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Admission Requirements

Applicants who seek admission to undergraduate programmes offered by the University on the basis of qualifications other than Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination results should apply directly to the University.

Applicants must have fulfilled the General Admission Requirements and English Language Requirements for admission to the University:

A. General Admission Requirements

  1. a degree or a sub-degree awarded by a recognised post-secondary institution; or
  2. Grade E or above in both Advanced Supplementary (AS) Level Use of English (UE) and Chinese Language and Culture (CLC); PLUS Grade E or above in two Advanced Level (AL) subjects OR Grade E or above in one AL subject and in two AS Level subjects other than UE and CLC in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE); or
  3. other acceptable non-local qualifications.

Qualifications not listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

B. English Language Requirements

In addition to the General Admission Requirements, applicants are also required to fulfil one of the following English language requirements:

Qualification Minimum English Language Requirements
HKDSE Level 3 in English Language
HKALE Grade E in AS Level Use of English
GCE System

One of the following:

  • Grade E in GCE AL / IAL or AS / IAS Level English
  • Grade C in GCE O-Level / GCSE / IGCSE English / English Language / English Literature
  • Grade 4 in reformed GCSE English Language / English Literature
  • Grade 4 in reformed IGCSE English / English Language / English Literature
International Baccalaureate (IB) 

Grade 4 in one of the following English Language subjects:

  • English A
  • English B
  • English Literature and Performance

A score of 550 (paper-based test); or

a score of 79 (internet-based test / iBT Home Edition); or

an overall score of 60 (Paper-delivered Test) (October 2017 onwards)

(in one sitting, MyBestTM score is not accepted)

IELTS  Overall band score of 6.0 in Academic Module
SAT Reasoning Test

One of the following:

  • Pre-March-2016 SAT: Score 8 in essay writing
  • Redesigned SAT: Score 590 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
ACT Score 23 in both English and Reading

One of the following:

  • Grade 4 in English Language and Composition
  • Grade 4 in English Literature and Composition


The following qualifications are accepted as meeting the English language requirements:

Curricula Minimum English Language Requirements
Australia Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Grade 12 English: 80% or equivalent
Canada 70% in Grade 12 English Course
Chinese Mainland A score of 110 (out of 150) in the English subject of National Joint College Entrance Examination (JEE) or equivalent
Denmark Score of 7 or above in Level A English in Studentereksamen, Hojere Forberedelseseksamen (HF), Hojere Handelseksamen (HHX) or Hojere Teknisk Eksamen (HTX)
Finland One of the following:
  • Upper secondary school certificate (lukion paastotodistus / gymnasiets avgansbetyg): minimum grade 8 in English
  • Matriculation exam (ylioppilastutkinto / studentexamen): minimum grade 4 (Cum Laude Approbatur) in English
France Score 12 in English subject in French Baccalaureat (OIB-Bristish, American Options)
Germany Abitur: Grade 10 in English
India SSC / HSC / ISC Standard XII: 70% in English

One of the following:

  • Grade C in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) English Language 1119
  • Grade C in Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysian (STPM) English Language
  • Band 4 (Aggregate Score: 180-219) in Malaysian University English Test (MUET)
  • Grade B4 in UEC Senior English Language
Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijik Onderwijs (VWO): Grade 8 in English
New Zealand NCEA Literacy: 10 credits at Level 2 in subjects on English, with 5 credits in Reading and 5 credits in Writing (Literacy credits of subjects on English are available on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website)
Norway Vitnemal: Grade 4 in English
Russia A score of 80 in English in Russian Unified State Exam (Единыйгосударственный экзамен, ЕГЭ, Yediniy gosudarstvenniy ekzamen, EGE)
Singapore Grade C in H1 General Paper in Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level
Sri Lanka Credit in English Language in Sri Lankan Ordinary Level examination
Sweden Slutbetyg / Examensbevis från Gymnasieskolan: Grade C or Grade VG (in old grading system) in English

One of the following:

  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT 學科能力測驗) English result within the top percentile (頂標)
  • Advanced Subjects Test (指定科目考試) English result within the top percentile (頂標)

Please note that the admission to the University is on a competitive basis.  The University adopts a merit-based admission policy by which the best qualified candidates are admitted.  As such, satisfying the university admission requirements does not guarantee admission.


Sub-degree (SD) graduates/final year students (except those directly entering the final year of SD programmes) are considered to be eligible for admission to Year 3# (senior year places) and/or Year 2. SD Year 1 students are considered to be eligible for admission to Year 2#. Applicants holding other academic qualifications are considered to be eligible for admission to Year 1.

For more details regarding credit transfer and course exemption for undergraduate programmes, please click here.

According to the guidelines of the University Grants Committee (UGC) on inter-institutional transfer of students, repeating of UGC-funded undergraduate study across institutions (irrespective of whether there is a change of programme or discipline) is generally discouraged unless under very exceptional circumstances.

#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. As such, the student may require longer period than normative programme duration for fulfilling the curriculum requirements.


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