Non-local Applicants

Apply Online (Notes for Non-Local Applicants for 2024 Entry) 

This section will lead you through different steps in completing the admission application for undergrduate programmes of CityU.

[Block] Application Procedures

Application Procedures

Prepare For Your Application
Perpare For Your Application

The University welcomes applications from non-local applicants. Local and non-local applicants are considered under different admissions routes. Please read the definitions of local and non-local students.

CityU offers a range of disciplines from Business, Creative Media, Data Science, Energy and Environment, Law, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine to Science and Engineering. Visit our programme list to choose the right programmes for you.

To be eligible for consideration for admission, students must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for Bachelor's degree studies. In addition to the General Entrance Requirements, individual degrees/majors may require specific subject backgrounds. Please refer to the respective programme webpages for details.

Please click Supporting Documents by Qualification Type for a list of documents required for application review. 

It is highly recommended that applicants for School of Creative Media (SCM) Bachelor's degree programmes submit a portfolio via the SCM Online Portfolio Submission System. 

Please refer to the SCM's webpage at for details of the portfolio submission period and specifications.

Submit Your Application
Submit Your Application

Input your email address and personal details, and choose a password to create an application account on CityU Online Application System. A confirmation email showing your application number and electronic ID (EID) will be sent to your email address. You may use the EID and your selected password to log in to your application account.

Click "Apply for New Programme(s)". Select "Application Type" (Bachelor's degree) and "Semester" (Semester A, 2024/25), then select 1-3 (maximum) programmes from the programme list. Complete your online application and click "SAVE" before proceeding to the next section or logging off.

Scanned copies of these documents should be uploaded via your application account before you submit your application.

  • Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an officially certified English translation provided by the awarding body or your school or university.
  • Documents that do not show the name of applicant or with non-matching names will NOT be accepted. However, if the difference in names is due to special reasons, please upload a written explanation with documentary proof (e.g. deed poll, certificate of name change).
  • If you have dual nationality, please upload copies of the relevant valid passports. 
  • If you wish to provide additional information after submitting your application, please use the "file upload" function in your application account. Please note that once the selection process has begun, additional / updated information provided to the University may not be considered, at the discretion of the relevant programme department.
  • If requested by the University, you should present the ORIGINAL certificate / official certification of your qualifications as stated in your application for verification before starting your studies.

Check the data you have entered before submitting your application. Pay the application fee online. The fee (HKD450 for a maximum of 3 programme choices) is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Your application will only be processed after the application fee has been paid.

An acknowledgement of your application will be shown online upon the submission of your application. A copy will also be sent to your registered email account. Your chosen programmes will appear under "Submitted Application" in your application account.

After Submission of Your Application
After Submission

Depending on the programme for which you apply, you may be required to attend an interview. If required, telephone/Skype/Zoom may be used to conduct the interview.

Admission offers for Semester A entry are normally made from December to next July. Final-year high-school students and students enrolled in a post-secondary programme may receive conditional offers based on their latest examination results (if applicable). 

You can access your application account using the electronic ID and password created at the time of application. Through your application account, you can check the outcome of your application. If your application is successful, we will send you an email notification, and you will be able to retrieve your admission offer letter via your application account. No hardcopy letter will be issued. 

If you are awarded an entrance scholarship / diversity grant, details will be provided in your admission offer letter.

Successful applicants must indicate their acceptance and pay the acceptance fee (HK$10,000) online before the reply deadline. 

Upon enrolment, the non-refundable acceptance fee paid at the time of admission will be credited towards your tuition fee, or other fee payment if you receive a top scholarship or a full-tuition scholarship. The balance of the fee required for the first semester of study will be collected following the University's fee payment schedule. 

If you are awarded an entrance scholarship / diversity grant, please note the terms and conditions set out in your admission offer letter before indicating your acceptance. The acceptance fee is non-refundable regardless of whether you meet the scholarship condition(s).

Non-local students will require a student visa / entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study in Hong Kong. Students are responsible for obtaining a valid student visa / entry permit before arrival, and for complying with the terms and conditions of the visa / entry permit. If you are unable to produce a valid student visa / entry permit corresponding to the programme in which you intend to enrol, you will not be admitted to the programme. 

Non-local students admitted to full-time Bachelor's degree programmes are eligible to apply for Student Residence, with higher priority granted during their first two years of study under the current Hall Admission Policy. For subsequent years of study, non-local students are expected to secure their own housing in the market, and are advised to prepare funds to cover such accommodation.

Upon accepting your admission offer, please make arrangements for CityU to receive your OFFICIAL academic records (from your school / exam body) as soon as they become available and well before your arrival in Hong Kong

Applicants who receive a conditional offer should also supply in addition the documentation certifying the fulfilment of the offer condition(s) before the deadline indicated in the admission offer letter. Note that irrespective of whether a student visa / entry permit has been issued, the conditions of the offer must be fulfilled prior to enrolment. 

The University reserves the right to decide whether the submitted documents are acceptable. If you fail to provide the documentation acceptable to the University for verification before your arrival in Hong Kong, your admission offer will be withdrawn and your enrolment at the University will be rescinded. Any fees paid will not be refunded.

After you have accepted your admission offer and fulfilled the conditions of the offer (if applicable), the Academic Regulations and Records Office will send you an enrolment notification. For new students, enrolment will take place one week before the start of semester. If you fail to complete the enrolment procedure by the specified date, you will be considered to have given up your place for admission, and any fees paid will not be refunded. 

Please note that if your admission offer is conditional, you are required to meet the conditions specified in the admission offer letter before enrolment

Notes to Applicants

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