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Non-local Entrance Requirements

The qualifications listed below are accepted as satisfying the General Entrance Requirements for our bachelor's degree programmes. Qualifications not listed below will be considered on individual merits. Applicants are normally required to complete Grade 12 studies on a full-time basis in high school and they may also need to fulfill the subject entrance requirements and/or language requirements. Due to the quota limit, candidates having satisfied the University's entrance requirements will be considered for admission on a competitive basis. Eligible applicants may be requested to attend interviews for further assessment. Holding minimum requirement does not guarantee admission to the University.

General International Qualifications:

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level / International Advanced Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
SAT Reasoning Test

Other Acceptable International Qualifications:

Australia Bangladesh Brunei Canada China
France Germany India Indonesia Ireland
Japan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Macau Malaysia
Myanmar The Netherlands New Zealand Norway Pakistan
The Philippines Russia Saudi Arabia Scotland Singapore
South Africa South Korea Spain Sri Lanka Taiwan
Tajikistan Thailand United Kingdom United States Vietnam
GCE A-level / International Advanced Level
(IAL)
GCE AL / IAL with
  • Grade D or above in 3 AL (or A2) subjects (other than Chinese/Mandarin/English); or
  • Grade D in 2 AL (or A2) plus 2 Advanced Supplementary (AS) subjects (other than Chinese/ Mandarin/English).
(The same subject cannot be counted at both the A-level and AS-level)

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement
IB Diploma International Baccalaureate Diploma

    Recognised English Language Qualification:
    • Grade 4 or better in the Higher Level English Language (B Syllabus); or
    • Grade 5 or better in the Standard Level English Language (B Syllabus); or
    • Grade 4 or better in the Higher or Standard Level English Language (A1 or A2 Syllabus); or
    • Grade 4 or better in the Higher or Standard Level English A: Language and Literature; or
    • Grade 4 or better in the Higher or Standard Level English A: Literature; or
    • Grade 4 or better in the Standard Level English – Literature and Performance; or
    • Grade 4 or better in the Standard Level English – Text and Performance; or
    • General English Language Requirement.

    Applicant should request the IB organization to send scores to the University (Institution Code: 004307).
SAT Reasoning Test A minimum total score of 1,190 (out of 1,600) in the new SAT Reasoning Test (including Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics) / 1,650 (out of 2,400) in the old SAT Reasoning Test (including Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) in one sitting.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
  • Obtain a sub-score on essay writing of no less than 8 in the old SAT / a minimum score of 590 in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of the new SAT; or
  • General English Language Requirement.
Applicant should request the College Board to send scores to the University (Institution Code: 7380) and upload the copy of the scores reports onto the
Online Application System.
Country Acceptable Non-local Qualifications
Australia One of the following:
  • Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) minimum 80.00; or
  • Universities Admission Index (UAI) minimum 80; or
  • Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) of 80 or above; or
  • An Overall Position (OP) Band score between 1 and 8 (25-band scale); or
  • Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank (ENTER) of 80 or above.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
Bangladesh High school students:
  • Senior secondary school-leaving certificate (e.g. Higher Secondary Certificate) fulfilling the minimum high school graduation requirement; and
  • Fullfillment of the abovementioned requirements on the SAT Reasoning Test.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
Brunei Brunei-Cambridge GCE A-Level (AL):
Fulfillment of the General Entrance Requirements and Programme Admission Requirements for GCE AL / IAL applicants.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement
Canada One of the following:

Alberta
  • Passes in five acceptable Grade 12 courses in the High School Graduation Diploma, provided that at least 70% is achieved in each of those courses.

British Columbia
  • Passes in five acceptable subjects in the Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma (Grade 12 or BC Provincially Examinable Courses), provided that not less than Grade B is achieved in each of those subjects.

Ontario
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), with a minimum of six Grade 12 University Preparation Course (U) or University/College Preparation Course (M) courses of which a minimum grade of 70% is obtained in each of these courses.

Quebec
  • Diploma of Collegial Studies with an average of 70%.

Other provinces
  • High School Graduation Diploma with at least 70% is achieved in each of the five Grade 12 subjects.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
China
  • Students taking the National Joint College Entrance Examination (JEE) of Mainland China:
    Meeting the 1st cut-off line of the respective province for admission to mainland key universities (第一批重點高校分數綫 (一本綫)) in the respective admission year.
  • Students from international schools taking examinations other than the JEE:
    To follow the entrance requirements of country/region to which the qualification belongs.

Recognised English Language Qualification: (*Some programmes may require applicants to obtain a score of 120 (out of 150) or above)
France High school students:
  • Baccalaureat General; or
  • Option Internationle du Baccalaureat (OIB); or
  • European Baccalaureate

Recognised English Language Qualification:

Germany High school students:
Completion of the High School Degree of Secondary Education (Abitur)/Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife (German Abitur certificate).

Recognised English Language Qualification:
India High school students:
Completion of a senior secondary school leaving certificate at Grade 12 level, e.g. All India Senior School Certificate Examination (SSC) / Higher School Certificate (HSC) / Indian School Certificate (ISC), with 75% or better in each of the Standard XII subjects.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
Indonesia High school students:
Completion of SMA Ujian Sekolah; and Completion of SMA Ujian Nasional.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement
Ireland High school students:
Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in five subjects at C level or better in Higher level papers.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement
Japan High school students:
Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (e.g. Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho)

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement
Kazakhstan
  • Completion of Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat / Svidetel’ stvo o Srednem Obrazovanil) with grade 4 in each of the subjects; or
  • Successful completion of one year’s study in a bachelor’s degree programme at a recognized university.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement
Kyrgyzstan
  • Completion of Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat o Srednem (polnom) Obrazovanii) with grade 4 in each of the subjects; or
  • Successful completion of one year’s study in a bachelor’s degree programme at a recognized university.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement
Macau High school students:
Fulfillment of the General Entrance Requirements and Programme Admission Requirements for GCE AL / IAL applicants.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement
Malaysia High school students:
  • Either passes (Grade C or above) in at least 7 subjects at UEC (Senior Middle Level) of which 6 were obtained in the same sitting; or
  • Passes (Grade C or above) in at least 3 subjects in Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) in the same sitting, other than language subjects.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
  • Band 4 (Aggregated Score 180-219) or above in Malaysian University English Test (MUET); or
  • Grade C or above in SPM English Language; or
  • Grade C or above in STPM English Language; or
  • Grade B4 or above in UEC-Senior English Language; or
  • General English Language Requirement.
Myanmar Successful completion of one year's study on a bachelor's degree programme at a recognized university.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement
The Netherlands Diploma Voorbeiderend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO – See Note 1).

Recognised English Language Qualification:
New Zealand High school students:
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
  • Achieve a standard of "Achieved" (A) in a minimum of 10 credits at level 2 or higher in English on the National Qualifications Framework of New Zealand; 5 credits must be in Reading and 5 credits must be in Writing. Literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards; or
  • General English Language Requirement.
Norway Satisfactory completion of Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) endorsed "generell studiekompetanse".

Recognised English Language Qualification:
Pakistan High school students:
Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) (80% or above in each of the six subjects).

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
Philippines Applicants must have completed the first two years of a bachelor's degree programme at a recognized university in the Philippines.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
Russia
  • Completion of Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education [Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii] with an average of 4.5 on a 5-point scale and pass in the Unified State Examination (EGE); or
  • Successful completion of one year’s study in a bachelor’s degree programme at a recognized university.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
Saudi Arabia High school students:
Applicants should obtains 80% or above in at least 6 subjects (including English and Chinese/an alternative language other than Chinese and English) in Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate) Examination in two consecutive sittings.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
Scotland Scottlish Certificate of Education, provided that passes in five approved subjects at the Higher Level have been obtained with not less than grade B in one of those subjects and not less than grade C in the remaining four.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
Singapore
  • Students taking the GCE A-Level / IAL Examinations:
    Fulfillment of the General Entrance Requirements and Programme Admission Requirements for GCE AL / IAL applicants.
  • Students from Polytechnics:
    Diploma, Professional Diploma or Technical Diploma awarded by one of the following institutions, provided that the period of study extends over not less than two years (full-time) or four years (part-time): Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic.
  • Students taking the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level Examinations:
    Grade D or above in at least 3 H2 subjects (other than Chinese/Mandarin and English) or Grade D or above in 2 H2 plus 2 H1 subjects (other than Chinese/Mandarin and English).

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
South Africa High school students:
National Senior Certificate with 70% (grade 6) or above in each of the subjects.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
South Korea High school students:
  • Completion of General High School Diploma (Ilbankye Kodung Hakkyo) with grade C "mi" (70-79) or above in each of the subjects; or
  • College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) [Suneung]. To be competitive for admission, a score of 300 (75%) or above is normally expected.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
Spain High school students:
  • Titulo de Bachillerato; and
  • Prueba de Aptitud para Acceso a la Universidad (PAU - University Entrance Exam)

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
Sri Lanka For students taking the Sri Lanka Advanced Level Examinations:
Passes in 3 AL or 2 AL + 2 AS level subjects (other than Chinese) in Sri Lanka Advanced Level examination.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
Taiwan High school students:
  • Senior secondary school-leaving certificate (e.g. Senior High School Leaving Certificate) fulfilling the minimum high school graduation requirement; and
  • Obtain the following results in the General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) (學科能力測驗):
    • English result within the top percentile (頂標); and
    • Minimum score in another 3 subjects (including Chinese) should meet at least the 'average standard (均標)'

Recognised English Language Qualification:
Tajikistan
  • Completion of Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education [Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii]; or
  • Successful completion of one year’s study in a bachelor’s degree programme at a recognized university:

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
Thailand High school students:
Senior Secondary School-leaving Certificate (e.g.Mathayom Suksa 6 - M6) with grade 3 or above in each subject on a 4 point scale.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
United Kingdom
  • For students taking the GCE A-level Examinations:
    Fulfillment of the General Entrance Requirements and Programme Admission Requirements for GCE AL / IAL applicants.
  • For students taking BTEC :
    - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with an overall grade of MMM; or
    - BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC); or
    - BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND).
  • For students taking Cambridge Pre-U Diploma:
    Grade P3 (Pass 3) or above in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects or the award of the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.
United States
  • High schools students:
  • The US High School Graduation Diploma with one of the following:

    • Fullfillment of the abovementioned requirements on the SAT Reasoning Test; or
    • An American College Test (ACT) composite score of 24; or
    • Grade 3 in two Advanced Placement (AP) subjects.
  • Students studying Associate Degree (AD) in the US or in a US university/college operating in Hong Kong:
    • The US High School Graduation Diploma; and
    • Successful completion of one year's study on a full-time AD programme at a recognized US university / community college, provided that the duration of the AD programme is at least two years in full-time mode.
  • Students following Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in community colleges:
    • the US High School Graduation Diploma; and
    • successful completion of IGETC with Grade C or above in each of the subjects.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
Vietnam Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate (Bàng Tót Nghiêp Phó Thông Trung Hoc) with an overall average of 6 (out of 10) in the four examination subjects, provided that no subject is less than 5.

Recognised English Language Qualification:
General English Language Requirement.

Note 1:

VWO is a university preparatory education, covers six years and takes three forms, Atheneum, Gymnasium and ongedeeld (unified) VWO.

The Gymnasium and Atheneum offer two streams of VWO education. A-stream emplasises the humanities and B-stream the sciences. The unified VWO makes no distinction between the two branches. The Atheneum has a common curriculum for the first three years of VWO, the Gymnasia has a common curriculum for the first three or four years. In the final two years of the course, students mainly study the even subjects in which they will take the final VWO examinations. Five subjects are compulsory at the Gymnasium and Atheneum, two or three are compulsory for the unified VWO programmes.

At the end of the final year, students take examinations in seven subjects. The examinations comprise two parts; school examinations, set by the school, are taken in all subjects throughout the year, and there are national examinations which are taken in May or June.

General English Language Requirements

The following is a list of acceptable tests and the score required:

Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements
TOEFL Paper-based: 550; or
Internet-based: 80
IELTS Academic Overall Band: 6
GCE System Grade E or above in GCE AS-level or A-level English; or
Grade C or above in IGCSE / GCE O-level English; or
Grade C or above in GCSE English or English Literature
IB Grade 4 in the Higher Level English Language (B Syllabus); or
Grade 5 in the Standard Level English Language (B Syllabus); or
Grade 4 in the Higher or Standard Level English Language (A1 or A2 Syllabus); or
Grade 4 in the Higher or Standard Level English A: Language and Literature; or
Grade 4 in the Higher or Standard Level English A: Literature; or
Grade 4 in the Standard Level English-Literature and Performance; or
Grade 4 in the Standard Level English-Text and Performance
SAT A sub-score of 8 in Essay Writing in old SAT; or
590 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in new SAT
Others Other English language qualifications deemded acceptable by the University.

General Chinese Language Requirements

The following is a list of acceptable tests and the score required:

Proficiency Tests Minimum Requirements
HKALE Grade E in AS-level Chinese Language & Culture
HKDSE Level 3 in Chinese Language
GCE System Grade E or above in GCE AS-level or A-level Chinese; or
Grade C or above in GCSE / IGCSE / GCE O-level Chinese
IB Grade 4 in Chinese Language subject
Others Other Chinese language qualifications deemded acceptable by the University.

* Applicants with non-local qualificaiton seeking admission to programmes with English as the medium of instruction will be exempted from the Chinese Language requirement on a case-by-case basis.



The abovementioned requirements are subject to ongoing review. The University reserves its right to revise the requirements if and when necessary.

Last update: 15 December 2017

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