Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the Main Round applications for 2019 intake is open now. Please note that the Main Round application deadline is 12:00 noon, November 20, 2018 (Hong Kong Time). Applications submitted afterwards till Mid-July 2019 are considered as late applications (Detailed Late Application Deadline is To Be Announced). You may also wish to go through the Important Dates and Deadlines when applying to the University.

No, you may continue to upload your test results and other supporting documents to your application account after Main Round Deadline. Meanwhile, the University encourages students to upload the supporting documents as early as possible to facilitate the overall application.

If you are encountering problems with payment, please check the following:

  1. If the “Status” of your application is “Submitted” with an application number on the left, the payment has been submitted and processed successfully.
  2. If the “Status” of your application is “In progress”, the payment has NOT been processed successfully and you should arrange to re-submit the payment again. The University will only charge the application fee once per application account.
  3. Duplicate payment held by your bank will be refunded soon. In case you have been charged twice by your bank, please email us the official bank statement.

The University will consider your academic and non-academic achievement during the evaluation process of your application.

You can apply to the University based on your performance in an international examination (IB Diploma, GCE A Level, SAT / ACT / AP, etc) or a national examination (Indian Board Examinations, ATAR, Canadian provincial examinations, etc). Please note that some programmes may have specific requirements. You are encouraged to review them for your programme choice(s).

You will also need to provide proof of proficiency in English and a second language. 

Please find the Admissions Standards listed here.

Applicants to the University are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.  Chinese is not compulsory as the medium of instruction at the University is English. You may refer to Section D of the Admissions Standards on ways to meet this requirement. 

If you find yourself unable to provide the required examination result to meet this requirement, you may upload evidence of your proficiency in a second language (e.g. school transcript) and state so clearly on your application in seeking a waiver of this requirement.

After submitting the application, you may further access the application account and upload the examination scores / certificates and other supporting documents to the application account.

You should upload a personal statement no more than 1000 words detailing your interest in applying to the University, the programme(s), etc. You will only be able to submit one personal statement regardless of the number of your programme choice(s).

You may nominate your counsellor(s) in the application system to provide a reference as well as any anticipated / predicted results to support your application.  You may select your counsellor(s) from the drop-down menu or type in their email(s) and name(s) if your counsellor(s) is/are not listed.  The University will reach out to your counsellor(s) for further action.

You may nominate referee(s) in the application system to support your application to the University. Please be sure to communicate first with referee(s) you will be nominating prior to submission of your application. An email will be sent to each referee seeking their confidential reference with detailed instruction throughout the month.

The tuition fee for non-local students admitted in 2019-2020 is HK$164,000 per year.

You are not required to submit a separate application for an entrance scholarship. You will be considered for the eligibility for an entrance scholarship automatically with your admissions application and the result will be announced at the same time as your offer of admission.

After you are admitted to the University, you may apply for other HKU scholarships. Please refer to http://www.scholarships.hku.hk/.

More Questions

What is HKU's application deadline?

The Main Round applications for 2019 intake is open now. Please note that the Main Round application deadline is 12:00 noon, November 20, 2018 (Hong Kong Time). Applications submitted afterwards till noon July 15, 2018 (Hong Kong Time) are considered as late applications. You may also wish to go through the Important Dates and Deadlines when applying to the University.

What are the requirements to get into HKU?

The University will consider your academic and non-academic achievement during the evaluation process of your application.

You can apply to the University based on your performance in an international examination (IB Diploma, GCE A Level, SAT / ACT / AP, etc) or a national examination (Indian Board Examinations, ATAR, Canadian provincial examinations, etc). 

Please note that some programmes may have specific requirements. You are encouraged to review them for your programme choice(s).

You will also need to provide proof of proficiency in English and a second language.

Please find the Admissions Standards listed here.

What is HKU's second language requirement?  

Applicants to the University are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.  Chinese is not compulsory as the medium of instruction at the University is English. You may refer to Section D of the Admissions Standards on ways to meet this requirement. 

If you find yourself unable to provide the required examination result to meet this requirement, you may upload evidence of your proficiency in a second language (e.g. school transcript).

Where should I submit my application?
All application to HKU is submitted online.  You may apply through our online application system here.

Do I need Chinese to study at HKU?
Chinese is not a must for the admission. However, some programmes may require knowledge of Cantonese or Chinese language. Please visit the website for details.

What is the support like at HKU?
The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) is the first point of contact for international students. They provide a range of services including visa and immigration formalities; housing; orientation and cultural adjustment; counselling and careers information to students. To find out more, please visit their website.

How much is the tuition fee?
The tuition fee for local and non-local students are different. The annual composition fee for local students admitted in the academic year 2018-2019 is HK$42,100 and that for 2019-2020 has yet to be confirmed pending the Government's advice but it is not expected to differ significantly from the current fee. The fee for non-local students admitted in 2019-2020 is HK$164,000.

How much does the accommodation cost?
The lodging fee for the University's residential halls and colleges range from $12,788–$31,373 p.a.

What is the estimated living cost per year?
The estimated living cost (excluding accommodation) per year is HK$40,000.

How can I apply for a scholarship?
You are not required to submit a separate application for an entrance scholarship. You will be considered for the eligibility for an entrance scholarship automatically with your admissions application base on your academic and non-academic achievements (but not on financial needs) and the result will be announced at the same time as your offer of admission.

After you are admitted to the University, you may apply for other HKU scholarships.  You may be awarded a merit-based scholarship based on your work in HKU.  If you go on exchange study, you may also be awarded a scholarship that helps cover travel and other costs.

Can I visit HKU and ask more questions in person?
You are welcome to join our bi-weekly Campus Tour. Our Student Ambassadors will guide you around HKU's campus, while our Student Admission Counsellors will address any queries about HKU admissions. Please register here.

How should I start with the application?
We have prepared a document to guide you through the application with tips that you should know!

Will the application account expire after a certain period?
No, you may continue to use the same application account throughout the admission cycle. You can find our Important Dates and Deadlines here for more information.

What should I do if I've forgotten my password?
If you have forgotten your password, please visit this website to reset your password.

I cannot log in to my application account after submitting my application. How can I log in again?
Please make sure that you are using the same e-mail address and password to log into the application account as you used to submit your online application.

If a blank page or the error code "Null" is returned by the system when you try to log in, the error might be in the browser settings. Please try to log in using another browser, such as Firefox or Google Chrome, or another computer. 

You may also submit the inquiry form at https://aal.hku.hk/admissions/international/contact-us to contact us.

When can I apply for admissions and what is the deadline for applications?
The applications via the International / Non-JUPAS Admissions Scheme normally opens in mid/late September each year. Application for admissions in 2019 is now open.

Please note that the Main Round application deadline is 12:00 noon, November 20, 2018 (Hong Kong Time). Applications submitted afterwards till noon July 15, 2019 (Hong Kong Time) are considered as late applications.

Do you accept late application?
Yes, late applications are considered on a rolling basis. Please note, however, only students who have submitted their applications by the Main Round application deadline will be considered for interviews between December 2018 to February 2019. Interviews for late applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. Separate email invitation to interview will be sent to shortlisted students.

Can I submit more than 1 application via same admissions scheme or across different admission schemes?
No, you can submit only one application through any one of the schemes, namely JUPAS, Non-JUPAS/International Admissions Scheme and Mainland Admissions Scheme, in a single admissions cycle.
Duplicate applications received by the University through the same or different admissions scheme(s) and/or system(s) will not be considered and all application fees paid are non-refundable.

What is HKU's second language requirement?  Do I need Chinese?
Applicants to the University are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.  Chinese is not compulsory as the medium of instruction at the University is English.  You may refer to Section D of the Admissions Standards on ways to meet this requirement. 

If you find yourself unable to provide the required examination result to meet this requirement, you may upload evidence of your proficiency in a second language (e.g. school transcript).

What documents should I submit together with the completed application form?
You should upload the documents of the following categories with your completed application form:
- Personal identification
- Education and qualification proof
- Reference (preferred)
- Resume / Curriculum Vitae (optional)

Where can I upload documents such as my test scores / certificates and personal statement?
After submitting the application, you may further access the application account and upload the examination scores / certificates and other supporting documents to the application account.

What document format and size does HKU accept?
Please make sure your file size does not exceed 10MB. The University accepts file(s) in doc, docx, gif, jpg, pdf, ppt or xls format.

Can I remove the files that have already been uploaded to the Online Application System?
Uploaded files could not be removed from the system. You may arrange to upload revised file(s) with a remark to supersede the earlier file(s). Please note, however, that the faculties concerned can view all your uploaded file(s).

Can I retrieve or download submitted supporting documents via the Online Application System?
No, please keep your own archive of the uploaded documents.

If I have more than one diploma / public examination results, should I submit all of them to HKU?
You are encouraged to provide your full academic background to the University for evaluation purposes.  However, you are advised to ensure you have met the Admissions Standards fully with one of your credentials.  Additional examinations are not required, but will be considered as additional information in support of your application if submitted.

Can I apply if my examination results have not been released before the deadline for application?
You can apply to the University based on interim / predicted / anticipated results as long as you will have met the Admissions Standards by August 2019.  For results that are still pending, you should list them clearly on your application form and indicate when the results will become available.  You should also ensure the results are sent to the University as soon as they become available.

Anytime you have updated information on your examinations, you may log in to your application account and update the University accordingly by uploading your updated results.

How many programme choice do I have? Will my application for all programme choices be considered at the same time or one by one according to my preference? Can I change my programme choices after I have submitted my application?
You may submit an application for UP TO 5 undergraduate programmes at the University.  With the exception of your top programme choices, all other programmes will be considered as equally ranked.  Evaluation will take place concurrently and independently for all your programme choices.  In the application system, you may refer to the status of each of your programme choices under "Application Status" on the left.  Changes to your programme choices will be allowed until 12:00 noon, November 20, 2018 (Hong Kong Time).

What are the ACT, TOEFL, SAT and AP codes of The University of Hong Kong?
The ACT code for the University of Hong Kong is 7838.

The TOFEL, SAT and AP codes are 9671.

How should I prepare the personal statement? Do I need to write for each programme choice?

You should upload a personal statement no more than 1000 words detailing your interest in applying to the University, the programme(s), etc. You will only be able to submit one personal statement regardless of the number of your programme choice(s).

What is a reference letter? Is there any sample?
Reference letter is a referee's report or recommendation letter completed by your school principal, teacher, or by an academic referee (Sample of a referee's report: Word format / pdf format)

You may nominate referee(s) in the application system to support your application to the University. Please be sure to communicate first with referee(s) you will be nominating prior to submission of your application. An email will be sent to each referee seeking their confidential reference at a later stage.

What should I do if I cannot obtain a reference letter or referee's report?

Although it is much preferred if you can submit a reference letter or referee's report, it is not mandatory.

Do you accept references in other languages?
You are advised to submit references written in English as far as possible, as some of our admission tutors may not be able to read Chinese or other languages.  If you have genuine difficulty in doing so, please note that documents which are not in English should be accompanied by an official translation in English.

How can I tell if my online application has been successfully submitted to the University?
After successfully paying your application fee online, you will receive a confirmation e-mail acknowledging the receipt of your application. In the application system, you will also be able to view your application number under "Application Status" on the left. Please keep the confirmation e-mail for your record.

If your online application submission is not successful, please log in to your online application account and submit again.

I have made some mistakes on my application, what can I do to change the information?
Changes to your application (except the fields under "Personal Particulars") will be allowed. In the application system, you may also update certain personal information under "My Profile" on the left.

If your school does not release your predicted / anticipated results to you, please arrange for your counsellor to be in touch via counsellors@hku.hk.

Can I change my choice of curriculum after I have submitted an application?
No, the request for a change of choice of curriculum will not be considered after the submission of the application.

What if I do not have all my results yet by the application deadline?
You can apply to the University based on interim / predicted / anticipated results as long as you will have met the Admissions Standards by August 2019.  For results that are still pending, you should list them clearly on your application form and let us know when the results will become available.  You should also ensure the results are sent to the University as soon as they become available.

Anytime you have updated information on your examinations, you may log into your application account and update the University accordingly by uploading your updated results.

If your school does not release your predicted / anticipated results to you, please arrange for your counsellor to be in touch via counsellors@hku.hk for arrangement.

Can I upload documents after the application deadline?
You can continue to update the University with any updated exam results even after the deadline.  Simply upload any supporting documents to your application account.

Where can I / my school send my documents?
For evaluation purposes please upload all your supporting documents to your application account.  You can also authorize the College Board, IBO, and other examination bodies to send your results to HKU directly.

Hard copies are only required after you have received an offer of admission to HKU and would like to have your offer confirmed, and are arriving at the University for registration if you receive a firm offer from the University.  Further instructions on how to submit official documents in hard copies will be provided closer to the time.

Bringing hard copy documents to the University will unfortunately not speed up the evaluation process.

How can I submit further documents if I applied through the Common App?
If you submitted your application via the Common Application System, you will soon receive information to log in to your application account at HKU, where you can proceed to update HKU your status and academic achievements.

How much are the application fees?
The application fee is HK$450. Please note that all applicants are required to pay an application fee and the fee is non-refundable.

I have tried to pay the online application fee by credit card several times. Will the University charge me for the unsuccessful attempts?
The University will only charge for applications that have been successfully submitted. All other transactions relating to unsuccessful submissions will be cancelled by the University.

I am unable to pay the application fee online. What should I do?
If you are unable to pay online, there are several possibilities. You may try to:
i. Enable cookies on your computer. See how to do so at http://www.google.com/cookies.html;
ii. If the problem persists, it might be your browser's security settings. In Internet Explorer,
click Tools ->click Internet Options ->choose the Privacy tab ->click the Advanced button->check Override Automatic Cookie Handling->click Accept   ->click OK;
iii. Contact the credit card issuing bank to check if you need to obtain an authorization from the bank before you can use your card online;
iv. Use another credit card. Please also check whether your card has expired;
v. Use another browser, e.g. Firefox or Google Chrome; or
vi. Delete temporary files and cookies on your computer.
Click Tools->click Internet Options->choose the General tab->click Delete under Browsing History.

If the error still persists, you may also write to admissions@hku.hk indicating your issue and providing 1) the transaction date, 2) the transaction time, 3) your HKU application account, 4) the last 4 digits of your credit card, and 5) a screenshot of the error.

Will I get credit for IB HL / AL / AP classes I have done in High School?
HKU will grant advanced standing on a case-by-case basis, and usually only to IB Diploma or GCE A Level/ IAL students who have completed 13-years of secondary education.  Should you be eligible for advanced standing, your faculty will be in touch with you accordingly to advise you on the next step. For more information, please visit our website.

What documents should I submit to complete the application?
You should upload the documents of the following categories with your completed application form:
- Personal identification
- Education and qualification proof
- Reference (preferred)
- Resume / Curriculum Vitae (optional)

What document format and size do you accept?

Please make sure your file size does not exceed 10MB. The University accepts file(s) in doc, docx, gif, jpg, pdf, ppt or xls format.

Can I remove the files that have already been uploaded to the Online Application System?
Uploaded files could not be removed from the system. You may arrange to upload revised file(s) with a remark to supersede the earlier file(s). Please note, however, that the faculties concerned can view all your uploaded file(s).

Can I retrieve or download submitted supporting documents via the Online Application System?
No, please keep your own archive of the uploaded documents.

What is a reference letter? Is there any sample?
Reference letter is a referee's report or reference letter completed by your school principal, teacher, or by an academic referee (Sample of a referee's report: Word format / pdf format)

My referee has prepared a reference letter for me. Can I submit the reference letter instead of the standard HKU referee's report?
Yes, a reference letter is acceptable. The standard HKU referee's report is a template only. You can also submit more than one reference letter or referee's report. Please arrange to upload your reference letter to your application account.

What should I do if I cannot obtain a reference letter or referee's report?
Although it is much preferred if you can submit a reference letter or referee's report, it is not mandatory.

Does the University accept reference in other languages?
You are advised to submit references written in English as far as possible, as some of our admission tutors may not be able to read Chinese or other languages.  If you have genuine difficulty in doing so, please note that documents which are not in English should be accompanied by an official translation in English.

Do I need to mail the hard copy of my supporting document to the University?
No, you are not required to submit any hard copy and/or certified true copy of your uploaded documents during application stage; only documents uploaded through the application system will be reviewed and assessed by the University.
Official/officially certified documents in hard copy are only required after you receive a confirmed offer from the University at a later time and would like to have your offer confirmed, and are arriving at the University for registration if you receive a firm offer from the University.

How can I know if my supporting documents have been received by the University?
For documents submitted to the University via the Online Application System, you can check in the system a summary of the file(s) that has / have been successfully uploaded and received by the university. The summary lists the respective file type, file name, and the date of submission of the file(s).

Will I be invited for interview?
Faculties may invite you to attend interviews or entrance tests. However, not all candidates need to attend an interview or test and not all faculties conduct these assessments.

Being invited to an interview or test is not an indicator of the chance of admission. Faculty staff will notify you of the arrangements for interview or test by mail, e-mail or phone, if necessary.

Please visit our website to check out the respective programmes' interview schedule. Faculty/Programme office will confirm the interview date and time and other arrangements with shortlisted students in the interview invitation.

When will I receive an offer from HKU?
HKU makes offers of admissions on a rolling basis.  The status of your application is updated on your application account regularly.  Offers are made on a rolling basis between December/January to August for successful candidates.  Offers of admissions will be sent to you via email.  The status of your application will be also updated on your application account.

How can I check the Status of my application?
You can visit your application account to check the status of your application with the University.

When will I be informed if my application is not successful?
HKU will evaluate all candidates based on information we receive in support of your application.  You will be notified if an application is not successful as soon as possible.  However, your application may be listed as "Under Consideration" until your final exam results are released if our programmes are still interested in considering your application.

What is a conditional offer?
If you are applying to HKU based on predicted / provisional results, you will likely receive a conditional offer of admissions to HKU.  A conditional offer is an official offer of admission from HKU, with clauses – or "conditions" – on how you can retain the offer of admission by achieving specific academic standing in your final examination.  The offer will be confirmed once you submit your final results meeting the conditions set by HKU. Please be reminded to update your final results to your application account and mail in your official/ officially certified documents of your final results to have your conditional offered confirmed.

What is a firm offer?
If you are applying to HKU with final or official results, you will likely be made a firm offer without any further "conditions" or academic requirements. You are required to submit official/ officially certified documents of all the information you have filled and uploaded in your application to the satisfactory of the University before registration.

How do I respond to an offer of admission to HKU?
Congratulations on receiving an offer of admissions to HKU!  You can accept HKU's offer of admission on your application account with the following steps:
1. Follow the instructions on your offer of admissions to pay the admission deposit; remember to save the receipt of payment
2. Click on Application Status after logging onto your application account
3. Review your offer of admission and conditions, if any
4. Upload your proof of payment of admission deposit
5. Accept your offer of admission under the "Reply" column and agree to the Terms and Conditions listed

How long will I have to accept an offer from HKU?

You will generally be given 2 to 3 weeks to respond to an offer of admissions to HKU.

Do I have to pay to accept my offer of admission?
You will need to pay a deposit on your acceptance of the offer.  This amount will be credited towards your tuition fee in your first semester. 

How do I pay the deposit as an overseas applicant?
If you need to settle the admission deposit outside Hong Kong, there are only the options of wire transfer or HKD bank draft which are mentioned in the payment instructions for admission deposit.

What happened if I paid more than the exact amount of the deposit?
For your information, if you are admitted to HKU successfully, the payment of admission deposit amount will be used to settle part of composition fee 2019/20 semester 1 and you are required to pay for the balance of composition fee 2019/20 semester 1 (i.e. after the deduction of admission deposit) at the end of September 2019.

Therefore, if there is any overpayment of admission deposit, it will be reflected on the invoice for the balance of composition fee 2019/20 semester 1 generated in mid-September 2019.

What if I need more time to arrange for payment / accept my offer?
Please let our office know as soon as possible if you have difficulties in accepting our offer of admission and/or paying the admission deposit before the stated deadline.

I have changed my mind about my offer, what should I do?
If you have any changes to your response to HKU's offer of admission after you have made a response, please inform us by indicating your decision in your application account as soon as possible.

Is the deposit refundable?
The deposit paid shall be credited towards the first year's composition fee and shall not be refunded, except to a candidate admitted provisionally who subsequently fails to satisfy the university's entrance requirements and/or programme requirements for admission.

Will I get offers to more than one programme?
It is possible for you to receive multiple offers from HKU.  All the programmes to which you have made an application will evaluate your application and may issue you an offer of admission should you meet their requirements and standards.  All programmes will evaluate your application independent of the status of the other programmes to which you have submitted an application.

Will I have to pay multiple admission deposit to hold my offers?
No.  You will only need to pay one admission deposit for accepting multiple offers of admissions to HKU.

Will it hurt my chances for being considered for my other programmes once I have accepted an offer of admission to one of my choices?

Preference will be given to your first choice, while the remaining 4 programme choices are considered independently.  Your accepting the offer of admission to other programmes at HKU will not affect the evaluation of the remaining programmes on your application.

When do I have to choose which offer I shall take up at HKU?
You will be asked to declare your final programme choice once your final exam results have been released.

Why do I need to confirm my offers?
If you hold a conditional offer of admission, you will need to confirm your offer once your final exam results are released.  While conditional offers of admission are valid offers from HKU, they are dependent on your achieving specific academic standards in your final examinations.  Your offer will be confirmed once the University has received proof of you meeting your conditions in your final exams.

How can I confirm my offers?
You should update your results in your online application form, upload a copy and proof of your academic standing meeting the conditions laid out in your offer of admission to your application account and mail us your official/ officially certified documents of your final results within three days of release of results.  These documents may be uploaded directly to your application account.

What if I do not meet my conditions and cannot confirm my offer?
We are sorry to hear that you have difficulty meeting your offer's conditions and thus cannot confirm your offer.  If you only fall off slightly from the offer's conditions, you may submit an appeal for special consideration once you have received your final exam results.  All appeals will be considered and decided on a case-by-case basis with consideration of final results and other academic or non-academic achievements.

I was told to send the "Official documents/ Officially Certified Documents", what is the difference?
Official documents are proof issued by the authority concerned. In the case of documents supplied by universities and colleges, they should either bear the seals of the institutions and be signed by an appropriate official or be sent to the University directly by the institutions concerned.

Officially certified documents are photocopies of your original documents (transcripts or examination results) that are certified by the issuing authority concerned, or a school principal, or a notary public (e.g. the District Offices in Hong Kong), which should bear the seals of the certifying body and be signed by an appropriate official. The name, status, and position of the person certifying the copies must be clearly stated in English. Documents which are not in English should be accompanied by an official translation in English.

Can I get my documents certified in Hong Kong?
Yes, you can certify your documents at the District Offices in Hong Kong. Please click here for details.

Will I get credit for IB HL / AL / AP classes I have done in High School?
HKU will grant advanced standing on a case-by-case basis, and usually only to IB Diploma or GCE A Level/ IAL students who have completed 13-years of secondary education.  Should you be eligible for advanced standing, your faculty will be in touch with you accordingly to advise you on the next step. For more information, please visit our website.

What are my next steps after accepting the offer of admission?
You should be thinking about visa, accommodation, courses, and making friends at HKU!  Please visit the HKU&U site for more information regarding the next steps.

Does HKU provide advising service to students?
Yes, all undergraduate students at HKU will be assigned an Academic Advisor. Visit the website of Academic Advising Office(AAO) for more information.

Can you tell me more about student support?
The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) is the first contact for international students. They provide a range of services including visa and immigration formalities; Housing; Orientation and cultural adjustment; Counselling and Careers information to students. To find out more, please visit their website.

Can international students do a part-time job in Hong Kong?
It is possible to undertake part-time work on campus while you are registered and enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree programme. If you do plan on working, kindly obtain a "No Objection Letter" from the Hong Kong Immigration Department at the time of your application for an entry visa or application for extension of your student visa. Taken together, your student visa label and the "No Objection Letter" allow part-time work of a maximum of 20 hours per week with HKU offices and designated operators on campus.

Can I visit HKU and ask more questions in person?
You are welcome to join our bi-weekly Campus Tour. Our Student Ambassadors will guide you around HKU's campus, while our Student Admission Counsellors will address any queries about HKU admissions. Please register here.