Exemption from any ELC course

Students who apply to CityU through JUPAS (The Joint University Programmes Admissions System) are exempt from the ELC course if they have achieved the following level.

Level Exam
4 or above HKDSE English

Acceptable Alternative Qualifications

Students who are not admitted through JUPAS are invited at registration to take the English Placement Test or provide proof that they took one of the following exams in the past two years and achieved at least the score below.

Exam/Test All Associate and Bachelor Degree Programmes
IELTS 6.5 - with no less than 6.0 in the Writing and Reading sections
TOEFL (internet-based) 79 – with no less than 15 in the Reading and 12 in the Writing sections
Cambridge ESOL examinations e.g.
Cambridge Proficiency in English or Cambridge Advanced English or Cambridge First Certificate
CEFR B2+ pass levels in reading and writing

Newly admitted students have until the end of their first semester to ask the ELC Head to consider other qualifications, but most students with other qualifications will have to take the English Placement Test. Requests after the first semester will not be considered.

To be objective and fair to everyone, these rules apply to all students, including those who have lived in English-speaking countries, those who speak English at home, and even those whose only language is English.

Exception: Students who already have a degree from a university in an English-speaking country are exempt from the ELC courses.


Early Exit

Students who demonstrate an overall grade B or above in the EL0200A course will be granted an exemption from taking EL0200B, and will be considered to have fulfilled the pre-requisite requirement for the GE1401 (University English) course. These students will be permitted to proceed to directly to the GE University English course.