Admissions

Eligibility

Local Candidates

If you are a local candidate who is applying for admissions on the strength of qualifications other than the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), you should apply through the Non-JUPAS Admissions Scheme. “Local candidate” means that you DO NOT require a student visa/entry permit to study in Hong Kong. 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);
  • 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.
Non-local Candidates

If you are a non-local candidate, you should also apply through the Non-JUPAS Admissions Scheme. The Faculty accepts applications from eligible non-local students. Competition for places is keen among local students, so non-local candidates must be exceptionally well qualified to gain admissions.

 

All applicants for the MBBS, BPharm, BNurs, and BChinMed programmes, both local and non-local, are required to have a good working knowledge of English and Cantonese.

 

 


Interviews & Offers

Non-JUPAS candidates may be shortlisted on the basis of individual merits as shown by their academic record and other non-academic achievements for interview. The interviews are designed to assess your suitability for the programmes, including your motivation, attitude, leadership and general social awareness. Interviews will usually be conducted during the Christmas and Easter Holidays and/or in June/July/August.

 

After the interview, offers of admission will be made to candidates who have already satisfied the entrance requirements. Based on the interview performance and the academic results available, conditional offers may also be extended to some non-JUPAS candidates who have entered for an examination or examinations with a view to satisfying the entrance requirements by August. The offers are conditional upon their obtaining of the necessary examination results for submission to the University.


Important Dates

4 Oct 2021
Applications open

Now Accepting Online Applications

We are pleased to invite you to submit your application for 2022 intake to study at HKU from 4 October 2021 to 12 noon (HKT) on 17 November, 2021, after which first-round evaluations will begin. From November 2021 onward, you may be invited to attend an interview. Successful applicants will receive an offer via our Application System for Undergraduate Programmes. The majority of offers will likely be issued from December 2021 onward.

*To ensure the stability of the application system, please note that regular upgrade and maintenance will be performed every Wednesday at 10:00am (Hong Kong Time) with a down time between 10:00am to 1:00pm. Please avoid editing or submitting your application during the maintenance period.

Important Information

Application Guide

Apply now

By 17 Nov 2021 noon
Submit your application for first-round evaluation

Applications received by noon (HKT) on this date will be evaluated and shortlisted for first-round evaluation.

Shortlisted students may be invited for interviews between November and January.

From 17 Nov 2021
Submit applications to be evaluated on a rolling basis

Applications received after noon (HKT) on this date will be considered on a rolling basis. Interviews will be extended on a case-by-case basis.

By 1 Dec 2021
Submit supporting documents for first-round evaluation (counsellors and referees)

Please submit any reference and supporting documents for first-round evaluation by this date. The counsellors portal will remain open after this date for submissions. Counsellors are advised to submit any predicted or preliminary results or references within one week of receiving an invitation.

From 6 Dec 2021
First-round results announced

If you receive an offer of admission – congratulations! You will be required to indicate your acceptance within three to four weeks. You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit.

Please note

Non-local students should allow at least four to six weeks for an assessment and eight to ten weeks for a visa application upon receiving an offer. Our advice is to apply for a visa as soon as you have received a firm or conditional offer.

If you have not received an offer by 31 January 2022, you may assume your application has been waitlisted for evaluation during the next round. You may continue to submit any additional results in support of your application for evaluation.

Language Requirement

English Language Requirement
Qualification / Country
English Language Requirement
IELTS

An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module (within 2 years after the test date)

TOEFL

A score of 93 or better in the TOEFL internet-based test/ TOEFL iBT Home Edition, or 583 in the TOEFL paper-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test (October 2017 onwards) (within 2 years after the test date)

Note:
Passing the TOEFL ITP/ TOEFL ITP Plus does not satisfy the English language requirement

International Baccalaureate Diploma

(a) Grade 4 in HL/SL English Language A: Language and Literature;

(b) Grade 4 in HL/SL English Language A: Literature;

(c) Grade 4 in SL English – Text and Performance;

(d) Grade 4 in SL English – Literature and Performance (A1 syllabus)

(e) Grade 4 in HL English Language (B Syllabus);

(f) Grade 5 in SL English Language (B Syllabus); or

(g) Grade 4 in HL/SL English Language (A1 or A2 Syllabus)

Note:
“Higher Level” is referred to as “HL”, and “Standard Level” as “SL”

GCSE / GCEO / IGCSE

(a) Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;

(b) Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or

(c) Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE

(For GCSE/IGCSE which uses the new 9-1 grading system, Grade 5 will be taken as equivalent to Grade B and Grade 4 will be taken as equivalent to Grade C, for the purpose of satisfying (a), (b) or (c) above)

GCE/International AS-level / GCE/International A-level

Grade C or better in English Language or English Literature at GCE/International AS/AL

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English;
or
Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

SAT Reasoning Test

Sub-scores of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing in the same attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016); or Test scores of 31 in Writing and Language and 30 in Reading in the same attempt of the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test (from March 2016)

(Last updated: November 2016)

Duolingo English Test

Special consideration may be granted to students who, due to different reasons, have difficulty accessing other English tests to provide proof of English Language Proficiency.

Students may refer to the comparable scores here.

Pearson Test of English Assessment (PTE A)

A score of 64 in the Pearson Test of English Assessment (Academic)

Post-secondary studies in English

Completion of year 1 study in a university or comparable institution where the language of teaching and/or examination is English

Australia

(a) Band 2 or above in a 2-units English course in Australian Higher School Certificate;

(b) SA or above in a 4-credits English subject in Queensland Certificate of Education;

(c) C or above in a 20-credits Stage 2 English course in South Australian Certificate of Education;

(d) 30 or above in a 3- or 4-units English course in Victorian Certificate of Education; or

(e) C or above in a Year 12 English course in Western Australian Certificate of Education

Canada

A final score of 80% in English at Grade 12 level in the Canadian high school curriculum

HKDSE

Level 3 in English Language

HKALE

Grade D in AS Use of English

HKCEE

Level 3 in English Language; or
Grade C in English Language (Syllabus B) or
Grade A in English Language (Syllabus A) before 2007

India

90% in English at Grade 12 level in All India Senior School Certificate Examination / Indian School Certificate Examination /  Higher School Certificate

Malaysia

Grade C in English Language in SPM; or
Grade B4 in Senior English Language in UEC-Senior

New Zealand

NCEA Literacy
10 credits at Level 2*, made up of:
5 credits in reading
5 credits in writing

*For lists of approved subjects and the levels required for the University Entrance Requirements, please visit the NZQA website

Russia

A score of 80 in English in Russian Unified State Exam (Единыйгосударственный экзамен, ЕГЭ, Yediniy gosudarstvenniy ekzamen, EGE)

Singapore

(a) Grade C in H1 General Paper in Singapore GCE A-level; or
(b) Grade C or above in English Literature and Knowledge Inquiry

Sri Lanka

Credit in English Language in Sri Lankan Ordinary Level examination

Second Language Requirement
Qualification / Country
Second Language Requirement
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Grade 4 in a language other than English

GCSE / GCEO / IGCSE

Grade E in a language other than English

(For GCSE/IGCSE which uses the new 9-1 grading system, Grade 5 will be taken as equivalent to Grade B and Grade 4 will be taken as equivalent to Grade C, for the purpose of satisfying the above)

GCE/International AS-level / GCE/International A-level

Grade E in a language other than English

SAT / Advanced Placement

A score of 600 in a language other than English in the SAT Subject Test; or
Grade 3 in a language other than English in the Advanced Placement Test

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

A score of 180 at HSK Level 3 or above

HKDSE

Level 3 in Chinese Language; or
Grade E in a language subject under Category C

HKALE

Grade E in AS Chinese Language and Culture or AL Chinese Literature

HKCEE

Level 2 in Chinese Language;
Grade E in Chinese Language before 2007; or
Grade E in a language other than Chinese Language or English Language

Singapore

Grade C in a language other than English at Singapore GCE O-level; or
Grade E in a language other than English at Singapore GCE A-level

Other National Examinations

A pass in the home language in one of the national examinations

Waiver Application

Students who are unable to produce certification proving proficiency in a language other than English should upload the following documentation in support of your application for consideration of a waiver.

– an explanation of no more than 500-words explaining your situation and grounds for not being able to produce the requisite proof of language proficiency

– one reference letter by your school supporting your application and providing background on your proficiency in a language other than English

These documents may be uploaded onto the application system under “Other Documents”. Please label these documents in the following format:

“AppNo_FirstName_LastName_2ndLanguageWaiver_Write-up” and
“AppNo_FirstName_LastName_2ndLanguageWaiver_Reference”

*Consideration for waivers will take place at the times of evaluation and students whose waivers are not granted may still be required to provide proof of proficiency of the qualifications listed above.