Further Studies in Mainland China
Higher education in the mainland China is generally divided into specialist (similar to associate degree in Hong Kong), undergraduate (bachelor's degree) and postgraduate (master's and doctorate) programmes. At present, mainland China institutions mainly open their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to Hong Kong students. Students can enrol in these courses through three major channels which are the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher education Institutions, National Education Exams Authority, People’s Republic of China Joint Entrance Exam for Universities in PRC (JEE, PRC) and Independent Enrolment of Colleges and Universities.
Duration of study
General subject: 4-year programme
Individual specialties: Five to six years
Master's Degree: Two to three years
Doctorate: Three years
It is generally divided into 12 disciplines (Philosophy, Economics, Law, Education, Literature, History, Science of Science, Engineering, Agronomy, Medicine, Management and Arts)
Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions
From 2012, some mainland China higher Education institutions have introduced the scheme for admission of Hong Kong students to mainland China higher education Institutions. Participating institutions recruit Hong Kong students based on their results in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary School Education Examination, while Hong Kong students are exempted from taking the National Education Exams Authority, People’s Republic of China Joint Entrance Exam for Universities in PRC (JEE, PRC).
The minimum entrance requirements for the Scheme for admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions are generally attaining "3, 3, 2 and 2" in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination. That is, Level 3 or above in Chinese and English, and Level 2 or above in Mathematics and Liberal Studies.
For candidates who are under the Principal’s Nomination Scheme, the minimum entrance requirements are generally lower, which is attaining "3, 3, 2, 2" or "3, 2, 3, 2" ; and for candidates majoring in arts and sports, the minimum requirements are attaining "2, 2, 1, 1"
Hong Kong students are required to have a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card or non-permanent identity card, or Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau Residents and take the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination.
Candidates can pre-register in the online registration system of the "Guangdong Education Examination Institute"
and log in to the registration website regularly to check the latest information. After online registration, candidates are required to bring the required documents and information to the China Education Exchange (Hong Kong) Centre for on-site identification.
In addition, there are some exhibitions of higher education in the mainland held regularly in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai every year. There are exhibition booths from different institutions providing information for Hong Kong students. In the past, participating institutions came from different cities and provinces in the mainland China including Guangdong, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang, Shanghai and Beijing. The exhibition provides information on exam-free subjects, profiles of mainland institutions of higher education, as well as sharing from various specialties (disciplines) etc.
The above information and details on the latest "Scheme for admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions" can be found on the website of the Education Bureau of the "Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions"
National Education Exam Authority, People’s Republic of China Joint Entrance Exam For Universities in PRC (JEE, PRC)
National Education Exams Authority, People’s Republic of China Joint Entrance Exam for Universities in PRC (JEE, PRC) are held around May in Hong Kong every year. More than 300 universities in the mainland China take part in the joint examinations. Candidates are required to take the examination for five subjects including Chinese, English, Mathematics, Physics / History, Chemistry / Geography. The full mark for each subject is 150 and the full mark for each subject category is 750.
Hong Kong students are required to pre-register and complete the registration procedures online (The Guangdong Education Examination Institution
). Candidates should remember their passwords and go through the registration process at the following locations:
Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority San Po Kong Office
3 / F, 17 Tue Luk Street, San Po Kong
Beijing-Hong Kong academic Exchange Center
Rooms 1404-05, Joint Publishing House, 83 King’s Road, North Point
China Education and Overseas Education Exchange (Hong Kong) Centre
2501-03, 25/F, 69 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
The following branches of China Travel Service, Hong Kong
Wan Chai / North Point / Mong Kok / Tsim Sha Tsui / Tseung Kwan O / Kwun Tong / Tsuen Wan / Yuen long / Sha Tin / Tai Po / Tuen Mun
Note: Candidates applying for professional subjects such as arts or physical education are required to take the professional examination. Candidates must check the time and place of the professional examination with the institution concerned in advance.
Independent Enrolment of Colleges and Universities
Individual mainland China institutions of higher education (including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Jinan University, overseas Chinese University, Fudan University and Sun Yat-sen University) recruit students on their own in Hong Kong and have their own admission criteria and entrance examinations. Candidates are required to seek relevant information from these mainland institutions of higher education.
Oversea further studies
Secondary six graduates may pursue their studies overseas in such countries as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Switzerland and so on. Local and overseas institutions and colleges regularly hold exhibitions in Hong Kong for students to learn more about their studies, including the Education and Careers Expo organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Applications for admission to overseas institutions in Hong Kong can be made through admission counsellors, institutions of higher education in various countries or institutions themselves. Students may enquire about the relevant courses, attend seminars or exhibitions for further information.Application procedures and requirements
The requirements for admission procedures are different in every country and region. Please refer to the following information:
Other overseas regions
If students study in other overseas countries, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and so on, the requirements of different universities are different. Students may refer to the following basic information:
||Application Requirements |
- There are three main channels through which applicants can enrol in overseas institutions of higher education:
(1) Submit the application directly to the institutions through the Internet or by post;
(2) Submit the application through a further education consultant or agency; or.
(3) Submit the application directly to the institutions at the Education Promotion Exhibition.
- Students may prepare the application form, submit academic qualifications and other relevant documents to the institution for consideration.
- The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination has been incorporated into the score matching system of the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) of the United Kingdom. Its performance level is similar to that of the United Kingdom General Certificate of Education Advanced-level Examination (GCE A level). Please refer to the UCAS webpage for details of the UCAS score matching system.
- Students must have a certain standard of English. For a bachelor's degree, students should generally obtain level 4 or above in English Language in the HKDSE, or a score of 6. 0 or above on the International English Test System (IELTS).
- Students may also choose to enrol in International Diploma, Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or International Foundation Courses and then pursue top-up local university courses. Students are generally required to apply to individual institutions in advance.
United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
- The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination has been recognized by a number of overseas universities.
- Students must have a certain standard of English. For a bachelor's degree, students should generally obtain level 4 or above in English Language in the HKDSE, or a score of 6. 0 or above in the IELTS, or a score of 5. 5 or above in the TOEFL.
Students can also enrol in foundation courses or other courses in university, and then pursue the top-up local university programme.
- Students can enquire from individual institutions about the admission requirements of the relevant university programmes.
- The applications are open to t HKDSE graduates, and different universities and institutions of higher education will have different entrance examination requirements.
- A score of 5. 0 to 5. 5 or above in the IELTS is required.
Applications for student visas can be made either through the following channels or with the assistance of further study counsellors:
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Students are advised to search the relevant institutions' courses on the Internet and discuss with their families whether they can afford their courses, including tuition fees and living expenses. Some countries and regions allow overseas students holding student visas to work part-time in their spare time, no more than a certain number of hours per week, then students can reduce part of the financial burden.
Psychological preparation / living adjustment
Overseas students can know the local weather, time difference, transportation, accommodation, medical treatment, local environment and culture in advance, make adequate preparation, and learn to integrate themselves into the new living environment.