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FAQs – Non-local

Non-local Status

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 Director of Immigration, you are regarded as a non-local student for the purpose of admission to our programmes.

  • student visa / entry permit; or

  • visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or

  • dependent visa, who are aged 18 years old or above before 1 September of the year in which you are admitted to our programmes

Definition of local and non-local applicants is as listed here.

Hong Kong citizens who are currently studying/residing overseas or attending high school in an international school in Hong Kong are considered as local applicants.

Holders of Dependent Visa who are:

  • below 18 years of age before 1 September in the year in which they are admitted to relevant post-secondary programmes in Hong Kong are defined as LOCAL applicants.

  • aged 18 years old before 1 September in the year in which they are admitted to relevant post-secondary programmes in Hong Kong will be regarded as NON-LOCAL applicants.

The "non-local" or "local" status of students, once determined at the time of admission, will not be changed due to the change of age during the study period.

Holders of dependent visa who are below 18 years of age when submitting their applications BUT who will turn 18 years of age before 1 September in the year in which they are admitted to our programmes should also declare themselves as NON-LOCAL applicants in the online application forms.

Our Global Affairs Office (GAO) will render assistance to non-local students in their visa applications. Successful non-local students are advised to submit the required documents to GAO 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 application. For details, please consult the Immigration Department of the HKSAR directly (http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/index.html).

Applications

Non-local students seeking admission in 2019 with HKDSE results can still apply through JUPAS route but they have to apply through Non-JUPAS route from 2020 onwards. For details, please refer to the JUPAS website at https://www.jupas.edu.hk/en/page/detail/3670/.

You can submit application via our Online Application System (www.eduhk.hk/acadprog/online). Each non-local applicant can submit applications for a maximum of two programme choices within an admission term by paying an application fee of HK$300. To facilitate the admission process, applicants are required to indicate their first and second choice of programme preference via the online application system. The application fee (i.e. HK$300) will be charged for the 1st preference. The system will automatically charge “$0” for the 2nd choice. The fee once paid is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Bachelor of Education (BEd) programmes are aimed at training pre-service teachers who will be well equipped with in-depth major-related knowledge and professional teacher training. Graduates of the BEd programmes are eligible to become fully qualified and registered teachers in kindergarten, primary or secondary schools in Hong Kong.

Graduates of the 4-year full-time complementary undergraduate programmes will be awarded the qualification of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Sciences with solid subject knowledge. Graduates who wish to join the teaching profession may choose to undertake the one-year full-time or two-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes in order to acquire the qualification for registering as qualified teachers. Graduates of the five-year full-time co-terminal double degree progrmames will be awarded both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education qualifications.

A list of acceptable non-local qualifications for meeting the general entrance requirements for undergraduate programmes can be found at http://www.eduhk.hk/degree/app_non_local.htm. Qualifications not listed there will be considered on individual merits. Due to quota limit, applicants having satisfied the University's entrance requirements will be considered for admission on a competitive basis.

In addition to the General Entrance Requirements and Language Requirements, applicants for Music and Visual Arts related programmes are required to submit a portfolio (including professional certificates in music / arts, video clips of music performance, photos of their artworks, etc.) by uploading the materials into their online application accounts for our consideration.

To facilitate the evaluation of your application, please upload all supporting documents, including personal statements, transcripts, official certificates, academic references and other supplementary documents to your online application account (www.eduhk.hk/acadprog/online). You are not required to mail any documents to EdUHK unless requested. Your application will remain incomplete until we receive all the necessary supporting materials.

Applicants should request the College Board / IBIS / ETS to send their examination scores to the University.

EdUHK’s institution codes for the respective qualifications are as follows:

Qualifications Institution Codes
IB Diploma 004307
College Board
(SAT, AP)
7380
ETS (TOEFL) 5225

You are welcome to apply to EdUHK if you have not completed your final examination at the time of application. However, you have to provide details of the examination (e.g. Year of the exam, subjects, etc.) in the online application form. To facilitate the preliminary assessments, please upload your provisional results / predicted grades / GCSE / GCE O-level / GCE AS-level results, if any, onto your online application account. In case you do not have any predicted results, please indicate result pending for the relevant subject(s). Upon receiving your official scores / grades, you are required to upload the results for consideration as soon as possible.

Applicants are advised to upload any available academic / non-academic qualifications into their online application accounts for our review. Screen capture / downloaded copy / examinee's copy of their result slips will be considered. However, successful applicants are required to present the original / official academic certificates / transcript as entered in their application forms for verification on the registration day.  Failure to do so shall lead to disqualification of their applications. If the documents produced do not correspond to the previously submitted application materials or they are unable to meet the condition(s) attached to the offer, the University will have to withdraw the admission offer and all fees paid will not be refunded.

Upon successful submission of application, you will receive an application acknowledgement by email within one day of submission. It contains your application number and choice of programme. Please retain this acknowledgement for future reference and enquiries. 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. 

Applicants who have not been given admission offers by mid-July 2018 may assume that they have not been selected for admission. No individual notifications will be sent to unsuccessful or waitlisted applicants. Their application status will remain "Submitted" in the Online Application System.

Applicants are required to submit their applications via the Chinese version of our Online Application System. More details could be found on our Global Affairs Office's website.

Entrance scholarship will be granted to merit applicants who obtain excellent academic results and perform well in admission interviews. In this regard, no application for scholarship is required. For those who have not been awarded entrance scholarship can apply for a range of scholarships during the studies of their enrolled programmes. For details, please visit the website of our Student Affairs Office at https://www.eduhk.hk/sao/?p=213.

Interview

Eligible applicants may be requested to attend interviews for further assessment. Shortlised applicants will receive individual notifications by email. Applicants are strongly advised to check their personal emails frequently after submission of applications in order to receive any updates or interview invitations from the University. 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.

Admission interview for shortlisted non-local non-Mainland applicants will be conducted through electronic means such as Skype.  

Shortlisted mainland applicants who are seeking for admission to our Full-time undergraduate programmes will 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.

Offer and Registration

Applicants will normally be informed the interview results by email within two weeks after the admission interview.

If your application is successful, you will be notified by email. You may log into your online application account to download the offer letter. No hardcopy will be provided. Please read through the letter and the attached documents carefully. If you wish to accept the offer of admission, you need to complete the procedures for offer acceptance including full payment of a non-refundable admission acceptance fee by the stipulated deadline.

Programme registration will be held in mid-August. The University will not send letters to successful applicants about registration details. They are required to visit the registration website which will be launched in mid-July to find out details of the arrangements.

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