Who to Apply

We welcome local and non-local applicants who are seeking admission on the strength of non-HKDSE qualifications to apply for our government-funded programmes via direct application (i.e. Non-JUPAS application). Applicants who are seeking admission on the strength of HKDSE qualifications should apply through Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS).

Applicants who possess the following qualifications are welcome to apply via direct application:


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Normally qualification which is of Level 4 or above under Qualifications Register (QR) of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).
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Applicants holding non-local post-secondary qualification may be required to provide a "Report for Qualifications Assessment" issued by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications to support their applications. Same as eligible applicants with HKALE qualification, eligible applicants with GCE AL/IB and 13 years of schooling will be granted a maximum of 9 credit points of block credit transfer.
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The following institutions (and the HKIEd) are UGC-funded institutions: City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The University of Hong Kong. However, inter-institutional transfers are not normally allowed except under exceptional circumstances.

Language Requirements

In addition to the foregoing general entrance requirements, applicants have to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in both the Chinese and English languages, unless exempted by the Institute.

English Language Requirement

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


Chinese Language Requirement

Applicants are normally required to obtain:


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.

Associate Degree/Higher Diploma Students or Graduates

Applicants who are Associate Degree or Higher Diploma students or graduates (including those who will obtain such a qualification by August 2015) are welcome to apply. However, Higher Diploma non-final year students should normally possess a good Grade Point Average (GPA) for successful admission. Depending on qualification and attainment, applicants with local sub-degree qualifications may be admitted to senior year. Eligible applicants who are not admitted to senior year will be considered under the regular entry route to Year 1 of the programme and they may be granted block credit transfer.

HKALE Qualification

Applicants applied on the strength of HKALE results are required to possess:


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Or equivalent to the Language Requirements listed above.

Eligible applicants will be granted 9 credit points of block credit transfer.

Mature Applicants

We work in tandem with the Government to promote a flexible approach to the development of multiple forms of intelligence and lifelong and life-wide learning. We therefore welcome applications from out-of-school candidates aged 25 and above who have specific talents or achievements and a wealth of experience. Aspiring applicants with a serious commitment to teaching are especially welcome. At the Institute's discretion, if you do not possess the minimum programme entrance requirements but are at least 25 years of age as of 31 August 2015 and can demonstrate to the Institute's satisfaction your suitability for and capability to pursue your chosen programme successfully, then you may be exempted from the entrance requirements as a mature student. You need not explicitly request such consideration, as mature applicants provisions are automatically invoked by the Institute where appropriate. However, you will not be given preferential treatment over normal applications, but will be dealt with solely on your merits on a case-by-case basis.

Block 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 years 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 of HD/AD or hold a HD/AD qualification but fail to obtain a GPA of 3.0 or have 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.