Notes for Applicants

Application Period

Your provision of all the personal data requested in the application form is obligatory. Your application may not be considered if you fail to provide all information as requested or it is not clear from your statements that you have the minimum qualifications.

Please visit the up-to-date application schedule of various programmes. You are required to submit the online application before the specified deadline for individual programmes.


Programme Information and Entrance Requirements

Please visit the Programme Information for individual programme information including the General Entrance Requirements of the City University of Hong Kong ("the University"), Programme Specific Entrance Requirements and English Proficiency Requirements.


Submission of Applications

Please refer to the Steps and Procedures or the Flow Chart for submission of your applications.

To change your contact information, please login to your online application to update your correspondence address, email address and contact phone number at any time. It is important that the email address you provide is correct as successful applicants will be informed by email notification to download the offer letter from their application account. No hard copy of the offer letter will be sent to successful applicants.


Application, Tuition and Other Fees

Application Fees (Non-refundable and Non-transferable)

The application fee for admission to a programme is HK$300 per online application. Please submit additional applications if you wish to apply for more than one programme. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. You are required to pay the application fee online using a credit card (VISA or MasterCard or UnionPay) before submission of the online application.

Tuition Fees

For Taught Postgraduate (TPg) students of 2021 Cohort, tuition fees are charged on a credit unit basis and details of the fee instalment and payment schedule are given in the Notes to TPg Applicants on Tuition Fee Payment.  Information on tuition fee rate for the 2021/22 intake is available under Programme Information for individual programmes.

Other Fees and Charges

Please visit here for details of other fees and charges relating to taught postgraduate studies (the fees listed are for the current academic year only and are subject to change).


Supporting Documents

For Applications (to upload by applicants)

The documents to be submitted in supporting your application are listed under the “Supporting Documents” section in the online application. No hard copies of supporting documents will be accepted. Applicants are required to upload the following supporting documents online before submitting your applications:

1. Academic and/or Professional Qualification (unrelated documents, e.g. HKID card, need not be submitted.)

  • Degree award certificate
  • Online verification report of the degree award (issued by CDGDC (中国学位网) for academic qualifications obtained in mainland China)
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Official explanations of the GPA grading system, showing the maximum GPA obtainable (e.g. A=4.0) if a 100-mark system is not adopted (normally the information on grading system is found presented on the back page of the academic transcripts.)
  • Transcripts and certificates that are not in English should be accompanied by an official certified translation.

2. English Proficiency Test Result (if applicable)

  • Official IELTS / TOEFL / CET-6 test results, or other public examinations results, if applicable
  • For TOEFL results, applicants are required to arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send the result report directly to CityU. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period. 

3. Submitted documents will NOT be returned.

4. It is your responsibility (including CityU students) to provide full information to facilitate the evaluation of your application. An incomplete submission may delay the processing of the application.

5. Selection decisions will mainly be based on the qualifications set out in your application. Additional information/documents provided to CityU after the commencement of the selection process may or may not be considered, at the discretion of the relevant department.

6. It is your responsibility to provide true and valid information and documents in support of your application. Original documents (including CityU qualifications and public examination results) should be presented for verification upon request by CityU at a later time. Provision of any false or misleading information as identified by CityU before or after the admission offer or failure to supply the original documentation for verification will lead to disqualification of the admission application and any offer or enrolment made will be rescinded. All fees paid will not be refunded.

After Offer Acceptance (to upload / arrange by applicants)

1. Successful applicants will be required to submit the following documents for qualification checking. Please refer to the "Notes for Applicants on Acceptance of Offer" ("Notes") attached to the offer letter for details.

  • For academic qualifications obtained in mainland China, please upload the online verification report of China Higher Education Student's Academic Transcript (中國高等學校學生成績驗証報告) issued by the CHESICC (学信网).
  • For academic qualifications obtained in non-local institutions including Macau and Taiwan (except mainland China), please request an electronic transcript (not email attachments) to be sent via designated secure system from the degree award institution to the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (Taught Postgraduate Admissions) of CityU via If electronic transcript system is not available from the institution, please request an original official transcript (with all course records and examination results) in an envelope sealed and stamped by the degree award institution and present it on the day of enrolment at CityU for qualification checking. The sealed and stamped envelope must not be opened.
  • For academic qualifications obtained from local institutions in Hong Kong (except for CityU transcript), please arrange for the original academic transcript (the final transcript with all course records and examination results) to be sent directly from the degree award institution to the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (Taught Postgraduate Admissions) of the City University of Hong Kong together with the transcript submission cover sheet provided by CityU in a sealed and stamped envelope.
  • The above required documents shall be submitted by the stipulated deadline as specified in the "Notes" attached to the offer letter for qualification checking.
  • Please also bring the original certificate(s) of qualifications (e.g. degree award certificate)  to complete the qualification checking and enrolment procedures in person at the University.
  • The University reserves the right to require applicants to rearrange submission of official certification of qualifications (e.g. transcript or degree award certificate, etc.) in a specified format if deemed necessary.


Application Acknowledgement and Results

An acknowledgement message will be shown online immediately after you have successfully settled the application fee via online payment. An acknowledgement email will also be sent upon receipt of your online application.

Depending on the programme you apply for, applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis during the application period or in batches after the application deadline.

You can check your application result online and if you are successful, you may download the offer package through your application account.

If you are successful in your application, we will send you an email notification reminding you to check the application account to view and download the offer letter and to complete the necessary procedures to accept the offer. No hard copy of the letter will be sent to applicants.

For more details, please refer to the Flow Chart for Accepting Offers of Taught Postgraduate Programmes.


Information for Non-local Students

Persons holding the following documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department are classified as non-local students: 

  • student visa / entry permit; or
  • visa / entry permit under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG Visa); or
  • dependant visa / entry permit who were aged 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Immigration Department of HKSAR

Due to immigration restrictions, nationals from Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, North Korea (DPRK), Nepal and Vietnam may not be able to obtain a student visa to study in Hong Kong. For details, please refer to the Hong Kong Immigration Department

Persons holding any of the following documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department are classified as local students:

  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
  • Documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department certifying the right of abode / right to land in Hong Kong
  • One-way permit for entry to Hong Kong
  • dependant visa / entry permit who were aged below18 years old when they were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Immigration Department of HKSAR
  • Full-time employment visa / work permit (for part-time study)
  • Visa / entry permit for Quality Migrant Admission Scheme
  • Visa / entry permit for Capital Investment Entrant Scheme
  • Visa label for unconditional stay

Student Visa/Entry Permit

Persons who do not have the right of abode or right to land and wish to enter Hong Kong for the purpose of education are required by law to obtain a valid student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department before arriving in Hong Kong. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a valid student visa/entry permit before arrival, and to comply with the terms and conditions of the visa/entry permit. If you are unable to present a valid student visa/entry permit that corresponds to the programme you intend to study, you will not be allowed to enrol in our programme. If you are holding or have applied for a student visa/entry permit but subsequently decide to take up another programme, you may need to apply for a new student visa. Please consult our Global Engagement Office for advice on your actions required for obtaining the appropriate student visa/entry permit. CityU graduates holding an extended student visa/entry permit of the previous programme should apply for another student visa/entry permit for enrolment in the newly admitted programme.

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 CityU to act in this capacity. Mainland students should submit their application for student visa/entry permit via CityU which will be required to act as the sponsor for their study. For information on visa/entry permit application, please consult our Global Engagement Office.

In accordance with the regulations of the Immigration Department in Hong Kong, students holding a student visa/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. For advice on application for a student visa, please consult the Global Engagement Office.

Personal Accident and Medical Insurance/Travel Insurance

It is mandatory for all non-local students to have suitable and adequate insurance, which includes but is not limited to travel, personal accident, medical expenses (accident and non-accident), hospitalisation and emergency evacuation/repatriation throughout the entire period of their studies in Hong Kong. For further information, please visit the Global Engagement Office.


Multiple Applications

If you wish to apply for more than one programme, click the ‘Apply for a New Programme’ button after logging into your application account.

If you have applied for more than one programme, your programme choices will receive the same priority in our processing. Please note that if you receive more than one admission offer from CityU, you can choose to enrol in one programme only.


Simultaneous Registration

Unless otherwise approved by CityU, students are not permitted to enrol in an additional CityU programme or government-funded programme/place.



If a student is readmitted to the same programme after withdrawal, termination of studies or completion of an intermediate award, his/her previous period of study will be counted in the calculation of his/her maximum period of study. The student’s credit units and grades previously earned from the same programme are normally counted in the GPA calculation. The final decision on acceptance of credit units and grades rests with the respective academic unit.


Credit Transfer

Transferred credit units must have been earned no earlier than eight years before enrolment at CityU. Individual academic units may stipulate a more stringent requirement for transferred credit units, as deemed appropriate.

Starting from Semester A 2018/19, at least 70% of the credit units required for an award of CityU must be earned by the successful completion of courses required by the programme concerned. This new requirement will apply to students admitted in Semester A 2018/19 and thereafter.


Current CityU Students (Programme Transfer)

In general, current CityU students who wish to change their programme of study to another programme of the same level may submit an application for programme transfer. A Programme Transfer Application Form is obtainable from the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies. For details, including the maximum period of study, please refer to the information on programme transfer.


Information for CityU Staff

For CityU staff seeking application for admission, normal admission procedures will apply.


Medium of Instruction and Assessment

The normal medium of instruction and assessment at CityU is English.


Use of Application Information Collected

The information that you provide in your application, including your HKID card/passport/travel document number, examination results and qualifications, will be used for the following purposes:


as a basis for various types of processing in relation to your application;


as a basis for the selection of applicants for admission to the programmes offered by the University and/or in collaboration with other institutions; for other opportunities relating to funding schemes/awards by the University or other parties; and for other relevant or related purposes;


to obtain, from the relevant examination authority, assessment body or academic institution in Hong Kong and elsewhere, information about your examination results, records of studies or professional qualifications if deemed appropriate;


to carry out checks on your applications, and any records of studies at the University and other institutions in Hong Kong and elsewhere if deemed appropriate;


to carry out checks on other information mentioned in your application (e.g. employment records, professional qualifications) with the relevant party/parties if deemed appropriate;


to transfer relevant data to i) the student record system of the University, ii) partner institutions under collaboration arrangements and/or other parties supporting financial schemes/awards, if applicable upon your successful enrolment at the University;


for statistical and research purposes (with personal identifiers removed); and


for direct marketing of the University's programme and activities (if deemed appropriate).


In accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, you have the right of access to and the right of correction of the information contained in the application form, and the right to request a copy of such data during the admission exercise. If you wish to obtain more information, please write to the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies. You may be charged a fee for each request. Data on applicants other than those successfully enrolled will be destroyed at the end of the admission exercise.

Please refer to the University’s European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Privacy Notice that may be applicable to you.


Applicants with Physical or Other Disabilities

The admission of an applicant to CityU is based on academic criteria and other specified entrance requirements. If you have a physical or other disability, you are not required to declare this at the application stage. However, if you need assistance regarding your application (e.g. to attend an interview), you may discuss your needs with us so that special arrangement can be made if practicable.


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$13,000 to HK$23,000 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 depending on the credit load to be taken.


Student Accommodation

Except for students offered government-funded places on the Postgraduate Certificate in Law programme (PCLL), who are eligible to apply for student residence, all taught postgraduate students should seek off-campus accommodation as early as possible before arriving in Hong Kong. More information about off-campus accommodation are available here


Cancellation of Programmes

CityU reserves the right to cancel any programmes; in this case, all fees paid by applicants will be refunded.


* Information is subject to change without prior notice