Admissions

Admissions Requirements

 

Basic Entrance Requirements

 

Applicants must satisfy each of the following 3 basic entrance requirements:

 

General Academic
International Qualifications or National Qualifications (please click for details)

  • If you are a local school applicant, according to an agreement reached between ALL Hong Kong universities and the government, you must have completed at least six years of secondary education when you enter the university.
  • If you are a full-time bachelor's degree programme student 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.

English Language
Students for 2015 must achieve at least ONE of the following to be considered for admission to HKU.  Other proof of English proficiency (for example, GCE A-level English Language) will be considered on individual merit basis.

International examinations:

  • Grade C or better in English Language at GCSE / GCEO
  • Grade C or better in English First Language at IGCSE
  • Grade B or better in English Second Language at IGCSE
  • An overall band of 6.5 or better in Academic IELTS
  • A score of 550 or better in the paper-based TOEFL (213 for computer-based, 80 for internet-based) [Note: TOEFL ITP test is not accepted for satisfying the English Language Requirement]
  • Subscores of 550 or better in Critical Reading and 550 or better in Writing in SAT in the same attempt
  • Grade 4 or better in the Higher Level English Language (B Syllabus); or
    grade 5 or better in the Standard Level English Language (B Syllabus); or
    grade 4 or better in the Higher or Standard Level English Language (A1 or A2 Syllabus); or
    grade 4 or better in the Higher or Standard Level English Language A: Language and Literature; or
    grade 4 or better in the Higher or Standard Level English Language A: Literature; or
    grade 4 or better in the Standard Level English - Text and Performance; or
    grade 4 or better in the Standard Level English - Literature and Performance (A1 syllabus) at International Baccalaureate

Examinations specific to your country of education:

  • Level 3 or better in English Language at HKDSE
  • Grade D or better in AS Use of English at HKALE
  • Level 3 or better in English Language at HKCEE (Grade C or better in English Language (Syllabus B) or Grade A in English Language (Syllabus A) at HKCEE before 2007)
  • Credit or better in English Language at Sri Lanka Ordinary examination
  • Grade C or better in English language at Malaysia SPM examination
  • Grade B4 or better in Malaysia UEC-Senior English Language
  • New Zealand NCEA Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above*, made up of:
        5 credits in reading
        5 credits in writing
    *For the lists of approved subjects and the Level standards that contribute to University Entrance Requirements, please visit the NZQA website at www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea .
  • A score of 90% or better in English at All India Senior School Certificate Examination / Higher School Certificate.
  • A score of 80 or better in English in the Russian Unified State Exam (Единыйгосударственный экзамен, ЕГЭ, Yediniy gosudarstvenniy ekzamen, EGE).
  • A final score of 80% or better in English at Grade 12 Canadian high school curriculum.

Second Language
Students require a qualification in a language other than English, which they can satisfy by the following means.  Other proof of second language proficiency will be considered on individual merit basis.

  • Level 3 or better in Chinese Language at HKDSE
  • Grade E or better in a language other than Chinese Language and English Language at HKDSE
  • Grade E or above in AS Chinese Language and Culture or AL Chinese Literature at HKALE
  • Level 2 or better (Grade E or better before 2007) in Chinese Language at HKCEE
  • Grade E or better in a language other than Chinese Language and English Language at HKCEE
  • Grade E or better in a language other than English at GCSE / IGCSE / GCEO / GCE AS- or A-Level
  • Grade C or better in a language other than English at Singapore GCEO
  • Grade E or better in alanguage other than English at Singapore GCE A-Level
  • Grade 4 or better in a language other than English at International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 600 or better in a language other than English in SAT Subject Test
  • Grade 3 or better in a language other than English in Advanced Placement Test
  • A pass in the home language in one of the national examinations

Programme-specific Entrance Requirements

 

In addition to the basic entrance requirements, some degree programmes will have specific subject requirements: (for reference only)

Programme Code Programme Name International Baccalaureate American Patterned System British Patterned System Others
6004 Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies      

Submission of a portfolio with examples of creative works is preferable.
For details, please refer to
http://fac.arch.hku.hk/arch/baas/admissions/

6028 Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Studies      

Submission of one example of creative works is preferable.
For details, please refer to
http://fac.arch.hku.hk/la/bals/admissions/

6767

Bachelor of Economics

Bachelor of Economics and Finance
      Candidates with IELTS overall score of 6.5 or above with sub-score of 6.0 or above ; or overall score of 93 or above at Internet-based TOEFL with sub-score of 22 or above will be considered with preference

6781

Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance
     

6793

Bachelor of Business Administration (Information Systems)

     

6808

Bachelor of Business Administration (Law) and Bachelor of Laws

     

6884

Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Finance

     

6896

Bachelor of Business Administration (International Business and Global Management)      
6119 Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science

At least one science subject in the following:

 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Use of Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics
 
6963 Bachelor of Engineering

6 or better in:

  1. Mathematics (HL); and
  2. Physics (HL)

AP Calculus BC and
AP Physics B or AP Physics C or
AP Physics 1 or 
AP Physics 2

 

OR

 

SATII Physics and SATII Mathematics
  1. Mathematics (AL) or Further Mathematics (AL); and
  2. Physics (AL)
 
6951 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Science

6 or better in:

  1. Mathematics (HL); and
  2. Physics (HL)

AP Calculus BCand 
AP Physics B or AP Physics C or
AP Physics 1 or 
AP Physics 2

 

OR

 

SATII Physics and SATII Mathematics
  1. Mathematics (AL) or Further Mathematics (AL); and
  2. Physics (AL)
 
6901 Bachelor of Science

At least one science subject in the following:

 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Use of Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics
 
6729 Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science

Mathematics

Mathematics (AL) and Further Mathematics (AL)  
6456* Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery* Chemistry (HL) SAT Chemistry or
AP Chemistry
Chemistry  
6494* Bachelor of Pharmacy* Chemistry (HL) SAT Chemistry or
AP Chemistry
Chemistry  
6468* Bachelor of Nursing*

Preferably Biology or Chemistry or Physics

 
6482# Bachelor of Chinese Medicine#

Preferably Biology or Chemistry or Physics

 
6949 Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Biology / Chemistry

 
6406 Bachelor of Laws Minimum 38 points with 6 or better in each subject, excluding bonus points
  1. Minimum passes in five grade 12 courses with 90% or higher in each subject; and
  2. Minimum grade 4 or higher in each AP subject; and/or Minimum 2250 or higher in SAT
Minimum A*, A*, A in GCE A-Level  

* A good working knowledge of Cantonese is required.
# Good command of written and spoken Chinese (Cantonese and Putonghua) is required.

The programme-specific requirements will be updated from time to time. Stay tuned.

 

What we consider

  • You should have examination scores for admission that are excellent, but we also value non-academic excellence and particularly leadership
  • You should provide your school’s prediction of your grades in which school leaving examination you are taking (e.g. IB, AP, GCE etc), but we may also take into account your earlier school examination record
  • If you have satisfied the University's Entrance Requirements before completion of your secondary school education, you may be considered for admission on an individual merit basis, but only under exceptional circumstances and if you have excellent results
  • We take into account your Personal Statement and referee’s report on you
  • You will need to provide us with evidence of good English language ability
  • We wish to see evidence of a second language ability, but not necessarily Chinese
  • We value all-roundedness