What is HKU known for?
Although ranking is not the most important factor, we are still proud to be considered 26th in the world by QS in their 2018 university ranking.  That tells us that we are doing something right in how we nurture our students!

HKU is a comprehensive university with 10 faculties and 34 undergraduate programmes that ranges from professional degrees such as architecture, law, dentistry, education, engineering, and medicine, to more general degrees like arts and humanities, business administration, science, and social sciences. 

Our most competitive programmes include the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, the Bachelor of Business Administration (International Business Global Management), the Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and the various degrees involving the Bachelor of Laws.

However, you should also note that our other faculties are also partnering with premiere institutions to offer world-class programme that are equally competitive in an international level.  These include a Dual Degree with Sciences Po for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Social Sciences students; a Dual Degree with UCL for Bachelor of Laws students; a 4+1 degree with the Geneva Institute for Bachelor of Social Sciences Student; and most recently, a 2+3 programme with the University of Cambridge for Bachelor of Engineering students.

What can I study at HKU?
Almost anything you can dream of!

We offer 34 undergraduate programmes across 10 different faculties. 

While for some professional degree programmes like the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, the Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and the Bachelor of Architecture you will need to dedicate a majority of your study hours onto the one discipline, most of our programmes a HKU allow students to take different major-and-minor combination.  At HKU, you may – are even encouraged to –  pursue cross-disciplinary majors and minors such as Marketing (Faculty of Business and Economics) and Psychology (Faculty of Social Sciences) or Global Creative Industries (Faculty of Arts) and Biological Sciences (Faculty of Science).

Check out our Programme Information to learn more about each individual programmes offered at HKU.

How many international students are studying at HKU?
We have over 9,000 international students (excluding the exchange students) studying at HKU. To find out more, read our Global Admission Profile

What is the teaching language of HKU?
The University’s medium of instruction is English which means written work and examinations are normally completed in English.  The only exceptions are foreign language courses and courses in which Chinese language must be used as a means of communication, e.g. courses in Chinese Medicine / courses offered by the School of Chinese. However, some of the programme may require some knowledge of Cantonese, such as Medicine programme. Please check the Programme Specific Requirement for more information.

When should I apply to HKU?
You should launch your application to HKU in the fall prior to your intended start at HKU.  The deadline for application for our 2018 intake is November 16, 2017 at noon HK Time. 

For example, if you intend to enroll at HKU in September 2018, you should be submitting an application in the fall of 2017.

Please note that there is only one intake at HKU in September.

Are there any other intakes apart from the one in September?
There is only one intake of undergraduates each year, in September.

Can I visit your university?
You are welcome to join our bi-weekly Campus Tour. Our Student Ambassadors will guide you around HKU's campus, while our Student Admission Counsellors will address any queries about HKU admissions. Please register here.

What is your application deadline?
The application deadline for our 2018 intake is November 16, 2017 at noon HK Time.

Our system for application will remain open until July 15, 2018; however, all applications submitted past the application deadline will be considered late application and will only be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to availability in the programme.

What are the requirements to get into HKU?
HKU will consider your academic and non-academic achievement in evaluation your application.

You can apply to the University based on your performance in an international examination (IB Diploma, GCE A Level, SAT / ACT / AP, etc) or a national examination (Indian Board Examinations, ATAR, Canadian provincial examinations, etc).  You will also need to provide proof of proficiency in English and a second language.  All the recognized examinations are listed here.

Some programmes may have additional requirements placed on their applicants.  You are encouraged to review them for your programme choices here.

What is your second language requirement?  Do I need Chinese?
Applicants to HKU are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.  Chinese is not compulsory as the medium of instruction at HKU is English.  You may refer to Section C of our University Entrance Requirements on ways to meet this requirement. 

If you find yourself unable to provide the required examination result to meet this requirement, you may upload evidence of your proficiency in a second language (eg: school transcript) and state so clearly on your application in seeking a waiver to this requirement.

Where should I submit my application?
All application to HKU is submitted online.  You may apply through our online application system here:

Do I need Chinese to study at HKU?
Chinese is not a must for the admission. However, some programmes may require knowledge of Cantonese or Chinese language. Please visit the website for details.

What is the support like at HKU?
The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) is the first contact for international students. They provides a range of services including visa and immigration formalities; Housing; Orientation and cultural adjustment; Counselling and Careers information to students. To find out more, please visit their website.

How much is the tuition fee?
The tuition Fee for local and non-local students are different. The annual composition fee for local students admitted in the academic year 2017-2018 is HK$42,100 and that for 2018-2019 has yet to be confirmed pending the Government's advice but we do not expect it to differ significantly from the current fee. The fee for non-local students admitted in 2018-2019 is HK$161,000.

How much does the accommodation cost?
The lodging fee for the University’s residential halls and colleges range from $14,000 -$28,000 p.a.

What is the estimated living cost per year?
The estimated living cost (exclude accommodation) per year is HK$40,000

How can I apply for a scholarship?
You are not required to submit a separate application for an entrance scholarship. You will be considered for the eligibility for an entrance scholarship automatically with your admissions application and the result will be announced at the same time as your offer of admission.

After you are admitted to the University, you may apply for other HKU scholarships.  You may be awarded a merit-based scholarship based on your work in HKU.  If you go on exchange study, you may also be awarded a scholarship that helps cover travel and other costs.

Can I visit HKU and ask more questions in person?
You are welcome to join our bi-weekly Campus Tour. Our Student Ambassadors will guide you around HKU's campus, while our Student Admission Counsellors will address any queries about HKU admissions. Please register here.

How should I start with the application?
We have prepared a short video and an application guideline to guide you through the application with tips that you should know!

While applying, the error message “Your application account has expired” appeared. What should I do?
Please note that an application account without application submission is only valid for 30 days.
If your account has expired before the application deadline, please register for another account with a new email address. If you have created a new account, please remember the new email address and user name for future log-in.

What should I do if I've forgotten my password?
If you have forgotten your password, please provide your personal particulars and a new password here. If the personal data matches our records, your password will be reset immediately

I cannot log in to my application account after submitting my application. How can I log in again?
Please make sure that you are using the same e-mail address and password to log into the application account as you used to submit your online application.

If a blank page or the error code “Null” is returned by the system when you try to log in, the error might be in the browser settings. Please try to log in using another browser, such as Firefox or Google Chrome, or another computer. You can also follow the instructions to install an up-to-date patch for IE at http://www.microsoft.com/update if the problem persists,

please e-mail us at admissions@hku.hk with a screenshot of the error message.

When can I apply for admissions and what is the deadline for applications?
The applications via the International / Non-JUPAS Admissions Scheme normally opens in mid/late September each year. Application for admissions in 2018 is now open.
The deadline is November 16, 2017(12:00 noon Hong Kong time).

Do you accept late application?
Yes, late applications are considered on a rolling basis. Please note, however, Only students who have submitted an application by the Main Round application deadline will be considered for interviews between December 2017 to January 2018. Interviews for late applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. Separate email invitation to interview will be sent to shortlisted students.

Can I submit more than 1 application via same admissions scheme or across different admission schemes?
No, you can submit only one application through any one of the schemes in a single academic year.
Duplicate applications received by the University through the same or different admissions scheme(s) and/or system(s) will not be considered and all application fees paid are non-refundable.

What is your second language requirement?  Do I need Chinese?
Applicants to HKU are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.  Chinese is not compulsory as the medium of instruction at HKU is English.  You may refer to Section C of our University Entrance Requirements on ways to meet this requirement. 

What documents should I submit together with the completed application form?
You should upload the documents of the following categories with your completed application form:
- Personal identification
- Education and qualification proof
- Reference (preferred)
- Resume / Curriculum Vitae (optional)

Please click here for details of the documents that need to be submitted under each category.

What document format and size do you accept?
Please make sure your file size does not exceed 10MB. We accept file(s) in doc, docx, gif, jpg, pdf, ppt or xls format.

Can I remove the files that have already been uploaded to the Online Application System?
Uploaded files could not be removed from the system. You may arrange to upload revised file(s) with a remark to supersede the earlier file(s). Please note, however, that the faculties concerned can view all your uploaded file(s).

Can I retrieve or download submitted supporting documents via the Online Application System?
No, please keep your own archive of the uploaded documents.

If I have more than one diploma / public examination results, should I submit all of them to HKU?
You are encouraged to provide your full academic background to the University for evaluation purposes.  However, you are advised to ensure you have met the University’s requirements fully with one of your credentials.  Additional examinations are not required, but will be considered as additional information in support of your application if submitted.

Can I apply if my examination results have not been released before the deadline for application?
You can apply to the University based on interim / predicted / anticipated results as long as you will have met the University’s requirement by August 2018.  For results that are still pending, you should list them clearly on your application form and let us know when the results will become available.  You should also ensure the results are sent to the University as soon as they become available.

Anytime you have updated information on your examinations, you may log into your application account and update the University accordingly by uploading your updated results.

If your school does not release your predicted / anticipated results to you, please arrange for your counsellor to be in touch via counsellors@hku.hk for arrangement.

In your application, please fill out the information of the examination that you are going to take and mark “pending” for the results. Please remember to upload your results to the online application system once they are available for the University’s consideration.

How many programme choice do I have? Will my application for all programme choices be considered at the same time or one by one according to my preference?
Your application will be considered by all faculties of your programme choices at the same time. However, some faculties prefer applicants who put their programmes as the first choice. Please refer to the programme specific requirements of your desired programmes for details.

What are the ACT, TOEFL, SAT and AP codes of The University of Hong Kong?
The ACT code for the University of Hong Kong is 7838.

The TOFEL, SAT and AP codes are 9671.

How should I prepare the personal statement? Do I need to write for each programme choice?

Please indicate your reasons for applying to the University, the chosen curricula, extra-curricular activities, etc. in the space provided.

You will only be able to submit one personal statement with a 6000-character limit.  This personal statement should be authentic and inform the university admissions committee your fit with the programme(s) to which you are submitting an application.

What is reference letter? Do you have any sample?
Reference letter is a referee's report or reference letter completed by your school principal, teacher, or by an academic referee (Sample of a referee's report: Word format / pdf format)

For confidential reference, the letter should be submitted to the University directly, please arrange for your school or your references to get in touch via counsellors@hku.hk for arrangement. Your full name, application number, date of birth and first choice of curriculum should be specified on the reference for identification purpose.

My referee has prepared a reference letter for me. Can I submit the reference letter instead of the standard HKU referee's report?
Yes, a reference letter is acceptable. The standard HKU referee's report is a template only. You can also submit more than one reference letter or referee's report.

What should I do if I cannot obtain a reference letter or referee's report?
Although it is much preferred if you can submit a reference letter or referee’s report, it is not mandatory.

Do you accept reference is in other languages?
You are advised to submit references written in English as far as possible, as some of our admission tutors may not be able to read Chinese or other languages.  If you have genuine difficulty in doing so, please note that documents which are not in English should be accompanied by an official translation in English.

How can I tell if my online application has been successfully submitted to the University?
After successfully paying your application fee online, you will see a final report with an application number and receive a confirmation e-mail acknowledging the receipt of your application. Please keep the confirmation e-mail and save a copy of the final report for your records.

If your online application submission is not successful, please log in to your online application account and submit again.

I have made some mistakes on my application, what can I do to change the information?
The application form you have submitted is considered final. You can update your correspondence address, home telephone number, mobile phone number and fax number by logging into your application account.

If you wish to make other amendments to your application, please send the updates to admissions@hku.hk so that we can attach it to your application as additional information.

Can I change my choice of curriculum after I have submitted an application?
No, the request for a change of choice of curriculum will not be considered after the submission of the application.

What if I do not have all my results yet by the application deadline?
You can apply to the University based on interim / predicted / anticipated results as long as you will have met the University's requirement by August 2018.  For results that are still pending, you should list them clearly on your application form and let us know when the results will become available.  You should also ensure the results are sent to the University as soon as they become available.

Anytime you have updated information on your examinations, you may log into your application account and update the University accordingly by uploading your updated results.

If your school does not release your predicted / anticipated results to you, please arrange for your counsellor to be in touch via counsellors@hku.hk for arrangement.

Can I upload documents after your application deadline?
You can continue to update the University with any updated exam results even after the deadline.  Simply upload any supporting documents to your application account.

Where can I / my school send my documents?
For evaluation purposes please upload all your supporting documents to your application account.  You can also authorize the College Board, IBO, and other examination bodies to send your results to HKU directly.

Hard copies are only required after you have received an offer of admission to HKU and are arriving at the University for registration.  Further instructions on how to submit official documents in hard copies will be provided closer to the time.

Bringing hard copy documents to the University will unfortunately not speed up the evaluation process.

How can I submit further documents if I applied through the Common App?
If you launched your application via the Common Application System, you will soon receive information to log into your application account at HKU, where you can proceed to update HKU your status and academic achievements.

How much are the application fees?
The application fee is HK$450. Please note that all applicants are required to pay an application fee and the fee is non-refundable:

I have tried to pay the online application fee by credit card several times. Will the University charge me for the unsuccessful attempts?
The University will only charge for applications that have been successfully submitted. All other transactions relating to unsuccessful submissions will be cancelled by the University.

I am unable to pay the application fee online. What should I do?
If you are unable to pay online, there are several possibilities. You may try to:
i. Enable cookies on your computer. See how to do so at http://www.google.com/cookies.html;
ii. If the problem persists, it might be your browser's security settings. In Internet Explorer,
click Tools ->click Internet Options ->choose the Privacy tab ->click the Advanced button->check Override Automatic Cookie Handling->click Accept   ->click OK;
iii. Log your application account out and log back in again to check if your account has expired. Application accounts are valid for 30 days or until the application deadline, whichever is earlier;
iv. Contact the credit card issuing bank to check if you need to obtain an authorization from the bank before you can use your card online;
v. Use another credit card. Please also check whether your card has expired;
vi. Use another browser, e.g. Firefox or Google Chrome; or
vii. Delete temporary files and cookies on your computer.
Click Tools->click Internet Options->choose the General tab->click Delete under Browsing History.

Will I get credit for IB HL / AP classes I have done in High School?
HKU will grant advanced standing on a case-by-case basis, and usually only to students who have completed 13-years of secondary education.  Should you be eligible for advanced standing, your faculty will be in touch with you accordingly to advise you on the next step. For more information, please visit our website.

What documents should I submit together with the completed application form?
You should upload the documents of the following categories with your completed application form:
- Personal identification
- Education and qualification proof
- Reference (preferred)
- Resume / Curriculum Vitae (optional)

Please click here for details of the documents that need to be submitted under each category.

What document format and size do you accept?
Please make sure your file size does not exceed 10MB. We accept file(s) in doc, docx, gif, jpg, pdf, ppt or xls format.

Can I remove the files that have already been uploaded to the Online Application System?
Uploaded files could not be removed from the system. You may arrange to upload revised file(s) with a remark to supersede the earlier file(s). Please note, however, that the faculties concerned can view all your uploaded file(s).

Can I retrieve or download submitted supporting documents via the Online Application System?
No, please keep your own archive of the uploaded documents.

What is reference letter? Do you have any sample?
Reference letter is a referee's report or reference letter completed by your school principal, teacher, or by an academic referee (Sample of a referee's report: Word format / pdf format)

For confidential reference, the letter should be submitted to the University directly, please post it to the Admissions Office at MG14, Ground Floor, Main Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong. Your full name, application number, date of birth and first choice of curriculum should be specified on the reference for identification purpose.

My referee has prepared a reference letter for me. Can I submit the reference letter instead of the standard HKU referee's report?
Yes, a reference letter is acceptable. The standard HKU referee’s report is a template only. You can also submit more than one reference letter or referee’s report.

What should I do if I cannot obtain a reference letter or referee's report?
Although it is much preferred if you can submit a reference letter or referee’s report, it is not mandatory.

Do you accept reference is in other languages?
You are advised to submit references written in English as far as possible, as some of our admission tutors may not be able to read Chinese or other languages.  If you have genuine difficulty in doing so, please note that documents which are not in English should be accompanied by an official translation in English.

Do I need to mail the hard copy of my supporting document to you?
No, you are not required to submit any hard copy and/or certified true copy of your uploaded documents during application stage; only documents uploaded through the application system will be reviewed and assessed by the University.
Official/officially certified documents in hard copy are only required after you receive a confirmed offer from the University at a later time.

How can I know if my supporting documents have been received by the University?
For documents submitted to the University via the Online Application System, you can check in the system a summary of the file(s) that has / have been successfully uploaded and received by the university. The summary lists the respective file type, file name, and the date of submission of the file(s).

Will I be invited for interview?
Faculties may invite you to attend interviews or entrance tests. However, not all candidates need to attend an interview or test and not all faculties conduct these assessments.

Being invited to an interview or test is not an indicator of the chance of admission. Faculty staff will notify you of the arrangements for interview or test by mail, e-mail or phone, if necessary.

Please visit our website to check out the respective programmes' interview schedule. Faculty/Programme office will confirm the interview date and time and other arrangements with shortlisted students in the interview invitation.

When will I receive an offer from HKU?
HKU makes offers of admissions on a rolling basis.  The status of your application is updated on your application account regularly.  Offers are made on a rolling basis between December/January to August for successful candidates.  Offers of admissions will be sent to you via email.  The status of your application will be also updated on your application account.

How can I check the Status of my application?
You can visit your application account to check the status of your application with HKU.

When will I be informed if my application is not successful?
HKU will evaluate all candidates based on information we receive in support of your application.  We will let you know if an application is not successful as soon as possible.  However, your application may be listed as pending until your final exam results are released if our programmes are still interested in considering your application.

What is a conditional offer?
If you are applying to HKU based on predicted / provisional results, you will likely receive a conditional offer of admissions to HKU.  A conditional offer is an official offer of admission from HKU, with clauses – or “conditions” – on how you can retain the offer of admission by achieving specific academic standing in your final examination.  The offer will be confirmed once you submit your final results meeting the conditions set by HKU.

What is a firm offer?
If you are applying to HKU with final or official results from HKU, you will likely be made a firm offer without any further “conditions” or academic requirements.

How do I respond to an offer of admission to HKU?
Congratulations on receiving an offer of admissions to HKU!  You can accept HKU’s offer of admission on your application account with the following steps:
1. Follow the instructions on your offer of admissions to pay the admission deposit of HKD 10,000; remember to save the receipt of payment
2. Click on Application Status after logging onto your application account
3. Review your offer of admission and conditions, if any
4. Upload your proof of payment of admission deposit
5. Accept your offer of admission under the “Reply” column and agree to the Terms and Conditions listed
Check out this video for a step-by-step guide on how to accept our offer of admissions.

How long will I have to accept an offer from HKU?
You will generally be given 2 to 3 weeks to respond to an offer of admissions to HKU.

Do I have to pay to accept my offer of admission?
You will need to pay a deposit(currently HK$10,000 but subject to change) on your acceptance of the offer.  This amount will be credited towards your tuition fee in your first semester. 

How do I pay the deposit as an overseas applicant?
If you need to settle the admission deposit outside Hong Kong, there are only the options of wire transfer or HKD bank draft which are mentioned in the payment instructions for admission deposit.

What happened if I paid more than the exact amount of the deposit (HK$10,000)?
For your information, if you admit HKU successfully, the payment of admission deposit amount will be used to settle part of composition fee 2018/19 semester 1 & you are required to pay for the balance of composition fee 2018/19 semester 1 (i.e. after the deduction of admission deposit) at the end of Sep 2018.

Therefore, if there is any overpayment of admission deposit, it will be adjusted when the invoice for the balance of composition fee 2018/19 semester 1 is generated in the mid of Sep 2018.

What if I need more time to arrange for payment / accept my offer?
Please let our office know as soon as possible if you have difficulties in accepting our offer of admission and/or paying the admission deposit before the stated deadline.

I have changed my mind about my offer,what should I do?
If you have any changes to your response to HKU’s offer of admission after you have made a response, please write to us as soon as possible.

Is the deposit be refundable?
The deposit paid shall be credited towards the first year’s composition fee and shall not be refunded, except to a candidate admitted provisionally who subsequently fails to satisfy the university’s entrance requirements and/or programme requirements for admission.

Will I get offers to more than one programme?
It is possible for you to receive multiple offers from HKU.  All the programmes to which you have made an application will evaluate your application and may issue you an offer of admission should you meet their requirements and standards.  All programmes will evaluate your application independent of the status of the other programmes to which you have submitted an application.

Will I have to pay multiple admission deposit to hold my offers?
No.  You will only need to pay one admission deposit for accepting multiple offers of admissions to HKU.

How many offers from HKU can I accept at the same time?
You can accept at most 2 conditional offers and 1 firm offer or 3 conditional offers from HKU at the same time.

Will it hurt my chances for being considered for my other programmes once I have accepted an offer of admission to one of my choices?
No.  Your application to HKU’s programmes is considered independently.  Your accepting the offer of admission to other programmes at HKU will not affect the evaluation of the remaining programmes on your application.

When do I have to choose which offer I shall take up at HKU?
You will be asked to declare your final programme choice once your final exam results have been released and your offers are all confirmed by HKU.

Why do I need to confirm my offers?
If you hold a conditional offer of admission, you will need to confirm your offer once your final exam results are released.  While conditional offers of admission are valid offers from HKU, they are dependent on your achieving specific academic standards in your final examinations.  Your offer will be confirmed once we have received proof of you meeting your conditions in your final exams.

How can I confirm my offers?
You should upload a copy and proof of your academic standing meeting the conditions laid out in your offer of admission within three days of release of results.  These documents may be uploaded directly to your application account.

What if I do not meet my conditions and cannot confirm my offer?
We are sorry to hear that you have difficulty meeting your offer’s condition and thus cannot confirm your offer.  If you only fall off slightly from the offer’s condition, you may submit an appeal for special consideration once you have received your final exam’s results.  All appeals will be considered and decided on a case-by-case basis with consideration of final results and other academic or non-academic achievements.

I was told to send the“Official documents/ Officially Certified Documents", what is the difference?
Official documents are proof issued by the authority concerned. In the case of documents supplied by universities and colleges, they should either bear the seals of the institutions and be signed by an appropriate official or be sent to the University directly by the institutions concerned.

Officially certified documents are photocopies of your original documents (transcripts or examination results) that are certified by the issuing authority concerned, or a school principal, or a notary public (e.g. the District Offices in Hong Kong), which should bear the seals of the certifying body and be signed by an appropriate official. The name, status, and position of the person certifying the copies must be clearly stated in English. Documents which are not in English should be accompanied by an official translation in English.

Can I get my documents certified in Hong Kong?
Yes, you can certify your documents at the District Offices in Hong Kong. Please click here for details.

Will I get credit for IB HL / AP classes I have done in High School?
HKU will grant advanced standing on a case-by-case basis, and usually only to students who have completed 13-years of secondary education.  Should you be eligible for advanced standing, your faculty will be in touch with you accordingly to advise you on the next step. For more information, please visit our website.

What are my next steps after accepting the offer of admission?
You should be thinking about visa, accommodation, courses, and making friends at HKU!  Please visit the HKU&U site for more information regarding the next steps.

Does HKU provide advising service to students?
Yes, all undergraduate students at HKU will be assigned an Academic Advisor. Visit the website of Academic Advising Office(AAO) for more information.

Can you tell me more about student support?
The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) is the first contact for international students. They provides a range of services including visa and immigration formalities; Housing; Orientation and cultural adjustment; Counselling and Careers information to students. To find out more, please visit their website.

Can international students do a part-time job in Hong Kong?
It is possible to undertake part-time work on campus while you are registered and enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree programme. If you do plan on working, kindly obtain a “No Objection Letter” from the Hong Kong Immigration Department at the time of your application for an entry visa or application for extension of your student visa. Taken together, your student visa label and the “No Objection Letter” allow part-time work of a maximum of 20 hours per week with HKU offices and designated operators on campus.

Can I visit HKU and ask more questions in person?
You are welcome to join our bi-weekly Campus Tour. Our Student Ambassadors will guide you around HKU's campus, while our Student Admission Counsellors will address any queries about HKU admissions. Please register here.