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Application fee

Unless otherwise specified, application fee for local applicants is HK$300 per programme. For non-local applicants, the application fee per programme is HK$515. Applicants (1) requiring a student visa, (2) holding a visa under the ‘Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates’ (IANG) or (3) holding a dependent visa and were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa by the Director of Immigration are regarded as non-local applicants^. Application fee is not refundable or transferable to another term or another use.

^ Updated on 14 November 2018.

Online Application

Applicants can apply online. Application fee can be made by VISA, MasterCard or PPS (Online Instant Payment) if you are a PPS registered user. Non-local applicants can pay by UnionPay.

The following documents should be submitted with your application form:

i. a copy of your HKID card with the word ‘copy’ written across the face;
ii. a copy of your passport if you are an overseas applicant;
iii. a copy of your mainland ID card and exit-entry permit for travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macau (if any) if you are a mainland applicant;
iv. a copy of academic transcript(s) with examination results;
v. a copy of certificate(s) to prove that you have fulfilled the entry requirements;
vi. additional document(s) to prove that you have fulfilled the entry requirements, e.g. proof of working experience as required for certain programme(s).

Applicants from local institutions

OUHK does not forbid its students to study in another institution at the same time (except for non-local applicants whose student visa is sponsored by the OUHK). However, you should check with your current institution if it has any restriction on ‘double registration’.

Notes to applicants

1. Please refer to the webpage of the relevant school on the OUHK website (http://www.ouhk.edu.hk) for the latest programme information. The University reserves the right to make any necessary changes.
2. The application fee is applicable to all new applicants except graduates of The Open University of Hong Kong and LiPACE higher diplomas.
3. Original documents will need to be presented for verification upon request by the University.
4. Applicants graduating in 2019 may still apply for the progrmme. They can submit the copies of transcripts and certificates later.
5. Interview may be required for admission. non-local applicants will be informed whether they are being shortlisted for interview and the arrangements for interview in due course. Applicants will receive the notification via the ‘Online Admission Application System’ from the School concerned. It is important that applicants should check their application status regularly and make available to attend the interview.
6. Notification of results of the applications will normally be sent to successful applicants 2 weeks after the interview. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified in writing.
7. Applications will normally be processed on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore applicants should submit their applications early.
8. To comply with the requirements of the HKSAR Government’s Office of the CEF, the University will not offer any tuition fee discounts or reduction to students applying for ‘CEF reimbursable courses’.

Guidance notes for course registration

After admission into a postgraduate programme, students will receive an offer letter and a course registration form. Students should pay the tuition fee and indicate the acceptance of offer by the stipulated deadline. Students will be required to register for courses on term basis. Course registration will be confirmed before the term starts. Below are some notes on course registration for reference.

1. A full-time student shall normally take 20 credits of courses in a term or 40 credits in an academic year unless his/her programme of study prescribes otherwise. He/she must seek approval of his/her School if he/she wishes to take courses with a lighter or heavier credit loading.
2. A new part-time student shall normally be allowed to take courses with a maximum registration value* of 15 in his/her first term but may take more in the subsequent terms. He/she must seek approval from his/her School if he/she wishes to take courses of over 15 registration values in the first term.

* In addition to carrying a credit value, each course also carries a registration value which represents the study load per term. A total registration value of 20 is about the normal load for a full-time student.

The following formula illustrates how the registration value is calculated:

Registration value = credit value÷no. of terms it takes to complete the course

For example:
A 20-credit course of two terms’ duration has a regulation value of 10, i.e. 20÷2 = 10
A five-credit course of one term’s duration has registration value of 5, i.e. 5÷1 = 5
3. Except indicated otherwise, a 5-credit course (registration value: 5) lasts for one term; a 10-credit (registration value: 5) or 20-credit (registration value: 10) course last for two terms.
4. Chinese programmes and English programmes are independent. Courses belonging to Chinese programmes cannot be used to replace corresponding English courses within English programmes and vice versa.
5. E-learning course: A course code with a suffix ‘W’ indicates that the course is delivered in e-learning mode. Courses presented in e-learning mode are identical to courses with the same course code but without the suffix ‘W’. Students who have successfully completed courses presented in e-learning mode are not allowed to take the same courses in the distance learning mode and full-time face-to-face mode, and vice versa.
6. Part-time (distance learning) course: A course code with a suffix ‘F’ indicates that the course is delivered mainly through face-to-face mode. Courses without this suffix ‘F’ or suffix ‘W’ are delivered by distance learning. Courses presented in distance learning mode are identical to courses with the same course code but with the suffix ‘F’ or suffix ‘W’. Students who have successfully completed courses presented in distance learning mode are not allowed to take the same courses in the face-to-face mode and e-learning mode, and vice versa.
7. Not all courses are offered in every term. You should refer to the University’s website for information on course offerings.
8. Sometimes two different courses contain such a high proportion of common material that they form an excluded combination. You should not take courses that form an excluded combination, as only one of them can count towards a single award. Please click here for details of excluded combinations.


Modified Date: Nov 14, 2018