Advanced Standing for Admission in 2021-22

Like other universities, HKU has Advanced Standing arrangements for students admitted with particular academic backgrounds.  Advanced Standing gives you credit for the work you have undertaken in high school, community college, university or other educational institution as appropriate, and may enable you to shorten your study period.  For students who have completed a seven-year curriculum of secondary education at the time of enrolling at the University, the Advanced Standing arrangements for each degree programme are listed below:

Programme Advanced Standing Application Procedure Enquiry
Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies No Advanced Standing will be granted.  N/A N/A
Bachelor of Science in Surveying

Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 42 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 6 credits of unspecified electives, 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry), and 12 credits of Faculty Interdisciplinary Courses.

Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required.  You will be contacted by the Faculty Office should Advanced Standing be granted.  Please submit a school report/letter/graduation certificate from your school to indicate your successful completion of seven years of secondary education by 15 July 2021. claren@hku.hk
Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Studies Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 30 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 6 credits of unspecified electives and 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry). Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required.  You will be contacted by the Faculty Office should Advanced Standing be granted.  Please submit a school report/letter/graduation certificate from your school to indicate your successful completion of seven years of secondary education by 15 July 2021. yplama@hku.hk
Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 30 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 6 credits of unspecified electives, 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry). Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required.  You will be contacted by the Faculty Office should Advanced Standing be granted.  Please submit a school report/letter/graduation certificate from your school to indicate your successful completion of seven years of secondary education by 15 July 2021. hchleung@hku.hk
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Design+ No Advanced Standing will be granted. N/A N/A

Programme Advanced Standing Application Procedure Enquiry
Bachelor of Arts  Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 48 credits of Advanced Standing, which include 30 credits of unspecified electives, and 18 credits for the UG5 requirements (Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core courses provided that students will take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry). In addition, students will be exempted from taking the Chinese Language Enhancement requirement, but will have to replace these 6 credits with an elective. As a result, a total 192 credits, taken during the BA degree studies, are required for graduation. Please submit the completed Reply Form for Advanced Standing (document A4/720) to the Arts Faculty Office by post or email. <Please provide the link after the document has been uploaded to the website>  arts@hku.hk
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences No Advanced Standing will be granted. N/A N/A

Programme Advanced Standing Application Procedure Enquiry
Bachelor of Business Administration / Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance

Applicants who have completed seven years of secondary schooling on a seven-year curriculum of secondary education with General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma qualifications at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for up to 48 credits of advanced standing. These are made up of 24 credits of unspecified electives, and 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry).

Students who would like to pursue additional major(s) or minor(s) will have to complete courses as required by the offering departments of the respective major(s) or minor(s). As the total number of credits to be taken during the whole course of study shall not exceed 288 credits under the 4-year curriculum, students may be required to give up certain number of Advanced Standing credits under the category of unspecified electives to fulfil the major or minor requirements as prescribed by the Regulations and Syllabuses of the relevant programmes.

Applicants will be contacted by the HKU Business School for application details. fbe.ugenquiry@hku.hk
Bachelor of Business Administration (Information Systems)

Applicants who have completed seven years of secondary schooling on a seven-year curriculum of secondary education with General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma qualifications at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for up to 48 credits of advanced standing. These are made up of 24 credits of unspecified electives, and 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry).

Students who would like to pursue additional major(s) or minor(s) will have to complete courses as required by the offering departments of the respective major(s) or minor(s). As the total number of credits to be taken during the whole course of study shall not exceed 288 credits under the 4-year curriculum, students may be required to give up certain number of Advanced Standing credits under the category of unspecified electives to fulfil the major or minor requirements as prescribed by the Regulations and Syllabuses of the relevant programmes.

Applicants will be contacted by the HKU Business School for application details. fbe.ugenquiry@hku.hk
Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Economics and Finance

Applicants who have completed seven years of secondary schooling on a seven-year curriculum of secondary education with General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma qualifications at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for up to 48 credits of advanced standing. These are made up of 24 credits of unspecified electives, and 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry).

Students who would like to pursue additional major(s) or minor(s) will have to complete courses as required by the offering departments of the respective major(s) or minor(s). As the total number of credits to be taken during the whole course of study shall not exceed 288 credits under the 4-year curriculum, students may be required to give up certain number of Advanced Standing credits under the category of unspecified electives to fulfil the major or minor requirements as prescribed by the Regulations and Syllabuses of the relevant programmes.

Applicants will be contacted by the HKU Business School for application details. fbe.ugenquiry@hku.hk
Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Finance

Applicants who have completed seven years of secondary schooling on a seven-year curriculum of secondary education with General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma qualifications at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for up to 48 credits of advanced standing. These are made up of 24 credits of unspecified electives, and 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry).

Students who would like to pursue additional major(s) or minor(s) will have to complete courses as required by the offering departments of the respective major(s) or minor(s). As the total number of credits to be taken during the whole course of study shall not exceed 288 credits under the 4-year curriculum, students may be required to give up certain number of Advanced Standing credits under the category of unspecified electives to fulfil the major or minor requirements as prescribed by the Regulations and Syllabuses of the relevant programmes.

Applicants will be contacted by the HKU Business School for application details. fbe.ugenquiry@hku.hk
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Global Management

Applicants who have completed seven years of secondary schooling on a seven-year curriculum of secondary education with General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma qualifications at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for up to 48 credits of advanced standing. These are made up of 24 credits of unspecified electives, and 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry).

BBA(IBGM) students are required to pursue a second major. As the total number of credits to be taken during the whole course of study shall not exceed 288 credits under the 4-year curriculum, students may be required to give up certain number of Advanced Standing credits under the category of unspecified electives to fulfil the major or minor requirements as prescribed by the Regulations and Syllabuses of the relevant programmes.

Applicants will be contacted by the HKU Business School for application details. fbe.ugenquiry@hku.hk
Bachelor of Business Administration (Law) and Bachelor of Laws No Advanced Standing will be granted. N/A N/A
Bachelor of Finance in Asset Management and Private Banking

Applicants who have completed seven years of secondary schooling on a seven-year curriculum of secondary education with General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma qualifications at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for up to 48 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 24 credits of unspecified electives, and 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry).

Students who would like to pursue additional major(s) or minor(s) will have to complete courses as required by the offering departments of the respective major(s) or minor(s). As the total number of credits to be taken during the whole course of study shall not exceed 288 credits under the 4-year curriculum, students may be required to give up certain number of Advanced Standing credits under the category of unspecified electives to fulfil the major or minor requirements as prescribed by the Regulations and Syllabuses of the relevant programmes.

Applicants will be contacted by the HKU Business School for application details. fbe.ugenquiry@hku.hk

Programme Advanced Standing Application Procedure Enquiry
Bachelor of Dental Surgery Applicants who have completed a seven-year curriculum of secondary education with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for and be granted up to 18 credits of advanced standing. These are made up of 12 credits of the Common Core (CC) provided that applicants take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry for the remaining CC Courses to be taken, and of 6 credits of Core University English (CUE) for applicants who are able to fulfil the exemption criteria for CUE. Applicants for admission will receive information from the Faculty Office on how to submit an application for Advanced Standing. dental@hku.hk

Programme Advanced Standing Application Procedure Enquiry
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education in Language Education (Chinese) Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 30 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 30 credits of free unspecified electives. Another 6 credits of Advanced Standing will be granted to applicants who are able to fulfil the exemption criteria for Core University English. Please submit the completed reply slip to the Faculty Office at babedchi@hku.hk babedchi@hku.hk
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education in Language Education (English) Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 30 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 30 credits of free unspecified electives. Another 6 credits of Advanced Standing will be granted to applicants who are able to fulfil the exemption criteria for Core University English. Please submit the completed reply slip to the Faculty Office at babedeng@hku.hk babedeng@hku.hk
Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 30 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 30 credits of free unspecified electives. Another 6 credits of Advanced Standing will be granted to applicants who are able to fulfil the exemption criteria for Core University English. Please submit the completed reply slip to the Faculty Office at bedbsc@hku.hk bedbsc@hku.hk
Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Social Sciences Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 30 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 30 credits of free unspecified electives. Another 6 credits of Advanced Standing will be granted to applicants who are able to fulfil the exemption criteria for Core University English. Please submit the completed reply slip to the Faculty Office at bedbss@hku.hk bedbss@hku.hk
Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and Special Education Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 12 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 12 UG5 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry. Another 6 credits of Advanced Standing will be granted to applicants who are able to fulfil the exemption criteria for Core University English. Please submit the completed reply slip to the Faculty Office at ecese@hku.hk ecese@hku.hk
Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 12 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 12 UG5 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry. Another 6 credits of Advanced Standing will be granted to applicants who are able to fulfil the exemption criteria for Core University English. Please submit the completed reply slip to the Faculty Office at bscshs@hku.hk bscshs@hku.hk

Programme Advanced Standing Application Procedure Enquiry
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Financial Technology

No Advanced Standing will be granted.

N/A N/A
Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for up to 30 credits of advanced standing. These are made up of 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English and 12 credits of Common Core course from different Areas of Inquiry) and 6 credits unspecified electives.

Applicants with other qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be considered for Advanced Standing on a case-by-case basis.

Application details will be provided to applicants admitted to the Faculty in due course. enggfac@hku.hk
Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Science

Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for up to 30 credits of advanced standing. These are made up of 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English and 12 credits of Common Core course from different Areas of Inquiry) and 6 credits unspecified elective.

Applicants with other qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be considered for Advanced Standing on a case-by-case basis.

Application details will be provided to applicants admitted to the Faculty in due course. enggfac@hku.hk
Bachelor of Engineering

Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for up to 30 credits of advanced standing. These are made up of 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English and 12 credits of Common Core course from different Areas of Inquiry) and 6 credits unspecified electives.

Applicants with other qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be considered for Advanced Standing on a case-by-case basis.

Application details will be provided to applicants admitted to the Faculty in due course. enggfac@hku.hk
Global Engineering and Business Programme

Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University are eligible to apply for up to 30 credits of advanced standing. These are made up of 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English and 12 credits of Common Core course from different Areas of Inquiry) and 6 credits unspecified electives.

Applicants with other qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be considered for Advanced Standing on a case-by-case basis.

Application details will be provided to applicants admitted to the Faculty in due course. enggfac@hku.hk

Programme Advanced Standing Application Procedure Enquiry
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws  No Advanced Standing will be granted. N/A  N/A
Bachelor of Laws No Advanced Standing will be granted. N/A N/A

Programme Advanced Standing Application Procedure Enquiry
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Global Health and Development

No Advanced Standing will be granted.

N/A N/A
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Applicants with GCE A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 6 credits of Advanced Standing for Core University English course.

Applicants with degree or above qualifications at the time of being admitted to the University will be considered for Advanced Standing on a case-by-case basis, subject to the provision of final official transcripts.

medfac@hku.hk
Bachelor of Nursing Applicants with GCE A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 18 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 6 credits for Core University English course and 12 credits of the Common Core courses provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry. Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required.  You will be contacted by the Faculty Office should Advanced Standing be granted.   medfac@hku.hk
Bachelor of Pharmacy Applicants with GCE A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 18 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 6 credits for Core University English course and 12 credits of the Common Core courses provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry. Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required.  You will be contacted by the Faculty Office should Advanced Standing be granted.   medfac@hku.hk
Bachelor of Chinese Medicine Applicants with GCE A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 18 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 6 credits for Core University English course and 12 credits of the Common Core courses provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry. Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required.  You will be contacted by the Faculty Office should Advanced Standing be granted.   medfac@hku.hk
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences Applicants with GCE A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 18 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 6 credits for Core University English course and 12 credits of the Common Core courses provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry. Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required.  You will be contacted by the Faculty Office should Advanced Standing be granted.  medfac@hku.hk

Programme Advanced Standing Application Procedure Enquiry
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences No Advanced Standing will be granted. N/A N/A
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Applied Artificial Intelligence Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 36 credits of Advanced Standing for unspecified electives. Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required.  You will be informed individually by the Faculty Office of the details of Advanced Standing granted. science@hku.hk
Bachelor of Science Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 30 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 18 credits of unspecified electives, and 12 UG5 credits of Common Core courses.  An extra 6 credits of Advanced Standing will be granted to applicants who are able to fulfil the exemption criteria for Core University English. Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required.  You will be informed individually by the Faculty Office of the details of Advanced Standing granted. science@hku.hk
Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science No Advanced Standing will be granted. N/A N/A

Programme Advanced Standing Application Procedure Enquiry
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences No Advanced Standing will be granted. N/A N/A
Bachelor of Social Sciences Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 36 credits of Advanced Standing subject to their attaining GCE A-Level grades of an overall UCAS tariff points of 152 for A-level subjects AND AAA in best three subjects, both excluding Chinese language subjects, or an IB score of 36 out of 45 or higher. These are made up of 12 credits of unspecified electives, and 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry).

To be eligible for Advanced Standing, you are required to submit a school report or relevant document certifying from your school to indicate your successful completion of seven years of secondary education in the academic year 2020/21 together with the IB / A-Level results by August 17, 2021 respectively.  Should you fail to submit the document by the stipulated deadline, the offer of Advanced Standing will be withdrawn accordingly.

Application will be available online in July 2021. Please contact the Faculty for any inquiries.

socscug@hku.hk
Bachelor of Social Work Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 36 credits of Advanced Standing subject to their attaining GCE A-Level grades of an overall UCAS tariff points of 152 for A-level subjects AND AAA in best three subjects, both excluding Chinese language subjects, or an IB score of 36 out of 45 or higher. These are made up of 12 credits of unspecified electives, and 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry).

To be eligible for Advanced Standing, you are required to submit a school report or relevant document certifying from your school to indicate your successful completion of seven years of secondary education in the academic year 2020/21 together with the IB / A-Level results by August 17, 2021 respectively.  Should you fail to submit the document by the stipulated deadline, the offer of Advanced Standing will be withdrawn accordingly.

Application will be available online in July 2021. Please contact the Faculty for any inquiries.

socscug@hku.hk
Bachelor of Journalism Applicants with GCE A-Level or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 36 credits of Advanced Standing subject to their attaining GCE A-Level grades of an overall UCAS tariff points of 152 for A-level subjects AND AAA in best three subjects, both excluding Chinese language subjects, or an IB score of 36 out of 45 or higher. These are made up of 12 credits of unspecified electives, and 24 UG5 credits (Chinese, Core University English, and 12 credits of the Common Core provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry).

To be eligible for Advanced Standing, you are required to submit a school report or relevant document certifying from your school to indicate your successful completion of seven years of secondary education in the academic year 2020/21 together with the IB / A-Level results by August 17, 2021 respectively.  Should you fail to submit the document by the stipulated deadline, the offer of Advanced Standing will be withdrawn accordingly.

Application will be available online in July 2021. Please contact the Faculty for any inquiries.

socscug@hku.hk
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government and Laws) and Bachelor of Laws No Advanced Standing will be granted. N/A N/A

Note 1
The UCAS tariff point conversion for GCE A-Level grades is as follows:

A* = 56 / A = 48 / B = 40 / C = 32 / D = 24 / E = 16

Note 2
The Advanced Standing arrangements described herewith may also apply to students with seven years of secondary education and not only limited to students with GCE A-Level and IB Diploma qualifications.  Please consult the respective Faculty for details.

Note 3
The exact number of Advanced Standing credits to be granted are subject to the final approval of the Faculty.

(Last updated: September 2020)