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 exemption or advanced year entry via your Year 3 Direct Admission Scheme?
  13. Should I be regarded as a local applicant or a non-local applicant?
  14. What are the estimated expenses for a non-local student studying in the Institute per year?
  15. How can I apply for a student visa?


  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) for the 2013/14 cohort, 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 2014) 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 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 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 be admitted to senor year via your Year 3 Direct Admission Scheme?

    The Institute has set aside some Year 3 places for direct admission to sub-degree graduates. To be eligible, 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 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 Year 3, 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 credit transfer.

  13. Should I be regarded as 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 confirmation from the Hong Kong Immigration Department).

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

    The tuition fee of government-funded programme for the 2014/15 academic year is tentatively HK$100,000 per year. Hostel fee is around HK$10,400 (for 10-month accommodation) 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.

  15. 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.