Supporting a Student's Application

Counsellors or teachers who are tasked with supporting students' application to University may seek for access to the HKU Counsellors' Portal.

For counsellors with whom we have already connected in previous cycles, an email with your access and password will be sent to you when the system opens.  If you need access to the counsellors' portal, please let us know here.

Counsellors can support your students by uploading your reference letter as well as the report on the applicants' performance onto the Counsellors' Portal.  Applicants have been given detailed instructions on how to nominate you as their counsellor on the application system under this Step by Step Guide to Application.  A system-generated email will be sent to you once an application naming you as a referee is submitted to HKU as a reminder.

If your students have significant financial difficulty in settling the application fees, please write to us via counsellors@hku.hk. Evaluation will be conducted on a case-by-case basis.

Access to Counsellors' Portal

Guide on using the HKU Counsellors' Portal

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30 Sep
2020
Application Opens
18 Nov noon
2020
Submission of Application for First Round Evaluation

Application submitted by 12:00 noon, November 18, 2020 (Hong Kong Time) through the application system will be considered for the First Round Evaluation. Shortlisted students may be invited to attend admissions interviews between December to February.

30 Nov
2020
Submission of Reference Materials for Consideration in First Round Evaluation

Counsellors and referees are recommended to upload the supporting documents onto the application system for students who would like to be considered for the First Round Evaluation. After November 30, 2020, the counsellors' portal will remain open for uploads; counsellors are recommended to provide any predicted results / references within 1 week of receiving the invitation.

4 Jan
2021
Announcement of First Round Result

Successful applicants may expect to receive an offer of admission from January 4, 2021 onwards, with a 3-to-4-week time to accept the offer of admission with a non-refundable deposit.

15 Feb
2021
End of First Round Evaluation

Students who applied by November 18, 2020 but do not hear back by then may consider their application waitlisted. Their applications will be considered again in the next round of evaluation on a rolling basis.

End of March
2021
Submission of Updated Reference Materials

Counsellors may update the student’s academic results through the counsellors’ portal and they will be taken into consideration in the next round of evaluation.

21 Aug noon
2021
Application Closes

12:00 noon, August 21, 2021 (Hong Kong Time)

Frequently Asked Questions by Counsellors
I uploaded a wrong document / there have been updates to documents I have already uploaded.

All documents once uploaded cannot be deleted. If you have made a mistake, please re upload the correct documents and in the case of duplicates only the latest document will be considered.

I couldn't find my student's application on my portal.
  • Please check that the student has selected your school properly in the application form (i.e. from the school dropdown) and that he/she has NOT checked the box “I am not enrolled in any course of academic study between September 2020 to June 2021” on the application. To request for changes on submitted applications, he/she should contact us directly via https://admissions.hku.hk/contact-us.
  • If the student has already graduated from your school, please ask him/her to nominate you as a referee instead and you will be invited for references separately.
I am writing a reference for my student. Are there any requirements on the content and format?

While we do not have any requirements on the content or format, you may refer to a template of the reference here: https://aal.hku.hk/admissions/international/sites/default/files/rr_0.pdf

I would like to retrieve my lost password.

You may use the “Forgot Password” function on the login page of the portal. Please type your email and complete the jigsaw puzzle by dragging the button under the image accordingly. You will then receive an email with the link to reset your password.

I couldn't get to the applicant page after clicking on a student's application on my portal.

This is likely due to your browser setting as some browsers may automatically block the pop-ups. You can either turn the setting off or try using a different browser.

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