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 which offer a broad variety of major options:

Programme Code Programme Majors


Bachelor of Arts

offered by the Faculty of Arts

  • Art History
  • Chinese History and Culture
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • English Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • General Linguistics
  • Global and Area Studies
  • Global Creative Industries
  • History
  • Hong Kong Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Translation
Programme Code Programme Majors


Bachelor of Business and Administration

offered by HKU Business School

  • Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems and Analytics
  • Marketing
Programme Code Programme Majors


Bachelor of Science

offered by the Faculty of Science

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Decision Analytics
  • Earth System Science
  • Ecology & Biodiversity
  • Environmental Science
  • Food & Nutritional Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
  • Physics
  • Risk Management
  • Statistics
Programme Code Programme Majors


Bachelor of Social Sciences

offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences

  • China Studies
  • Geography
  • Politics & Public Administration
  • Social Policy & Social Development Sociology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Counselling
  • Criminology
  • Media & Cultural Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Urban Governance

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


Period Event
Mid-September 2023 Open for nomination

6 December 2023
12:00 noon (Hong Kong Time)

Close for nomination
Early January 2024 Committee to review nominations
Mid - late January 2024 Committee/programmes to interview nominees
February 2024 Release of result


Submission of Nomination

Nominations shall be made via the form below with the following supporting documents:

  • Results of sports achievements
  • Sports CV
  • Reference letter
  • Personal statement


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 tadas@hku.hk.


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

Nic Choi

Fencing has changed my life completely

and I am proud to compete in games representing Hong Kong. I am very grateful for the opportunity to study at HKU which is one of the best icons to represent Hong Kong with its long history. The reason I chose Bachelor of Arts is that it offers me options to study in areas that I am interested in, for example the social media and the fashion industry.

Nicholas Choi, Olympian (Fencing)
Bachelor of Arts
HO Sze Long

Strive for excellence to win glory for Hong Kong

It is my honour to study in the HKU. With my gratitude to the TADAS, it allows me to have dual career development in sports and study. Owing to its flexible learning arrangement and support, I can continue my intensive training and overseas competitions. More importantly, I can strive for excellence to win glory for Hong Kong. 

Aaron Ho, Fencer, Winner of the 2018 Asian Fencing Championships Men’s Sabre Team
Bachelor of Business and Administration
LAM Siu Hang

Accomplish both sports dreams and university dreams

HKU’s Top Athletes Direct Admission Scheme provides me a platform to accomplish both sports dreams and university dreams. With the 100% support from HKU, it allows me to continue with my sports career and have a good balance between studies and training. I am sure that college life in HKU will be a meaningful and memorable one.

Siu-hang Lam, Olympian (Table Tennis)
Bachelor of Social Sciences
Liam Martin Doherty

I am passionate about rugby

I am a big believer of sport is not forever, I am passionate about rugby and want to have the opportunity to strive towards completing my goals, while still being able to plan my future. HKU has created this amazing program where they prioritise my sporting career whilst giving me the tools to create a life after sport. With their unwavering support, I can embark on an incredible journey of personal growth and success, both on and off the field.

Liam Martin Doherty, Rugby player, Series Winner of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series
Bachelor of Business and Administration
Charlotte Emily Hall

Pursue both my sporting and academic goals simultaneously

With the amount of time and dedication sport requires, I have always found it difficult to balance my training and competition with my studies. Thanks to the great the support from HKU and their TADAS scheme, I now have the opportunity to Pursue both my sporting and academic goals simultaneously.

Charlotte Emily Hall, Triathlete, Gold Medal in Youth Triathlon Championships Mixed Relay Competition
Bachelor of Business and Administration
Adrian Yung

I am passionate about sports

because of the sense of achievement one gets from training. With the support from HKU’s Top Athletes Direct Admission Scheme and the HKU Lee Shau Kee Top Athletes Scholarship, I have the chance to study nutrition and environmental science at one of the best universities in the world. The supportive environment here allows me to continue with my training and competition, which is valued by me and many other aspiring athletes.

Adrian Yung, Winter Olympian (Alpine skiing)
Bachelor of Science
Sandy Choi_1

Winning a medal in the upcoming Asian Games

is my short-term goal. I also have a long-term goal of starting up a business. HKU’s Top Athletes Direct Admission Scheme provides me with the chance to achieve both – it offers me direct financial support and a platform to strike a balance between my business studies and sports training.

Sandy Choi, Silver Medalist, Asian 49er and 49erFX Championship
Bachelor of Business and Administration
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