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    Chinese University of Hong Kong 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Chinese University of Hongkong (CUHK) is the largest and only Hong Kong institution with 14 Rhodes Scholars in 9 colleges from the unique collegiate system. CUHK is awarded No.1 most innovative universities in Hongkong in 2016-2019 by Reuters Asia Pacific. 

    The university enrolls more than 20,000 students every year including more than 4000 international students from nearly 50 countries.

    Nearly 13,000 postgraduate students, including international, are enrolled in the Chinese University of Hong Kong Graduate School as per the 2018-19 data set. The Graduate School offers 220 graduate programs, postgraduate diplomas, Ph.Ds, and certificates through 55 Graduate Divisions. More than 70 major undergraduate programs are offered here. 

    The CUHK acceptance rate has been seen declining over the years because of the large demand from Chinese and Indian Students. 

    • The academic year for 2020 will start in early September 2020
    • International students are not eligible for institutional financial aid. However, outstanding international students are eligible for entrance scholarships.
    • Outstanding international applicants meeting the university specified requirements of GCE-AL / International-AL, IB, Cambridge Pre-U, HKALE, associate degree / higher diploma are eligible for an “Admission with Advanced Standing” option.
    • Applicants desiring “Admission with Advanced Standing" are required to indicate in the application.
    • Applicants selected for an “Admission with Advanced Standing” have their graduation units reduced up to 24 units while others will automatically compete in the regular round.
    • Only one application is required for admission purposes. No separate application is required for subsequent selection rounds.
    • CUHK’s undergraduate programs are for a period for 4 years and require completion of 123 units

    COVID-19 Update:

    To reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, CUHK provides online teaching to all undergraduate students from 17 February 2020. Students with the difficulty to access the required hardware for this special teaching and learning arrangement, the Student Notebook Loan Scheme has been launched on 10 February 2020.


    Application Portal UG: Undergraduate Online application
    PG: Graduate Application
    Application Fee UG:450 HKD
    PG:300 HKD
    Medium of Language Chinese, English
    University Test Codes SAT / AP: 5690
    ACT: 7050
    TOEFL: 0812
    IELTS Minimum overall band of 6.0
    TOEFL (iBT) A minimum score of 80
    SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing A minimum score of 590
    ACT combined English / Writing or English Language Arts A minimum score of 23
    International Application Deadlines UG: January 6, 2020 (Regular Round deadline)
    PG: Varies with every course
    Financial Aid for International Students Entrance Scholarships
    Mode of Payment Visa/Master Card
    Credit Card
    Admission Helpline:
    Fax: (852) 2603 5184
    Telephone: (852) 3943 7459 / 3943 7469 / 3943 9286

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong Application Deadlines

    International applications are required to submit the completed online applications to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid before the deadlines via the online application system to allow enough time for application processing.

    Type Application Deadlines
    Advance Offer Deadline 2 December 2019
    Regular Round Deadline 6 January 2020
    Extended Deadline 31 May 2020

    Note: Applications may be accepted beyond deadlines subject to availability of places

    • Applicants not selected for an advance offer will automatically compete in the regular round. 
    • Only one application is required for admission purposes. No separate application is needed for subsequent selection round(s).
    • Like any other Hong Kong University Application Process, the applicant must start preparing for the CUHK application form in September. 

    The applicants must keep in mind that the deadlines for graduate or doctoral programs vary with the courses/ faculties: 

    Graduate Application Deadlines Type
    September 2, 2019 Application Commencement Date
    December 2, 2019 Hong Kong Ph.D. Fellowship (CUHK Application Deadline)
    November 15, 2019 - April 15, 2020 MBA (full-time)*
    October 10, 2019 - March 31, 2020 MSc in Marketing*
    November 3, 2019 - February 29, 2020 MSc in Finance (full-time)*
    April 30, 2020 MSc in Biomedical Engineering
    September 30, 2019 - February 28, 2020 MSc in Information Engineering*

    *Application submission happens in 4 rounds.

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong International Students Admission

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong offers admission to international students in both undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Faculty of Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Law, Science, and Social Science. They are required to fulfill the academic, English language proficiency requirements, and other program-specific requirements. International applicants should upload the supporting documents along with the online application.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Officially certified/original copies of academic records or transcripts. By 1 September of the year in which admission is sought, candidates should possess any of the following qualifications: 
      • GCE-AL / International-AL (3AL / 2AL+2AS) 
      • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with 30 points out of 45, 4 points in each subject
      • High School Qualifications (SAT/ACT + 2 SAT Subject Tests, in the USA) (CBSE/ISC,in India)
    • Officially certified/original copies of academic records or transcripts
    • Official English translations accompanied with original documents
    • Personal statement
    • Financial affidavits
    • Medical history form
    • Copies of Passport/entry permit
    • Photocopy of HongKong Identity card/other identity documents

    Official Academic Transcripts

    • A photocopy of each of the Hong Kong Identity Card or other Identity Card
    • Passport, Dependant Visa or Student Visa, and Entry Permit, if applicable. 
    • Personal Statement (Resume / Curriculum Vitae (optional)) 
    • Letter of Recommendation (online or by hardcopy)
    • 2-5 References for Postgraduate admission
    • Public Exam Score Reports: SAT/ ACT scores (or equivalence) for undergraduate admission and GRE/ GMAT for some Postgraduate admission.
    • Photo, and Proof of adequate financial resources for visa application.

    English Proficiency Test Scores for International students

    To demonstrate proficiency in the English language, international students must fulfill the following minimum test score requirements to enroll in courses on a full-time basis. The minimum test score requirements are tabulated as follows:


    English Language Tests Minimum Score Requirements
    IELTS 6.0
    TOEFL 80
    SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 590
    ACT combined English 23
    Indian Central or State Board Exam Grade 12 English 80%

    Note: The English language requirements of graduate programs are program dependent.

    Visa Process for International Students

    Hong Kong is open to international students. The acceptance rate of Hong Kong student visas is around 90% and, honestly speaking, there is not much hustle of acquiring a student visa for Hong Kong. 

    On receipt of the acceptance letter from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the students can apply for the visa at the earliest by contacting the Global Affairs Office (GAO). The application form from the GAO is sent to the Immigration Department for processing. The completed application form with the required supporting documents can be uploaded after paying the visa application fee. The students can attend the visa interview on the scheduled dates with the supporting documents. The usual processing time of a Hong Kong student visa is 6-8 weeks.

    Following forms are required for visa application:

    • Form ID 995A, filled by the applicant
    • Form ID 995B, filled by the sponsor

    Both forms can be downloaded online. It is important to declare a financial support statement from a local sponsor before the visa application. 

    • Once the offer letter is issued to international students from the University, the applicant is required to connect with The Global Affairs Office. 
    • The GAO will send the application to the immigration department of the HKSAR for processing.
    • The application form will then be completed by uploading the supporting documents and paying the visa application fees.
    • The documents that students need to submit while filing student visa application are as follows:
      • A photocopy of the admission offer letter by the University.
      • Photocopies of travel document example, passport/identity card.
      • Evidence of Financial support.
      • One passport-sized recent photograph
      • Photocopy of official academic transcripts (High School Qualifications, English Language Proficiency Test Scores, etc)
    • Attend the interview.
    • Visa will be sent by GAO directly to the applicant, once ready. 

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong International Undergraduate Admission

    Bachelors degree programs are offered in the majors of Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science

    Application Portal: Undergraduate Online application

    Application fee: 450 HKD (non-refundable)

    Eligibility Criteria:

    International students with exceptional achievements are required to complete at least 25 years of age and either of the following academic qualifications by September 1 to be eligible for admission:

    • GCE-AL / International-AL : 3 AL/ 2 AL +2AS passes in one sitting
    •  IB:30 points out of 45
    • High School graduation diploma with SAT/ACT plus 2 SAT subject tests
    • International high school qualifications:
    Country Qualification
    India Successful completion of Class 10 and 12 in a state/ national boards with an average of 80% in all subjects
    Bangladesh Senior School Leaving Certificate with an overall average of 80% in all subjects
    Nepal Higher Secondary Grade 12 Level Certificate with an overall average of 80%

    Documents Required:

    • Completed application with an application fee
    • Official copies of academic transcripts and public examination result
      • highschool/diploma/result slip of public exams/graduation certificate
      • certificates in support of professional/academic achievements
    • SAT/ACT/ other standardized test scores.
    • IELTS/TOEFL/Other English Language test scores
    • Updated resume
    • At least one letter of academic recommendation

    Note: Specific programs have additional requirements

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong International Graduate Admission

    The Graduate School offers over 220 programs through 55 graduate divisions leading to higher degrees, postgraduate diplomas, and certificates.

    Application Portal: Graduate Application

    Application Fee:300 HKD

    The enlisted table details the major graduate programs offered by the university:

    Program Application Application Deadline Additional Requirements English language requirements
    Master of Fine Arts Graduate Application 31 Jan 2020 Portfolio
    1000 word research plan
    TOEFL iBT:79
    GMAT online: Band 21(verbal)
    Duolingo English Test:105
    MBA MBA Application 1st round: 15 November 2019
    2nd round: 15 January 2020
    3rd round: 15 March 2020
    4th round: 15 April 2020
    GMAT/GRE score
    At least 3 years of full-time post-qualification work experience.
    TOEFL iBT:79
    GMAT online: Band 21(verbal)
    Duolingo English Test:105
    Master of education Graduate Application 23 March 2020 Postgraduate Diploma in Education/an equivalent educational qualification
    Pass in entrance exam/interview conducted by the Graduate Division of Education.
    TOEFL iBT:79
    GMAT online: Band 21(verbal)
    Duolingo English Test:105
    Master of Law in Common Law Graduate Application 1st round: 31 January 2020
    2nd round: 28 February 2020
    3rd round: 15 May 2020
    LLB degree/equivalent
    Bachelor’s degree in a non-law subject with law-related working experience.
    a qualification to practice law in the jurisdiction of the student’s residence
    TOEFL PBT:570
    TOEFL iBT:88
    MSc in Computer Science Graduate Application 31 May 2020 Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Computer Engineering /related fields
    Professional qualification in tertiary educational institutes
    graduated with a first degree in other fields with computer-related experience
    TOEFL iBT:79
    GMAT online: Band 21(verbal)
    Duolingo English Test:105
    MSc in Cardiology Graduate Application 15 May 2020 Bachelor’s degree in a health care or medical discipline
    one year working experience.
    TOEFL iBT:79
    GMAT online: Band 21(verbal)
    Duolingo English Test:105

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong requires prospective international students to submit the completed applications along with the required documents before the appropriate deadlines. The university is selective and the admission decision is based on educational background and academic excellence in addition to the performance in the interview attended. Students can view their application status online after submission of application and settlement of application fee. The accepted students will receive the letter of acceptance and students can apply for a visa immediately.


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