FAQs – Non-JUPAS

For local applicants:

  1. What is JUPAS? What is the difference between JUPAS and Direct Application (Non-JUPAS)?
  2. Can I apply via both JUPAS and Direct Application (Non-JUPAS) routes?
  3. What qualities of students are you looking for?
  4. What are the General Entrance Requirements for Direct Application (Non-JUPAS)?
  5. What are the language requirements for Direct Application (Non-JUPAS)?
  6. I am applying through Direct Application. Do I need to attend admission interview(s)/test(s)?
  7. Is there any quota for Direct Application (Non-JUPAS)?
  8. Are there any special considerations for mature applicants?
  9. Can I apply for credit transfer?
  10. I am a final year student of a sub-degree programme. Can I apply for credit transfer or senior year entry via direct application?


For local applicants:

  1. What is JUPAS? What is the difference between JUPAS and Direct Application (Non-JUPAS)?

    Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) is a scheme for students with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination results (past and / or current) to apply for admission to programmes offered by the JUPAS participating-institutions.

    If you are seeking admission on the strength of HKDSE results (current or past years), you should follow the application procedures under JUPAS. Otherwise you should submit application direct to the University via the Direct Application (Non-JUPAS) route.

  2. Can I apply via both JUPAS and Direct Application (Non-JUPAS) routes?

    No, you can only apply either through JUPAS or Direct Application (Non-JUPAS) route, but not both.

  3. What qualities of students are you looking for?

    We look for students with the key personal and professional attributes that we summarise as the 4Cs: Character and moral responsibility; Competence and professional excellence; Cultivation of wisdom and intellectual engagement; and Civic-mindedness and social responsibility.

  4. What are the General Entrance Requirements for Direct Application (Non-JUPAS)?

    Both local and non-local applicants who are applying on the strength of non-HKDSE qualifications are welcome to apply for our government-funded programmes through the Direct Application (Non-JUPAS).

    To meet the general entrance requirements, applicants should possess one of the following qualifications:

    1. A recognised post-secondary qualifications such as Associate Degree/Higher Diploma; or
    2. One year of attendance in a recognised Associate Degree programme; or
    3. Non-local qualifications such as a GCE AL, IB Diploma; High School Graduation Diploma or SAT; or
    4. Current enrolment in a full-time or sandwich Bachelor's degree programme in recognised institutions; or
    5. HKALE qualification; or
    6. A mature applicant; or
    7. Possession of other exceptional abilities that merit special consideration.

    Please see http://www.eduhk.hk/degree/app_non_jupas.htm for details.

  5. What are the language requirements for Direct Application (Non-JUPAS)?

    Non-JUPAS applicants holding non-local qualifications have to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in both the Chinese and English languages, unless exempted by the University.

    We accept the following language tests and scores as fulfillment of the University's language requirements:

    English Language Requirement
    1. Grade E or above in AS Use of English in the HKALE; or
    2. Level 3 or above in English Language in the HKDSE; or
    3. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
    4. A minimum overall band of 6 in the academic version of IELTS; or
    5. A score of 110 or above in JEE English Language; or
    6. Grade E or above in GCE AS Level or AL Level English; or
    7. Grade C or above in GCSE/GCE O-Level English; or
    8. Grade C or above in GCSE English or English Literature.

    Chinese Language Requirement

    Applicants are normally required to obtain:

    1. Grade E or above in ASL Chinese Language & Culture in the HKALE; or
    2. Level 3 or above in Chinese Language in the HKDSE; or
    3. Grade 4 or above in IB Chinese Language subject; or
    4. Grade E or above in GCE A/AS Level Chinese; or
    5. Grade C or above in GCSE / IGCSE / GCE O-level Chinese.

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

  6. I am applying as a Direct Application (Non-JUPAS). Do I need to attend an admission interview(s)/test(s)?

    Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an admission interview(s)/test(s) and they will receive the
    interview(s)/test(s) arrangement by email. However, applicants who have not been invited to attend interview shall not assume that they are not being considered for admission.

  7. Is there any quota for Direct Application (Non-JUPAS)?

    No, we consider the admissibility of all Direct Application (Non-JUPAS) candidates on a merit basis.

    As regards to our full-time undergraduate programmes, around 20% of entrants are Non-JUPAS applicants.

  8. Are there any special considerations for mature applicants?

    We work in tandem with the Government in promoting a flexible approach to the development of multiple forms of intelligence, lifelong and life-wide learning. We therefore welcome applications from out-of-school candidates aged 25 or above (on or before 31 August 2017) with specific talents or achievements and a wealth of experience. Aspiring applicants with a serious commitment to teaching are especially welcome. They may be exempted from the entrance requirements if they can demonstrate their suitability and capability to pursue the programmes successfully.

  9. Can I apply for credit transfer?

    Applicants, except for those admitted to senior year, with eligible HKALE/IB/GCE AL and 13 years of schooling or holding a HD/AD qualification with a GPA 3.0 or above will be granted one of the following block credit transfers:

    Block Credit Transfer of 9 credit points (cps) for eligible HKALE / IB / GCE AL students with 13 Yrs of schooling:

    1. Electives – 2 courses (6cps)
    2. General Education Breadth Courses – 1 course (3cps)

    Block Credit Transfer up to 30 credit points (cps) for eligible AD/HD graduates with final GPA 3.0 but failed to gain entry to senior year:

    1. Major-related / Core courses – up to 12 cps, subject to the relevance of AD/HD programme to the admitted undergraduate programme, as decided by the relevant Programme Team.
    2. Electives – 4 courses (12cps)
    3. General Education Breadth Courses – 2 courses (6cps)

    Applicants who have been granted block credit transfer/senior year entry are no longer entitled to apply for credit transfer of individual courses on the basis of the above mentioned entrance qualifications (i.e. no double benefit). On the contrary, if applicants completed Year 1 HD/AD or hold a HD/AD qualification but fail to obtain a GPA of 3.0 or possessed other post-secondary qualification can submit an application for credit transfer of individual courses on a case-by-case basis after they have completed programme registration.

  10. I am a final year student of a sub-degree programme. Can I apply for credit transfer or senior year entry via direct applicatioin?

    The University has set aside some Year 3 places for UGC-funded programmes and some Year 2 / Year 3 places for self-financed programmes. To be eligible for admissioin to senior year, you should be an Associate Degree or Higher Diploma holder in Hong Kong. If you are a final-year student of such a programme, then you are also welcome to apply, and your application will be considered subject to successful completion of the programme and a good GPA, and availability of courses in the relevant programme. Once selected, you will be enrolled in Year 2 / Year 3 of the programme concerned. To achieve the best learning outcomes, you may also be required to study additional courses to meet the curriculum requirements. If you are deemed not eligible for direct entry to senior year, you will still be considered under the regular route to Year 1 of your chosen programme(s) and you may be granted for block credit transfer or apply for credit transfer of individual courses on a case-by-case basis after programme registration. Please see details in the section for block credit transfer.