With a view to providing study opportunities for local students with Associate Degree (AD)/Higher Diploma (HD) qualifications, the University introduced the Special Admissions Scheme (SAS) in Year 2000.
Applicants of the SAS route will be granted advanced standing upon successful admission, leading to a reduction in the number of credit units required to obtain a Bachelor's degree.
For 2019 entry, around 1,400 places (subject to approval) are available for senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission to government-funded Bachelor's degree programmes.
To be eligible to apply for senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission under the SAS, you must be a final-year graduating student or a graduate of an AD/HD programme recognised by the University.
There are no CGPA or overall mark requirements for the purpose of application. However, as competition for admission is keen, accepted applicants are normally expected to have completed an AD/HD award with a CGPA of ≥3.0 or equivalent overall mark, or a credit award. Individual programmes may set a higher requirement.
For final-year AD/HD students, offers of admission will be conditional upon the successful attainment of the AD/HD award, with a specified CGPA, overall mark or award classification, if deemed appropriate.
Senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission is only available to local students*.
*If you need a student visa to study in Hong Kong, you will be classified as a non-local student and will not be considered for Advanced Standing II admission.
Before you apply, check the list of government-funded programmes that accept applications under the SAS.
A key feature of the SAS is the award of advanced standing, in recognition of prior studies, upon admission.
Senior-year entrants will receive Advanced Standing II, enabling them to complete their studies with a minimum of 60 credit units (instead of 120 credit units in a standard four-year curriculum), subject to the requirements of individual degrees/majors. Students admitted with advanced standing will not be entitled to any credit transfer on the basis of their previous qualifications attained prior to their admission to the University. Instead, they may be granted an exemption from specific courses based on prior study. Credit units are not earned for an exempted course.
AD/HD graduates who are unable to gain admission to a senior-year (Advanced Standing II) place may be considered for Advanced Standing I entry. The minimum graduation requirement for Advanced Standing I students is 90 credit units (instead of 120 credit units in a standard four-year curriculum), subject to the requirements of individual degrees/majors.
Applications for 2019 entry are accepted from 26 September 2018 onward. Please click here for the government-funded programmes offered under the Special Admissions Scheme and the application deadlines for individual programmes.
Applicants who submit applications before 15 November 2018 may receive early offers. Applicants who do not receive early offers will be considered together with other applicants of the regular round.
Most admission offers are made between January and July. The selection process is normally completed by the end of July.