You must satisfy the following requirements to have your application considered for admission:

A. General academic requirement;
B. English language requirement;
C. Second language requirement.

Please note, however, that satisfying the basic university entrance requirements does not guarantee admission, as admission is on a competitive basis. Mature students should refer to Footnote (3). 

If you take the International Baccalaureate Diploma, GCE A-level / International A-Level or SAT / AP, please take note to the minimum requirements as below:

Qualification General Academic Requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 30 points out of 45
GCE A-Level /
International A-Level
Passes in three GCE Advanced Level / International Advanced Level subjects with CCC, not including any language subjects in English / Chinese
SAT Reasoning Test / ACT plus Writing and
SAT Subject Test / Advanced Placement Test

(a)
(i) An overall score of 1800 in the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016);
(ii) An overall score of 1310 in the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test with Essay (from March 2016), and a score of 6 in each of the three dimensions of the Essay (Reading, Analysis and Writing); or
(iii) A composite score of 27 in ACT plus Writing

and

(b)
(i) Grade 3 in each of the three subjects in Advanced Placement Test; or
(ii) A score of 600 in each of the three subjects in SAT Subject Test

(Last updated: November 2016)

Note: Competitive applications should have good scores/grades in each subject. Actual scores/grades for successful applicants will be dependent on the degree programme and the number and quality of applications received that year.

Qualification General Academic Requirements
Australia (a) Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score of 85; or
(b) Universities Admission Index (UAI) score of 85; or
(c) an Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank of 85; or
(d) an Overall Position (OP) Band score between 1 and 8
Austria Reifeprüfung / Matura, with an overall average of 1.5 on a 5-point scale
Bangladesh Completion of Higher Secondary Certificate, with 85% in each of the subjects
Belgium Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs or Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), with an overall average of 8.0 on a 10-point scale
BTEC BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC); or
BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND); or
BTEC National Certificate (NC) / BTEC Level 3 Diploma with an overall grade of MM; or
BTEC National Diploma (ND) / BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with an overall grade of MMM
Bulgaria Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Secondary Education), with an overall average of 5.15 on a 6-point scale
Cambridge Pre-U Grade P3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects (other than English / Mandarin Chinese); or the award of the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
Cameroon Cameroon Baccalauréat, with an overall average of 14 on a 20-point scale
Canada

Alberta
Passes in five acceptable Grade 12 5-credit courses, provided that 80% is achieved in each of these courses

British Columbia
Passes in five acceptable subjects in the Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma (Grade 12 or BC Provincially Examinable Courses), provided that 80% is achieved in the final grade in each of these subjects

Manitoba
High school graduation diploma with five full credits at Grade 12 level (i.e. 40 level) in courses designated S(Specialized), G(General), or U(University-based), provided that 80% is achieved in three out of the five credits which should be S or U courses

New Brunswick
Passes in five acceptable subjects in the High School Graduation Diploma, provided that 80% is achieved in each of these subjects

Newfoundland
Passes in five acceptable subjects in the Grade 12 High School Diploma, provided that 80% is achieved in each of these subjects

Nova Scotia
Passes in five acceptable Grade 12 subjects in Honours University Preparatory Courses or in University Preparatory Courses in the High School Completion Certificate, provided that 80% is achieved in each of these subjects

Ontario
Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), provided that 80% is obtained in six Grade 12 U or M courses

Prince Edward Island
Passes in five acceptable Grade 12 subjects in the High School Graduation Diploma, provided that 80% is achieved in each of these subjects

Quebec
Diploma d-Etudes Collegiales (DEC) (Diploma of Collegial Studies)

Saskatchewan
Passes in five acceptable subjects of Division IV standing (Grade 12), provided that 80% is achieved in each of these subjects

Chile Licencia de Enseñanza Media, with an overall average of 5.5 on a 7-point scale
Croatia Maturatna Svjedodzba, with an overall grade of 4.5 on a 5-point scale
Czech Republic Maturitni Zkouška / Maturita, with an overall average of 1.5 on a 5-point scale
Denmark Studentereksamen (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with an average of 10 (in the Danish 7-grade scale), provided that 2 is achieved in each of the subjects
El Salvador Bachillerato / Bachiller / Bachiller Academico, with an overall average of 8 on a 10-point scale
Estonia Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), with an overall average of 4.5 on a 5-point scale, and Riigieksamid, with an overall average of 80%
European Baccalaureate European Baccalaureate, with an overall average of 85%
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamensbetyg (Certificate of Matriculation) with four subjects, where no individual subject score is below (M) magna cum laude approbatur (very good)
France Pass in Baccalaureate d'Enseignement du Second Degre; or Baccalaureat General; or Option Internationale du Baccalaureate (OIB); with an average of 15 (out of 20), provided that 10 is achieved in each of the subjects
Germany Abitur / Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife with a total score of 11 points (on a 15-point scale) or 2 (on a 6-point scale)
Greece Apolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou / Apolytirion of Geniko Lykeio, with an overall average of 16 on a 20-point scale
Hong Kong

For applicants studying Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD):

One year of successful study on a full-time AD / HD programme, which should be at least two years in duration, in a community college of a UGC-funded institution or Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (HKIVE)

For applicants with Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) and Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) results:

(a) Gain in first and/or second attempt in the HKCEE:

(i) Level 3 in English Language;
(ii) Level 2 in Chinese language; or Grade E in a language other than Chinese and English;
(iii) Grade E in Mathematics; and
(iv) Grade E in four other subjects;

provided that achievements in any six of the subjects listed above are obtained at one and the same time; and

(b) Gain the following in HKALE:

(i) Grade D in AS Use of English;
(ii) Grade E in AS Chinese Language & Culture; and
(iii)

(A) Grade E in two AL subjects; or
(B) Grade E in one AL subject, and in two AS subjects other than Use of English and Chinese Language & Culture; or
(C) Grade E in four AS subjects other than Use of English and Chinese Language & Culture

Notes:
(1) “Advanced Level” is referred to as “AL”, and “Advanced Supplementary Level” as “AS”.
(2) Grade E in English Language (Syllabus B) or Grade C in English Language (Syllbabus A) taken before 2007 is acceptable for this purpose.  Candidates with Level 2 in English Language but Grade C or above in AS Use of English will also be considered.
(3) Grade E in Chinese Language taken before 2007 is acceptable for this purpose.
(4) All subjects offered at HKCEE (other than English Language, Chinese Language and Mathematics) are acceptable for this purpose.
(5) A candidate who obtains Grade E in AL Chinese Literature may be exempted from this requirement, provided that he/she obtains Grade E in an AS subject other than Use of English and in addition to those required in satisfying requirement (b)(iii)(B) and (b)(iii)(C).
(6) A candidate who satisfies the requirement in (a)(ii) with a language other than Chinese Language may be exempted from this requirement, provided that he/she obtains Grade E in an AS subject other than Use of English and in addition to those required in satisfying requirement (b)(iii)(B) and (b)(iii)(C).
Hungary Erettsegi / Matura, with an overall average of 85%
Iceland Stúdentspróf (Matriculation Examination), with an overall average of 8 on a 10-point scale
India Completion of a senior secondary school leaving certificate at Grade 12 level, e.g. All India Senior School Certificate Examination / Indian School Certificate Examination / Higher School Certificate, with 85% in each of the three elective subjects
Indonesia

Completion of SMA Ujian Nasional with an overall average of 85% in the four subjects, provided that no subject is less than 60%

(Last updated: March 2017)

Iran Pre-University Certificate / Kunkur, with an overall average of 16 on a 20-point scale
Ireland

Irish Leaving Certificate with grade H3 in one approved subject and grade H4 in four other approved subjects at Higher (Honours) Level

(Last updated: October 2017)

Israel Bagrut, with an overall average of 8 on a 10-point scale
Italy Diploma di esame di Stato (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate), with an overall average of 87 on a 100-point scale
Japan Completion of Senior secondary school-leaving certificate (e.g. Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate), with 80 (or its equivalent) in each of the subjects
Kazakhstan Up to 2016
Completion of Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat / Svidetel’ stvo o Srednem Obrazovanil) with grade 4 in each of the subjects.

From 2017 onwards
HKU will set its minimum entrance requirements for students from Kazakhstan following the national curriculum after the announcement of the university entrance examinations scoring system(s). In the meantime, you may apply with predictions of your final school internal examinations only, the average of which would be expected to be between 4 and 5.
Liechtenstein Matura (Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination), with an overall average of 5 on a 6-point scale
Lithuania Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate), with an overall average of 8 on a 10-point scale for school subjects, and an overall average of 85% for state examinations
Luxembourg Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires, with an overall average of 48 on a 60-point scale
Macau To satisfy the international examinations requirements (Please refer to the minimum requirements of international qualifications such as GCE A-Level / International A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate Diploma, SAT / Advanced Placement, etc.)
Malaysia Grade D in three STPM subjects (other than Chinese); or
Grade B6 in six subjects in the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools System Unified Examination Certificate (UEC-Senior)
Mauritius Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate, with Grade B in three A-Level subjects
Mexico Bachillerato, with an overall average of 8 on a 10-point scale
Moldova Diplomã de Bacalaureat, with an overall average of 8 on a 10-point scale
Nepal Completion of School Leaving Certificate, with 90% in each of the subjects
Netherlands Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) with a grade of 7 in individual subjects
New Zealand
  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects - at Level 3, made up of:
    • 14 credits each, in three approved subjects*
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above*, made up of:
    • Achievement standards - specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
    • Unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 - all three required)

*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.

Norway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) with grade 4 (out of 6) in each of the subjects
Oman Thanawiya Amma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), with 90% in each of the subjects
Pakistan Completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate, with 85% in each of the six subjects
Philippines To satisfy the international examinations requirements. (Please refer to the minimum requirements of international qualifications such as GCE A-Level / International A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate Diploma, SAT / Advanced Placement, etc.)
Poland Matura, with three subjects at extended level and an overall average of 80%
Portugal Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários, with an overall average of 17 on a 20-point scale
Romania Diploma de Bacalaureat, with an overall average of 8.3 on a 10-point scale
Russia For applicants following the Russian state school system:

A total EGE score of 240 for Mathematics plus two other unspecified subjects other than Russian in the Unified State Exam (Единый государственный экзамен, ЕГЭ, Yediniy gosudarstvenniy ekzamen, EGE). Applicants' other qualifications, awards and previous school performance will also be considered.

For applicants studying at a Russian federal university:
A year's successful study in a Russian federal university or equivalent

Scotland Scottish Certificate of Education with grade B in one approved subject and grade C in four other approved subjects at the Higher Level.
Singapore For applicants following the Singapore GCE A-Level curriculum:

Passes in three subjects at H2 level in Singapore GCE A-Level examination

For applicants studying at NUS High School of Mathematics and Science in Singapore:

A Distinction in the NUS High School Diploma

For applicants studying at Polytechnics in Singapore:

Diploma, Professional Diploma or Technical Diploma awarded by one of the following institutions, provided that the period of study extends over not less than two years full-time or four years part-time: Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic

Slovakia Vysvedčenie o Maturitnej Skúške / Maturita, with an overall average of 1.5 on a 5-point scale
Slovenia Spričevalo o splošni maturi / Matura, with an overall average of 4.5 on a 5-point scale
South Africa Completion of National Senior Certificate, with 70% (Grade 6) in each of the subjects
South Korea Completion of General High School Diploma (llbankye Kodung Hakkyo), with a grade of “mi” in each of the subjects
Spain Titulo de Bachiller and Prueba de Aptitud para Acceso a la Universidad (PAU), with an overall average of 8.5 on a 10-point scale in both
Sweden Avgangsbetyg, with a grade of VG (very good) in each of the subjects
Switzerland Maturitätszeugnis (Certificat De Maturité / Baccalauréat / Attestato Di Maturità / Eidgenössisch Anerkanntes Kantonales Maturitätszeugnis / Certificat De Maturité Cantonal Reconnu Par La Confédération / Attestato Di Maturità Cantonale Riconosciuto Dalla Confederazione / Cantonal Maturity Certificate), with an overall average of 5 on a 6-point scale
Taiwan General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) with a total score of 65
Thailand Completion of Mathayom Suksa (M6), with grade 3 in all of the subjects
Tunisia Baccalauréat, with an overall average of 14 on a 20-point scale
Turkey Anadolu Lisesi / Devlet Lise Diplomasi / Lise Bitirme Diplomasi, with an overall average of 4 on a 5-point scale
UAE Tawjihiyya (Secondary Education Certificate) with 90% in each of the subjects
US

For high school applicants:
Please refer to the requirements on the SAT / Advanced Placement Test listed in the section above.

For applicants studying Associate Degree (AD) in the US or in a US university/college operating in Hong Kong:
(a) The US High School Graduation Diploma;
(b) At least 12 years of pre-university schooling on a full-time basis; and
(c) Successful completion of one year's study on a full-time AD programme at a recognized US university/community college, provided that the AD programme is at least two years in duration.

Applicants who do not fulfill the requirements above must have obtained the AD in order to be eligible for admission.

For applicants following Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in community colleges:
(a) The US High School Graduation Diploma;
(b) At least 12 years of pre-university schooling on a full-time basis; and
(c) Successful completion of IGETC with Grade C in each of the subjects.

Vietnam Bàng Tót Nghiêp Phó Thông Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) with an overall average of 8 (out of 10) in the four examination subjects, provided that no subject is less than 6.5
For applicants
currently studying
for a bachelor's
degree
Successful completion of one year's study on a full-time bachelor's degree programme at a recognized university

If you are unable to find your country of study or qualification from the list, your academic results will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

You must achieve at least ONE of the following to be considered for admission to HKU.  

Qualification General Academic Requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma

(a) Grade 4 in HL English Language (B Syllabus);
(b) Grade 5 in SL English Language (B Syllabus);
(c) Grade 4 in HL / SL English Language (A1 or A2 Syllabus);
(d) Grade 4 in HL / SL English Language A: Language and Literature
(e) Grade 4 in HL / SL English Language A: Literature;
(f) Grade 4 in SL English – Text and Performance; or
(g) Grade 4 in SL English – Literature and Performance (A1 syllabus)

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

GCSE / GCEO (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
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)
IELTS An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module
TOEFL

A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or 583 in the paper-based test

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

Qualification General Academic Requirements
Canada A final score of 80% in English at Grade 12 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 All India Senior 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 Grade C in H1 General Paper in Singapore GCE A-Level
Sri Lanka Credit in English Language in Sri Lankan Ordinary Level examination

Other proof of English proficiency (for example, GCE A-Level English Language) will be considered on individual merit basis.

You require a qualification in a language other than English to be considered for admission to HKU.

Country / Qualification Minimum requirements
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
GCSE / IGCSE / GCEO / GCE AS-level / GCE A-level Grade E in a language other than English
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
International Baccalaureate Diploma Grade 4 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
Other National Examinations A pass in the home language in one of the national examinations

Other proof of second language proficiency will be considered on an individual basis.

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< Note >

(1) Applicants from a local school must have completed a six-year secondary education at the time when they enter the University, according to an agreement reached between the Government and all universities in Hong Kong.

(2) If you are a student from a local tertiary institution currently reading a full-time bachelor's degree programme funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), please note 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.

(3) Applicants who have reached 25 years of age on or before September 1 of the year in which admission is sought shall be deemed to have satisfied the University entrance requirements.  Please note, however, that satisfying the minimum University entrance requirements does not guarantee admission as admission is on competitive basis.  Mature applicants have to present supporting documents on their academic/non-academic qualifications, working experience and other relevant information for consideration by the University.