General Entrance Requirements for Bachelor's Degree Programmes (for 2018 Entry)

The qualifications listed below are the minimum required to satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for Bachelor's degree studies. In addition to the General Entrance Requirements, individual degrees/majors may require a specific subject background. Please refer to the respective programme pages for details.

Possession of the qualifications in no way guarantees acceptance. To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants should have attained the minimum grade specified, or where a grade is not specified, an acceptable pass in the qualification.

The list is not intended to be exhaustive. Qualifications that are not listed will be considered on a case-by-case basis. As a general guideline, university entry qualifications, obtained after 12 or 13 years of schooling (primary and secondary) are usually recognised.

Country / Region Acceptable Non-Local Qualifications

Apply for Admission to First-Year Studies

(min. 120 credit units)

Apply for Admission with Advanced Standing I
(See Note 1)

(min. 90 credit units)

General Certificate of Education (GCE) System (GCE A-Level and GCSE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
GCE System Grade E or above in three GCE A-level (or A2) / International A-level subjects. Two AS subjects are considered to be equivalent to one AL subject. The same subject cannot be counted at both the A Level and AS Level;
AND
Grade C/Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language or English Literature, or a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (Internet-based test), or an IELTS overall band score of 6.5.
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IB Award of an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma for admission to first-year studies. For Advanced Standing I admission, a minimum diploma point score of 30 (out of 45) is required. a tick a tick
By Country
Australia Successful completion of year 12 and a satisfactory admission index/entrance rank:
ATAR/TER/ENTER (80)
OP (10 maximum)
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Austria Reifeprufungszeugnis (Matura)/Reifezeugnis a tick  
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate a tick  
Belgium Certificat d'Enseignment Secondaire Supérieur/Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs/Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts a tick  
Brunei Brunei-Cambridge GCE Advanced Levels (3 passes)
(See GCE system)
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Canada British Columbia
Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with Grade B in five Grade 12 subjects
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Ontario
Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a minimum average of 70% in six Grade 12 U or M courses
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Other provinces
High school graduation diploma with at least 70% in five Grade 12 subjects
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Quebec
Diploma of Collegial Studies (CEGEP)
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China (Mainland) Current-year National University Entrance Examination (NUEE) 全國普通高等學校統一招生考試 score above the cut-off line for admission to mainland key universities (國家重點高校入學分數線) and English score above 120-135 (out of 150 maximum), visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/mainland for details. a tick  
China (Macau SAR) GCE Advanced Levels/International A-levels (3 passes) (See GCE System) a tick a tick
Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma a tick  
Denmark Studentereksamen / Hojere Forberedelseseksamen / Hojere Handelseksamen / Hojere Teknisk Eksamen a tick  
Estonia Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), and Riigieksamitunnistus (National Examination Certificate) a tick  
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus / Studentexamensbetyg a tick  
France Baccalauréat Général / Diplome de Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degre / Option Internationale du Baccalauréat a tick  
Germany Abitur / Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife a tick  
Greece Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou (previously Apolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou) and pan-hellenic examinations a tick  
Hungary Érettségi / Matura a tick  
India Minimum average of 75% at Standard XII in All India Senior School Certificate (SSC) / Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination (HSC) / Indian School Certificate (ISC) a tick  
Indonesia Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar Sekolah Menengah Umum Tingkat Atas (STTB: SMA), and completion of SMA Ujian Nasional a tick  
Iran Diploma-Motevaseteh (National High School Diploma) + Pre-University Certificate a tick  
Ireland Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in five subjects at C level or better in Higher-level papers a tick  
Israel Bagrut (Matriculation) or Mechina (university preparatory) a tick  
Italy Diploma di Esame di Stato a tick a tick
Japan Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) a tick  
Kazakhstan Normally one year of successful study at a recognized university. In exceptional cases, students who have achieved excellent grades in school and Unified National Testing (UNT) with the award of Attestat / Svidetel' stvo o Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) may be considered. a tick  
Korea (South) Ilbankye Kodung Hakkyo (General High School Diploma) a tick  
Lithuania Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate) a tick  
Luxembourg Diplome de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires a tick  
Malaysia 3 passes (no lower than C) in Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) a tick a tick
A maximum of 15 points over 6 academic subjects in the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) a tick  
Mexico Bachillerato a tick  
Myanmar Normally 1 year of successful study at a recognized university a tick  
Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) Diploma a tick a tick
New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 a tick a tick
Nigeria West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO) Senior School Certificate a tick  
Norway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole a tick a tick
Pakistan Intermediate Certificate or Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) a tick  
Philippines High School Diploma (Grade 12) a tick  
Poland Matura / Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci a tick  
Portugal Diploma de Ensino Secundário a tick  
Romania Diploma de Bacalaureat a tick  
Russia Normally one year of successful study at a recognized university. In exceptional cases, students who have achieved excellent grades in school and state examinations with the award of Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education) may be considered. a tick  
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate) a tick  
Singapore Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Levels (3 passes). Two H1 subjects are considered to be equivalent to one H2 subject a tick a tick
Advanced Diplomas / Diplomas from Ngee Ann, Nanyang, Republic, Singapore and Temasek Polytechnics a tick a tick
Slovakia Vysvedčenie o Maturitnej Skúške / Maturita a tick a tick
South Africa National Senior Certificate a tick  
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Advanced Levels (3 passes) a tick a tick
Sweden Slutbetyg / Examensbevis från Gymnasieskolan a tick  
Switzerland Maturitätszeugnis / Certificat de Maturité / Baccalauréat / Attestato di Maturità / Federally recognized Cantonal Maturity Certificate a tick  
Taiwan Senior high school graduation. General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT 學測) total score and English result within the top percentile (頂標) a tick  
Senior high school graduation. Advanced Subjects Test (AST 指考) with top percentile (頂標) scores in four subjects. a tick  
Thailand Mathayom Suksa 6 (M6) a tick  
Turkey Anadolu Lisesi Diplomasi (Anatolian High School Diploma) or Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School Diploma) or Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (Private High School Diploma) a tick  
UK Grade E or above in three GCE A-level (or A2) / International A-level subjects. Two AS subjects are considered to be equivalent to one AL subject. The same subject may not be counted at both the A Level and AS Level. a tick a tick
Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Level 3 National Diploma / Extended Diploma a tick a tick
Scottish Certificate of Education at the Higher Level (4 subjects) a tick a tick
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, or passes in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a combination of Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects and GCE A-level subjects a tick a tick
USA US High School Diploma AND a minimum score of 1190 (out of 1600) on the new SAT / 1650 (out of 2400) on the old SAT or 24 composite on the ACT, or grade 3 in two subjects in the Advanced Placement (AP) Test for admission to first-year studies. a tick  
US High School Diploma AND a minimum score of 1190 (out of 1600) on the new SAT / 1650 (out of 2400) on the old SAT or 24 composite on the ACT, AND a minimum of grade 4 in three subjects in the Advanced Placement (AP) Test for admission with Advanced Standing I. a tick a tick
Vietnam Bàng Tót Nghiêp Phó Thông Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) a tick  

English Requirements

Applicants who obtained their entrance qualifications in a language other than English will need an acceptable result in an approved English qualification. The following qualifications are accepted as proof of English language proficiency:

TOEFL Minimum total score 550 on the paper-based test / 79 on the Internet-based test
IELTS Overall band score of 6.5 or above
GCE System

One of the following:

  • Grade E or above in GCE AL/IAL or AS/IAS English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature
  • Grade C / Grade 4 or above in GCSE/GCEOL English/English Language or English Literature
  • Grade C / Grade 4 or above in IGCSE First Language English, English Language or English Literature
  • Grade B / Grade 5 or above in IGCSE English as a Second Language
Cambridge ESOL Examinations One of the following:
  • Grade C or above in Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • Grade C or above in Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
Denmark Studentereksamen: minimum grade 7 (old grading scale: 9) in Level A / B English
Finland One of the following:
  • Upper secondary school certificate (lukion paastotodistus / gymnasiets avgansbetyg): minimum grade 8 in English
  • Matriculation exam (ylioppilastutkinto / studentexamen): minimum grade 4 (Cum Laude Approbatur) in English
Germany Abitur: minimum grade 10 in English
India SSC / HSC / ISC Standard XII: minimum 70% in English
Malaysia One of the following:
  • Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM): minimum grade C in English
  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysian (STPM): min. grade C in English
  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC): B4 or better in English
Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO): minimum grade 8 in English
Norway Vitnemal: minimum grade 4 in English
Sweden Slutbetyg / Examensbevis från Gymnasieskolan: minimum grade C (old grading scale: VG) in English
Taiwan General Scholastic Ability Test 大學學科能力測驗 (學測) or Advanced Subjects Test 指定科目考試(指考): English result within the top percentile (頂標)

Notes:

  1. Students with a recognised qualification may be admitted to the University with Advanced Standing I (non-senior-year). Advanced standing is linked to the curriculum and graduation requirements. For details, please click here. Advanced standing entry is not applicable to BBA Global Business, BSc Computational Finance, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine.
  2. In addition to the General Entrance Requirements, individual majors may require a specific subject background.
  3. Entrance requirements are subject to ongoing review. The University reserves the right to amend the requirements from time to time.