To ensure the stability of the application system, please note that regular upgrade and maintenance will be performed every Wednesday at 10:00am (Hong Kong Time) with a down time between 10:00am to 1:00pm. Please avoid editing or submitting your application during the maintenance period.

HKU's Commitment to Flexible Arrangements / Consideration for Students Affected by the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak in the Region

Due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, HKU is committed to allowing greater flexibility in the processing and evaluation of students' applications. You may read about our arrangements here and updates will be made on the page regularly.

You may also learn about how HKU is at the forefront of combating COVID-19 and get some essential health tips here.

Supporting a Student's Application (for 2021-22 intake)

*Counsellors or teachers who are tasked with supporting students' application to University may seek for access to the HKU Counsellors' Portal.

For counsellors with whom we have already connected in previous cycles, an email with your access and password will be sent to you when the system opens.  If you need access to the counsellors' portal, please let us know here.

Counsellors can support your students by uploading your reference letter as well as the report on the applicants' performance onto the Counsellors' Portal.  Applicants have been given detailed instructions on how to nominate you as their counsellor on the application system under this Step by Step Guide to Application.  A system-generated email will be sent to you once an application naming you as a referee is submitted to HKU as a reminder.

If your students have significant financial difficulty in settling the application fees, please write to us via counsellors@hku.hk. Evaluation will be conducted on a case-by-case basis.

Please refer to the application timeline below for your reference:

Application Opens September 30, 2020
Submission of Application for First Round Evaluation 12:00 noon, November 18, 2020 (Hong Kong Time)
Application submitted by 12:00 noon, November 18, 2020 (Hong Kong Time) through the application system will be considered for the First Round Evaluation. Shortlisted students may be invited to attend admissions interviews between December to February.
Submission of Reference Materials for Consideration in First Round Evaluation November 30, 2020
Counsellors and referees are recommended to upload the supporting documents onto the application system for students who would like to be considered for the First Round Evaluation. After November 30, 2020, the counsellors' portal will remain open for uploads; counsellors are recommended to provide any predicted results / references within 1 week of receiving the invitation.
Announcement of First Round Result January 4, 2021 onwards
Successful applicants may expect to receive an offer of admission from January 4, 2021 onwards, with a 3-to-4-week time to accept the offer of admission with a non-refundable deposit.
End of First Round Evaluation February 15, 2021
Students who applied by November 18, 2020 but do not hear back by then may consider their application waitlisted. Their applications will be considered again in the next round of evaluation on a rolling basis.
Submission of Updated Reference Materials End of March, 2021
Counsellors may update the student’s academic results through the counsellors’ portal and they will be taken into consideration in the next round of evaluation.
Application Closes 12:00 noon, August 21, 2021 (Hong Kong Time)

Access to Counsellors' Portal
Guide on using the HKU Counsellors' Portal

Frequently Asked Questions by Counsellors

All documents once uploaded cannot be deleted. If you have made a mistake, please re upload the correct documents and in the case of duplicates only the latest document will be considered.

  • Please check that the student has selected your school properly in the application form (i.e. from the school dropdown) and that he/she has NOT checked the box “I am not enrolled in any course of academic study between September 2020 to June 2021” on the application. To request for changes on submitted applications, he/she should contact us directly via https://aal.hku.hk/admissions/international/contact-us
  • If the student has already graduated from your school, please ask him/her to nominate you as a referee instead and you will be invited for references separately.

While we do not have any requirements on the content or format, you may refer to a template of the reference here: https://aal.hku.hk/admissions/international/sites/default/files/rr_0.pdf

You may use the “Forgot Password” function on the login page of the portal. Please type your email and complete the jigsaw puzzle by dragging the button under the image accordingly. You will then receive an email with the link to reset your password.

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