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.
Now Accepting Online Applications
We are pleased to invite you to submit your application for 2023 intake to study at HKU from 12 noon (HKT) on 22 September 2022 to 12 noon on 16 November, 2022, after which first-round evaluations will begin. From November 2022 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 March 2023, 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.
An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module (within 2 years after the test date)
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)
Passing the TOEFL ITP/ TOEFL ITP Plus does not satisfy the English language requirement
(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)
“Higher Level” is referred to as “HL”, and “Standard Level” as “SL”
(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)
Grade C or better in English Language or English Literature at GCE/International AS/AL
Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English;
Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
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)
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.
A score of 64 in the Pearson Test of English Assessment (Academic)
Completion of year 1 study in a university or comparable institution where the language of teaching and/or examination is English
(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
A final score of 80% in English at Grade 12 level in the Canadian high school curriculum
Level 3 in English Language
Grade D in AS Use of English
Level 3 in English Language; or
Grade C in English Language (Syllabus B) or
Grade A in English Language (Syllabus A) before 2007
90% in English at Grade 12 level in All India Senior School Certificate Examination / Indian School Certificate Examination / Higher School Certificate
Grade C in English Language in SPM; or
Grade B4 in Senior English Language in UEC-Senior
10 credits at Level 2*, made up of:
5 credits in reading
5 credits in writing
A score of 80 in English in Russian Unified State Exam (Единыйгосударственный экзамен, ЕГЭ, Yediniy gosudarstvenniy ekzamen, EGE)
(a) Grade C in H1 General Paper in Singapore GCE A-level; or
(b) Grade C or above in English Literature and Knowledge Inquiry
Credit in English Language in Sri Lankan Ordinary Level examination
Grade 4 in a language other than English
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)
Grade E in a language other than English
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
A score of 180 at HSK Level 3 or above
Level 3 in Chinese Language; or
Grade E in a language subject under Category C
Grade E in AS Chinese Language and Culture or AL Chinese Literature
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
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
A pass in the home language in one of the national examinations
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:
*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.