FAQ
JUPAS
  • Question
    Am I a local or non-local applicant?
    Answer

    You are considered as a non-local student if you are a holder of the following documents issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR:

    - a student visa/entry permit; or 

    - a visa/entry permit under the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates; or 

    - a dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/entry permit by the Director of Immigration.

    Note: Education Bureau in November 2018 reviewed and redefined its definition of dependent visa/entry permit for non-local students, applicable to all applicants, as students holding dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR.
     

    If you are offered admission into HKUST as a non-local student, you are required to pay tuition fees according to the fee schedule for non-local students.

  • Question
    How's the accreditation status of HKUST degrees?
    Answer

    HKUST degrees are well-recognized by many respected higher education institutions. For example, HKUST Business School has a double-accreditation status by EQUIS and AACSB while School of Engineering is accredited by the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand according to the Washington Accord. Since the establishment of the university, many of our graduates have gone to prestigious overseas institutions such as Yale, Princeton, UC Berkeley, UPENN, Cornell, Columbia etc. for their further studies.

  • Question
    Does HKUST consider JUPAS applicants who failed the university's minimum admission requirements?
    Answer

    HKUST’s minimum admission requirement is 3322+33 (Level 3 in English Language; Level 3 in Chinese Language; Level 2 in Mathematics Compulsory; Level 2 in Liberal Studies; Level 3 in Elective 1; and Level 3 in Elective 2 or M1/M2). HKUST may consider JUPAS applicants, as special consideration case, on case by case basis:

    • if they put HKUST program(s) in Band A JUPAS choice and missed out 332233 by 1 level in 1 subject but possess 5 stars or above in total from the remaining subjects if they apply to School of Science and/or School of Engineering, put them in Band A JUPAS choice and fulfil the followings:
    • No more than one level examination grade in one subject marginally less than the University minimum entrance requirement, i.e. 332233; and
    • At least 3 stars or above among 3 STEM subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (Compulsory Part), Mathematics Extended Module 1 or 2, Information & Communication Technology, Designed & Applied Technology, Integrated Science, Combined Science) with combinations listed below:
    • At least One 5** and One 5* subjects; or
    • At least Three 5* subjects.

     

  • Question
    What result do I need to gain admission? What are the cutoff criteria for last year?
    Answer

    You are encouraged to get more information by checking out our score references and making use of our JUPAS score calculator on https://join.ust.hk/admissions/jupas.

  • Question
    Does HKUST prefer students taking more HKDSE elective subjects?
    Answer

    The University calculates the HKDSE admission score based on the results of the 5 or 6 subjects attained (depending on different schools/programs). M1/M2 is treated in the same way as an elective. Extra core or elective subjects are generally used for giving bonus point or as a tie-breaker only.

  • Question
    Is it more advantageous to take a whole science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) rather than Combined Science?
    Answer

    We would encourage students to choose elective subjects according to their interests and ability. In calculating admission scores, we accord the same weighting to Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Combined Science.

  • Question
    For Science and Engineering, is the Mathematics Extended Module: Algebra and Calculus Module (M2) more preferred than Calculus and Statistics Module (M1)?
    Answer

    In fact, we put the same weighting to M1 and M2. Find out here. if M1/M2 affects one's admission score from our admission score calculators.

  • Question
    How will the University consider students getting the same HKDSE score?
    Answer

    While the University ranks applicants primarily based on their HKDSE results on their HKDSE results on the best 5 or 6 subjects, it also considers the overall profile of a student. The following factors may result in an upward adjustment on the applicant's position in the priority list:

    • Performance in extra subjects (in the form of a bonus score or as a tie-breaker);
    • Band (as indicator of interest);
    • Other Experiences and Achievements in Competitions/ Activities (mainly for Band A applicants);
    • Student's 500-word personal statement (mainly for Band A applicants);
    • School Reference Report (personal and general abilities);
    • Interview performance
  • Question
    I am re-taking HKDSE, will I be considered? Will there be any penalty? And, do I need to re-take all the subjects?
    Answer

    For admission, we do not see the need to retake all HKDSE subjects. In handling repeated attempts, we calculate the admission score using the best result in each subject. And, don't worry. We do not have any score penalty.

  • Question
    What are the university admission requirements?
    Answer

    Students applying to HKUST are expected to satisfy General Admission Requirements and School/Program-specific Requirements. The university general entrance requirements are 332233 in 4 core subjects plus 2 elective subjects. However, specific schools/programs may have specific requirements that are higher than the university general entrance requirements. Students are advised to go to here for further information.

  • Question
    Is it necessary to have Level 3 or above in the HKDSE Chinese Language?
    Answer

    For admission, JUPAS applicants are required to meet the "332233" requirement which includes a minimum of Level 3 in HKDSE Chinese Language.

  • Question
    Can I use my TOEFL/IELTS result to fulfill the English Language requirement?
    Answer

    No, we do not accept JUPAS applicants to present other English attainments in place of HKDSE English Language.

  • Question
    Can I get advanced credit for my qualification?
    Answer

    Students taking HKDSE may be able to gain English Language Credit Transfer if they achieve 5* or above (with no sub-score lower than 5) in HKDSE English Language. Students may also be able to gain credit transfers if they have prior qualifications that have been accredited in our credit equivalency database. For further details, please refer to this link.

  • Question
    Does HKUST have any education agencies as their representatives?
    Answer

    HKUST does not encourage students to entrust their application to any third party agents. The university does not currently authorize any agency to act on its behalf.

  • Question
    How do I apply to HKUST?
    Answer

    If you are a local student taking the HKDSE, you should submit your application to JUPAS. You are advised to comply with the relevant deadlines as set by the JUPAS office.

  • Question
    When is the deadline for application?
    Answer

    JUPAS students should apply to HKUST via the JUPAS online application system. You are advised to check the JUPAS website for application procedures and application deadline.

  • Question
    Can I submit more than one application?
    Answer

    JUPAS students should apply to HKUST via the JUPAS online application system. You are advised to go through the JUPAS User Guide which will guide you step-by-step through the application process.

  • Question
    Can I submit my application after the deadline?
    Answer

    JUPAS students should apply to HKUST via the JUPAS online application system. You are advised to check the JUPAS website for application procedures and application deadline, HKUST generally cannot accept applications after the deadline stated on JUPAS website.

  • Question
    I can only begin my studies one or two years later, is it possible to defer my studies?
    Answer

    If you plan to study with us at a later time, we recommend you to apply for the admission year when you could join HKUST.

  • Question
    What documents do I need to include in my application?
    Answer

    You are advised to visit the JUPAS website for application procedures and go through the User Guide which will guide you step-by-step through the application process.

  • Question
    How do I know if my direct application has been successfully submitted to the University?
    Answer

    You will receive a HKUST Application Number to confirm receipt of your application through email. You may continue to upload additional documents to your account after submission of the application form. Keep your Application Number, as you will need to refer to this number in any and all future correspondence with HKUST.

  • Question
    How should I rank my JUPAS program choices? What are the most common mistakes of JUPAS applicants?
    Answer

    We strongly advise students to put their dream programs as their top JUPAS choices. University entry is not about admission score only. Applicants should make good use of the 2 months after the HKDSE exams to know more about the universities and the various JUPAS choices. Make sure you only choose programs that you are willing to invest 4 years of your time. We strongly advise students NOT to do a lot of gaming based on a misunderstood concept of the JUPAS mechanism. It is a tragedy when academically able applicants forego their dream career by putting a "certainly reachable but undesirable" program as their No. 1 choice.

  • Question
    I am taking more than one curriculum. Should I include them all in the application?
    Answer

    Applicants who wish to apply for admission on the strength of their HKDSE Examination results should apply via JUPAS and will be considered on the basis of their HKDSE Examination results. JUPAS applicants with other academic results in language subjects and/or music qualifications can input such results in the section "Other Qualification" in their JUPAS application. If you have HKDSE plus other qualifications, you can choose to either apply through JUPAS or apply directly to HKUST via Direct Admissions.

  • Question
    How should HKDSE repeaters apply to HKUST?
    Answer

    Students applying on the basis of HKDSE results only must apply through JUPAS. This applies to school candidates in S6 and all other applicants. If you have HKDSE plus other qualifications, you can choose to either apply through JUPAS or apply directly to HKUST via Direct Admissions.

  • Question
    What should I write in my personal statement?
    Answer

    In general, we try to learn more about the applicant's personality, aspirations, and motivation/suitability for the program applied. There is no restriction on your personal statement with regards to its format, content, length and etc. However, A good essay (500 words OEA Additional Information) should tell a story and have a clear focus, reveal passion, as well as expose personality and talent.

  • Question
    How do I create an account?
    Answer

    You are advised to visit the JUPAS website for application procedures and go through the User Guide which will guide you step-by-step through the application process.

  • Question
    When can I upload my personal statement onto the system?
    Answer

    You are advised to visit the JUPAS website for application procedures.

  • Question
    Will I get an invitation for an interview from HKUST?
    Answer

    An admission interview may be arranged, but is not a mandatory procedure of the admission exercise except for Dual Degree in Technology and Management, Economics and Finance, Global Business, Quantitative Finance, International Research Enrichment Program, Integrative Systems and Design and Risk Management and Business Intelligence. When you are invited for an interview, our colleagues will contact you on the arrangements via email.

  • Question
    I got an interview invitation. What kind of questions should I expect?
    Answer

    An interview is a chance for the University and students to understand each other better. It is best to just be your true self. Wear a smile and stay relaxed. Show us that you can communicate well in English; that you are passionate about learning; that you are an independent thinker, who observes, thinks and makes suggestions, etc.

  • Question
    When will I get my application results back?
    Answer

    Students applying via JUPAS would be notified of their application results when the JUPAS Main Round offer results are announced.

  • Question
    What happens if I don't pay the deposit by deadline?
    Answer

    Since you have been given an offer of the highest possible priority on your programme choice list for which you have the required rating and thus the Main Round offer you receive is the best and only offer possible, you will not be reconsidered for admission to any other programmes in the JUPAS Clearing / Subsequent Round. If you fail to pay the deposit (i.e. the acceptance fee) on or before the deadline you will not be reconsidered for admission to any other programmes offered under JUPAS in the same academic year.

  • Question
    Can I get refund for the deposit?
    Answer

    The deposit (i.e. the acceptance fee) is not refundable.

  • Question
    How much is the deposit?
    Answer

    The deposit will be HK$5000 and you can pay it via ebanking, cash deposit or by EPS payment to the JUPAS office.

  • Question
    How do I accept my offer?
    Answer

    To ensure that your place is held, you are required to pay an acceptance deposit by the acceptance deadline. The deposit payment is non-refundable and non-transferable, and will be applied to the tuition fee for the Fall Term.

  • Question
    What do I have to do after I accept my offer?
    Answer

    JUPAS offer results will be announced through JUPAS website and further information about post-acceptance actions and activities can be found in here.

  • Question
    How would I know whether or not I am awarded a scholarship?
    Answer

    Eligible students, attaining Level 5* or above in one Category A subject or Mathematics Extended Module, will automatically receive various level of scholarships under the University’s scheme and/or top-up schemes offered by Schools/Program Office.

    These awards may be one-off or renewable, full or partial tuition waivers. Students will have many other scholarships opportunities after begin studying in HKUST. For more details about our available scholarships, please refer to https://sfao.ust.hk

  • Question
    What are the requirements for student insurance? How do I purchase the student insurance?
    Answer

    The University has a group personal accident insurance policy for all students. Further details can be found here.

  • Question
    Where can I find information about orientation schedule?
    Answer

    Please visit here.