HKU Undergraduate Admissions 2021


Application for 2021 intake is now open!


2021 Admissions Arrangements
International/Non- JUPAS Admissions Scheme

We are delighted to invite you to apply to study at the University of Hong Kong. Our excellent academic standards, diverse campus, and extensive global programmes are just some of the many reasons why HKU is the leading university for outstanding students in Hong Kong and a favourite destination for bright minds from around the world.

Here, you’ll find everything you need to apply via our international or non-JUPAS admissions scheme. This section is for:

  • Non-local students with an international qualification or other national examination qualifications other than Mainland China’s National Joint College Entrance Examination (NJCEE) or GaoKao.
  • Local students with an international qualification or pending international qualification other than the HKDSE.
COVID-19 and other special circumstances

We understand that your university applications may be affected due to cancellation and postponement of examinations under the pandemic. Rest assured that HKU will be flexible when evaluating your application. We ask all applicants to do your best to attend the necessary examinations and present achievements for as soon as they are available.  In the event that you are not able to meet the admissions requirements due to the cancellation of examination or other circumstances beyond your control, reach out to us immediately via the application system.

Meanwhile, the University will continue to evaluate your application based on information submitted (such as school transcripts, predicted results, mock examination results and teacher references) that best reflects your academic and non-academic competencies.  You may continue to update your latest achievements even after the submission of application via the application system.

Updates on Arrangements for Specific Examination Systems

SAT Reasoning Test

If your registration for upcoming tests have been cancelled by College Board, or you encounter difficulties in registering for a test, please inform us of your challenges via the application system with scanned copies or screen shot of your registration and situation.

Supplemental documents you may submit to support your application:
School transcripts; Advanced Placement Exams and/or SAT Subject Tests results (if any); IELTS and/or TOEFL results

UK A-Level Examinations / International A Level Examinations

We are aware of the cancellation of A level examinations in the UK. The University will continue to recognise the results awarded by the various examinations boards under the announced arrangements.

Supplemental documents you may submit to support your application:
School transcripts; Mock examination results; Predicted results

International Baccalaureate Diploma

The University will continue to recognise the results awarded by International Baccalaureate Organization under the announced arrangements.

Indian Boards Examinations

Following the announcements by central and state boards on examination postponement, the University is closely monitoring the situation and will make further announcements on arrangements upon clear indication from the authorities.

Supplemental documents you may submit to support your application:
School transcripts; Pre-board examination results / mock examination results; Predicted results

Updated: April 23, 2021

Admissions Standards
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Important Dates
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30 Sep
Applications open
By 18 Nov
Submit your application for first-round evaluation

Applications received by noon (HKT) on this date will be evaluated and shortlisted for first-round evaluation.

Shortlisted students may be invited for interviews between November and January. Be sure to submit your application at least one month before the relevant interview date.

Applicants interested in the special admission schemes can access the relevant deadlines here.

From 18 Nov
Submit applications to be evaluated on a rolling basis

Applications received after noon (HKT) on this date will be considered on a rolling basis. Interviews will be extended on a case-by-case basis.

By 30 Nov
Submit supporting documents for first-round evaluation (counsellors and referees)

Please submit any reference and supporting documents for first-round evaluation by this date. The counsellors portal will remain open after this date for submissions. Counsellors are advised to submit any predicted or preliminary results or references within one week of receiving an invitation.

From 4 Jan
First-round results announced

If you receive an offer of admission – congratulations! You will be required to indicate your acceptance within three to four weeks. You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit.

Please note

Non-local students should allow at least four to six weeks for an assessment and eight to ten weeks for a visa application upon receiving an offer. Our advice is to apply for a visa as soon as you have received a firm or conditional offer.

If you have not received an offer by 15 February 2021, you may assume your application has been waitlisted for evaluation during the next round. You may continue to submit any additional results in support of your application for evaluation.

21 Aug
Applications close at noon (HKT)
Now Accepting Online Applications

We are pleased to invite you to submit your application to study at HKU before noon on 18 November, 2020, after which first-round evaluations will begin. From November 2020 onward, you may be invited to attend an interview. Successful applicants will receive an offer via our Application System for Undergraduate Programmes. The majority of offers will likely be issued from January 2021 onward.

*To ensure the stability of the application system, please note that regular upgrade and maintenance will be performed every Wednesday at 10:00am (Hong Kong Time) with a down time between 10:00am to 1:00pm. Please avoid editing or submitting your application during the maintenance period.


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Fees and Scholarships
Tuition and Living Expenses

We aim to give deserving students from all over the world access to a top-quality education that opens doors globally, regardless of means or background. You (or your parents) only need to pay a fraction of the cost of education in Hong Kong, even though our educational standards are at an international level.

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HKU offers a broad range of merit-based scholarships that support outstanding undergraduate students with one-off payments and provide renewable financial assistance for tuition and living expenses.

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Guidance for Counsellors

HKU has a dedicated portal for nominated counsellors to help them navigate the application process with step-by-step guides and frequently asked questions. You can invite a teacher or counsellor to oversee your application, confirm your academic results, upload supporting documents, and review other details about your application.

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