • Successful completion of one year’s study in a bachelor’s degree programme at a recognized university.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Macau
  • JEE for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Students (港澳台僑高考) :
  • Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma / Certificate.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Malaysia
  • Grade C or above in at least 6 subjects at UEC (Senior Middle Level) in one sitting; or
  • Grade C or above in at least 3 subjects in Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) in the same sitting, other than language subjects.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
  • Band 4 (Aggregated Score 180-219) or above in Malaysian University English Test (MUET); or
  • Grade C or above in SPM English Language; or
  • Grade C or above in STPM English Language; or
  • Grade B4 or above in UEC-Senior English Language; or
  • General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Mauritius Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate with Grade D or above in three Advanced Level subjects.
(Not including Chinese / Mandarin / English Language subjects)

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Myanmar Successful completion of one year's study on a bachelor's degree programme at a recognized university.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Nepal Completion of Higher Secondary Education Board Examination (HSC).

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Netherlands Diploma Voorbeiderend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO – See Note 1).

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):

Note 1:

VWO is a university preparatory education, covers six years and takes three forms, Atheneum, Gymnasium and ongedeeld (unified) VWO.

The Gymnasium and Atheneum offer two streams of VWO education. A-stream emphasises the humanities and B-stream the sciences. The unified VWO makes no distinction between the two branches. The Atheneum has a common curriculum for the first three years of VWO, the Gymnasia has a common curriculum for the first three or four years. In the final two years of the course, students mainly study the even subjects in which they will take the final VWO examinations. Five subjects are compulsory at the Gymnasium and Atheneum, two or three are compulsory for the unified VWO programmes.

At the end of the final year, students take examinations in seven subjects. The examinations comprise two parts; school examinations, set by the school, are taken in all subjects throughout the year, and there are national examinations which are taken in May or June.

Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
  • Achieve a standard of "Achieved" (A) in a minimum of 10 credits at level 2 or higher in English on the National Qualifications Framework of New Zealand; 5 credits must be in Reading and 5 credits must be in Writing. Literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards; or
  • General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Norway Satisfactory completion of Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) endorsed "generell studiekompetanse".

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Pakistan Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) (80% or above in each of the six subjects).

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Philippines Completion of the first two years of a bachelor's degree programme at a recognized university in the Philippines.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Poland Certificate of Maturity (Świadectwo Dojrzałości).

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Russia
  • Completion of Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education [Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii] with an average of 4.5 on a 5-point scale and pass in the Unified State Examination (EGE); or
  • Successful completion of one year’s study in a bachelor’s degree programme at a recognized university.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Saudi Arabia 80% or above in at least 6 subjects (including English and Chinese/an alternative language other than Chinese and English) in Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate) Examination in two consecutive sittings.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Scotland Scottish Certificate of Education (Higher Levels / Advanced Higher Levels) with passes in five approved subjects at the Higher Level, provided that not less than grade C is achieved in each of those subjects.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Singapore
  • Students from Polytechnics:
    Diploma, Professional Diploma or Technical Diploma awarded by one of the following institutions, provided that the period of study is no less than two years (full-time) or four years (part-time): Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic.
  • Students taking the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level Examinations:
    Grade D or above in at least three H2 subjects (other than Chinese/Mandarin and English) or Grade D or above in two H2 plus two H1 subjects (other than Chinese/Mandarin and English).
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
South Africa National Senior Certificate with 70% (grade 6) or above in each of the subjects.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
South Korea
  • Completion of General High School Diploma (Ilbankye Kodung Hakkyo) with grade C "mi" (70-79) or above in each of the subjects; or
  • College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) [Suneung]. To be competitive for admission, a score of 300 (75%) or above is normally expected.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Spain
  • Titulo de Bachillerato; and
  • Prueba de Aptitud para Acceso a la Universidad (PAU - University Entrance Exam) with an average of 8.0 on a 10-point scale.
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Sri Lanka For students taking the Sri Lanka Advanced Level Examinations:
Grade D or above in three AL or two AL + two ASL subjects (other than Chinese and English) in Sri Lanka Advanced Level examination.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Taiwan
  • Senior secondary school-leaving certificate (e.g. Senior High School Leaving Certificate) fulfilling the minimum high school graduation requirement; and
  • Obtain the following results in the General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) (學科能力測驗):
  1. English result within the top percentile (頂標); and
  2. Minimum score in at least 3 other subjects (including Chinese) should meet the 'average standard (均標)' or above
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Tajikistan
  • Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education [Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii] with grade 4 or above (5-point scale) in each of the subjects; or
  • Successful completion of one year’s study in a bachelor’s degree programme at a recognized university:
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Thailand Senior Secondary School-leaving Certificate (e.g. Mathayom Suksa 6 - M6) with grade 3 or above (4-point scale) in each subject.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Turkey One of the following with at least grade 4 in each of the subjects:
  • Anadolu Lisesi Diplomasi (Anatolian High School Diploma); or
  • Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School Diploma); or
  • Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (Private High School Diploma); or
  • Fen Lisesi Diplomasi (Science High School Diploma)
Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
United Kingdom
  • For students taking BTEC :
  1. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma; or
  2. BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC); or
  3. BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND).
  • For students taking Cambridge Pre-U Diploma:
  1. Grade P3 (Pass 3) or better in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects or the award of the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma (Not including Chinese and English Language subjects).

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
United States
  • High schools students:

The US High School Graduation Diploma with one of the following:

  1. Fullfillment of the abovementioned requirements on the SAT Reasoning Test; or
  2. An American College Test (ACT) composite score of 24 or above; or
  3. Grade 3 in two Advanced Placement (AP) subjects.
  • Students studying Associate Degree (AD) in the US or in a US university/college operating in Hong Kong:
  1. The US High School Graduation Diploma; and
  2. Successful completion of one year's study on a full-time AD programme at a recognized US university / community college, provided that the duration of the AD programme is at least two years in full-time mode.
  • Students following Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in community colleges:
  1. The US High School Graduation Diploma; and
  2. Successful completion of IGETC with Grade C or above in each of the subjects.
  • Students taking the Araratian Baccalaureate (AB Diploma):
  1. Grade D or above in 3 extended level subjects or 2 extended level subjects plus 2 standard level subjects, not including any language-related subjects (i.e. Amenian, English and Russian languages)

(The same subject will not be counted at both extended and standard level)

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):

Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Vietnam Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate (Bàng Tót Nghiêp Phó Thông Trung Hoc) with an overall average of 6 (out of 10) in the four examination subjects, provided that no subject is less than 5.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements
Country / Region Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Others (e.g. HKDSE / AD / HD)
  • For students with HKDSE results:
  1. Level 3 or above in English Language and Chinese Language; and
  2. Level 2 or above in Mathematics, Liberal Studies and one elective subject*; and
  3. Programme specific requirements, if any.
*Extended Part in Mathematics (M1/M2) will be counted as elective subjects for the purpose of meeting the General Entrance Requirements with effect from 2020/21, but cannot be used as a substitute for the Mathematics Compulsory Part. In case applicants have taken both M1 and M2, only the module with best result will be taken into consideration.
  • For students with Post-secondary Qualifications:
  1. Completion of at least one year full-time study in an Associate Degree, Higher Diploma or undergraduate studies in a recognised post-secondary institution. Applicants should normally possess a good Grade Point Average (GPA) for consideration.
Applicants with qualifications awarded by overseas colleges/institutions/universities may be required to provide a “Report for Qualifications Assessment” issued by HKCAAVQ (i.e. Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications) in order to support their applications.

Recognised English Language Qualification(s):
General English Language Requirements

General English Language Requirements

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

Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements
TOEFL
(MyBestTM Score is not accepted)
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 IB English B (Higher Level) – Grade 4; or
IB English B (Standard Level) – Grade 5; or
IB English A1 or A2 (Higher or Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
English A: Language and Literature (Higher or Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
IB English A: Literature (Higher or Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level) – Grade 4; or
IB 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.

General Chinese Language Requirements

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 in Chinese Language
GCE System Grade E or above in GCE AS-level or A-level Chinese; or
Grade C / Grade 4 or above in GCSE / IGCSE / GCE O-level Chinese
IB Grade 4 in Chinese Language subject
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.

The abovementioned requirements are subject to ongoing review. The University reserves its right to revise the requirements if and when necessary.

Last update: April 2020

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