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 HKDSE results but also possess other qualifications. As direct applicants are selected based on a variety of qualifications, which may include GCEAL, International Baccalaureate Diploma, sub-degree, Bachelor's degree 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 submitting a direct application

Before submitting a direct application, please check the list of undergraduate programmes offered by the University.

Step 2: Note the application period for 2016 entry and the application deadline

Applications for Bachelor's degree and government-funded Associate Degree programmes for September 2016 entry are accepted from 2 November 2015. The deadline for applications varies by programme. Please refer to the programme list for the deadline specific to individual programmes.

Step 3: Check the entrance 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/departments/programmes, if applicable.

Step 4: Apply online

Demo on online applications

To submit an application online, create an application account, select a programme and fill out the application.

You can submit additional applications if you wish to apply for more than one programme. If you receive more than one admission offer from the University, acceptance of a later offer will supersede earlier acceptance of other offer(s). Note that at any one time, you can accept one admission offer only.

Step 5: Declare local or non-local status by answering pre-set questions

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 (printed on the 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 6: Complete all required sections and upload supporting documents

Please ensure that all required sections (including the supplementary form if needed) are completed. Upload the supporting documents (e.g. academic transcripts, predicted IB/GCEAL grades, IELTS/TOEFL score reports) at the same time to avoid delaying the evaluation of your application.

Step 7: Pay the application fee

The application fee is HK$200 per programme. Payment must be made using a credit card (VISA or Master Card) through the online application system.

You are only required to pay the prescribed application fee but not any other fees to the University to submit your application for assessment.

Step 8: Check your application status

You can access the application account with the electronic ID and password created at the time of application. Through your application account, you can check your application result, update your correspondence information and upload supporting documents. 

Things you might be interested to know

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 a direct application to the University. Otherwise, your direct application to the University will NOT be considered and any application fee paid will NOT be refunded.

When will the application result be announced?
Admission offers for local applicants are mostly made between February and July. Non-local applications will be processed on a rolling basis, upon receipt of applications and supporting documents. The selection process is normally completed by the end of June for non-local applicants, and by the end of July for local applicants.

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