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1. Why should I choose to study at HSUHK?

The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (HSUHK) is a non-profit, self-financing, liberal-arts-oriented private university in Hong Kong, offering a wide range of undergraduate and taught postgraduate degree programmes. HSUHK, formerly known as Hang Seng Management College and Hang Seng School of Commerce, is a degree-granting institution since 2010. It officially became a private university with the approval from Hong Kong SAR Government in October 2018.

As a self-financed institution, the University finds strength in its autonomy, flexibility and responsiveness to meet community and market needs by developing new innovative programmes, many of which are the first of its kind in Hong Kong.

In programme design, there is a good balance of major studies, common core curriculum and free electives; whereas ample development opportunities/activities form an integral part of students’ holistic educational experience. These opportunities/activities include valuable residential, internship, service, leadership, global exchange and independent research experiences, etc. Students actively engage themselves in different learning opportunities so that they would know themselves better, broaden their global horizons, engage in continuous learning, boost their self-confidence, and realise their potential. The aim is to nurture young talents with critical thinking, innovative minds, caring attitude, moral values and social responsibilities.

2. Which undergraduate programmes does HSUHK currently offer?

HSUHK currently offers the following four-year full-time undergraduate programmes:

3. What is the medium of instruction?

English while a few modules related to General Education / Chinese Language may be taught in Cantonese.

4. Are all programmes offered by HSUHK recognised in Hong Kong?

Yes. All programmes currently offered by HSUHK have been validated by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). They are currently registered at Qualification Register (QR). Referring to the Qualification Framework established by the Education Bureau (Please see below), the qualifications of our undergraduate programmes and taught postgraduate programmes are equivalent to Level 5 and Level 6 respectively:

Level 1: Certificate
Level 2: Certificate
Level 3: Diploma / Pre-Associate Degree
Level 4: High Diploma / Associate Degree
Level 5: Bachelor Degree
Level 6: Master Degree / Advanced Certificate / Advanced Diploma
Level 7: Doctorate Degree

5. Am I eligible to apply for admission to HSUHK programmes if I do not take any business-related subject in the secondary school?

Yes. Students who do not take any business-related subject in the secondary school can choose to apply for admission to our programmes.

6. Are student exchange programmes / short-term study visit programmes available for HSUHK students?

Yes. HSUHK has been in collaboration with overseas institutions and those in Mainland China for student exchange programmes and short-term study visit programmes with the view of broadening our students’ horizons and nurturing their global perspectives. You are encouraged to visit the webpage of student exchange programme for details.

7. Will HSUHK students be given internship opportunities?

Yes. Both local and international internship opportunities are available for our students to work at different corporations. Students not only put their knowledge into practice and earn actual working experience, but also enhance other skills such as interpersonal skill, communication skill, etc., from the internship programme. It is deemed as solid foundation for their future career. Students’ internship performance will be assessed by both the hosting corporation and the module lecturer.  Details can be found from Career Planning and Development division of Student Affairs Office.

8. Who are local and non-local students?

Local Students

Students who do not require a student visa to study in Hong Kong, e.g. holder of the following:

  1. Permanent HKID Card
  2. Documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department showing right to land / right of abode in Hong Kong
  3. One-way Permit for entry to Hong Kong
  4. Full-time employment visa / work permit
  5. Dependent visa (students who were below 18 years old when they were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Director of Immigration)
  6. Visa / Entry permit for Quality Migrant Admission Scheme
  7. Visa / Entry permit for Capital Investment Entrant Scheme
  8. Visa / Entry permit for Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents
  9. Visa label for unconditional stay

Non-local students

Students who hold the following visa / permit issued by the Director of Immigration are defined as Non-local students:

  1. Student visa / Entry permit
  2. Visa under the Immigration Arrangement for Non-Local Graduates
  3. Dependent visa / entry permit (students who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Director of Immigration)

9. What is the fee schedule of HSUHK programmes for the 2020 entry?

*Only applicable to eligible Hong Kong students.

Remarks:

  1. Starting from the 2019/20 cohort, HSUHK may adjust the annual tuition fee for the subsequent years of study according to the Composite Consumer Price Index (CCPI) announced by the HKSAR Government.
  2. The Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme is tenable for the normal duration of the programme, i.e. 4 years.

10. Do I need to pay the whole year tuition fee and other required fees in one go?

No. There are two installments a year. Students will be given a debit note for the required payment in due course and need to settle on or before the due date.

11. Are there any scholarships available at HSUHK?

Yes. In order to provide incentives for students to pursue academic excellence, HSUHK offers various scholarships to eligible students. There are three categories of scholarships, including Entrance Scholarships, Achievement Scholarships and Exchange Scholarships.

Entrance Scholarships for the 2020 intake will be awarded to full-time degree entrants of the 2020/21 academic year who have achieved good academic results. Please visit Entrance Scholarship 2020 (Year 1 / Senior-Year) for details.

12. Am I eligible to seek financial assistance from the HKSAR Government?

Yes. You can seek financial assistance from the Student Finance Office under Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency if you are a Hong Kong citizen. You can choose to apply for a means-test “Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students” (FASP) or the “Non-means-tested Loan Scheme” via HSUHK. For details, please refer to www.wfsfaa.gov.hk.

In addition, the HKSAR government provides a non-means-tested annual subsidy in the academic year 2020/21 amounting to HK$32,100 for eligible students pursuing self-financing undergraduate studies in Hong Kong. You may click here and FAQ for more details .

For non-local applicants who need a student visa to study in Hong Kong, you must fund your own study and living expenses in Hong Kong.

13. Does HSUHK provide any on-campus accommodation to students?

Yes. HSUHK students are eligible to apply for on-campus accommodation on a competitive basis. There are 1,200 spaces currently available at Residential Colleges for students.

For Year 1 non-local students, on-campus accommodation will be arranged for their FIRST YEAR of study at HSUHK. For senior-year non-local students, application can be submitted for on-campus accommodation if needed, which is no guarantee.

Application / Interview arrangement

14. What are the admission requirements for the 2020 entry?

Year 1 entry: Please click here
Senior-Year entry: Please click here

For students who possess qualifications other than HKDSE, your applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  You are welcome to contact Registry for more details.

15. When is the application period for undergraduate programmes for the 2020 entry?

Self-financing Programmes

The application period for undergraduate programmes offered in the 2020/21 academic year is from 16 November 2019 to 31 August 2020 (local student) / 16 November 2019 to 14 June 2020 (non-local student). Early application with pending HKDSE / other examination results at the current stage is highly encouraged as the programme(s) may stop receiving applications under different situations, e.g., when the programme quota has been filled up.

Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions / Sectors (SSSDP) Programmes

For admission to programmes under the SSSDP, HKDSE candidates are required to apply via JUPAS. The application deadline will be 11 December 2019. The intake places of programmes under SSSDP are mainly allocated through JUPAS. Should there be unfilled intake places after all admission rounds of JUPAS, HSUHK will admit local non-JUPAS applicants (HKDSE applicants exclusive) via direct admission of no more than 10% of the subsidised places of the respective programme.

16. How can I submit my application?

You can submit your application for self-financing programmes through one of the following channels:

  1. HSUHK Undergraduate Application System; OR
  2. Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes eapp (Application Period: From 5 December 2019 to 13 July 2020) (for HKDSE students only)

For admission to programmes under the SSSDP, HKDSE candidates are required to apply via JUPAS. The application deadline will be 11 December 2019. The intake places of programmes under SSSDP are mainly allocated through JUPAS. Should there be unfilled intake places after all admission rounds of JUPAS, HSUHK will admit local non-JUPAS applicants (HKDSE applicants exclusive) via direct admission of no more than 10% of the subsidised places of the respective programme.

17. How many degree programme choices do I have? Will my choice(s) other than the first choice be considered?

You are allowed to submit one application with no capped number of programme choices.  All selected programme choices will be processed.  Suitable applicants will be granted ONE conditional offer / confirmed offer only, based on the priority of programme choices.

18. What kind of documents should be submitted together with the application?

The following documents need to be submitted together with the application:

  1. A copy of your Hong Kong ID card / travel document; and
  2. Recent two-year academic transcript(s), certificate(s) and public examination results

19. How can I pay the application fee?

Applicants will be informed via email of downloading the debit note with payment instructions after submitting the online application.  You can settle the payment via one of the payment methods listed on the debit note before the due date.

20. Can my English result in the HKDSE examination be replaced by other English examinations such as GCE, GCSE, IELTS, TOEFL, etc.?

In case applicants fail to get a minimum of Level 3 in English Language in HKDSE examination, other English examination results may be further considered by respective programme(s) on a case-by-case basis.

21. I am a local student and prepare to take another language in HKDSE instead of Chinese. Do I need to provide any certification to prove my Chinese language proficiency?

HSUHK normally accepts alternative Chinese Language qualifications (e.g. GCSE, GCE) in place of HKDSE Chinese for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students. Please click here for more details.

22. Will other languages i.e. French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Hindi and Urdu in the HKDSE examination be considered?

The results of other languages will not be considered as the replacement of the Chinese Language result in the HKDSE examination.

23. I am a non-local student and interested in the Degree Programmes at HSUHK. Do I need to have a certain level of Chinese language? If yes, what should I do?

It is not mandatory for non-local applicants to possess a certain level of Chinese language.

24. Will applied learning subjects in the HKDSE examination be considered?

Applied learning subjects will not be considered for the admission of HSUHK Degree Programmes.

25. Does HSUHK accept combined results of HKDSE examination?

Yes. We accept combined results of HKDSE examination as long as applicants’ qualifications meet our admission requirements.

26. Will my application to your University affect my JUPAS application?

No.

27. When will the written test / admission interview be conducted?

The written test / admission interview will be conducted either in the first semester of the 2019-20 academic year, or the second semester after the completion of HKDSE examination, or even after the release of HKDSE examination results. Eligible applicants will be notified of written test / admission interview arrangements including the date, time and venue in due course via email and SMS. Please note that applicants attending written test / admission interview on different dates in the year will be considered on the same footing for admission.

28. Do all programmes require interviews?

You may find details here (Year 1 entry / Senior-year entry). Some programmes will also require written tests prior to the interviews. Eligible applicants will be notified of the written test / admission interview arrangements via email and SMS. Therefore, please ensure that your contact number and email address are correct and updated. You are advised to inform us of the update(s) in writing as soon as possible.

29. What should I do if I am not able to attend the written test / admission interview on the designated date and time?

If you are not able to attend the written test / admission interview, please inform us as soon as possible via email (ugadmission@hsu.edu.hk). Alternative arrangement will be made for you if possible.

30. What is the format of the interview?

The format of the interview varies among programmes. Normally group / individual interviews are conducted.

In view of the latest development on the pneumonia cases of Novel Coronavirus Infection in Hong Kong, HSUHK has suspended all face-to-face interview arrangements. HSUHK may invite selected applicants via email and HSUHK Undergraduate Application System to conduct the online written test/interview.

Arrangement after the release of public examination

31. What should I do after the release of HKDSE / other examination results?

Applicants who have been given conditional offers AND whose HKDSE / other examination results meet the admission requirements listed on the conditional offer letter are required to claim your offer and provide the required documents on or before the stipulated due date (which has been stated on your conditional offer letter). Please refer to the conditional offer letter for the instructions of claiming the offer. You are also required to pay the non-refundable and non-transferable enrollment deposit of HK$5,000 (Local Applicant) / HK$30,000 (Non-local Applicant) before the stipulated date and time as a means of offer acceptance.

Please be well aware that the conditional offer will lapse if applicants fail to claim the conditional offer and settle the enrollment deposit by the stipulated deadline.

Applicants who have not been given conditional offer AND whose HKDSE / other examination results meet our minimum admission requirements are advised to provide us with the result slip by uploading the slip to the HSUHK Undergraduate Application System for our consideration.

For applicants who have submitted applications but are awaiting written test / interview AND the HKDSE / other examination results meet our minimum admission requirements, please provide us with the result slip in person for further arrangement.

32. Would it be possible for me to submit application for self-financing programme(s) (I) after the release of HKDSE / other examination results; or (II) after the release of JUPAS results?

Yes. You need to submit the online application with supporting documents including the HKDSE / other examination result slip and an application fee of HK$100 (Local Applicants) / HK$200 (Non-local Applicants) per programme before the application deadline. Please ensure that your HKDSE results / other qualifications have met our minimum admission requirements before submitting the application. Written test / admission interview may be arranged for you subject to the decision made by the respective programme.

33. Will the enrolment deposit be refunded if I finally choose to enrol in another programme offered by a university / an institution other than HSUHK?

Under normal circumstance, no refund of enrolment deposit will be accepted.  However, if an applicant has accepted an offer via JUPAS for:

(i)   from a full-time UGC-funded undergraduate programme (programmes offered by OUHK and HKAPA are not UGC-funded); or
(ii)  an undergraduate programme subsidized under Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions / Sectors

the applicant can submit an application for refund before the deadline.  Full refund, less an administrative fee of HK$500, will be arranged for eligible applicants.

Submission deadlines of refund application:

  • Noon of 17 Aug 2020 (for applicants with JUPAS main round offer)
  • Noon of 31 Aug 2020 (for applicants with JUPAS offer based on Rechecking and Remarking results)
  • Noon of 2 Sept 2020 (for applicants with JUPAS clearing round offer)
  • Noon of 7 Sept 2020 (for applicants with JUPAS subsequent round offer)