Direct Application

What is Direct Application?

'Direct application' is an application route for both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. For undergraduate programmes, direct application is the non-JUPAS route for those applicants who do not have Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results, or have those results but also possess other qualifications. As direct applicants are selected based on a variety of qualifications, which may include GCEAL, International Baccalaureate Diploma, Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), sub-degrees, bachelor’s degrees or other acceptable qualifications, selection is made on an individual basis. Performance in selection tests and interviews, where applicable, is also an important assessment criterion.

Step 1: Before you submit a direct application

Before you submit a direct application, please check the list of undergraduate programmes offered by the University, information, course details and their application deadlines.

Step 2: When is the application period for 2014 entry and the application deadline?

Applications for bachelor's degree and government-funded associate degree programme for September 2014 entry are accepted starting 1 November 2013. The deadline for applications varies by programme. Please refer to the online programme list for the deadline specific to individual programmes.

Step 3: Check the requirements

For admission to the programmes offered by the University, applicants must meet both the University's General Entrance Requirements and the entrance requirements as specified by individual colleges/schools/programmes, if applicable.

Step 4: Are you a local or non-local applicant? Under what circumstances do you need to apply for a student visa?

Non-local applicants are persons who require a student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study in Hong Kong. Persons holding a PERMANENT Hong Kong Identity Card (as distinguished from a Hong Kong Identity Card), a dependant visa or a full-time employment visa/work permit (for part-time study) issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department are NOT considered non-local applicants. If you need further advice on visa requirements, please consult the website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Step 5: How much is the application fee? How can I pay the fee?

The application fee per programme is HK$200 for 2014 entry. You can submit additional applications if you wish to apply for more than one programme. Note that if you receive more than one admission offer from the University, you can choose to enrol in one programme only.

You will pay the application fee of HK$200 using a credit card (VISA or Master Card) through the online application system.

Step 6: Apply online

Demo on online applications

Step 7: How do you check your application status? How can you access it?

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 the application account with the electronic ID and password created at the time of application.

Things you might be interested to know:

Will application be reviewed before the applicaition deadline?
For some programmes, applications are processed on a rolling basis. Reviews of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are thus strongly encouraged. Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the relevant department.

Can you submit another application to CityU if you are a JUPAS applicant?
If you have applied for admission through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS), you should not submit an application to the University for any programme listed under the JUPAS system. Otherwise, your direct application to the University will NOT be considered and any application fee paid will NOT be refunded.

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