The academic year in Hong Kong is made up of two semesters, one from early September to late December, and a second from mid-January to May. Hong Kong’s university application deadlines vary, but are usually between December and May, for courses starting the following September.

Applicants for undergraduate degrees will be expected to have completed secondary education and gained satisfactory results in their country’s leaving exams (such as A-levels, Baccalaureate or SATs).

Public universities in Hong Kong teach in English, and proof of proficiency in English is also required for non-native speakers; this means taking an exam such as the IELTS or TOEFL.

Once you’ve been offered a place, the university should arrange a local sponsor for your visa application. You’ll have to submit a visa application form, as well as providing proof of identity, evidence of your academic qualifications and a financial statement

The Immigration Department is also likely to request details of where you intend to live while you study in Hong Kong, so it’s best to arrange this well in advance, either through the university or independently. Most visas need to be renewed annually; remember to do this in good time (at least four weeks before the expiry date).


To enter Hong Kong under Student visa category, the students need to meet the eligibility requirements. If you are willing to study in Hong Kong, you have to go through every single requirement to apply:

  • The student should be less than 20 years of age, if they are considering Hong Kong for the secondary education.
  • The age of student should be in between 5 years and 8 months to 11 years for primary education.
  • The applicant must be able to meet the fees of course study, accommodation, living costs of the daily routine without recourse to public funds.
  • The applicant must have acceptance letter from the university confirming he/she has been enrolled for the course of study in Hong Kong.
  • The entrance in public schools other than English Foundation Schools and Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools is restricted; therefore, the applicant should be enrolled to a private school under the Education Ordinance or Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance.
  • The applicant is taking admission in full-time locally- approved post-secondary programme that includes short-term course of study or part-time locally-approved taught post-graduate local porgramme.
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Documents requirement for Student Visa

  • The applicant has to submit a complete application form (Form ID 995 A) with signature and required documents.
  • The sponsor, who is sponsoring the student, has to fill the complete form (Form ID 995B) with signature on it.
  • Two latest photographs of the applicant fasten on the application form.
  • The letter of acceptance from the educational Institution must be submitted.
  • The copy of the
  • The applicants who are less than 18 years of age, has to provide evidence related to their living arrangement.
  • The score card of any of the English exams like IELTS, TOEFL as a proof for the English language proficiency.

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