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 2020-21 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.

Please refer to the application timeline below for your reference:

Application Open

September 23, 2019

Application Deadline

12:00 noon, July 15, 2020 (Hong Kong Time)
Your students may submit an application until 12noon July 15, 2020 (Hong Kong Time) through the application system. The University will continue to evaluate all applications by the same standards and expectation.

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 need to amend the documents, please re-upload them and in the case of duplicates the latest upload will be considered as official.

  • 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 2019 to June 2020” on the application. To request for changes on submitted applications, he/she should contact us directly via
  • 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:

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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In a competitive job market, our graduates have an employment rate of 99.7%, and have done so for 13 consecutive years. It's a figure we're very proud of, and one we intend to maintain. 

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