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Direct Entry Stream for Top Athletes (DESTA)



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- Eligibility -

  1. Student-athletes who are eligible to represent Hong Kong in regional or international competitions and have demonstrated outstanding sports performance; and
  2. Nominated by the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) or National Sports Associations (NSA) or equivalent sporting bodies

Note: Self-nomination will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the eligibility stated in (i).

- Admission Criteria -

  1. Sports performance and/or achievements
  2. Personal statement and Curriculum Vitae
  3. Interview performance
  4. Recommendation letters from nominating bodies or relevant coaches, if any

- Application Arrangements -

  1. Apply via our DESTA Application Link
  2. Select up to 3 undergraduate programme choices from Non-JUPAS First Year or Non-JUPAS Senior Year
  3. Early interview to be arranged
  4. Admissions results to be announced within 1 month after interview


✦ Scholarship: Up to HK$400,000 for 3 Years ✦
(incl. living and learning expenses, as well as international exchange opportunities)

- Academic Support -

  1. Flexible study period: could be extended beyond normative period of study
  2. Early course registration
  3. Flexibility in curriculum delivery, including online teaching, alternative assessment with individualised mentoring support, academic advice, and career planning
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- Student Support -

  1. Dedicated facilitators who perform as one-stop-shop will follow up with student-athletes from time to time and work closely with administrative offices and academic departments to provide timely advice and support wherever needed
  2. Peer Mentors who are “buddies” of student-athletes will take care of the wellbeing and provide assistance with university life and academic support
  3. Professional consultation services (e.g. Sports Psychologist and Sports Nutritionist)
  4. Priority for internship placement to explore career options
  5. Priority for hostel accommodation

- Medical Care and Insurance Coverage -

On top of the basic Medical Scheme to Lingnan full-time students and sports team members, additional medical care and insurance coverage will be provided to safeguard the health of student-athletes.


Thank you for visiting our page. If you wish to know more about DESTA, you are welcome to contact us via   [email protected].


Ng Chi-hang's Photo: credit to Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (香港傷殘人士體育協會)