Hong Kong Universities Notable facts:

  • 8 public and 8 private higher education institutions
  • Plus one American art college (SCAD)
  • Follow a UK style to learning and instruction but education was revised so university degress now are 4 years
  • Direct entry to Law and Medicine
  • Virtually all courses are taught in English
  • Chinese students are capped at 20%–9000 Chinese students with about 5000 other international students
  • Very familiar with IB and A-Levels; becoming more familiar with US education. Admission often based upon predicted results of external exams.
  • Check out the Guide for IB students wishing to study in Hong Kong for help information.
  • Also helpful is Bridge U’s Guide to Studying in Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Universities use Advanced Placement scores for admission purposes. More details at the Collegeboard AP recognition website.


  • Spring Junior Year: Research Universities
  • Early fall: Applications open typically early September
  • Mid-November: University of Hong Kong deadline
  • Mid-November HKUST early deadline
  • Mid-January: Regular deadline for many universities.

Application Procedure

  • For most universities you will apply directly on the university website.
  • Most HK University applications require:
    • Your personal information
    • list of programs you are applying for,
    • your transcripts and/or IB Predicted grades
    • statement of motivation (similar to a personal statement in the UK)

Useful websites

  • Not sure what you want to study? Try this tool which allows you to enter you primary courses (it is designed for A-Levels, but you can put in your three Higher Levels for IB or Advanced Placement courses).
  • Looking for a deeper exploration of career possibilities? Career Explorer offers one of the most comprehensive and interesting set of reports after answer questions for about 30 Minutes. And it is completely free.
  • The Complete University Guide — Studying in Hong Kong

Unique opportunities

HKU Admissions Webinar

HKUST admission tips

Admission talk overview at HKUST

  • HKUST youtube channel has many more in-depth videos in Chinese and English for admissions by department.

Check out UNESCO’s interactive map


Publicly-funded Local Degree-awarding Institutions :

Hong Kong Baptist University

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

The Hong Kong Institute of Education

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The University of Hong Kong

Self-financing Local Degree-awarding Institutions :

Caritas Institute of Higher Education

Centennial College

Chu Hai College of Higher Education

Hang Seng Management College

Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Vocational Training Council

The Open University of Hong Kong

Tung Wah College

Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education

HKCT Institute of Higher Education

Institution Providing Locally-accredited Non-local Degree Programmes :

Savannah College of Art and Design

Self-financing Institutions Providing Locally-accredited Sub-degree Programmes :

Caritas Bianchi College of Careers

City University of Hong Kong – Community College of City University


HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC)

Hong Kong Baptist University – College of International Education

Hong Kong Baptist University – School of Continuing Education

Hong Kong College of Technology

Hong Kong Institute of Technology *

Lingnan University – Lingnan Institute of Further Education

The Chinese University of Hong Kong – School of Continuing and Professional Studies *

The Community College at Lingnan University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong Community College

The Open University of Hong Kong – Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education *

The University of Hong Kong – HKU SPACE Community College

City University of Hong Kong – The School of Continuing and Professional Education *

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – The School of Professional Education and Executive Development

Vocational Training Council *

Yew Chung Community College

YMCA College of Careers *