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Application for admission in September 2014 has been closed.  Updated information for entry in September 2015 will be available in late September this year.


If you are a local candidate who is applying for admission to the University of Hong Kong on the strength of qualifications other than Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), we very much welcome your application to HKU through the Non-JUPAS Admissions Scheme. "Local candidate" means that you DO NOT require a student visa to study in Hong Kong.  So, for example, you may be studying:

  • overseas;
  • at an international school or at a local school in Hong Kong but you are taking a non-local (e.g. International Baccalaureate Diploma or GCE A-level) examination either through your school or as a private candidate.  According to an agreement reached between ALL Hong Kong universities and the government, if you are a local school applicant, you must have completed at least six years of secondary education when you enter the university;
  • on a sub-degree (i.e. Associate Degree or Higher Diploma) programme at a Community College of a UGC-funded institution or at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (HKIVE); (Graduates or final year sub-degree students who expect to obtain such a qualification by August 2014 can also apply via the Direct Admissions Scheme (DAS) to Senior Year Places. Please click here for details.)
  • a full-time bachelor's degree programme in a local tertiary institution funded by the UGC.  Please note however that following UGC's guidelines, inter-institutional transfer, irrespective of whether there is a change of programme or discipline, is generally discouraged, unless there are exceptional circumstances and the following conditions are met:
    • you have successfully completed one year of study on a bachelor's degree programme with excellent academic results; and
    • your application for inter-institutional transfer has been specially approved by the University on the basis of over-enrolment.

There are no fixed quotas for non-JUPAS applicants and the University takes in many of its students from thousands of applicants who apply through this route each year.  In our consideration of applications for admission you will be assessed according to your qualifications, achievements and the number of years of study at school.

Closing date for applications for admission in September 2014:

December 30, 2013

You will receive a decision on your application in or after February 2014. If you receive an offer of admission to HKU, you are required to pay a deposit of HK$10,000 upon acceptance of this offer.

Fast-track Admissions

Similar to many international universities, HKU operates a Fast-Track admissions scheme, whereby if you have especially good academic results and / or other achievements, you may be offered a place at the University before other applicants are considered.  If you have particularly impressive results or regard HKU as your first choice, you would be advised to apply via Fast-Track. The deadline for Fast-Track admissions is November 15, 2013.

You must provide proper and complete documentation of your education and qualifications.  Otherwise, your application can only be considered according to the normal schedule.

Under Fast-Track, it is intended that offers will be made around January 2014.  If you wish to accept any offer of a place under Fast-Track admissions, you will have two weeks to consider the offer and you will be required to pay a deposit of HK$10,000 to confirm your place.

If you are not selected or shortlisted during fast-track admissions, your application will be considered further in the main round exercise. You will not be disadvantaged by not having been made an offer under fast-track.  You may wish to note, however, that the criteria on which your application will be assessed may be somewhat different.  Those who are offered a place in fast-track admissions will be assessed more on their current school academic performance, etc.  Those who are considered at a later stage are required to submit their examination results at the end of  the school year and offers of admission may be based on those results and other factors.