The University offers merit-based entrance scholarships for top-ranking students who are admitted to our undergraduate programmes. The entrance scholarships may go up to a value equivalent to a FULL tuition fee waiver plus accommodation and general living allowance per year, and are renewable to cover your entire undergraduate study at HKU.

Once you have successfully submitted an application for admission, you will be considered for an entrance scholarship automatically. The result of both admission and entrance scholarship will be announced at the same time. No separate application for entrance scholarship is required. Selection is based on academic merits with consideration of non-academic achievements.

The following HKU entrance scholarships schemes are supported by generous donors, external organizations and governmental bodies in Hong Kong as well as overseas.

Students who would like to be considered for the "HeForShe IMPACT Champion Scholarships", "Vietnam Van Thinh Phat Scholarships", "Hon Ping Entrance Scholarships" and "Hong Kong Scholarship for "Belt and Road" Students" for the 2020 intake should submit an application via the HKU online application system by the Main Round Deadline (12:00 noon, November 22, 2019) and indicate their interests in the scholarships on their application form. We will contact the eligible applicants at a later stage.

You may refer to the pages dedicated to each scholarship below for eligibility and general selection criteria; updated information will also be announced as soon as it becomes available.

Scholarships Scheme Application Procedures
HKU Foundation Entrance Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships awarded to outstanding incoming students admitted to HKU's undergraduate programmes or university collaborative programmes

No separate application required

HKU Foundation Scholarships for Students with International Baccalaureate Diploma

Merit-based scholarships awarded to outstanding incoming students, with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, admitted to HKU's undergraduate programmes or university collaborative programmes

No separate application required

HKU Foundation Scholarships for Students with GCE A-Level/ International A-Level Qualifications

Merit-based scholarships awarded to outstanding incoming students, with GCE A-Level/ International A-Level qualifications, admitted to HKU's undergraduate programmes or university collaborative programmes

No separate application required

HKU Foundation Scholarships for Students Taking Indian Board Examinations

Merit-based scholarships awarded to outstanding incoming students, with All India Senior Secondary Certificate Examination or Indian School Certificate Examinations, admitted to HKU's undergraduate programmes or university collaborative programmes

No separate application required

HeForShe IMPACT Champion Scholarships for female students from economically deprived nations with outstanding academic results (male students who have significantly contributed to achieving the goals of the HeForShe movement will also be considered)

Full scholarships awarded to students facing significant hardship in gaining access to education due to gender inequality or students contributing significantly to curb gender inequality

Please click here for details of the scheme.

Vietnam Van Thinh Phat Scholarships for outstanding Vietnamese students

Full scholarships awarded to excellent candidates from Vietnam pursuing the following undergraduate programmes: Bachelor's in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance, Architecture or Engineering

Please click here for details of the scheme.

Hon Ping Entrance Scholarships for Nigerian Students

Entrance scholarships awarded to outstanding student from Nigeria to pursue any undergraduate degree at The University of Hong Kong, on the basis of academic merit. Financial need shall also be taken into consideration.

Please click here for details of the scheme.

Hong Kong Scholarship for "Belt and Road" Students for students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and other "Belt and Road" countries.

Scholarships awarded by the Hong Kong government to outstanding students from the following "Belt and Road" countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and other eligible countries.

Please click here for details of the scheme.

Once you have commenced your study at HKU, you may apply for other HKU Scholarships.  If you go on exchange study, you may also be entitled to a scholarship that helps cover travel and other costs.

The Sports Scholarship Scheme is available to students with significant commitment to the pursuit of sporting excellence as well as to their formal academic studies.  Please visit the website of the University's Centre for Sports and Exercise here for further details.

As in most countries, the HKSAR Government does not provide financial aid to non-local students.  However, thanks to the Governments support for the development of Hong Kong as an educational hub for students from around the world, HKUs tuition fees are relatively low by international standard.  With the current student visa policy, non-local* students can undertake part-time work on campus during the semester, and a full-time internship during their summer vacation in the city.  Graduates can take up full-time employment on finishing their studies at HKU.

Local Hong Kong students may contact our Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) or the Government Student Finance Office for the financial options available.

You (or your parents) only need to pay a fraction of the cost of education in Hong Kong, even though our educational standards are at an international level. We value what you bring to HKU, in terms of your background and culture, and our fees are set at a level that students everywhere can afford, as long as your academic results are good enough!

Items Amount (HK$ per academic year)
Tuition Fees 42,100 (local)/171,000 (non-local)*
Accommodation 15,390 – 34,295  (approx.)^
Living Expenses 50,000  (approx.)
Miscellaneous (e.g. entertainment, supplementary academic expenses, etc.) 15,000 (approx.)

*According to the definition by the HKSAR Government adopted for education-related areas in the post-secondary education context, non-local students are:

Students holding:
- student visa / entry permit to study in Hong Kong
- dependent visa / entry permit and were aged 18 years old or above when they were first issued with such documents by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR; and
- visa 
/ entry permit under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG), issued by the Director of Immigration of the Hong Kong Immigration Department

^This is the lodging fee in undergraduate halls of residence, including extra compulsory meal charges for some halls, for 285 residential days excluding the summer semester.


Note: All figures are based on 2019-20 rates and are subject to change.