FAQs

The following are some frequently asked questions for the 2017-18 admissions exercise:

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General Information
   
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Programme Information
   
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Admission Requirements
   
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4. I am a Chinese Mainland citizen studying in Hong Kong/overseas. Am I eligible to apply for Non-local Student Scholarships?
5. What are the admission criteria?
6. Will the late announcement date of my public examination results affect my chance of admission?
7. Is there any requirement on cumulative GPA or particular public examination results (e.g. IB) for admission?
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Application Procedures
   
 
Submitting Online Application
   
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4. I have taken a public examination in 2016, and will retake some of the subjects of the same public examination in 2017. How can I fill in the retake subject(s) in the application?
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9. What is the difference between Letter(s) of Reference and Confidential Report?
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Interview Arrangements
   
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Application Results
   
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Credit Transfer / Course Exemption
   
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4. I am currently taking some courses and the results are yet to be released, can I include these courses into credit transfer/course exemption application?
   
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5. Are there any student hostels for non-local students? How much is the hostel fee?
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G. Student Visa & Employment
   
1. How and when will the student visa be processed?
2. Can I work while I am studying at Lingnan University?
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A. General Information

1. When is the application period?

The application period for admission in 2017-18 academic year was closed. Online applications received after 30 March 2017 will be regarded as late applications. Late applicants have a lower chance of being admitted. No applications will be accepted after 10 July 2017.     Top

2. What are some important dates I should note?

Please refer to Key Dates and Deadlines for details.    Top

3. Is late application accepted?

Late application may be accepted subject to the discretion of relevant departments and availability of places. No applications will be accepted after 10 July 2017. As such, it is advised that applicants should submit their applications within the normal application period (i.e. by 30 March 2017).    Top

4. What is the intake quota for non-JUPAS admission scheme?

There is no pre-set intake quota for non-JUPAS admission. Applicants from different schemes will be considered equally. The academic units will give the admission offers to the best qualified applicants as long as they fulfil the relevant entrance requirements.

The University will take into consideration all information provided by applicants, such as academic qualifications as indicated by their public examination results (including the relevancy of the subjects to the study programmes concerned), the preference order of their study programme choices, interview performance (if applicable), professional qualifications, interests, working experience, suitability, potential, personal qualities and other factors which individual academic units consider relevant.    Top

5. Are there any other intakes apart from the September intake?

There is only one intake in every September.    Top

6. Who are non-local applicants?

Non-local applicants are persons entering Hong Kong for the purpose of education with a student visa/entry permit* issued by the Director of Immigration of the HKSAR Government. For further information on student visa/entry permit to study in Hong Kong, please visit the website of the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government.

Applicants having the following documents are NOT considered as non-local applicants:

- Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
- one-way permit for entry to Hong Kong
- entry visa/permit for quality migrants or capital investment entrants  

Applicants applying for admission on the strength of the Joint Entrance Examination for Universities in PRC (Gao Kao) in 2017 should visit the Mainland Admissions website for details.

* (subject to confirmation of the HKSAR Government) including but not limited to holders of work visa, dependant visa, graduates under "Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates" (IANG)    Top

B. Programme Information

1. What undergraduate study programmes does LU offer?

The University offers 4-year undergraduate honours degree programmes in Chinese, Contemporary English Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy, Translation, Visual Studies, Business Administration, Risk and Insurance Management, and Social Sciences. Please click here for details.  | Top

2. Are there any part-time or self-financed undergraduate study programmes offered by LU?

No. The University offers 4-year full-time UGC-funded undergraduate honours degree programmes in Chinese, Contemporary English Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy, Translation, Visual Studies, Business Administration, Risk and Insurance Management, and Social Sciences.    Top

3. What is the medium of instruction at LU?

Apart from language courses and courses in the Chinese and the Translation Departments, the University uses mainly English as the language of instruction, and this may be supplemented with Cantonese/Putonghua where appropriate.    Top

4. How many terms are there in each academic year?

The University academic year starts at the beginning of September and ends at the end of August in the following calendar year. The academic year consists of two terms, each covering approximately 15 weeks of academic activities, and where appropriate there may be an intensive summer term usually of a shorter duration.    Top

5. How many credit units can I take per term?

The normal study load of a full-time first year student should be 15 in a term and the maximum study load should be 30 credits in an academic year. For a second year or above full-time student, the normal study load in a term should be in the range of 15 to 18 credits and the maximum study load in an academic year should be 33 credits.    Top

C. Admission Requirements

1. What are the admission requirements?

Please click here for admission requirements. For details, please refer to the Undergraduate Prospectus.    Top

2. I cannot find my qualification in Admission Requirements, does it mean that I am not eligible for admission?

Applicants with qualification other than the admission requirements of the University will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Applicants are advised to submit document proof of all equivalent qualifications such as transcripts, certificates and public examination results via the Online Application System when they apply for admission.    Top

3. Can I apply for senior year admission?

The University adopts a credit-based system in undergraduate studies. An applicant who has successfully graduated from a recognised full-time Associate Degree (AD)/Higher Diploma (HD) programme with duration of at least two years offered by a post-secondary institution with suitable credit transfers is considered to be eligible for admission to Year 3 (senior year places) of the 4-year undergraduate programmes. Applicants holding other academic qualifications will be eligible for admission to Year 1 of the 4-year curriculum.

The designated year of admission does not reflect the number of credits the student earned for fulfilment of curriculum requirements and the expected duration before he/she can graduate. The actual number of transfer credits to be granted for fulfilment of curriculum requirements will follow the relevant academic regulations regarding credit transfer, which is subject to a maximum of 60 credits. As such, the student may require longer period than normative programme duration for fulfilling the curriculum requirements (i.e. may require more than two years). Please click here for details.    Top

4. I am a Chinese Mainland citizen studying in Hong Kong/overseas. Am I eligible to apply for Non-local Student Scholarships?

No. Regardless of the place of residence or study, Hong Kong/Chinese Mainland citizens are NOT eligible to apply for Non-local Student Scholarships.   Top

5. What are the admission criteria?

The University will take into consideration all information provided by applicants, such as academic qualifications as indicated by their public examination results (including the relevancy of the subjects to the study programmes concerned), the preference order of their study programme choices, interview performance (if applicable), professional qualifications, interests, working experience, suitability, potential, personal qualities and other factors which individual academic units consider relevant.   Top

6. Will the late announcement date of my public examination results affect my chance of admission?

No. The University adopts a merit-based admission policy by which the best qualified candidates are admitted to our undergraduate programmes irrespective of the announcement dates of applicants’ public examination results.   Top

7. Is there any requirement on cumulative GPA or particular public examination results (e.g. IB) for admission?

Except those specified in Admission Requirements, there is no specific requirement on cumulative GPA or results of particular public examination.   Top 

8. Is there any English language requirement for non-local students?

Please click here for the English language requirements.

If the public English examination result is not available at the time of application for admission, applicants can submit the result to the University after submission of application via the Online Application System or by fax ((852) 2572 5178 or (852) 2454 4379) or by email (UGadm@LN.edu.hk) or by post to Undergraduate Admissions Office, the Registry, Lingnan University, 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong once the result is released. Applicants can arrange for their public English examination results to be sent directly to Lingnan University.

The institution codes for LU are as follows:

AP/SAT 4791
TOEFL 9303
IELTS 4662

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D. Application Procedures

Submitting Online Application

1. How can I apply for admission?

Please click here for details of application procedures.

Paper-form application is only available upon request and the deadline and application fee are different from that of online application. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply via the Online Application System.  Top

2. How many study programmes can I apply for?

Applicants may indicate their preferences for up to three different study programmes. However, only one offer will be made to applicants if they are selected for admission.

Applicants can make up to three choices of study programmes by submitting up to three different applications in ONE application account. Their fourth and subsequent applications will not be accepted by the Online Application System (System).

To indicate the preferences, applicants should select the first choice of study programme in the first application submitted and select the second choice of study programme in the second application submitted, and so on. The University will process the first successful application (upon payment) as the first choice of study programme, the second successful application as the second choice, and so on in the same application account.

Applicants are advised to read carefully the Instructions for Completing Online Application and make thorough consideration accordingly before submission of their applications.   Top

3. I want to apply for more than one programme choice, do I need to create a new application account for each programme choice?

No. Applicants can make up to three choices of study programmes by submitting up to three different applications in ONE application account. Please note that only the first application account with submitted application of programme choice(s) will be processed. Duplicate application account(s) or programme choice(s) will not be processed, and the application fees paid will NOT be transferred and/or refunded.    Top

4. I have taken a public examination in 2016, and will retake some of the subjects of the same public examination in 2017. How can I fill in the retake subject(s) in the application?

Applicants may indicate clearly their public examination and examination subjects to be taken in 2017 in the fields of "Examination/Qualification/Level" and "Exam Subject" respectively, and enter "Pending" in the field of "Grade/Score" under the section of "Results in other public examinations and/or in subjects not listed above". Applicants could then submit their applications via the Online Application System before the application deadline. Once the public examination results are released, applicants could upload such examination results to the System.

If applicants have any outstanding grades/scores available and need to change the data stored in the System after submission of application, they should inform the Registry by email (UGadm@LN.edu.hk) with proof of amendment/update immediately. Please quote the application number and full name in all enquiries and correspondence with the University.    Top

5. I am going to take public examination/have the examination results after the application deadline. Can I submit the examination results after application deadline?

You could submit your application via the Online Application System before the application deadline.  You may indicate clearly your public examination to be taken and enter "Pending" in the field of "Grade".  Once your public examination result is released, you could upload such examination result to the System, and inform the Registry by email (UGadm@LN.edu.hk) for updating the results in the application form.  

Please note that the deadline to upload additional supporting documents is 31 August 2017 as the System will close accordingly.   Top

6. What supporting documents should I submit?

Applicants are advised to submit document proof of all equivalent qualifications such as transcripts, certificates and public examination results via the Online Application System when they apply for admission. Each application will be considered on an individual basis, taking into consideration all relevant information provided by applicants. Please note that submitted documents will NOT be returned.    Top

7. Do I need to submit any official transcripts?

If applicants are studying or have completed a post-secondary programme outside Hong Kong, they should request each institution they have attended to send an official transcript DIRECTLY to the Registry of the University in a sealed envelope by post (Undergraduate Admissions Office, the Registry, Lingnan University, 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong) as soon as possible. Please note that submitted documents will NOT be returned.    Top

8. Can I submit reference letters?

Applicants can upload/submit their reference letters/employment certificates provided by their school principal(s)/academic referee(s) or employer(s). Please note that submitted documents will NOT be returned.     Top

9. What is the difference between Letter(s) of Reference and Confidential Report?

In support of application for the Non-local Student Scholarships, applicants should provide letter(s) of reference on their non-academic performance and at least one Confidential Report. The letter of reference must be in hard copy on official letterhead, signed and dated by the person providing the recommendation on applicants' non-academic performance. Meanwhile, they should invite their school principal(s)/academic referee(s) to complete and send the Confidential Report in a sealed envelope to Undergraduate Admissions Office, the Registry, Lingnan University, 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong.     Top

10. What should I do if my supporting documents are not in English/Chinese?

For application to be considered, applicants should submit officially translated copies of the documents certified by the issuing institutions/relevant authorities, together with photocopies of the documents.    Top

11. My supporting documents exceed 3MB, can I request more storage capacity for uploading such documents?

Applicants will not be provided with additional storage capacity. In support of applications for admissions, applicants are advised to select the most relevant supporting documents to be uploaded to the Online Application System. Applicants should check the file size and quality to make sure the files are in optimum size and readable quality before uploading.     | Top

12. I am not sure whether I have uploaded my supporting documents successfully, can the University check it for me?

Applicants can view and check their supporting documents in their application account by login to the Online Application System.   | Top

13. I am not sure whether I have completed the application form accurately and uploaded sufficient supporting documents, can the University check it for me?

Applicants should complete all sections in the online application and are responsible to ensure the information given in support of the application is accurate and complete. The University reserves the right not to process any incomplete applications.    Top

After Submitting Application

14. How do I know that LU has received my application?

An acknowledgement with an assigned application number will be sent to the applicants by email after they have submitted the application. If applicants do not receive any acknowledgement email after submission of application, please contact the Registry at UGadm@LN.edu.hk

Applicants are advised to print/save a copy of completed application form submitted for retention. Applicants can also check their application status via the System.    Top

15. Can I change or re-prioritise my choice of study programmes after I have submitted my application?

No. Any request on change or re-prioritisation of the programme choices after submission of application for admission will NOT be accepted.    Top

16. I have wrongly submitted the programme choice(s), can I open another application account for submitting correct programme choice(s)?

Yes. If you have wrongly submitted the programme choice(s), you may create a new application account (i.e. a new login ID) to submit correct programme choice(s) and pay the application fee again. You MUST inform the Registry by email (UGadm@LN.edu.hk) your correct application number immediately, otherwise all your application account(s) will NOT be processed.    Top

17. Can I update personal information or provide additional supporting documents after I have submitted my application?

In support of applications for admissions, applicants are advised to select the most relevant supporting documents to be provided.

Applicants can provide additional supporting documents after they have submitted their applications. Applicants may login to the System and upload the supporting documents once ready or send us the information or documents by email (UGadm@LN.edu.hk) or by fax ((852) 2572 5178 or (852) 2454 4379) or by post (Undergraduate Admissions Office, the Registry, Lingnan University, 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong) as soon as they can. Please note that the deadline to upload additional supporting documents is 31 August 2017 as the System will close accordingly.

For any additional documents submitted via email/fax/post, the Registry will upload them to the System within 7 working days. Applicants are advised to check the uploading status via the System and not to contact the Registry within the said timeframe.

Before submission of application, if applicants need to change the data stored in the System, they may amend/update and save data directly via the System. Yet, after submission of application, they should inform the Registry by email (UGadm@LN.edu.hk) with proof of amendment/update immediately. Please quote the application number and full name in all enquiries and correspondence with the University.  Top

18. What should I do if I forget my login ID or password after I have submitted an online application?

If applicants have forgotten their login ID or password after they have submitted online applications, they may click "Forgot Login ID/Password" on the System and enter their email address (same as the email address they have entered in the section of "Personal Particulars" in the System). The login ID and password will be sent to applicants via email shortly.    Top

19. Can I transfer my application to other application routes?

No. Applicants are responsible for using the correct application route, and ensuring the information given in support of the application is accurate and complete. Applicants are not allowed to transfer their submitted applications to other application routes, and the application fees paid are non-refundable and/or non-transferable.

Applicants may wish to re-apply via the correct application route and pay the application fee again if the application period of the said route is still open. If the application period of a particular application route was closed, the University will not be held responsible for any consequences that may arise.  Top

Interview Arrangement

20. Will there be any interviews?  When will they be held and how will I be notified?

Admission criteria for different programmes vary and applicants may either be admitted directly or shortlisted for interview to determine their eligibility for admission. For some programmes, applicants may also be required to take an oral and/or written test.

Interviews will normally be held between April and July. If an interview is required, the University will inform applicants by phone, email or by post. For non-local applicants, interviews may be conducted by phone or through tele-conferencing. Applicants can also check their application status by login to the Online Application System.    Top

Application Results

21. When will I have the application result?

Successful applicants who are given an offer/conditional offer of admission will usually be informed between May and July 2017. The scholarship results will be released with the offer of admission at the same time.

To accept and secure the offer/conditional offer of admission, successful applicants must pay a down payment before the stipulated deadline. They will receive information on visa application (for non-local students) and reporting procedures at a later stage.

Applicants shall assume their applications unsuccessful if they do not receive our notification by 31 July 2017.    Top

22. Will I further receive a proof of confirmation of admission offer after I have fulfilled the admission condition(s) as stipulated in the conditional offer?

Applicants with conditional offer are required to provide the documentary proof to substantiate their fulfilment of the stipulated condition(s) before the specified deadline. They will be considered as having met the admission condition(s). No confirmation proof will be issued subsequently.    | Top

23. Can I apply for refund of the down payment paid?

Down payment paid will ONLY be refunded if an applicant has accepted a conditional offer but fail to fulfil the stipulated admission condition(s). In such case, applicants should apply to the Registry in writing with document proof.Top

24. Can an admission offer be retained for subsequent years?

Admission offers of LU cannot be retained for subsequent years under any circumstances.    Top

E. Credit Transfer / Course Exemption

1. How can I apply for credit transfer or course exemption?  How many credits can I transfer?

If an applicant submits an online application and has qualifications from post-secondary institutions (such as Associate Degree, Higher Diploma, etc) and wishes to apply for credit transfer/course exemption upon admission, please complete an Application for Credit Transfer/Course Exemption form. Please read the instructions of the form carefully before apply. When an applicant completed the form, please upload it, together with copies of academic results, using "Uploading Supporting Documents" function of the System.  

The number of credits transferred depends on whether an applicant has completed courses which correspond to (and at comparable levels as) the courses in the study programme concerned at Lingnan University. Normally, a student may not be granted more than 50% of the required number of credits for an academic award or the Minor Programme.

For more details, please refer to Credit Transfer and Course Exemption for Undergraduate Programmes.   Top

2. When should I submit my credit transfer or course exemption application?

Applicants are advised to submit the completed Application for Credit Transfer/Course Exemption form along with their applications for direct admission. When applicants completed the form, please upload it, together with copies of academic results, using the "Uploading Supporting Documents" function of the Online Application System.    Top

3. What is the difference between course exemption and credit transfer?

When a student is granted credit transfer for a course, the student will be exempted from taking a similar course offered by the University and he/she will be granted with equivalent credits.

When a student is granted course exemption for a course, the student will be exempted from taking a similar course offered by the University. However, credits are not granted, and he/she needs to take another course to make up for the total number of credits required for graduation.     Top

4. I am currently taking some courses and the results are yet to be released, can I include these courses into credit transfer/course exemption application?

If the results of some courses are not available at the time of application, you may mark "Pending" in the section of "Grade/Score" of the course in the Credit Transfer/Course Exemption form.     Top

F. Fees

1. How much is the online application fee?

Please click here for details of application fees.    Top

2. How can I pay the online application fee?

Applicants can settle the application fee by using a VISA or MasterCard credit card. They will receive an acknowledgement by email once they have paid and submitted their applications online.    Top

3. Can I pay the application fee by other means other than VISA or MasterCard?

We only accept VISA and MasterCard credit cards for online application.

If you do not have a credit card, you may ask a third party (e.g. your relatives/friends) to settle the online payment.    Top

4. How much is the tuition fee?

Please click here for details of tuition fees.     Top

5. Are there any student hostels for non-local students? How much is the hostel fee?

Non-local students will normally be offered a residential place during their entire period of study at Lingnan University. Please click here for details of hostel fee.     Top

6. Are there any scholarships or financial assistance for non-local students?

Non-local students are not eligible for Hong Kong government grants or loans. However, as non-local applicants (other than Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland citizens), they may wish to consider applying for our Non-local Student Scholarships. Full Scholarship (covering tuition, hostel and partial academic and living expenses), Tuition Scholarship or Half-tuition Scholarship per academic year will be awarded to successful applicants. Each Scholarship is offered on an annual renewable basis and is tenable for a period of up to the normative duration of study, subject to continued outstanding academic performance.

Late applications for Non-local Student Scholarships will be considered on availability basis.

Other Scholarships and Prizes are available here.   Top

G. Student Visa & Employment

1. How and when will the student visa be processed?

The University will assist non-local students to apply for a student visa upon admission. Students will be informed of the details of visa application if they are offered admission to one of the undergraduate programmes.     Top

2. Can I work while I am studying at Lingnan University?

According to the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government, full-time non-local students of programmes at undergraduate level or above whose study period is not less than one academic year may take up part-time on-campus employment, as well as full-time summer jobs on or off campus. Working hours, however, shall not exceed 20 hours per week, and that any unused hours cannot be rolled over from one week to another. As for summer employment during the period from 1 June to 31 August, there is no restriction on the work hours/type/location of part-time employment. Please visit the website of the Immigration Department for latest information.     Top

3. Can I stay in Hong Kong after graduation?

According to the Immigration Department of the HKSAR Government, full-time non-local graduates of programmes at degree level or above may apply to stay and work in the HKSAR. Under the "Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates" (IANG), full-time non-local graduates can apply for 12 months' stay upon graduation without first securing an offer of employment upon application. Successful applicants are free to take up and change employment during their permitted stay. Please visit the website of the Immigration Department for latest information.     Top