For Secondary School Students

Applying to the HKU Summer Institute

2021 HKU Summer Institute programmes are available for application on a rolling basis from January 15, 2021. All applications should be completed online via the HKU Summer Institute online application system.

Important Dates and Deadlines
Admission Process
Application Opens January 15, 2021
Early Bird Application Deadline

  • – 5% discount on programme fee
  • Summer Scholarships offered by HKU Academy for the Talented*:
    – a scholarship equivalent to 20% discount of the programme fee
    *This scholarship is not in conjunction with other discounts
February 28, 2021 (Hong Kong Time)
Application Deadline May 31, 2021

*Application deadlines for each programme may be different. Please check programme details for specific requirements and application deadline of individual programmes.

Academy for the Talented – We’re searching for talents and YOU are wanted!

Want to join the Academy family? Students who are currently in Form 2/Grade 8 or above can submit a Talent Search application now! For more details, please visit

Summer Scholarships offered by HKU Academy for the Talented

HKU Academy for the Talented offers scholarships to the Academy members joining summer programmes offered by the HKU Summer Institute. Members who have successfully received an offer from the listed summer programmes below, will receive a scholarship which is equivalent to 20% discount of the programme fee.

Exploring Law in Society
Young Professionals in the HKU Business School
Beyond the Concrete Jungle: Exploring nature and biodiversity
Storytelling with Multimedia Technology
Future Legal Professionals


Level of Study Comparison Chart for Secondary School Students

HK China UK & IB Level US
S1 Junior 1 Year 8 Grade 7
S2 Junior 2 Year 9 Grade 8
S3 Junior 3 Year 10 Grade 9
S4 Senior 1 Year 11 Grade 10
S5 Senior 2 Year 12 Grade 11
S6 Senior 3 Year 13 Grade 12

Rolling Admission

Your application will be reviewed as soon as you submit the application and materials. Admission result will be announced on a rolling basis starting from February 28, 2021, subject to the decision of offering units/Faculties/Departments.  The earlier you apply, the greater chance for securing a place in the summer programme.

Application Materials

You should complete the application online before the application deadline, please check programme details for specific requirements and application deadline of individual programmes.

Please prepare the following documents before you proceed with the online application:

Items Supporting Documents
Personal Identification
  • Recent identity photograph of the applicant:
    • The photograph should not be smaller than 40 mm (W) x 50 mm (H) or 1200 pixel (W) x 1600 pixel (H)
    • Image type: PDF or JPG
  • Photocopies of the applicant’s proof of identity:
    • For local students
      • Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card
      • Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau Residents (港澳居民來往內地通行証或回鄉咭) (if applicable) for multi-location programme travelling to China
  • For non-local students
    • Personal particular page of passport with validity period for at least 6 months
Education and Qualification
  • Photocopies of certificates and academic transcripts as specified in the application form:
  • If these are not in English, they must be accompanied by a translation in English
  • The documents should indicate
    • Full name of school
    • Full name of student
    • Grading system/scale (e.g. 7=Excellent; 6=Very Good; 5=Good)
Additional Supporting Documents
  • Additional documents as required by individual programme(s) e.g. recommendation letter from school principal, personal statement, short essay, additional form.


  1. Please indicate the types of supporting documents and your full name when uploading the files to our online application system. (e.g. Passport_LEE Tai Man Harry). File name must be in English
  2. Maximum upload size for each file is 25MB.
  3. Please do not send any original documents to the University by post. The University is not responsible for any documents lost in the process.
  4. Application will be processed only when ALL supporting documents are uploaded to the online application system before the deadline.
  5. HKU Summer Institute reserves the right to cancel a programme should there be insufficient enrolment or any unforeseen circumstances. Programme dates, content and fee are subject to change without prior notice, students should pay attention to the programme website and email notification for new programme updates.