For Non-local Applicants

Non-local Applicants

We welcome applications from local and non-local applicants. Starting from the 2019/20 intake cohort, a new definition of Non-local Students (NLS) will be adopted in accordance with the HKSAR Government policy.

If you hold one of the following documents issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR, you are regarded as a non-local student for the purpose of admission to our programmes.

  • student visa / entry permit; or
  • visa / entry permit under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or
  • dependant visa / entry permit (You were 18 years old or above when you were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR.)

Definition of local and non-local applicants is as listed here. To make direct enquiries on the definition of non-local students, please contact the Education Bureau (EDB) [Email: / Fax: (852) 2804 6499].

When you submit an application, you are required to indicate clearly which document you are holding for study. You may be asked to provide a copy of your passport/visa to support your application during the admission process. If the documents produced do not correspond to your local / non-local status entered in the application form, any offers made to you may be revoked and all fees paid will not be refunded. It is always your responsibility to inform the University about the change of your condition of stay by providing relevant documentary proof to as soon as possible.

For undergraduate programmes, local and non-local applicants are considered under different admission schemes. Following the change of your status, your application will be considered with other eligible applicants on a competitive basis under the appropriate admission scheme.

Non-local applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as it often takes considerable time (normally 6 to 8 weeks) for the Immigration Department of the HKSAR to process your visa applications. For details, please consult the Immigration Department of the HKSAR directly (

Tuition Fees
Non-local students are required to pay higher tuition fees for the University's government-funded programmes, but the same fees as their local counterparts for the self-financed programmes. For further details, please visit the websites of individual programmes.
Submission of Applications
Please submit your application online and upload the relevant academic documents via The University does not accept paper applications. Please read through the important notes contained in the "Online Application - Guided Tour" and visit  the relevant website(s) for undergraduate programme(s) and/or postgraduate programme(s) before you start an online application process.

Application fee:
Full-time Undergraduate Programmes: HK$300 for a maximum of two programme choices within an admission term (the fee will be charged for your 1st preference. The system will automatically charge “$0” for the 2nd choice of programme).
Other Programmes: HK$300 for each programme choice

The fee once paid is non-refundable and non-transferable unless the programme in question is cancelled by the University. You may refer to the "Other Payment Methods" for alternative ways of paying your application fee.

Upon successful submission of application, you will receive an application acknowledgement by email which contains an Application Number. Please quote your Application Number in all communications with the University.
Entrance Requirements
Applicants are advised to visit individual programme website(s) for programme information and entrance requirements. A list of acceptable non-local qualifications for meeting the general entrance requirements for undergraduate programmes can be found at For postgraduate programmes, please refer to individual programme websites for details.
Supporting Documents
You should upload your transcripts, certificates, public examination results, English test results and other supporting documents direct on Your application will remain incomplete until we receive all the necessary supporting materials. Due to system limitations, the maximum capacity of your upload files is 17MB in total whereas the maximum size for each file is 4MB.

Please do not send any original documents to the University in any circumstances as the University will not be responsible for any documents mislaid. Applicants who have attended international institutions whose transcripts are in a language other than Chinese or English must submit those transcripts with certified English translations.

Submitted documents will not be returned. All supporting documents of unsuccessful applications will be destroyed at the end of the admission exercise.
Interview & Admission Offer
Shortlisted applicants invited for admission interview / test will be notified by email. Please check your email regularly after submission of application in order to receive any updates or interview invitation from the University. Some applicants may be given a direct offer. Those who have not been invited for interview nor given a direct offer may still be considered if the intake quota is not filled.

Mainland non-JEE applicants who are seeking for admission to our Full-time undergraduate programmes will be considered on a competitive basis with students attending the current year of JEE. Shortlisted Mainland applicants will therefore be invited to attend the on-site admission interview to be held in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai in late June / early July in the relevant admission year.

Successful applicants will receive individual notifications by post / email. Applicants are strongly advised to check their personal email frequently. No individual notifications will be sent to unsuccessful or waitlisted applicants. It is therefore important that the email address you provided is correct and up-to-date. Please login your online application account to update your email address and contact phone number when changes occur.
Acceptance of Admission Offer
If you accept our admission offer, you are required to:
  • indicate your acceptance of offer via the online application system ( or a reply proforma (if applicable);
  • upload a payment proof of the admission acceptance fee;
  • return a signed student visa application form and supporting documents (if applicable). Please return the student visa application form by courier because the Immigration Department of the HKSAR requires the ORIGINAL; and
  • a completed application form for on-campus accommodation (if applicable).

If you have received more than one admission offer from the University, you can choose to enrol on one programme only.
Processing of Student Visa / Entry Permit
The Global Affairs Office (GAO) will send student visa application materials to the Immigration Department of the HKSAR for processing. It normally takes at least 6 weeks to complete the process. Please read through the "Important Notes for Fee Payment and Visa Application"(Chinese version and English version) and complete the Application Form for Entry for Study in Hong Kong ID995A (Samples in Chinese and English are attached for reference).

Once the student visa is ready, GAO will send the student visa to the individual applicant directly.
Programme Registration
New students will be required to present the original documents of all the qualifications stated in your application for verification at the time of registration. Provision of any false or misleading information or failure to supply the original documentation for verification shall lead to disqualification of the application and any offer made will be rescinded. All fees paid will not be refunded. The schedule of programme registration and orientation will be announced on the University's website
You may obtain more information, e.g. pre-departure information and arrival & life in Hong Kong at our GAO's website. Contact information is provided below:
Address: Global Affairs Office
Room A-G/F-10, Cho Kwai Chee Foundation Building
The Education University of Hong Kong
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Tel and Fax: Mainland, Taiwan and Macau Applicants
Tel: (852) 2948 6389 / Fax: (852) 2948 8965
  International Applicants
Tel: (852) 2948 7654 / Fax: (852) 2948 8198

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