Visiting Students - Undergraduate Courses

Applicants who do not wish to pursue a full programme of study at the University but are interested in taking courses on a short-term basis (less than one academic year) may apply for admission as a visiting student to attend selected course(s) and take the assessment as decided by the course offering unit. Visiting students will be admitted only if the relevant course offering unit is satisfied with their academic ability and if there are places available in the lecture groups for the course(s) concerned.

  •   Medium of Instruction

    The University's medium of instruction and assessment is English, unless otherwise specified for a specific course.

  •   Certification of Study

    Visiting students can apply to the Academic Regulations and Records Office for a testimonial or academic transcript.

  •   Course Information and Class Schedule

    • Course codes starting with 1, 2, 3 or 4 (e.g., GE 1111, CS2114, AIS2012, MA4152) are undergraduate courses.
    • The respective academic departments decide which courses will accept applications from visiting students, and they may vary each semester.
    • Course offerings may change due to under-enrolment, staff changes and other factors. The University reserves the right to alter the published course list without prior notice.
      •  for the list of course offerings for visiting students for Semester B 2018/19
      • Please click here for the class schedule of courses offered in 2018/19.
      • Please note that regular students will be given priority in course registration. There is no guarantee that applications from visiting students can be considered for the courses listed, particularly for professional courses such as accountancy and law.

  •   Tuition Fees (Subject to Annual Review)

    Tuition fees are charged on a credit basis, with a course normally carrying 3 credit units. The fees for courses offered at the Bachelor's degree level are as follows.

    Local Applicants (HK$) Non-Local Applicants (HK$)
    HK$2,800 per credit HK$4,000 per credit

    Applicants will be required to pay the tuition fees in full upon acceptance of an offer of admission. Tuition fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

    The University reserves the right to cancel any course, in which case any tuition fees paid will be refunded.

  •   Application Period

    An academic year comprises Semester A, Semester B and a Summer Term.

    Applications must be received by the University on or before the application deadline as follows.

    Application Period
    Start Term
    Non-local Applicants*
    Local Applicants
    1 April 2018 to 15 May 2018 1 April 2018 to 15 July 2018 for admission in Semester A 2018/19
    (3 September 2018 to 22 December 2018)
    1 September 2018 to 15 October 2018 1 September 2018 to 15 December 2018 for admission in Semester B 2018/19
    (14 January 2019 to 20 May 2019)
    15 January 2019 to 15 February 2019 15 January 2019 to 15 April 2019 for admission in Summer Term 2019
    (10 June 2019 - 10 August 2019)

    * Please refer to the 'Points to Note for Non-Local Applicants' below.

  •   Application Procedures

    To apply, please download and complete the application form (requires Adobe Reader).

    The application fee is HK$400 per application (subject to annual review). Up to 10 courses can be included in each application. After an application has been submitted, any additional courses (even if the original application includes less than 10 courses) will require a new application and fee payment. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

    You are only required to pay the prescribed application fee but not any other fees in connection with your application.

    Methods of Application Fee Payment

    1. Local applicants:
      • by ATM transfer to CityU's Hang Seng Bank account (account number 293-318028-004); or
      • by Visa or MasterCard (complete the "Application Fee" section of the application form); or
      • by obtaining a deposit form from the Admissions Office and paying in cash at any Hang Seng Bank branch.
    2. Applicants residing outside Hong Kong:
      • by Visa or MasterCard (complete the "Application Fee" section of the application form); or
      • by bank draft payable to 'City University of Hong Kong' (if you submit more than one application, a bank draft for the total fee amount is acceptable).

    Please DO NOT send personal cheques or cash.

    Application forms should be sent to the Admissions Office (5/F, Fong Yun-wah Building, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong) with the following documents.

    1. Proof of application fee payment (the original ATM advice/CityU copy of the deposit form or bank draft) if payment is not made by credit card.
    2. Certified true copies of academic transcripts or certificates relevant to your application. Submitted documents will not be returned. Transcripts and certificates in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official certified translation.

  •   Use of Application Information

    Application information, including your HKID card/passport number, will be used in the admission evaluation process. Upon your enrolment in the University, such information will become part of your student record and may be used for any purposes relating to your study in accordance with University procedures.

    In accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, you have the right of access to and correction of the information contained in your application, as well as the right to request a copy of such data. If you wish to obtain more information, please write to the Admissions Office. You may be charged a fee for each request.

    The application data of unsuccessful applicants will be destroyed at the end of the admission exercise.

  •   Rules and Obligations

    The studies of visiting students are governed by the University's Academic Regulations.

    Upon completion of their studies, students are required to settle any loan/fines with the relevant department(s)/office(s) of the University and to return their student ID cards to the Academic Regulations and Records Office.

  •   Withdrawal of Study

    A visiting student who wishes to discontinue his or her studies should send a written notification and return his or her student identity card to the Academic Regulations and Records Office. Tuition fees will not be refunded for any reason.

  •   Points to Note for Non-Local Students

    • Non-local students are persons who require a student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study in Hong Kong. Students who were issued a dependant visa/entry permit at age 18 or above are also regarded as non-local students. Please click here for details about the definition of local and non-local students.
    • Non-local students must obtain a student visa/entry permit before coming to Hong Kong to study. For information on visa applications, please consult the website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department at For assistance with student visa sponsorship and information on visa applications, please visit the website of the Global Engagement Office.
    • It normally takes six weeks or longer to process a student visa application. You are advised to apply well in advance to ensure that your visa is issued before the start of your visiting study.
    • Because of visa restrictions, non-local visiting students are required to undertake a full-time study load of ≥ 12 credits (i.e., at least four courses of three credit units each) in Semester A or B and at least six, but no more than seven credit units in the Summer Term (i.e., at least two courses of three credit units each). Once an admission offer is made and accepted by a non-local applicant, any change of credit load to less than 12 credit units (less than 6 credit units for summer term) is normally not permitted.
    • It is MANDATORY for non-local students to have appropriate insurance with adequate cover for travel, personal accidents, medical expenses (accident and non-accident), hospitalisation and emergency evacuation/repatriation throughout the period of their studies in Hong Kong. Students are required either to purchase such insurance before they leave their home city or, if they are unable to do so or wish to have additional insurance coverage, enrol in the Group Personal Accident and Medical Benefits Insurance Plan for Non-local Students contracted by the University. For more information, please visit the website of the Global Engagement Office.
    • Due to the great demand for places in student halls of residence, it is very unlikely that places can be offered to non-local visiting students. These students are therefore advised to begin seeking off-campus accommodation as early as possible before their arrival in Hong Kong. Details of off-campus accommodation are available at
      Applications for student residence will be accepted from non-local visiting students only if places are still available after all applications from other eligible groups have been considered.

  •   Enquiries

    Admission Applications Course Offerings and Timetable Student Visa & Non-Local Student Matters
    Admissions Office Academic Regulations and Records Office Global Engagement Office
    Tel: (852) 3442-9094
    Fax: (852) 3442-0266
    Online Enquiry Form:
    Tel: (852) 3442-2300
    Fax: (852) 3442-0270
    Tel: (852) 3442-8089
    Fax: (852) 3442-0223
    E-mail: (For general enquiries); (For student visa application enquiries)


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