If you do not wish to follow a full degree study programme, you may consider applying for admission as a visiting student to attend courses for one semester or one year of study in a degree, diploma or other University curriculum, or to undertake postgraduate research studies or such other studies as may be prescribed by the Head of the Department concerned. Or, if you are looking for a place for a study abroad programme but there is no formal exchange agreement between the two universities, you could consider applying as a visiting student to HKU. We very much welcome your applications from outside Hong Kong.
To qualify for admission as a visiting student, an applicant should have the educational standards in the English language and in the subjects of his or her choice which are considered adequate by the Head of the Department concerned. The University is unlikely to have sufficient places for all those applying for admission as visiting students and will therefore select those most likely to benefit by studies at the University.
For general information of the courses on offer, please refer to the Degree Regulations and Course Descriptions. You could further consult the offering faculty to find out whether the courses of your choice would be available in a specific semester. Visiting students may be admitted to read the Diploma/Certificate course in Chinese Language offered by the School of Chinese in the Faculty of Arts if they do not intend to attend these courses for the full duration.
Before making the application, please read the "Notes for Visiting Students".
The closing dates for applications for admission as a visiting student to follow courses of study in a Bachelor's, taught Master's, or other coursework curriculum are normally:
- for admission in the first semester in September: May 31 of the same year;
- for admission in the second semester in January: October 31 of the preceding year.
Early application (before March 1 for first semester admission and August 1 for second semester admission) to the Faculty of Law is strongly advised as places on law courses are limited.
The closing date for applications to undertake postgraduate research studies or such other duties as may be prescribed by the Head of the Department concerned is two months before the intended date of registration.
Application form for admission may be obtained from the Academic Services Office or downloaded here.