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FAQs

The following are some frequently asked questions for the 2020-21 admissions exercise:

A. General Information B. Programme Information
C. Admission Requirements D. Application Procedures
E. Credit Transfer / Course Exemption F. Fees

A. General Information 

The application period for admission in 2020-21 academic year is from 24 September 2019 to 15 April 2020 (Early Round application closes on 9 December 2019.  Online applications received after 15 April 2020 will be regarded as late applications.  Late applicants have a lower chance of being admitted.  No applications will be accepted after 20 July 2020.

Late application may be accepted subject to the discretion of relevant departments and availability of places. No applications will be accepted after 20 July 2020. As such, it is advised that applicants should submit their applications within the normal application period (i.e. by 15 April 2020).

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.

There is only one intake in every September.

Non-local applicants are holders of:

  a) Student visa / Entry permit
  b) Visa / Entry permit under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG)
  c) Dependant visa / Entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Director of Immigration of the HKSAR (This definition has been reviewed and redefined by the Education Bureau (EDB) in November 2018.)

Applicants applying for admission on the strength of the Joint Entrance Examination for Universities in PRC (Gao Kao) in 2019 should visit the Mainland Admissions website for details.


B. Programme Information 

Yes.  The University offers full-time self-financed undergraduate programmes.  Please click here for details.

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.

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.

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.


C. 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 are regarded as non-JUPAS applicants and they should apply directly to the University (JUPAS applicants are NOT allowed to submit a separate application to the University directly in the same academic year).

Both local and non-local applicants are welcome to apply for admission.

Please click here for admission requirements. For details, please refer to the Admissions Brochure.

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.

Sub-degree (SD) students may apply for admission to our undergraduate programmes via Direct Admission and are considered to be eligible for admission to Year 2. Please click here for details.

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) and/or Year 2. Applicants holding other academic qualifications are considered to be eligible for admission to Year 1.

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 (for Year 3 students)/30 credits (for Year 2 students). 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 for Year 3 students/three years for Year 2 students). Please click here for details.

Students who are directly admitted to the final year of sub-degree programmes may apply for admission to our undergraduate programmes via Direct Admission. Please note that these students are not eligible for senior year admission. They will be considered to be admitted to Year 2 and with a maximum of 30 transferred credits, if appropriate.

The University Grants Committee (UGC) has been implementing a policy that repeating of UGC-funded study across institutions (irrespective of whether there has been a change of programme or discipline) should generally be discouraged unless under exceptional circumstances. In the light of the above, Lingnan University generally does not accept students transferring from other UGC-funded undergraduate programmes.

If applicants’ HKDSE examination results alone would make them eligible for application, they may apply for admission via JUPAS.

If applicants’ HKALE and HKDSE examination results together would make them eligible for application, they may apply directly to the University. The University will consider such applications on a case-by-case basis.

No. Regardless of the place of residence or study, Hong Kong permanent citizens are regarded as local applicants.

Yes. Chinese Mainland citizens are eligible to apply for Non-local Student Scholarships.

No. Applicants applying for admission on the strength of the Joint Entrance Examination for Universities in PRC (Gao Kao) in 2020 should click here for details of application.

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.

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. 

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


D. Application Procedures

Submitting Online Application

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.

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.

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. 

Applicants may indicate clearly their public examination and examination subjects to be taken in 2020 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.

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 2020 as the System will close accordingly.

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.

If applicants are studying or have completed a post-secondary programme, 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) if they are offered admission. Please note that submitted documents will NOT be returned.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

After Submitting Application

An acknowledgement with an assigned application number will be sent to the applicants by email after they have submitted the application. Submitted application(s) will also be shown in the "Submitted Application" section of the Application Menu in the Online Application System. If applicants have submitted application(s) successfully but do not receive any acknowledgement email(s), 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

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

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.

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 2020 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.

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 provided in the section of "Personal Particulars" in the System). The login ID and password will be sent to applicants via email shortly. 

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. 

Interview Arrangement

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. 

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.

Application Results

Successful applicants who are given an offer/conditional offer of admission will be informed from November 2019 onwards.

Applicants shall assume their applications unsuccessful if they do not receive our notification by 5 September 2020. 

Applicants with conditional offers 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.

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

Admission offers of LU cannot be deferred to subsequent years under any circumstances.

No. 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.


E. Credit Transfer / Course Exemption

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

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.

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. 

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.


F. Fees 

Please click here for details of application fees.

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

No. We only accept VISA/MasterCard credit cards and UnionPay credit/debit cards for online application.

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

Please click here for details of tuition fees.

Please click here for details of hostel fee.