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Admission Requirements

Lingnan University welcomes applicants from around the world. Non-local applicants must have fulfilled the General Admission Requirements and English Language Requirements for admission to the University:

A. General Admission Requirements

Please click here for the acceptable qualifications. Qualifications not listed 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 :


Minimum English Language Requirements


Level 3 in English Language


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)


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


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


* Applicants attaining one of the qualifications with the equivalent score in the IELTS Equivalent List will be considered as having fulfilled the IELTS requirement for admission.


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


Minimum English Language Requirements

Australia Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Grade 12 English: 80% or equivalent


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


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.

Applicants will be considered for admission to the 4-year curriculum on individual basis, subject to the availability of places. Applicants with suitable credit transfers may be admitted to be Year 3* students with Major/Stream/Discipline Major allocated. For more details regarding credit transfer and course exemption for undergraduate programmes, please click here.



Applicants who are granted a transfer of 54 credits or more will be admitted to be Year 3 students.


Please clickApply Onlineto complete an online application.