Apply Online (Notes for Non-local Applicants for 2017 entry)

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(Government-Funded Bachelor's Degree Programmes)

Before You Apply

About Your Application

After You Apply

Fees and Other Information

FAQs for Non-local Applicants

Before You Apply

Check Non-local Status

The University welcomes applications from non-local applicants. Non-local applicants are persons who require a student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study in Hong Kong.

Currently, persons holding any of the following documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department are NOT considered as non-local applicants:

  • 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
  • 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 hold any of the above documents, click here for application information for local applicants.

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 click here.

Mainland Gao Kao Applicants 内地高考生(内地统招申请办法)

CityU has joined the National University Entrance Examination (NUEE) scheme of mainland China 全国普通高等学校统一招生计划 ( 统招 ) since 2005 for the recruitment of Gao Kao 高考 students. Mainland high school students who are pursuing a Gao Kao curriculum must apply for admission via the NUEE 统招 route. Direct applications will not be considered. For details, please visit

Mainland Non-Gao Kao Applicants 內地非高考生 (Direct Application Route)

Mainland students who are pursuing a non-Gao Kao curriculum and will graduate with an international high school qualification (e.g. IB Diploma, GCE A-level or other overseas high school qualifications) can apply for admission via the direct application route (limited places only). For details, please visit

Admission Arrangements

Entrance Requirements

Check the Programme List

Depending on your academic qualifications, you may seek admission to first-year studies, or admission with Advanced Standing I. 

Ask yourself the following question to identify the programmes that you may apply for:

Key Dates for Non-local Applicants

About Your Application

Steps to Submit an Online Application

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Step 1: Create an account
  Input your email address, personal details and a password to create an application account. A confirmation email showing your application number and electronic ID (EID) will be sent to your email address. Use the EID and your selected password to log in to the application account.
Step 2: Complete your application

Click “Apply for a New Programme”. Select the Application Type (Bachelor's Degree) and Semester (Semester A, 2017/18), then select Programme (one programme choice per application).

Follow the instructions to complete the relevant sections of the online application and click 'SAVE' before proceeding to the next section or logging off.

How to apply for more than one programme.

Step 3: Upload supporting documents

Supporting documents for your qualifications (e.g. transcripts, predicted grades, TOEFL/IELTS scores, public exam results if available) are required. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation by the awarding body or your high school or university. Documents unrelated to academic qualifications (e.g. ID card/passport/travel document) need not be submitted. Submitted documents will not be returned.

Scanned copies of these documents should be uploaded via your application account before submitting your application. Supporting documents that do not show the name of the applicant or with unmatched names will not be accepted.

Type of Applicant/Qualification
Supporting documents required
Secondary education Students studying a GCE, IB, international/overseas school curriculum
  • Predicted national/public examination results (e.g. IB Diploma, GCEAL/IAL, India ISC/CBSE Standard XII exams, Taiwan GSAT, Malaysia UEC/STPM, etc.) from schools, if applicable
  • Latest official high school transcript with explanation of grading system
  • Public examination results(e.g. GCSE, GCEASL, SAT, ACT, AP), if available
  • TOEFL/IELTS/other acceptable English test results, if available
Post-secondary qualifications Degree/Associate Degree/Higher Diploma study
  • Latest official transcript (with results of all completed semesters/terms) with explanation of grading system
  • TOEFL/IELTS/other acceptable English test results, if available

Graduates with a Bachelor's Degree/Associate Degree/Higher Diploma or equivalent qualifications

  • Award certificate
  • Transcript with final CGPA/overall mark and award classification, with explanation of grading system
  • TOEFL/IELTS/other acceptable English test results, if available
Achievements/awards in academic and non-academic activities at international/national level in the past three years, if applicable
  • Award certificate
  • Attendance certificate
  If you wish to provide additional information after submitting your application, please use the "file upload" function. Please note that once the selection process has started, additional/updated information provided to the University may or may not be considered, at the discretion of the relevant programme. If requested by the University, you should present the ORIGINAL certificates / official certification of your qualifications as stated in your application (e.g. official transcripts, award certificates, English test results, and official certified English translation where applicable) for verification before starting your study. Provision of any false or misleading information or failure to supply documentation acceptable to the University for verification will lead to disqualification of the admission application and any offer/enrolment made will be rescinded. Any fees paid will not be refunded.

Step 4:

Submit your application


Check your data entry before submitting the application.

Pay the application fee online using VISA or MasterCard. The fee (HK$200 per programme choice) is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Your application will only be processed after payment of the application fee.

Step 5: Application acknowledgement

An acknowledgement of your application will be shown online upon submission of your application. The programme name will appear under "Submitted Application" in your application account. An email acknowledging receipt of your application will also be sent to you.

Step 6: Change of information after submission of applications

Once you have submitted your application, the system will not allow you to enter new data except for changes to your postal address, email address, telephone number and option for the use of personal data in direct marketing. Applicants studying on a post-secondary programme are also allowed to update the overall GPA/mark of their current study via their application account.

If you cannot apply via the online application system, please contact us for the paper application form. The application fee is HK$400 per programme.

Application Fee (non-refundable and non-transferable)

The application fee is HK$200 per online application. This fee entitles you to only one choice of programme. You will need to submit additional applications if you wish to apply for more than one programme. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable, and is required when submitting your application to the University.

When submitting your application for assessment, you are only required to pay the prescribed application fee, not any other fees, to the University.

Payment can be made through the application system using a credit card (VISA or MasterCard).

Scholarships for Outstanding International Students

International students may receive an entrance scholarship/diversity grant upon their admissions to the University. Click here for details.

The award of entrance scholarships and diversity grant is assessed at the time of application. Awardees will be notified in the admission offer letter. No separate application is required.

In addition to the entrance scholarship for international students, students with good performance during their studies at CityU may be eligible to apply for other scholarships. For details, please visit the website of our Student Development Services.

Rolling-basis Processing of Applications

Non-local applications are normally processed on a rolling-basis, upon receipt of applications and the required supporting documents.

Multiple Applications

If you wish to apply for more than one programme, click the "Apply for a New Programme" button and select an additional programme after logging in to your application account.

If you have applied for more than one programme, your programme choices will receive the same priority in our processing.

Note that if you have received more than one admission offer from the University, you can enrol in one programme only.

Programme-Specific Documentation

  1. Supplementary Form
    The BBA in Information Management programme requires the completion of a supplementary form. You will see a supplementary form section in your application account.
  2. Applicants for School of Creative Media (SCM) Programmes
    It is highly recommended that applicants for the following Bachelor's degree programmes submit a portfolio via the online Portfolio Submission System of the School of Creative Media within 10 calendar days after submitting their application.

    Portfolio materials may include documentation of still photography, paintings/drawings, sculptures, musical compositions/performances, films/videos, software, multi-media productions, academic or creative writing, science projects or other forms of imaginative activity.

    Please refer to the School webpage at for details on portfolios submission period and specifications.


Programme Title


School of Creative Media (options: BA Creative Media, BSc Creative Media, BAS New Media)


BA Creative Media


BSc Creative Media


BAS New Media

Use of Application Information

The information that you provide in the 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 for other relevant or related purposes;
  • to obtain from the relevant examination authority, assessment body or academic institution in Hong Kong or elsewhere information about your examination results, records of studies or professional qualifications if deemed appropriate;
  • to carry out checks on your application, and any records of studies in the University and other institutions in Hong Kong or elsewhere if deemed appropriate;
  • to transfer relevant data to the University's student record system upon successful outcome of your application;
  • for statistical and research purposes (with personal identifiers removed); and
  • personal data may be used for direct marketing of the University's programmes and activities.
    You may opt out from receiving such information via your application account if you wish.

Please note that by submitting your application, you authorise the University to obtain, and the relevant examination authority or academic institution to release, information about your examination results and records of studies. In accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, you have the right of access to and the right of correction of the personal data 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 University. You may be charged a fee for each request. Data for unsuccessful applications is destroyed at the end of each admission exercise.

Applicants with Disabilities

The admission of an applicant 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 University for special arrangements to be made if practicable.

Bribery Offence

Applicants are reminded not to offer any advantage to any members of the University in connection with their applications. These offers may constitute a bribery offence in Hong Kong. The University also forbids its staff from soliciting or accepting such advantage.

After You Apply

Application Results

Non-local applications are normally processed on a rolling basis. Admission offers are mostly made from January to June. The selection process for non-local applicants is normally completed by the end of June.

For final-year high school students or students studying a post-secondary programme, conditional offers may be made based on the latest results.

You can check the status of your application via your application account. If you are successful in your application, we will send you an email and an admission offer letter by post. No written notification will be sent otherwise.

If you are awarded an entrance scholarship/grant, the details will be stated in the admission offer letter.

Acceptance of Offer

Successful applicants must indicate their acceptance and pay the acceptance fee (HK$10000) online, using VISA or MasterCard, before the reply deadline. The acceptance fee is NOT refundable or transferable except under the following circumstances:

  • when the applicant subsequently accepts another offer of an award programme of the University in the same semester of admission and has paid the acceptance fee;
  • when the applicant fails to meet the condition(s) of the admission offer, resulting in a withdrawal of the offer by the University
    (a refund request should be submitted in writing to the Admissions Office before the commencement of your entry term, along with the documentary proof that the condition(s) cannot be met); or
  • when the programme for which an offer is made is subsequently cancelled by the University.

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

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

Documentation for Verification

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

Applicants who receive a conditional offer should also supply the documentation certifying the fulfilment of the offer conditions 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 also be rescinded. All fees paid will not be refunded.


After you have accepted the admission offer and fulfilled the conditions of the offer (if applicable), the Academic Regulations and Records Office (ARRO) will send you an enrolment notification, normally in July/August. Enrolment for new students will take place starting the week of 28 August 2017. If you fail to complete the enrolment procedure by 16 September 2017, you will be considered as having given up the place for admission, and all fees paid will not be refunded.

Cancellation of Programmes

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

Fees and Other Information

Tuition Fee (subject to annual review)

The tuition fee for non-local students enrolled in government-funded Bachelor's degree programmes is HK$120,000 (~US$15,380) per annum for the 2017/18 academic year until the end of your study. The tuition fee may increase if there are changes to the tuition fee set by the Hong Kong SAR Government.

Accommodation in Student Residence

Non-local students admitted to full-time government-funded 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. Students are highly advised to reserve sufficient funding to secure off-campus accommodation in Hong Kong for the remaining years of study as hall re-admission is extremely competitive and is subject to the Returning Scheme in respective halls. Further information can be obtained from the Student Residence Office.

Residence Fee
The residence fees vary according to the room type and are subject to annual review. Please refer to the website of the Student Residence Office for details.

Off-campus Accommodation
The monthly rental price for Off-campus Accommodation in the market stays in the range of HK$7,000 - $12,000 subject to flat size, location and many factors.

For further information, visit the website of our Student Residence Office.

Estimated Cost of Living in Hong Kong

Living costs will vary depending on individual lifestyle expectations. The estimated basic living expenses are as follows:

On-campus Accommodation (double occupancy for 10 months) US$1,440*
Living expenses (meals, transport, laundry and expenses for books, stationery, etc.) US$3,900-6,400

* Residence fees are subject to annual review and revision.

Student Visa

Non-local students will require a student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study 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 produce a valid student visa/entry permit which corresponds to the programme you intend to study, you will not be allowed to enroll in our programme. Consult the website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department for details about visa requirements.



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Applicants should note that changes may be made to the information on this website. The information presented here does not form part of a contract between any person and the University.