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. If I apply for both BEd (Chinese Language) and BA (Language Studies) – Chinese OR BEd (English Language) and BA (Language Studies) - English, do I need to attend two separate interviews/write two separate tests?
  8. Is there any quota for Direct Application (Non-JUPAS)?
  9. Are there any special considerations for mature applicants?
  10. Can I apply for credit transfer?
  11. I am a first year student of an associate degree programme. Do I need to achieve a particular result in my studies to be considered by the Institute?
  12. 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 non-local applicants:

  1. How do I know whether I am a local student or a non-local student?
  2. How can I apply for a student visa?
  3. What are the estimated expenses for a non-local student studying in the Institute per year?
  4. What are the differences between government-funded and self-financed undergraduate programmes?
  5. If I am a Hong Kong citizen studying overseas or currently attending high school in an international school in Hong Kong, will I be regarded as a non-local applicant?
  6. Can a non-local student be allowed to stay in Hong Kong after graduation?
  7. I am going to take the exam in May/June, can I apply to HKIEd without providing the final exam results for consideration?
  8. When and how can I submit my application for September 2015 entry?
  9. How many programmes I can apply for and how much I need to pay for an application?
  10. Should I mail my supporting documents to HKIEd?
  11. My high school does not give the official transcripts to students. How should I submit my transcripts?
  12. I would like to send an official transcript of my IB/SAT/AP/TOEFL. What is HKIEd's institution code?
  13. How can I check the progress of my application?
  14. Do I need to travel to Hong Kong to attend the Interview?
  15. How can I apply for entrance scholarships?
  16. If I am going to take the 2015 JEE (全国普通高等学校统一招生考试), how can I apply for admission to your programmes?
  17. If I have been selected for admission, when and how will you notify me the details of programme registration?


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 Institute 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.ied.edu.hk/degree/app_non_jupas.htm for details.

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

    Non-JUPAS applicants are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in both the Chinese and English languages, unless exempted by the Institute.

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

    English Language Requirement
    1. Level 2 / Grade E or above in the HKCEE/HKDSE English Language (applicable to holders of recognized Associate Degree/Higher Diploma); or
    2. Grade E or above in AS Use of English in the HKALE; or
    3. Level 3 or above in English Language in the HKDSE; or
    4. A score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL (213 for computer-based, 80 for internet-based); or
    5. A minimum overall band of 6 in the academic version of IELTS; or
    6. A score of 110 or above in JEE English Language; or
    7. Grade C or above in GCSE/GCE O-Level English

    Chinese Language Requirement

    Applicants are normally required to obtain:

    1. Level 2 / Grade E or above in the HKCEE/HKDSE Chinese Language (applicable to holders of a recognised Associate Degree / Higher Diploma) ; or
    2. Grade E or above in ASL Chinese Language & Culture in the HKALE; or
    3. Level 3 or above in Chinese Language in the HKDSE.

    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. If I apply for both BEd (Chinese Language) and BA (Language Studies) – Chinese OR BEd (English Language) and BA (Language Studies) - English, do I need to attend two separate interviews/write two separate tests?

    Yes, Non-JUPAS applicants will need to attend two separate interviews for BEd and BA (Language Studies). As for language tests, Non-JUPAS applicants of BA (Language Studies) will be required to complete both an English and a Chinese test.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 2015) 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.

  10. 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.

  11. I am a first year student of an associate degree programme. Do I need to achieve a particular result in my studies to be considered by the Institute?

    Normally, you need to achieve a GPA of 3.0 or above in the first year of your AD study to be eligible for further consideration by the Institute.

  12. 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 Institute 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.



For non-local applicants:

  1. How do I know whether I am a local student or a non-local student?

    If you need to obtain a student visa or entry permit to study in Hong Kong, then you are regarded as a non-local student (subject to the confirmation of the Hong Kong Immigration Department).

  2. How can I apply for a student visa?

    Non-local students must obtain a student visa in order to study here. Our Greater China Affairs Office (GCA) and International Office (IO) will render assistance to non-local students in their visa application. Should you have any difficulties, please contact GCA and IO on 2948 6389 and 2948 7654 respectively.

  3. What are the estimated expenses for a non-local student studying in the Institute per year?

    The tuition fee of government-funded programmes for the 2015/16 academic year is HK$110,000 per year. Hostel fee for 10-month accommodation is around HK$10,710 (subject to change) and other general expenses cost around HK$30,000. To sum up, the estimated expenses studying in the Institute per year are around HK$150,000. The estimated expenses for non-local students studying in a self-financed programme are about the same. For details, please visit http://www.ied.edu.hk/degree/fees_dse.htm.

  4. What are the differences between government-funded and self-financed undergraduate programmes?

    Government-funded undergraduate programmes represent academic programmes which are subsidized by the public funds. Self-financed undergraduate programmes represent those which are offered on a cost-recovery basis. That said, these programmes will not receive any government subsidy. Therefore, the fees on tuition, course-related activities, accommodation (if any), etc. would be different from that for government-funded programmes.

  5. If I am a Hong Kong citizen studying overseas or currently attending high school in an international school in Hong Kong, will I be regarded as a non-local applicant?

    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.

  6. Can a non-local student be allowed to stay in Hong Kong after graduation?

    Please refer to the immigration arrangements for non-local graduates as posted by the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

  7. I am going to take the exam in May/June, can I apply to HKIEd without providing the final exam results for consideration?

    Students are welcome to apply to HKIEd if they have not completed their final examination at the time of application. In such cases, conditional offers will be made, and students are required to provide their final results before the commencement of the programme. Students are advised to provide any available academic/non-academic qualifications for our review during the application.

  8. When and how can I submit my application for September 2015 entry?

    Application for September 2015 entry is now open till 31 May 2015. Interested applicants may submit their applications and upload the academic documents via www.ied.edu.hk/acadprog/online.

  9. How many programmes I can apply for and how much I need to pay for an application?

    Each non-local applicant can only submit one application for a maximum of two programme choices within an admission term by paying an application fee of HK$300.

  10. Should I mail my supporting documents to HKIEd?

    Please upload all supporting documents, including personal statements, school transcripts, official transcripts, academic references and other supplementary documents to your online application account at www.ied.edu.hk/acadprog/online. You are not required to mail any documents to HKIEd unless requested.

  11. My high school does not give the official transcripts to students. How should I submit my transcripts?

    If the school policy stated that transcripts should remain confidential, please request your school counselor to either send them by mail (10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, NT, Hong Kong), or by email (admission@ied.edu.hk). Please indicate your full name and application number in the document(s) or email correspondence.

  12. I would like to send an official transcript of my IB/SAT/AP/TOEFL. What is HKIEd's institution code?

    Applicants should request the College Board / IBIS / ETS to send scores to the Institute and upload the examinee’s copy of your result slips / reports to our Online Application System.

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

    Qualifications Institution Codes
    IB Diploma 004307
    College Board (SAT, AP) 7380
    ETS (TOEFL) 5225
  13. How can I check the progress of my application?

    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 will be invited to attend admission interview by email / phone. Applicants who have not been given admission offers by mid-July 2015 may assume that they have not been selected for admission. No individual notifications will be sent to unsuccessful or waitlisted applicants. For details, please visit http://www.ied.edu.hk/acadprog/nonlocal.html.

  14. Do I need to travel to Hong Kong to attend the Interview?

    Most interviews are conducted on the phone or through electronic means such as Skype.

  15. How can I apply for entrance scholarships?

    Entrance scholarship will be granted to merit applicants who obtain excellent academic results and perform well in the admission interviews. In this regard, no application for scholarship is required. For those who have not been awarded entrance scholarship may consider applying for other scholarships that available after the programme commences. For details, please visit the website of our Student Affairs Office at https://www.ied.edu.hk/sao/?p=213.

  16. If I am going to take the 2015 JEE (全国普通高等学校统一招生考试), how can I apply for admission to your programmes?

    You are required to submit your application via the Online Application System (www.ied.edu.hk/acadprog/online). More details could be found on our Greater China Affairs Office’s website (http://www.ied.edu.hk/gca/sc/course_ug_ml_application.php).

  17. If I have been selected for admission, when and how will you notify me the details of programme registration ?

    Starting from 2015/16 admission intake, the Institute will not send emails nor letters to successful applicants about registration details. Please visit our registration website to find out the date on which programme registration will take place and where will it be held and the documents to which you have to submit during the registration.