You must satisfy the following requirements to have your application considered for admission:
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 / |
|Passes in three GCE Advanced Level / International Advanced Level subjects with CCC, not including any language subjects in English / Chinese|
|SAT / Advanced Placement Test|| |
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.
- Cambridge Pre-U
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- European Baccalaureate
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- South Korea
|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|
Prince Edward Island
|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;
(b) Gain the following in HKALE:
(i) Grade D in AS Use of English;
(A) Grade E in two AL subjects; or
(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 six subjects., provided that no subject is less than 60%|
|Iran||Pre-University Certificate / Kunkur, with an overall average of 16 on a 20-point scale|
|Ireland||Irish Leaving Certificate with grade B3 in one approved subject and grade C3 in four other approved subjects at Higher (Honours) Level|
|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|| |
*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:
|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 examinationFor applicants studying at NUS High School of Mathematics and Science in Singapore:
A Distinction in the NUS High School DiplomaFor 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|
For high school applicants:
For applicants studying Associate Degree (AD) in the US or in a US university/college operating in Hong Kong:
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:
|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 |
on a bachelor's
|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);
|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|
A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or 583 in the paper-based test
|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.
< 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.