Frequently Asked Questions



A - General Information

Applications for entry in September 2018 are accepted from 15 November 2017. The deadlines for applications vary by programme. Please refer to the online programme information for the deadlines specific to individual programmes.

Applications for some programmes are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications starts before the deadline and continues until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.

Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the relevant department.

For taught postgraduate programmes, research degree and professional doctorate degree programmes, please visit the website of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.

Our academic year consists of two 16-week (13 teaching weeks) semesters and an optional 9-week (7 teaching weeks) summer term. For the 2018/19 academic year, the tentative dates are:

Semester A: 3 September 2018 to 22 December 2018
Semester B: 14 January 2019 to 20 May 2019
Summer Term: 10 June 2019 to 10 August 2019

The University class hours are set as follows:

Monday to Friday
9:00 am – 9:50 pm (Evening classes normally start at 7:00 pm. Classes with a duration of more than 3 hours may start earlier at 6:30 pm or extend to 10:50 pm if applicable.)

Saturday
9:00 am – 6:50 pm

For the class arrangements for individual course(s), please consult the respective course offering academic unit.

The medium of instruction and assessment of the University is English, unless otherwise specified for a particular course or programme.

For details and updated information on scholarship awards, please contact the programme offering department. Contact details are available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/tpg/admission.

Admission to the University 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 the programme offering department so that special arrangements can be made if practicable.

The University reserves the right to cancel any programmes, in which case all fees paid by applicants will be refunded.

Please arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

If you submit a copy of your test results, you must present the original official document for verification upon request by the University.

You are most welcome to visit the University as the campus is semi-open to the public. Please refer to the website of our Facilities Management Office for how to get to CityU.

For Research and Professional Doctorate Degree Programmes, please contact the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies:

Email:

sg@cityu.edu.hk

Phone:

(852) 3442-9076

Fax:

(852) 3442-0332

Office Location:

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies
City University of Hong Kong
4/F Fong Yun-wah Building,

Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday:

9:00 am - 12:30 pm
1:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

 

For Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg), contact details are as follows:

Online Enquiry Form:

TPg Admissions 

Phone:

(852) 3442-5588

Fax:

(852) 3442-0187

Office Location:

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

City University of Hong Kong

(Taught Postgraduate Admissions)
4/F Fong Yun-wah Building,

Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday:

9:00 am - 12:30 pm
1:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

If you have studied similar courses at a recognised post-secondary institution, you may be eligible for credit transfer to meet some of the programme requirements. Applications for credit transfer for work completed prior to entry to the University must be made in the first semester following admission, before the deadline set by the University.

Transferred credit units must have been earned no earlier than eight years before enrolment at the University. Individual academic units may stipulate a more stringent requirement for transferred credit units, as deemed appropriate. Please contact the programme offering department for more details.

Transferred credits will not be counted in the calculation of the Grade Point Average and classification of award. Furthermore, credit transfer should be limited to a maximum of 30% of the total credit units for the award being pursued.


B - Academic Programmes

Information about the programmes that are open for applications is available in the online programme information. If you have questions concerning the curriculum and other programme information, please contact the relevant teaching department directly.

Taught postgraduate programmes focus more on coursework, and some may require the completion of a dissertation. MPhil and PhD research degrees consist of both coursework and independent research, studies culminating in the submission of a thesis. For details, please refer to the website of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies at www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs


C - Local Status

For September 2018 entry, you are a local applicant if you hold any of the following documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department: 

If you do not hold any of these documents, you are a non-local applicant. You will need a student visa or entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study in Hong Kong. For further information, please consult the website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

If you wrongly identified yourself as a local or non-local applicant, you should notify the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies in writing as soon as possible. Please provide your name, application number and a copy of your Hong Kong Identity Card (if any). It will take 7 working days to update your status in our application system. You may login to your application account to view/check it.


D - Entrance Requirements/ Eligibility

For admission to the programmes offered by the University, applicants must meet the General Entrance Requirements AND Programme Entrance Requirements as specified for individual programmes, if applicable.

The GER and PER of a programme stipulate the minimum requirements that applicants are expected to fulfill. Fulfilment of these requirements does not guarantee admission. The assessment for admission to the University is based on a number of factors, including the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications, work experience, performance in the interview or test and other criteria as required by the respective programmes.

Not all programmes require an interview or test and the arrangements also vary from year to year. Please consult individual departments for details of the interview arrangement, if any.

For taught postgraduate programmes, applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); 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 programmes may stipulate a higher English proficiency requirement, or equivalent acceptable qualifications, suitable for their disciplines.)

*      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.

As concurrent enrolment in two programmes at CityU is normally not allowed, you will need to withdraw from your current programme before enrolling in a new programme.

Current CityU students who wish to change their study programme to another one of the same level should apply for programme transfer. 


E - Fees/ Payment

For details of the tuition fees for individual programmes, please refer to www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/tpg/admission.

The online application fee (per programme) is HK$300. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you may submit an additional application. Note that if you receive more than one admission offer from the University, you can choose to enrol in one programme only.

The application fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and is required before processing.

If you encounter problems with the online payment gateway, please note the following:

  1. Make sure the Web browser you are using is either IE version 9.0 or above with TLS1.2 enabled (Internet Options > Advanced > use TLS1.2) or Chrome.
  2. If your browser is set to block pop-up windows, please allow it to temporarily allow pop-ups.
  3. Make sure your firewall setting allows access to the CityU domain site.

For online applications, please pay the application fee using VISA, MasterCard or UnionPay. Please note that sometimes payment may fail due to a system error or busy transactions. You are advised to save your data and then try to make the payment again later. Your application will only be processed after the application fee is paid.

If a duplicate payment is made, please notify the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies in writing to apply for a refund. We will look into your case and arrange for a refund within four to six weeks if excess payment has been made.

The Acceptance Fee is not refundable or transferable except under the following circumstances, where the fee is 100% refundable :

  • when the applicant subsequently accepts another offer of an award programme from the University in the same semester/term of admission and has paid the relevant Acceptance Fee;
  • when the applicant fails to meet the condition(s) of the admission offer, resulting in a withdrawal of offer by the University; or
  • when the programme/degree for which an offer is made is subsequently cancelled by the University.


F - Submitting Application

Apply online through our website at www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/tpg/admission. Please read the notes to applicants carefully before you start to submit your application. Create an application account by inputting your personal information and then note down your electronic ID, application number and password so that you can access your application account in future. When you have finished entering the data in various forms and have uploaded the supporting documents (e.g., transcripts, award certificates), click the “Pay and Submit” button to proceed with online payment using VISA, Master Card or UnionPay. Your application will only be processed after the application fee has been paid.

An acknowledgement of your application will be shown online immediately after your successful payment of the application fee and you will also receive an email message to confirm submission of your application. Please note down your electronic ID, application number and password as you will need this information to access your application account in future.

For online applications, please pay the application fee using VISA, MasterCard or UnionPay. Please note that sometimes payment may fail due to a system error or busy transactions. You are advised to save your data and then try to make the payment again later. Your application will only be processed after the application fee has been paid.

Once you have successfully paid your application fee, the programme name will appear under the “Submitted Applications” section of your application. In addition, an acknowledgement of your application will be shown online immediately after your successful payment of the application fee and you will also receive an email message to confirm the submission of your application.

An acknowledgement of your application will be shown on screen immediately after successful payment of the application fee. You will also receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

An application account is created once you apply online. Through your application account, you can check your application result, update your correspondence information and upload supporting documents.

You can access your application account with the electronic ID and password created at the time of application. Only one application account should be created by each applicant (for multiple programmes, if applicable).

Go to the account login page, click on “Forgot Electronic ID or Password” and provide the required information to retrieve your electronic ID or reset your password.

You can submit applications for additional programme choices under the same application account if you wish to apply for more than one programme. The application fee per programme choice is HK$300. Please do not create more than one application account. Note that if you receive more than one admission offer from the University, you can choose to enrol in one programme only.

Applicants are not required to prioritise their programme choices. If you have applied for more than one programme, your programme choices will be given the same priority in our processing. Admission offers, if any, may be made at different times and applicants can indicate their acceptance of an alternative offer by completing the required procedures.

To log in your application account:

  1. Go to the account login page, enter your application number/electronic ID and your password.
  2. If you have forgotten your password, select “Forgot Electronic ID or Password” and provide the information required to retrieve your electronic ID or reset your password:
    • HKID or ID/travel document number
    • Email
    • Date of birth

Please note that your application account will be locked if you have not logged in to your account for more than 6 months.

If you are still unable to access your account, please contact the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies by phone at (852) 3442 5588 during office hours (Mon-Fri: 9:00 am-12:30 pm, 1:45 pm-5:45 pm; Sat: 9:00 am-12 noon) or via our online enquiry form and provide us with your full name in English, application number, HKID/ID/passport number (if any) and programme choice(s).

We can help to reset your password. For security reasons, you are advised to change your password once you successfully log in to your account.

Although late applications may be accepted if places are available and at the discretion of the relevant department, you are advised to submit your application as early as possible. For some programmes, applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. To check whether late applications will be accepted, please refer to the application period.

A complete set of application submitted online should include:

  1. an application form;
  2. an applicant statement, if applicable;
  3. successful payment of the application fee;
  4. a supplementary form for certain programmes, if applicable;
  5. photocopies of your academic/professional qualifications (such as academic transcripts with an official explanation of the grading system and award certificates, examination/English test results, etc.) (by system upload only*); and
  6. any other supporting documents, if required by individual programmes (by system upload).

Submitted documents will not be returned. Original documents (including CityU qualifications and public examination results) will need to be presented for verification at a later time, upon request by the University. Provision of any false or misleading information as identified by the University before or after the admission offer, or failure to supply the full 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.

*Please do not submit your supporting documents by post. Except for the official transcript/English test report (e.g. TOEFL) sent directly from the institution/exam organising unit in a sealed envelope, hardcopies of any supporting documents received by the University from applicants will not be opened and will be destroyed upon arrival.

Some programmes require submission of a supplementary form. For details, please refer to the specific requirements for individual programmes when you submit your application online.

Applicants to the School of Creative Media Programmes

Applicants are highly recommended to submit a portfolio and/or a self-introduction letter to the School of Creative Media (SCM).

Code

Programme Title

P80

MFA Creative Media


Please mark your name, HKID card/travel document number and the programme applied for when you submit the portfolio. Portfolio materials may include still photography, paintings/drawings, sculpture, musical compositions/performances, films/videos, software, multi-media productions, academic or creative writing, or other forms of imaginative activity. Please refer to the School homepage at www.cityu.edu.hk/scm for details regarding the deadline for the submission of portfolios.

Document files should be uploaded via your application account before submitting your application.

Please note that selection decisions will be based on the qualifications set out in your application. Additional information and documents provided to the University after the commencement of the selection process may not be considered, at the discretion of the relevant department.

You may submit your application stating your expected graduation date, along with any previous academic results and the latest transcript of your final year of study. Conditional offers may be made to applicants, stipulating the successful completion of their current study as a requirement for admission.

No cancellation of un-submitted applications is required. Your application will not be processed if you have not paid the application fee.

You can update your correspondence information online (telephone, address and e-mail) at any time through your application account.

For changes other than correspondence information, please notify the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies in writing. You may be asked to provide documentary proof of these changes.

Once you have submitted your application, the system will disable the data entry function. For changes to your postal/email address and telephone number, however, you may update your record online at any time via the “Personal Information” section of your application account.

If there are other amendments, please notify the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies in writing (by online enquiry form, fax or post) and provide us with your full name, HKID number, application number and programme choice(s) for identification. Your application file will be updated accordingly. You may be asked to provide documentary proof.

 

Online enquiry form

Fax: (852) 3442-0187

Address:

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

City University of Hong Kong

4/F Fung Yun-wah Building,

Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon

 

Please note that decisions will be based on the information provided at the time of application. Additional, updated or amended information provided to the University after the commencement of the selection process may or may not be considered, at the discretion of the relevant department.

Common data (e.g., personal information and qualifications) relating to your application are shared among the programmes you apply for, except for information specific to individual programmes.

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

  • 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 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 public examination results, records of studies or professional qualifications if deemed appropriate;
  • to carry out checks of your applications, and any records of studies in the University and other institutions in Hong Kong and elsewhere if deemed appropriate;
  • to transfer relevant data to the student record system of the University upon the successful outcome of your application;
  • 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, 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 relating to unsuccessful applications will be destroyed at the end of the admission exercise.

The application fee for online application must be paid by using VISA or MasterCard. You may need to ask a VISA, MasterCard or UnionPay holder (e.g., a friend or relative) to make the payment for you.


G - Application Result

Depending on the programme you apply for, applications may be reviewed as soon as they are received. Admission offers are mostly made between February and June. The selection process is normally completed by the end of June for non-local applicants, or by the end of July for local applicants. Late announcement of application results may be due to the following reasons:

  • the application was submitted after the application deadline;
  • examination results relevant to the evaluation are still pending; or
  • it is a marginal case for which the selection decision depends on the enrolment situation and the need to fill vacancies nearer the start of term.

Please contact the programme offering department for any further enquiries.

You should check your application result online via your application account from time to time by accessing the account with the electronic ID and password created at the time of application.

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 required procedures for accepting the offer. Applicants will not receive a hard copy of the letter. Please ensure that your email address is current and that you do not filter out any such messages.

Applications for credit transfer for work completed prior to entry to the University must be made in the first semester following the student’s admission, before the deadline set by the University.

Transferred credits will not be counted in the calculation of the Grade Point Average and classification of the award. Furthermore, credit transfer should be limited to a maximum of 30% of the total credit units for the award being pursued.

Applicants with a conditional offer are required to provide documentary proof certifying fulfilment of the condition(s) before the specified deadline. If your transcript does not state an average mark or an overall grade point average (GPA) with an explanation of the grading system, please obtain a document stamped with an official seal from your institution as proof.

No additional letter confirming the offer will be sent to applicants. Failure to meet the offer condition(s) will result in the withdrawal of the admission offer and cancellation of the enrolment, if made.

Your admission offer is only valid for the current admission semester and will lapse if you fail to enrol in the semester for admission.

Students will be invited for enrolment after they have accepted the admission offer and settled the acceptance fee. However, students given a conditional offer will normally be invited for enrolment after the offer condition(s) is/are met. Generally, starting from June 2016, students will receive an email reminder to retrieve the enrolment letter available from their online application account. Please download and present the letter for enrolment and note that no hardcopy of the letter will be sent to applicants.

Students will be notified of the arrangements for the class schedule and course registration near the start of the semester.

Applications are reviewed based on the information submitted in the year of admission, without reference to previous unsuccessful applications.

We strongly discourage appeals unless you can provide significant new information in writing for our consideration. Our admission decisions are based on a careful and thorough review of each application. It is highly unusual for us to reverse such decisions.

Successful local applicants can view their offer letter online with the “Notes to Applicants” and other information about admission to the University via their application account. Acceptance of the offer must be accompanied by full payment of the acceptance fee by the specified deadline.

“Offer” means that you have been offered admission to the specified programme and an official offer letter has been uploaded to your application account. Please read the offer letter and “Notes for Applicants” carefully and follow the instructions given to confirm your acceptance of the offer by the specified deadline. You will not receive a hardcopy of the offer letter.

Please note that upon receipt of your reply form and acceptance fee payment, your application account will be updated accordingly. You may check the updated information under “applicant reply” through your application account.





A - General Information

Applications for entry in September 2018 are accepted from 15 November 2017. The deadline for applications varies by programme. Please refer to the online programme information for the deadlines specific to individual programmes.

Applications for some programmes are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications starts before the deadline and continues until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.

Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the relevant department.

For taught postgraduate programmes, research degree and professional doctorate degree programmes, please visit the website of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.

Our academic year consists of two 16-week (13 teaching weeks) semesters and an optional 9-week (7 teaching weeks) summer term. For the 2018/19 academic year, the tentative dates are:

Semester A: 3 September 2018 to 22 December 2018
Semester B: 14 January 2019 to 20 May 2019
Summer Term: 10 June 2019 to 10 August 2019

The University class hours are set as follows:

Monday to Friday

9:00 am – 9:50 pm (Evening classes normally start at 7:00 pm. Classes with a duration of more than 3 hours can start earlier at 6:30 pm or extend to 10:50 pm if applicable.)

Saturday

9:00 am – 6:50 pm

For the class arrangements for individual course(s), please consult the respective course offering academic unit.

The medium of instruction and assessment of the University is English unless otherwise specified for a particular course or programme.

For details and updated information on scholarship awards, please contact the programme offering department. Contact details are available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/tpg/admission.

Admission to the University 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 the programme offering department so that special arrangements can be made if practicable.

The university reserves the right to cancel any programmes, in which case all fees paid by applicants will be refunded.

Please arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

If you submit a copy of your test results, you must present the original official document for verification upon request by the University.

You are most welcome to visit the University as the campus is semi-open to the public. Please refer to the website of our Facilities Management Office for how to get to CityU.

For Research and Professional Doctorate Degree Programmes, please contact the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies:

Email:

sg@cityu.edu.hk

Phone:

(852) 3442-9076

Fax:

(852) 3442-0332

Office Location:

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies
City University of Hong Kong
4/F Fong Yun-wah Building,

Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday:

9:00 am - 12:30 pm
1:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

 

For Taught Postgraduate Programmes (TPg), contact details are as follows:

Online Enquiry Form:

TPg Admissions 

Phone:

(852) 3442-5588

Fax:

(852) 3442-0187

Office Location:

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

City University of Hong Kong

(Taught Postgraduate Admissions)
4/F Fong Yun-wah Building,

Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday:

9:00 am - 12:30 pm
1:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

 

If you have studied similar courses at a recognised post-secondary institution, you may be eligible for credit transfer to meet some of the programme requirements. Applications for credit transfer for work completed prior to entry to the University must be made in the first semester following admission, before the deadline set by the University.

Transferred credit units must have been earned no earlier than eight years before enrolment at the University. Individual academic units may stipulate a more stringent requirement for transferred credit units, as deemed appropriate. Please contact the programme offering department for more details.

Transfer credits will not be counted in the calculation of the Grade Point Average and classification of award. Furthermore, credit transfer should be limited to a maximum of 30% of the total credit units for the award being pursued.


B - Academic Programmes

Information about programmes that are open for applications is available at the online programme information. If you have questions concerning the curriculum and other programme information, please contact the relevant teaching department directly.

Taught postgraduate programmes focus more on coursework, and some may require the completion of a dissertation. MPhil and PhD research degrees consist of both coursework and independent research studies, culminating in the submission of a thesis. For details, please refer to the website of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies at www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs

Non-local students will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.


C - Local Status

CityU welcomes applications from both local and non-local applicants.

For September 2018 entry, if you hold any of the following documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department, you do not need to apply for a student visa: 

If you do not hold any of these documents, you will need a student visa or entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study in Hong Kong. For further information, please consult the website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Non-local applicants may submit an online application at www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/tpg/admission

For September 2018 entry, you are a local applicant if you hold any of the following documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department: 

  • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card;
  • Hong Kong Identity Card showing right to land status;
  • One-way permit for entry to Hong Kong;
  • Dependent visa;
  • Full-time employment visa/work permit (for part-time study);
  • Entry visa/entry permit for quality migrants;
  • Entry visa/entry permit for capital investment entrants;
  • Visa under Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG Visa); or
  • Other documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department certifying the applicant's right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong.

 

If you do not hold any of these documents, you are a non-local applicant. You will need a student visa or entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study in Hong Kong. For further information, please consult the website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

 

If you wrongly identified yourself as a local or non-local applicant, you should notify the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies in writing as soon as possible. Please provide your name, application number and a copy of your Hong Kong Identity Card (if any). It will take 7 working days to update your status in our application system. You may login to your application account to view/check it.


D - Entrance Requirements/ Eligibility

For admission to the programmes offered by the University, applicants must meet the General Entrance Requirements AND Programme Entrance Requirements as specified for individual programmes, if applicable.

The GER and PER of a programme stipulate the minimum requirements that applicants are expected to fulfil. Fulfilment of these requirements does not guarantee admission. The assessment for admission to the University is based on a number of factors, including the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications, work experience and performance in interview/test, and other criteria as required by the respective programmes.

Not all programmes require an interview or test and the arrangements also vary from year to year. Please consult individual departments for details of the interview, if any. A telephone interview may be arranged for non-local applicants if they are not staying in Hong Kong.

For taught postgraduate programmes, applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); 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 programmes may stipulate a higher English proficiency requirement, or equivalent acceptable qualifications, suitable for their disciplines.)

*      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.

As concurrent enrolment in two programmes at CityU is normally not allowed, you will need to withdraw from your current programme before enrolling in a new programme.

Current CityU students who wish to change their study programme to another one of the same level should apply for programme transfer.


E - Fees/ Payment

For details of the tuition fees for individual programmes, please refer to the programme information.

The online application fee (per programme) is HK$300. If you wish to apply for more than one programme you will need to submit an additional programme choice application. Note that if you receive more than one admission offer from the University, you can choose to enrol in one programme only.

The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable, and is required before processing.

If you encounter problem in getting through the online payment gateway, please note the following:

  1. Make sure the Web browser you are using is either IE version 9.0 or above with enable TLS1.2 (Internet Options > Advanced > use TLS1.2) or Chrome.
  2. If your browser is set to block pop-up windows, please allow it to temporarily allow pop-ups.
  3. Make sure your firewall setting allows access to the CityU domain site.

For online applications, please pay the application fee using VISA, MasterCard or UnionPay. Please note that sometimes payment may fail due to system error or busy transactions. You are advised to save your data and then try your payment again later. Your application will only be processed after the application fee is paid.

If a duplicate payment is made, please notify the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies in writing to apply for a refund. We will look into your case and arrange for a refund within four to six weeks if excess payment has been made.

The Acceptance Fee is not refundable or transferable except under the following circumstances, where the fee is 100% refundable:

  • when the applicant subsequently accepts another offer of an award programme of the University in the same semester/term of admission and has paid the relevant Acceptance Fee;
  • when the applicant fails to meet the condition(s) of the admission offer, resulting in a withdrawal of offer by the University; or
  • when the programme/degree for which an offer is made is subsequently cancelled by the University.


F - Submitting Application

Apply online through our website at www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/tpg/admission. Please read the notes to applicants carefully before you start to submit your application. Create an application account by inputting your personal information and then note down the electronic ID, application number and password so that you can access your application account in future. When you have finished entering the data in various forms and have uploaded the supporting documents (e.g., transcripts, award certificates), click the “Pay and Submit” button to proceed with online payment using VISA, Master Card or UnionPay. Your application will only be processed after the application fee has been paid.

An acknowledgement of your application will be shown online immediately after your successful payment of the application fee and you will also receive an email message to confirm submission of your application. Please note down your electronic ID, application number and password as you will need such information to access your application account in future.

For online applications, please pay the application fee using VISA, MasterCard or UnionPay. Please note that sometimes payment may fail due to a system error or busy transactions. You are advised to save your data and then try to make the payment again later. Your application will only be processed after the application fee has been paid.

Once you have successfully paid your application fee, the programme name will appear under the “Submitted applications” section of your application. In addition, an acknowledgement of your application will be online immediately after your successful payment of the application fee and you will also receive an email message to confirm the submission of your application.

An acknowledgement of your application will be shown on screen immediately after successful payment of the application fee. You will also receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

An application account is created once you apply online. Through your application account, you can check your application result, update your correspondence information and upload supporting documents.

You can access your application account with the electronic ID and password created at the time of application. Only one application account should be created by applicants (for multiple programmes, if applicable).

Go to the account login page, click on “Forgot Electronic ID or Password” and provide the required information to retrieve your electronic ID or reset your password.

You can submit additional programme choice of application under the same application account if you wish to apply for more than one programme. The Application Fee per programme choice is HK$300. Please do not create more than one application account. Note that if you receive more than one admission offer from the University, you can choose to enrol in one programme only.

Applicants are not required to prioritise their programme choices. If you have applied for more than one programme, your programme choices will be given the same priority in our processing. Admission offers, if any, may be made at different times and applicants can indicate their acceptance of an alternative offer by completing the required procedures.

To login your application account:

  1. Go to the account login page, enter your application number/electronic ID and your password.
  2. If you have forgotten your password, select “Forgot Electronic ID or Password” and provide the information required to retrieve your electronic ID or reset your password:
    • HKID or ID/travel document no.
    • Email
    • Date of birth

Please note that your application account will be locked if you have not logged in to your account for more than 6 months.

If you are still unable to access your account, please contact the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies by phone at (852) 3442 5588 during office hours (Mon-Fri: 9:00 am-12:30 pm, 1:45 pm-5:45 pm; Sat: 9:00 am-12 noon) or via our online enquiry form and provide us with your full name in English, application number, HKID number (if any) and email.

We can help to reset your password. For security reasons, you are advised to change your password once you successfully log in to your account.

Although late applications may be accepted if places are available and at the discretion of the relevant department, you are advised to submit your application as early as possible. For some programmes, applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. To check whether late application will be accepted, please refer to the application schedule.

A complete set of application submitted online should include:

  1. an application form,
  2. an applicant statement, if applicable,
  3. successful payment of application fee,
  4. a supplementary form for certain programmes, if applicable (see below),
  5. photocopies of your academic/professional qualification (such as academic transcripts with an official explanation of the grading system and award certificates, examination/English test results, etc.) (by system upload only*), and
  6. any other supporting documents, if required by individual programmes (by system upload).

Submitted documents will not be returned. Original documents (including CityU qualifications and public examination results) will need to be presented for verification at a later time, upon request by the University. Provision of any false or misleading information as identified by the University before or after the admission offer, or failure to supply the full 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.

* Please do not submit your supporting documents by post. Except for the official transcript/English test report (e.g. TOEFL) sent directly from the institution/exam organising unit in a sealed envelope, hardcopies of any supporting documents received by the University from applicants will not be opened and will be destroyed upon arrival.

Some programmes require submission of supplementary form. For details, please refer to the requirements specified for individual programmes when you submit your application online.

Applicants to the School of Creative Media Programmes

Applicants are highly recommended to submit a portfolio and/or a self-introduction letter to the School of Creative Media (SCM).

Code

Programme Title

P80

MFA Creative Media


Please mark your name, HKID card/travel document number and the programme applied for when you submit the portfolio. Portfolio materials may include still photography, paintings/drawings, sculpture, musical compositions/performances, films/videos, software, multi-media productions, academic or creative writing, or other forms of imaginative activity. Please refer to the School homepage at www.cityu.edu.hk/scm for details regarding the deadline for the submission of portfolios.

Document files should be uploaded via your application account before submitting your application.

Please note that selection decisions will be based on the qualifications set out in your application. Additional information and documents provided to the University after the commencement of the selection process may not be considered, at the discretion of the relevant department.

You may submit your application stating your expected graduation date, along with any previous academic results and the latest transcript of your final year of study. Conditional offers may be made to applicants, stipulating the successful completion of their current study as a requirement for admission.

Students with degree qualifications to be obtained are required to present

  1. the official degree certificate (both the degree certificate and graduation certificate are required for mainland qualifications);
  2. the full official transcript of overall study;
  3. official explanation of GPA grading system showing the maximum GPA obtainable (e.g. A=4.0) if a 100-mark system is not adopted; and
  4. an official translation of the degree certificate and transcript if they are not presented in English.

No cancellation of un-submitted applications is required. Your application will not be processed if you have not paid the application fee.

You can update your correspondence information online (telephone, address and e-mail) at any time through your application account.

For changes other than correspondence information, please notify the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies in writing. You may be asked to provide documentary proof of these changes.

Once you have submitted your application, the system will disable the data entry function. For changes to your postal/email address and telephone number, however, you may update your record online anytime via the “Personal Information” section through your application account.

If there are other amendments, please notify the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies in writing (by online enquiry form, fax or post) and provide us with your full name, HKID number, application number and programme choice(s) for identification. Your application file will be updated accordingly. You may be asked to provide documentary proof.

 

Online enquiry form

Fax: (852) 3442-0187

Address:

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

City University of Hong Kong

4/F Fong Yun-wah Building,

Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon

 

Please note that decisions will be based on the information provided at the time of application. Additional/updated or amended information provided to the University after the commencement of the selection process may or may not be considered, at the discretion of the relevant department.

Common data (e.g. personal information and qualifications) relating to your application are shared among the programmes you apply for, except for information specific to individual programmes.

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

  • 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 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 public examination results, records of studies or professional qualifications if deemed appropriate;
  • to carry out checks on your applications, and any records of studies in the University and other institutions in Hong Kong and elsewhere if deemed appropriate;
  • to transfer relevant data to the student record system of the University upon the successful outcome of your application;
  • 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, 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 relating to unsuccessful applications will be destroyed at the end of the admission exercise.

The application fee for online application must be paid by using VISA, MasterCard or UnionPay. You may need to ask a VISA, MasterCard or UnionPay holder (e.g. a friend or relative) to make the payment for you.

There is NO need to submit application through an agency or company. Applications can be submitted directly by applicants via our online application system. Please refer to the programme information and application procedures for details about individual programmes and how to submit your application.


G - Application Result

Depending on the programme you apply for, applications may be reviewed as soon as they are received. Admission offers are mostly made between February and June. The selection process is normally completed by the end of June for non-local applicants, or by the end of July for local applicants. Late announcement of application results may be due to the following reasons:

  • the application was submitted after the application deadline;
  • examination results relevant to the evaluation are still pending; or
  • it is a marginal case for which the selection decision depends on the enrolment situation and the need to fill vacancies nearer the start of term.

Please contact the programme offering department for any further enquiries.

You should check your application result online via your application account from time to time by accessing the account with the electronic ID and password created at the time of application.

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 of the offer letter and to complete the required procedures for accepting the offer. Applicants will not receive a hardcopy of the letter. Please ensure that your email address is current and that you do not filter out any such messages.

Our Global Services Office (GSO) coordinates matters relating to visa/entry permit applications. Please contact them for assistance.

Contact details of Global Services Office (International and Non-local Students)

Phone:      (852) 3442 8089

Fax:        (852) 3442 0223

Email:      gsovisa@cityu.edu.hk

Website:   http://www.cityu.edu.hk/gso

For information on applying for a visa, you may also consult the Hong Kong Immigration Department website at http://www.immd.gov.hk.

According to the Hong Kong Immigration Department, it normally takes 8 weeks or even longer for non-local students to obtain a student visa for study in Hong Kong.

Please note that non-local students must obtain a student visa/entry permit to take up studies 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/permit.

If you are unable to produce 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, please consult our Global Services Office for advice on what actions are required to obtain the appropriate student visa/entry permit. CityU graduates holding an extended student visa/entry permit for a previous programme should apply for another student visa/entry permit for enrolment in the newly admitted programme.

Non-local students are advised to apply well in advance because obtaining a student visa/entry permit will take at least 8 weeks or even longer. Students who are given conditional admission offers may submit an application for a student visa/entry permit before the condition(s) are met and confirmed.

Applications for credit transfer for work completed prior to entry to the University must be made in the first semester following the student’s admission, before the deadline set by the University.

Transferred credit units must have been earned no earlier than eight years before enrolment at the University. Individual academic units may stipulate a more stringent requirement for transferred credit units, as deemed appropriate. Please contact the programme offering department for more details.

Transferred credits will not be counted in the calculation of the Grade Point Average and classification of award. Furthermore, credit transfer should be limited to a maximum of 30% of the total credit units for the award being pursued.

Applicants with conditional offer are required to provide documentary proof certifying fulfilment of the condition(s) before the specified deadline. If your transcript does not state an average mark or an overall grade point average (GPA) with an explanation of the grading system, please obtain a document stamped with an official seal from your institution as proof.

No additional letter confirming the offer will be sent to applicants. Failure to meet the offer condition(s) will result in the withdrawal of the admission offer and cancellation of the enrolment, if made.

Your admission offer is only valid for the current admission semester and will lapse if you fail to enrol in the semester for admission.

Students will be invited for enrolment after they have accepted the admission offer and settled the acceptance fee. However, students given conditional offer will normally be invited for enrolment after the offer condition(s) is/are met. Generally, starting from June 2017, students will receive an email reminder to retrieve the enrolment letter available from their online application account. Please download and present the letter for enrolment and note that no hardcopy of the letter will be sent to applicants.

Students will be notified of the arrangements for the class schedule and course registration near the start of the semester. Enrollment for students residing overseas is normally conducted starting from mid-August. Non-local students will not be allowed to enroll if they cannot produce a valid student visa/entry permit which has been validated at the immigration checkpoint upon entry to Hong Kong.

Applications are reviewed based on the information submitted in the year of admission, without reference to previous unsuccessful applications.

We strongly discourage appeals unless you can provide significant new information to us in writing for our consideration. Our admission decisions are based on a careful and thorough review of each application. It is highly unusual for us to reverse such decisions.

Successful non-local applicants can view their offer letters online, with the “Notes to Applicants” and other information about admission to the University via their application account. To accept our admission offer, you are required to EITHER i) indicate your acceptance of the offer and pay the acceptance fee online using VISA/MasterCard via your application account, OR ii) return a completed and signed reply form together with a bank draft to the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies before the deadline stipulated in the offer letter. If we do not receive your reply and full payment by the reply deadline, you will be considered as having declined the admission offer.

The Acceptance Fee paid is not refundable or transferable. However, if a student has paid the acceptance fee for another CityU award-bearing programme in the same semester/term of admission and decides to take up the current offer instead, the arrangements for the acceptance fee are as follows:

  • for programmes charging the same Acceptance Fee, the full amount will be transferred with no further payment required; and
  • for programmes charging different Acceptance Fees, full payment of the acceptance fee for the current offer must be made first. Upon receipt of your payment, we will refund the fee paid for the previous offer.

“Offer” means that you have been offered admission to the specified programme and an official offer letter has been uploaded to your application account. Please read the offer letter and “Notes for Applicants” carefully and follow the instructions given to confirm your acceptance of the offer by the specified deadline. You will not receive a hardcopy of the offer letter.

Please note that upon receipt of your reply form and acceptance fee payment, your application account will be updated accordingly. You may check the updated information under “applicant reply” through your application account.


H - Living and Accommodation

For government-funded programmes, the tuitions fees for international students are HKD120,000 per annum for 2018/19.

For non-government funded programmes, the tuition fee per credit unit varies by programme and the fee is set at a higher level. For details of our tuition fees, please consult the Online Programme Information.

Accommodation
Only non-local students with a government-funded (UGC) place on the Postgraduate Certificate in Law Programme (PCLL) are eligible to apply for on-campus student residence, subject to drawing lots. The residence fees vary according to the room type and are subject to annual review. Please refer to the Student Residence Office website for details.

All other taught postgraduate students are NOT eligible for on-campus student residence and should seek off-campus accommodation as early as possible before arriving in Hong Kong. For basic information on Off-campus Accommodation in the market, please visit the Student Residence Office website.

Cost of Living
Living costs vary depending on individual lifestyle expectations. The average cost of living in Hong Kong (excluding tuition and accommodation fees) is estimated to be between USD5,800 to USD9,000 a year (10 months), including meals, transport, laundry and educational expenses such as books and stationery, but excluding accommodation.

Students on self-financed* taught postgraduate programs are NOT eligible for on-campus Student Residence. For basic information on Off-campus Accommodation in the market, please visit the Student Residence Office website at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/htm/e_off-campus.htm

*Students on the UGC-funded Postgraduate Certificate in Law programme (PCLL) are eligible to apply for student residence, with places allocated by drawing lots. For details, refer to the Student Residence Office website.


I - Visiting Study

If you are interested in taking courses on a short-term basis (less than one academic year), you may apply for admission as a visiting student (for full-time study only). For details, please refer to the visiting postgraduate students website.