Online application for Scheme Allowing Hong Kong Students to enter Mainland Higher Education Institutions begins 1st March

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26th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Education Bureau (EDB) has issued a reminder that the online application process for the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions (Admission Scheme) will commence on 1st March. The Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced the arrangements for the 2024/25 academic year, stating that 138 Mainland higher education institutions will consider admission applications from Hong Kong students participating in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination 2024. These institutions will base their admissions decisions on the students’ HKDSE results, thereby exempting them from taking the Joint Entrance Examination for Universities on the Mainland. The MoE has entrusted the Co-Office of Mainland Chinese Universities and Colleges of the People’s Republic of China and the Joint Enrolment Office to handle online applications, conduct admission screenings, and oversee eligibility vetting and publicity through the China Education Exchange (HK) Centre (HKCEEC).

All applications and related procedures for the Admission Scheme will be conducted online. Starting from 1st March until 31st March, applicants should visit the website of the Joint Enrolment Office (eea.gd.gov.cn) and select “Admission of Hong Kong Students Taking the HKDSE Examination” under the “Application and Examination” menu. They must submit their applications online and upload scanned copies of their Hong Kong identity card, a valid Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents or Residence Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents, and a digital passport photo.

Applicants will have the opportunity to confirm the verification results of their applications online before 10th April. For cases where supplementary information is required, applicants can log in and check the latest verification results before 23rd April. Successful applicants who pass the verification process must settle the necessary fees and complete the application confirmation by 30th April, following the instructions provided in the online application system. Upon completion, applicants will be assigned a candidate number for identification purposes.

Before proceeding to the admission stage, applicants must ensure they have completed the application confirmation process. From 1st March to 14th June, applicants may also upload their Student Learning Profiles via the online application system. Schools have the option to upload relevant information for the School Principal Nomination Scheme through the same system between 15th May and 14th June.

As part of the admission procedure for the 2024/25 academic year, institutions may conduct interviews or practical exams based on the information provided in the applications. Applicants should stay updated on the arrangements and announcements made by the institutions. The admission results will be announced after the release of the HKDSE Examination results, and institutions will arrange an online supplementary enrolment based on the availability of admission quotas. Detailed information regarding the admission arrangements and enrolment notice will be announced in due course.

To provide comprehensive information on the Admission Scheme and pursuing studies in Mainland China, the EDB, HKCEEC, and Hok Yau Club have jointly published a handbook (available in Chinese only). The handbook includes details on all participating institutions, the programs they offer, strategies for selecting programs, and accounts from graduates of Mainland universities. The handbook was distributed during the Mainland Higher Education Expo 2024/25 held in December last year and was sent to all secondary schools in Hong Kong. An electronic version of the handbook, along with other details of the Admission Scheme, can be found on the EDB’s website (www.edb.gov.hk/admissionscheme).

Furthermore, eligible Hong Kong students enrolled in undergraduate programs at designated Mainland institutions can apply for means-tested or non-means-tested subsidies through the Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme (MUSSS). Application details for the MUSSS for the 2024/25 academic year will be announced in mid-2024.