Visa Application & Insurance
Prospective international students must apply for a valid study visa through the GAO if they plan to join the programmes. (For students from the Mainland China, Taiwan and Macau, please refer to Chinese version for more details on visa application.)
It normally takes around six weeks to process a visa application. Once a visa is issued, it will be delivered to the applicant’s correspondence address or home institution by courier. The visa label should be attached to the passport immediately.
There is a non-refundable fee of HK$190 (US$24) for a student visa application and an administration fee and courier charge of HK$300 (US$38). All payments should be settled by credit card once the student is admitted.
GAO provides assistance in applying for your student visa. Upon receiving visa label from us, stick it in your passport. When you arrive in Hong Kong, an Immigration Officer will stamp that page to activate your student visa. You will also need to show your student visa when you register at GAO.
Exchange students must arrange travel and health insurance covering the entire period of stay in Hong Kong. Insurance should cover (but not be limited to) travel, personal accident, medical expenses (accident and non-accident), hospitalisation and emergency evacuation/repatriation. There is no requirement on the amount of insurance coverage. This will depend on individual needs.
They will be required to show proof of coverage prior to arrival/registration.