College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Non-JUPAS (Direct) Applicants (2024 Entry)

Direct application is the non-JUPAS (direct) route for those applicants who do not have Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results, or have those results but also possess other qualifications.

As direct applicants are selected based on a variety of qualifications, which may include General Certificate of Education (GCE) System (GCE A-Level and GCSE), International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, sub-degrees, bachelor's degrees or other acceptable qualifications. Selection is made on an individual basis. Performance in selection tests and interviews, where applicable, is also an important assessment criterion. Possession of the qualifications in no way guarantees acceptance.

Please visit the following links for details of entrance requirements according to the qualification you hold:

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination

For applicants who have HKDSE results but also possess other qualifications.

Post-Secondary Study

For applicants with post-secondary education background, including final-year students/ graduates of or current students completing an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma programme and students/ graduates of bachelor's degree study of one year or more/postgraduate study.

Non-local Qualifications

For applicants with non-local qualifications, such as GCE System (GCE A-Level and GCSE) and IB Diploma.

Mainland Qualifications (Non-Gaokao Curriculum)

For mainland students who are pursuing a non-Gaokao curriculum and will graduate with an international high school qualification (e.g. IB Diploma, GCE A-level, other overseas high school qualifications).

Mainland Qualifications (National University Entrance Examination)

For mainland high school students who are pursuing a Gaokao curriculum.

Admission to First-Year Studies

Applicants holding a 12-year school-leaving qualification or a partially completed sub-degree qualification may apply for admission to first-year studies in a bachelor's degree programme. For the departments offering one major only, students are admitted directly to the major in the first year. For other departments, students are admitted with an undeclared major and will enter a major after one year of study.

Direct Admission to a Major

Code Programme Title
1102 BSocSc International Relations and Global Affairs
1103 BA Chinese and History
1104 BA English
1108 BSocSc Public Affairs and Management
1109 BA Linguistics and Language Applications
1111 BSocSc Criminology and Sociology
1112 BSocSc Psychology
1113 BSocSc Social Work

* Revised title, subject to approval.

Admission to a Department (enter major after one year of study)

Code Programme Title
1106 Department of Media and Communication (options: BA Digital Television and Broadcasting, BA Media and Communication)
At the end of the first year, the top 40% of students (based on (i) completion of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B, including the number of credit units specified by the College /respective department for its required courses; (ii) no failed grades in any courses in Semesters A and B; and (iii) cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of Semester B) will be free to choose a major offered by the department. The remaining 60% of students will be assigned a major of their choice, subject to availability of places and the selection criteria set by the College /respective department.
Code Programme Title
1110 Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences (options: BSocSc Criminology and Sociology, BSocSc Psychology, BSocSc Social Work)
At the end of the first year, students will have free choice of major.

Admission with Advanced Standing

Students with a recognised qualification may be admitted to the University with advanced standing. 'Advanced Standing' is linked to the curriculum and graduation requirements. Two types of 'Advanced Standing' are available at CityU: Advanced Standing I (ASI) and Advanced Standing II (ASII). Click here for details about admission with Advanced Standing.

Note: The College reserves the right to make changes to the major offerings.