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Join HKU family if you are a Talented athlete with Outstanding sports achievement and a Perseverant mind!


Top athletes meeting the following criteria will be eligible for nomination:

a)     Acknowledged sports ranking; and

b)     Nominated by the Hong Kong Sports Institute and other equivalent Sports Associations.

Selection Criteria

Nominations will be reviewed and the eligibility of admissions will be determined in terms of:

  • Evidence of sports ranking
  • Level of sports locally, nationally, or/and internationally
  • Interview performance
  • Personal statement; and
  • Coaches references or letters of recommendation
Programmes Available

The selected top athletes will be considered for admissions to the below programmes:

Programme Code Programme


Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Business and Administration


Bachelor of Science


Bachelor of Social Sciences

NOTE  Athletes who wish to be admitted by other progammes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Period Event
Due to overwhelming response, applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until end of April. Open for nomination
Committee to review nominations
Committee/programmes to interview nominees
Release of result

NOTE  Applicants will be evaluated through a holistic assessment, where academic merits may not be the major consideration.  All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.



For enquiries, please email


SALSA Scheme by UGC

The University Grants Committee (UGC) has launched the Student-Athlete Learning Support and Admission Scheme (SALSA Scheme) to support outstanding athletes who aspire to pursue dual-track career developments in the eight UGC-funded universities in the 2022/23 to 2024/25 triennium, with a commitment of up to $100 million for allocation among the eight UGC-funded universities. 

Student athletes admitted via the Top Athletes Direct Admission Scheme and have fulfilled the criteria of the SALSA scheme will be entitled to the funding and supports offered in the scheme. Please click here for details of the SALSA scheme.


HKU Sports Scholar Sharing
Chan Hei Man Hayley Victoria - HKU Sports Scholar 2010 (Windsurfing)
Sport has changed my life

Thank you, HKU, for your support all these years, allowing me to realise my Olympic dreams. Although I did not get any medals at the two Olympic Games I participated in, I am proud that I gave my best. Sport has changed my life and I am grateful for the encouragement from the University. With the comprehensive support from HKU, I look forward to witnessing more fellow students strive for excellence in the world stadiums, to experience the Olympic spirit, and to enjoy the fun of sports.

*Quote from HKU Press Release

Hayley Chan, Olympic Windsurfer
Bachelor of Arts
Oscar Coggins - HKU Sports Scholar 2020 (Triathlon )
Heading towards 2024 Paris Olympics

Representing Hong Kong and HKU at the Tokyo Olympics was such an amazing experience and honour for me. I’m sure many young people were inspired by Hong Kong’s most successful Olympics. The funding I receive will help me continue my studies and qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

*Quote from HKU Press Release

Oscar Coggins, Olympic Triathlete
Bachelor of Engineering