Definition of International Students

Applicants who meet the following conditions will be defined as international students by HKSYU:

-   Non-local students [visa required]*; and

-   Non-Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) and Mainland Gaokao candidates; and

-   Meets one of the two definitions of NCS students by the Education Bureau:

     a.  The student has studied Chinese language for less than six years during his primary and secondary education; or


     b.  The student has been studying Chinese language in school for six years or more, but during this period, he studied under an adapted and easier Chinese language course, and the relevant course is generally not suitable for most other students studying in local schools .


*Definition of Non-Local Students
According to the Education Bureau (EDB), for the purpose of admission to post-secondary programmes, Non-local Students are holders of the following documents issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR:
- NLS1 Student visa / entry permit; or
- NLS2 Visa / Entry permit under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates; or
- NLS3 Dependant visa / entry permit (for students who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR);
Generally speaking, overseas students who do not hold local permanent resident status are regarded as non-local students. If you hold Hong Kong permanent resident status and study overseas, you will be regarded as a local student. For the definition of "local student", please refer to the "local student" page.


Application Information for International applicants

International applicants please press here and choose relevant qualification to know more.

Students studying the following programmes with Chinese elements,  including but not limited to Chinese Language and Culture, History, Social Work, Professional Counseling and Chinese-English translation, must have a certain level of Chinese writing and language ability (including Cantonese). The department may conduct interviews or written tests for non-Chinese speaking (including international students) applicants to ensure that they are suitable for taking relevant subjects.

Language requirement for Non-Local students
Non-Local applicants should be able to demonstrate his/her English and Chinese proficiency. Applicants can present documentary evidence which may include:

For English requirement:

A minimum of Level 3 in DSE English; or

A minimum of 5.5 IELTS; or
A minimum of 550(paper-based) and 79 (internet-based) in TOEFL; or
Equivalent of the above*

*HKSYU will also consider English result a candidate attained from international public examination(including but not limited to IB/GCE/SAT)


Notes for overseas international students:

International students and non-Chinese speaking students are required to take relevant Chinese culture subjects (taught in English) to meet the university's language graduation requirements.

Visa Application
According to regulations stipulated by the Immigration Department, non-local students who do not have the right of abode / right to land in Hong Kong are required to apply for a valid HKSAR student visa / entry permit through their Hong Kong institutions, which will take up the sponsorship for their studies in Hong Kong. HKSYU will assist those admitted students in applying for student visas / entry permits and paying the visa application fee in advance to the Immigration Department. Students need to pay the visa application fee to the Registry when reporting their arrival. After receiving the Hong Kong student visas / entry permits, students should apply for the Exit-Entry Permit in their household Public Security Bureaus. Persons with visitor visas are not allowed to study in Hong Kong.

Cost of Living
The cost of living in Hong Kong is generally high. The estimated basic cost of living for a single student is around HK$10,000 to HK$15,000 per month to cover food, lodging and general living expenses, depending on the type of accommodation selected and level of living and personal expenses. The above estimate does not include the tuition fee which may vary by programme depending on the credit load to be taken.

On-campus Accommodation
The University offers on-campus accommodation for non-local students. Due to the limited residence places, there is no guarantee that all students will be granted a residence place during their studies.

Personal Accident and Medical Insurance/Travel Insurance
It is mandatory for all non-local students to have suitable and adequate insurance which should include but not limited to travel, personal accident, medical expenses (accident and non-accident), hospitalization and emergency evacuation/repatriation throughout the entire period of their studies in Hong Kong.

For more information about assistance for non-local students, please click here.