University Calendar 2017–2018

General University Admissions Requirements

First-Year Entry

A. Recognized local and overseas qualifications

An applicant must – 

  1. fulfil the General Entrance Requirements of HKDSE by obtaining:
    English Language: Level 3
    Chinese Language: Level 3
    Mathematics: Level 2
    Liberal Studies: Level 2
    Elective: Level 2 in one subject
    Note: The above entrance requirements are subject to revision.

    OR – 

  2. a) obtain Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) results or equivalent qualifications that satisfy requirements of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) for entry to the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE); and
    b) obtain Level 2/Grade E or above in at least six subjects* in HKCEE including Chinese Language or an alternative language (other than Chinese and English) and English Language** with at least five subjects in a single sitting; and
    c) obtain Grade E or above in any two sittings in Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) in:
    (1) AS Chinese Language and Culture#; and
    (2) AS Use of English; and
    (3) either two AL subjects or one AL subject plus two AS subjects.
    * 5 subjects are acceptable if the total of these 5 grades is not less than 8 points (“Level 5* to 2” or “Grade A to E” shall be given the values of 5 to 1 respectively for the purpose of calculating the points).
    ** For English Language attempted before 2007, Grade C in English Language (Syllabus A) is considered equivalent to Grade E in English Language (Syllabus B).
    # Those without a Chinese Language qualification at HKCEE level may substitute this with an additional AL/AS subject.

    OR – 
  3. obtain passes in at least three General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (AL)/International Advanced Level (IAL) subjects or two GCE AL/IAL plus two Advanced Supplementary (AS) subjects, excluding Chinese and English language subjects. The same subject cannot be counted at both AL and AS level.

    OR – 
  4. obtain an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
    OR – 
  5. obtain an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma/Diploma of a higher education institution recognized by the University;
    OR – 
  6. a) obtain a combined score of 1,650 in SAT Test (minimum score of 550 in each of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing), and a sub-score on essay writing of no less than 8; or an overall score of 1,190 in new SAT; or
    b) Grade 3 in at least two Advanced Placement (AP) subjects; or
    c) a composite score of 24 in ACT.
    Recognized English Language Qualification: A score of 550 or above in each Critical Reading and Writing with a sub-score of 8 or above in Essay in old SAT; or 590 or above in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in new SAT. 

    OR – 
  7. Transfer Students
    Transfer students are current students of recognised local institutions who are enrolled in a full-time or sandwich UGC-funded or self-financed degree programme or students who are studying at an overseas tertiary education institution recognised by the University and have completed at least one year of study of a degree programme.

    Upon successful admission, applicants admitted may be granted transfer of units for equivalent subjects at the University. The number of credit units that can be transferred from an applicant's previous university depends on the depth and relevancy of the subjects and the programme in which he/she is enrolled.
    OR – 
  8. Mature Applicants
    Applicants who do not possess the formal academic qualifications as mentioned above but are aged 25 or above on 1 September in the admission year may be granted exemption from the General University Admissions Requirements provided that they:
    a) have pursued an appropriate programme of study;
    b) are able to show by acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission;
    c) can demonstrate their aptitude and suitablity for a particular programme of study by their experience and maturity.
    OR – 
  9. obtain overseas qualifications recognized by the University

    OR –   
  10. obtain an acceptable equivalent qualification.

B. Non-Chinese speaking students

For Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students fulfilling the specified circumstances in Note 1, the University will accept the following alternative Chinese language qualifications as equivalent to Level 3 of HKDSE Chinese Language:

1. Grade E or above in GCE AS Level or A Level Chinese; or
2. Grade C or above in GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-Level Chinese; or
3. "Attained" in Applied Learning Chinese (ApL(C)); or
4. Other HKDSE equivalent Chinese Language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University (for applicants possessing qualifications other than HKDSE).

Note 1
The specified circumstances are:

a) The student has learned Chinese Language for less than six years while receiving primary and secondary education. This caters specifically to students who have a late start in the learning of Chinese Language (e.g. due to their settlement in Hong Kong well past the entry level) or who have been educated in Hong Kong sporadically; or
b) The student has learned Chinese Language for six years or more in schools, but has been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in our local schools.

On an exceptional basis, students who have pursued a school curriculum (locally or overseas) that does not include formal Chinese language studies may be admitted to certain programmes of study in which written Chinese is not an essential element. For such students, the language requirement for Chinese is substituted by an alternative language (other than Chinese or English).

C. Exchange/International visiting students who are non-native speakers of Chinese

Students who are enrolled in other universities may apply for admission to the University for study as visiting students normally for one or two semesters with agreement from their “home” university regarding transfer of credit.

D. Special part-time students

An applicant who does not intend to study for a degree but who plans to take only certain courses for credit (not more than 11 units) may be considered on an individual basis. In all cases, the General University Admissions Requirements (A) is applicable.

E. Applicants with a Disability

The University views applications from students with a disability on an equal basis with other students. There are certain programmes of study with inherent requirements which mitigate against students with particular physical limitations being admitted. Applicants with a disability are requested to indicate the nature of their disability on the application forms. It will not affect the chances of admission, provided that the programmes applied for are those which the applicants are physically able to cope with.

Students with a disability who wish to apply for admission via JUPAS may submit information in relation to their disability for consideration by the University.

Programme Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general university admissions requirements, applicants must also satisfy the programme admissions requirements of the respective programmes they apply. (Please click here for information on Full-time Undergraduate Programme Admissions Requirements 2017-2018.)

Application for Admission through JUPAS

Applicants should apply through JUPAS if they are either:

1. Current Secondary Six students in local schools sitting for the HKDSE; or
2. Non-school applicants seeking admission on the strength of their results of the HKDSE.

For details, please visit here

Application for Direct (Non-JUPAS) Admissions

Applicants who are not eligible to apply through JUPAS may submit their applications directly to the University. Applications will normally be invited in November of each year. For details, please visit here.

Senior-Year Entry (Third Year)

Application for Direct (Non-JUPAS) Admissions: Associate Degree/Higher Diploma/Diploma Final Year students and graduates are eligible to apply for third year entry for 2017 entry.

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