International and Mainland Applicants
* Information is subject to change without prior notice
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For admission to the Postgraduate's degree programmes,
- applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements of the University and the entrance requirements specific to individual programmes.
- applicants should satisfy the minimum English Proficiency Requirements specified by both the University and individual Colleges and Schools for those whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English.
- Applicants for admission to Doctor of Philosophy must:
- be a current MPhil student in the University who seeks transfer to PhD candidature; or
- hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
- hold a taught Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or
- hold a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.
- Applicants for admission to Master of Philosophy must:
- hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.
- Applicants for admission to Professional Doctorate programmes must satisfy the entrance requirements specific to individual programmes.
- Applicants for admission to Taught Master's Degree or Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma programmes must satisfy the University's requirements set out below and the entrance requirements specific to individual programmes.
- hold a bachelor's degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or of an overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or
- hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent to the above.
- Individual Departments and Schools may prescribe further entrance requirements. For details, please refer to Admission Handbook (for Research Degree Programmes) and Programme Information (for Professional Doctorate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes).
- Final year undergraduate students who will acquire the requisite academic qualification before the commencement of the programme may apply for admission.
- Equivalent qualifications mentioned above include relevant professional qualifications or other scholarly achievements recognised by the University.
- Applicants for admission to Research Degree and Professional Doctorates programmes should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified by both the University's requirement set out below and the requirements of individual Colleges and Schools.
- TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
- Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing (IELTS); or
- Other equivalent qualifications
- Applicants for admission to Taught Master's Degree or Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma programmes should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified by both the University's requirement set out below and the requirements of individual Colleges and Schools.
- a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
- an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
- band 6 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test*; or
- other equivalent qualifications
- Individual Colleges and Schools may stipulate higher English proficiency requirement, or equivalent acceptable qualifications, suitable for their disciplines. For details, please refer to Admission Handbook (for Research Degree Programmes) and Programme Information (for Professional Doctorate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes).
- * Applicants holding the old CET-6 result must attain a pass in the test. For applicants holding the new CET-6 result, please refer to the CET-6 score requirement for the individual programme in the Programme Information.
Applicants should submit their online applications for admission through the Admission System. Please go through the steps as detailed in the "Application Procedures".
Applications of Research Degree programmes are accepted throughout the year and will normally be considered in two rounds annually. Applications for Professional Doctorate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2010 entry are accepted starting 1 December 2009. Please refer to the application period specified by individual programmes. You are required to submit the online application before the specified deadline.
Non-local students are persons who require a student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study in Hong Kong. Persons holding any of the following documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department are NOT considered as non-local students:
- "Permanent Hong Kong Identity Card" (as distinguished from a "Hong Kong Identity Card")
- dependent visa
- full-time employment visa/work permit (for part-time study)
- one-way permit for entry to Hong Kong
- entry visa/entry permit for quality migrants
- entry visa/entry permit for capital investment entrants
Student Visa/Entry Permit
Non-local students must obtain a student visa or an entry permit to study in Hong Kong.
Students admitted from overseas countries should direct their applications for a visa to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in their place of residence or to the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). As part of the application for a visa, applicants are required to nominate a Hong Kong resident aged 18 or above to act as a sponsor. Those who have difficulty in nominating a sponsor may write to the University to act in this capacity. For mainland students, the University will be required to act as the sponsor for their study.
In accordance with the regulations of the Immigration Department in Hong Kong, students holding a student visa/an entry permit for studying in Hong Kong are allowed to undertake part-time paid employment during their stay in Hong Kong under stipulated conditions.
If you need advice on visa requirements, please consult the Hong Kong Immigration Department, HKSAR.
Personal Accident and Medical Insurance/Travel Insurance
It is mandatory for non-local students to purchase a personal accident and medical insurance / travel insurance policy during their study period at the University. For further information, please visit the Mainland and External Affairs Office.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Hong Kong is generally high. The estimated basic cost of living for a single student is around HK$8,000 to HK$12,000 per month to cover food, lodging and general living expenses, depending on the type of accommodation selected and level of living and personal expenses. The above estimate does not include the tuition fee which may vary by programme and depending on the credit load to be taken.
The University provides accommodation to students and there are currently 10 residential halls built on campus. Non-local applicants should note that although student residence is available, there is no guarantee that accommodation in the student residence can be provided to all applicants because of limited capacity. In postgraduate halls, priority will be given to non-local full-time government-funded research students.
Except that students offered government-funded places for the Postgraduate Certificate in Law programme (PCLL) are eligible to apply for student residence, all taught postgraduate students should seek off-campus accommodation as early as possible before arrival at Hong Kong. Details about off-campus accommodation are available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/htm/e_off-campus1.htm.
For further information, visit the Student Residence Website.