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Achieving two goals at once

At HKUST, we celebrate diversity and recognize the different talents our students bring to the university community, including those with a talent in sports.

Being a student athlete is never easy as it takes immense effort to juggle academic and sporting commitments. We are committed to supporting student athletes who wish to develop their full sporting potential without sacrificing their academic studies.

Through the new Student Athletes Admission Scheme (SAAS), elite student athletes can pursue their sporting dreams while still receiving a quality education.

>> Click here for a step-by-step guide to application

How does SAAS work?

SAAS offers thorough support to help student athletes succeed in both academic and sporting worlds.

Admission Offer

  • A successful applicant will be given a firm admission offer / conditional offer prior to the release of public examination results.
  • If applicable, an applicant may receive more than ONE admission offer.

Financial Support

Tuition Scholarships

Up to HK$42,100 per year


Living Allowances

Up to HK$55,000 per year


Advisory Committee

To ensure student athletes succeed academically, we will form a committee including faculty representatives to oversee the learning progress and to address the individual needs of each student athlete.


Student athletes may receive sponsorships for competitions, sports injury prevention and treatment support, and counselling.

Academic Accommodation

  • Extend the study period to the maximum of twice the normative program duration
  • Other academic accommodations such as study load, examination schedule, and class attendance will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Am I eligible?

Student athletes who meet the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to the 2019 intake via JUPAS (for holders of HKDSE exam results) or Direct Entry (for other qualifications including sub-degree holders):

  • Have right of abode in Hong Kong, or can show proof from the Hong Kong Immigration Department confirming their “local” student status
  • Meet the University’s minimum entrance requirements and the program requirements specified by the relevant Schools/IPO
  • Demonstrate sporting performance at regional and international levels including being at least one of the following:
    • Current/former Hong Kong national squad member
    • Current Hong Kong junior/training squad member
    • Elite athlete in the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation
    • Elite athlete in the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong
    • Recommended by renowned sports clubs/the National Sports Associations/the Hong Kong Sports Institute
    • Recommended by high schools

How to apply?

Firstly, applicants must apply for the HKUST Alumni Endowment Fund Sports Scholarships.

Successful applicants will be selected for the Student Athletes Admission Scheme.

>> Click here for a step-by-step guide to application


Direct Entry: Early Round

November 15, 2018

Direct Entry: Main Round

January 7, 2019


March 31, 2019


  • Shortlisted applicants may be invited to attend an interview.


  • The University will issue admission / conditional offers to successful candidates together with the scholarship awards.

Student Athlete Voices

By introducing the Student Athletes Admission Scheme, HKUST aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To contribute to the local sports community by fostering student athletes
  • To enrich the student mix on the HKUST campus
  • To further boost the morale of the HKUST sports teams


Undergraduate Recruitment and
Admissions Office
T: 2623-1118

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