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 might be affected due to cancellation and postponement of examinations because of the pandemic. Please rest assured that HKU will exercise flexibility when evaluating your application. Please inform us if you are not able to meet the admissions requirements due to the cancellation of examination or circumstances beyond your control. If your examination is postponed, you should sit for the next available examination when it resumes.

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

Please refer to the table below for the updates of specific examinations and the supporting documents required to support your applications.

SAT Reasoning Test If your planned examination is cancelled by the College Board or if you encounter registration difficulties, please submit proof to us. Meanwhile, you may submit the documents below for the University's evaluation:


School transcripts, Advanced Placement Exams and/or SAT Subject Tests results (if any), IELTS and/or TOEFL

Wales-regulated Year-end A Level examinations We understand the Wales' Minister for Education has recently announced the cancellation of the year-end A level examinations. Meanwhile, you may submit the documents below for the University's evaluation:


School transcripts, mock examination results, predicted results; A Levels results awarded by WJEC will be recognised as usual

UK A-Level examinations The University is closely monitoring updates from Ofqual and exam boards. We will keep you updated when more information is available. Meanwhile, you may submit the documents below for the University's evaluation:


School transcripts, mock examination results, predicted results

Admissions Standards
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Subject Requirements
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Additional Requirements
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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.

More Information for Counsellors