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Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by students, please note that the answers are for your reference only.
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Where should I apply for my Hong Kong Student Visa?

If you do not have the right of abode in Hong Kong, regardless of the length of study, you are required by law to obtain a Student Visa for the purpose of education, issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department (ImmD). 


Students must to submit the visa application online as soon as you receive a Notice of Admission from HKUSI. The visa application process takes approximately 10 to 12 weeks. For Mainland Chinese applicants, you should reserve additional 2 weeks to apply for an Exit-Entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao (EEP) (港澳通行證) and the relevant exit endorsement (逗留D簽).


For students currently staying in Hong Kong holding a valid student visa (NOT a dependent visa), if you are currently studying at another local university, you are not eligible to apply for any courses at HKU. This restriction is due to the conditions of your current student visa.


One entry permit is applicable for one programme only, and the cumulative duration of a short-term study should not exceed 180 days within any 12-month period according to the Immigration guidelines. It is the responsibility of individual students to make appropriate visa arrangement before they come to Hong Kong.


Please click here for online submitting the Student Visa Application. For inquiries, please contact here.

Do I need to arrange my own insurance?

In any case, you are strongly recommended to make your own insurance arrangements throughout the entire period of your studies in Hong Kong. Students will be responsible for their own medical and dental costs during the period of the programme. If you have to travel outside Hong Kong, you should make sure that your existing insurance policy covers your destination. Otherwise, you are advised to buy additional travel insurance before your trip.


Please check with your insurance agent and ensure that the scheme covers travel /flight delays, theft of personal belongings and medical and health cover for an injury or sudden illness abroad for the programme period.

How can I enjoy a dicount offer?

We offer a variety of discount offers, and you are likely to be eligible for at least one of the following discounts:


1. Early Bird Discount - Enjoy 10% Off

2. HKUSI Alumni Discount – Enjoy 20% Off

3. HKU Family Discount – Enjoy 10% Off

4. Partnership Discount – Enjoy 10% Off

5. Academy for the Talented Summer Scholarships - Enjoy 10% Off

6. Referral Discount – Enjoy 10% Off

7. Special Discount – Enjoy 10% Off


Please read the eligibility criteria for each discount to determine which one(s) you may qualify for: Featured Discount Offers



1. All discounts are NOT in conjunction with any other discounts.

2. Discount eligibility varies for different programmes and programme offerings/details are subject to change; please refer to the respective programme webpage for the most updated information.

3. To activate the promotional code, students must type the code in the discount box during the application process on the HKU Summer Institute Online Application System. No discount will be given if applicants fail to enter the promotional code appropriately. Discounts cannot be claimed retrospectively.

What is the COVID guidance at HKUSI?

HKU has now resumed normal operations, subject only to Covid regulations mandated by the HKSAR Government (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html). This means we no longer require a Vaccine Pass for campus access and we no longer expect close contacts of Covid cases to stay away from work or study.


* Starting from 30 January 2023, the Government will no longer issue isolation orders to infected persons. Students requiring sick leave may apply for leave of absence if necessary.

Who is eligible for the HKU Summer Programme?

University students, secondary school students and anyone who meets the entrance requirements of HKU Summer Institute programmes.

Can I apply for more than one programme?

Yes, you may apply for more than one programme as long as the programmes do not have conflicting schedules.

What is the medium of instruction?

Our programmes are instructed in English with exception in a small number of language courses.

What is the communication platform for Online Programmes? (For Online Programmes ONLY)

All online programmes will be conducted primarily via Zoom as the virtual classroom platform. Please ensure that Zoom is accessible in your area before deciding to join our summer programmes as all application fees and programme fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Can I apply for a credit transfer?

The availability of credit transfer arrangements is determined by your home institution. Please confirm with your home university whether HKU credits could be transferred toward your degree.

What should I do if I have forgotten my application number?

When you create the account, the online application system will send you an email with the application number. Please refer to the email you received when you first created your account.

Can I combine my transcripts into a single file to upload?

Yes. You may combine your transcripts to upload as a single file.

How can I know if my online application has been successfully submitted?

Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an email confirmation. Please read the application instructions carefully and ensure that you have provided all the requested documents.

Is the application fee changeable for each programme applied?

The application fee is a non-refundable and non-transferable one-time fee. Applicants are required to pay the application fee for each programme.

I am a native English speaker, what should I upload for English proficiency documents?

If your first language is English, please upload a paper with a statement written that your first language is English.

I would like to make amendments to my uploaded documents. Can I revise the files that have already been uploaded to the Online Document Upload System?

You cannot make amendments to your application once it has been submitted, but you can upload the document anew. Please indicate “revised” in the file name if you would like to upload a new version of supporting documents.

Can I cancel my application or withdraw from the programme? Will there be a programme fee refund?

Yes. You can cancel your application through your registration account by clicking “Cancel” beside the column. However, both the programme fee and application fee are non-refundable.

Will there be any interviews?

Depending on the programme you have registered for, there may or may not be an interview. Please refer to the programme webpage for detail

Will I receive a certificate once I complete the programme?

Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate, while students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with number of credits upon completion. Link to apply for transcript: http://www.ase.hku.hk/asoffice/.

I just received the admission offer from HKU Summer Institute. How can I confirm my offer?

Please proceed to your online account to accept the offer before the acceptance deadline. Click https://summerapplication.hku.hk/application/auth/login to login your account.

What are the rules and regulations for zoom class sessions? (For Online Programmes ONLY)

Please ensure that Zoom is accessible in your area and be punctual for the classes.

You must be in a quiet environment and limit any noise distractions during live in the Zoom classroom. If you are not speaking, please make sure your microphone is muted to avoid looping echoes.


  1. You must have your webcam on to show your face clearly during live in the Zoom classroom.
  2. The audio and video material, text, images and other content of the online summer programme are properties of the University. You are not allowed to record, reproduce, or republish the video, links, login or any other content. You are also not allowed to modify the video or any other content, including but not limited to, adding any advertisement or other material or by interfering with the viewing of any content. A breach of these regulations may lead to legal action.
  3. Please be respectful to others. You are solely responsible for your comments, actions, profiles and/or other content in relation to the online summer programmes, including but not limited to posting/submitting online or before, during or after live in the Zoom classroom.
  4. The University reserves the right to ask you to leave the Zoom classroom and/or terminate your student status from the programme anytime.