Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) is a general framework for multivariate statistical analysis. By estimating more than one equation simultaneously, SEM can be used to examine measurement models (i.e., relationship between observed indicators and latent constructs) and structural models (i.e., relationships among multiple variables, including direct and indirect effects). This allows researchers to investigate complex relationships among variables of interest while adjusting for measurement errors.
This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of SEM. In the morning session, we will begin with the measurement models by focusing on confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). We will cover the basic procedures and techniques of SEM, including model specification, identification, and estimation. In the afternoon session, we will turn to structural models by focusing on mediation analysis. We will also review some other advanced applications of SEM to social science research.
This workshop will use the R statistical programming language for examples and exercises. Prior experience with R is recommended but not required. Participants are expected to have knowledge of basic principles of inferential statistics and linear regression.
Participants are expected to have knowledge of the basic principles of inferential statistics and linear regression.
Participants should bring their own laptop with R studio installed.
* All discounts are NOT in conjunction with any other discounts.
For Undergraduate/Postgraduate Students ONLY
Students whose first language or teaching medium in the home institution is not English are required to submit one of the following test types to prove your mastery of the English Language:
If a student’s first language or teaching medium in the home institution is English, please upload a declaration statement for our reference.
Remark(s) for English proficiency documents:
Unless otherwise specified, there are no minimum score requirements for language tests, programme host will determine if the applicants are capable of the programme. Please refer to the programme page to view the specific admission criteria of programme concerned.
Applying to HKUSI
Applications for the HKU Summer Institute 2024 Summer Programmes will be available on a rolling basis in Mid-November, 2023. All applications must be completed via the HKU Summer Institute Online Application System. Undergraduate/Postgraduate and Secondary School Programmes will be conducted in face-to-face or online mode. Applicants are reminded to carefully review on the requirements of the respective programme webpage before applying.
Local students: July 17, 2023
*Application for Non-local students already expired on March 31, 2023.
To find out the specific requirements and application deadlines of individual programmes, please check the links below:
Your application, together with the materials submitted, will be reviewed once accepted by the system. Admission results will be announced on a rolling basis after January 31, 2024, subject to the decision of the offering Units/Faculties/Departments. The earlier you apply, the better your chance of securing a place in the summer programmes.
An applicant should submit a complete application online before the application deadline, please prepare the following documents before you start the online application process:
Education and Qualification
Additional Supporting Documents
Additional documents as required by individual programme(s) e.g. recommendation letter from school principal, personal statement, short essay, additional form.
For more details, please refer to the following links:
For inquiries, please contact us.
Academy for the talented – We’re searching for talents and YOU are wanted!
For Secondary School Students ONLY
Want to join the HKU Academy for the Talented Family? Students who are currently in Form 2/Grade 8 or above can submit a Talent Search application now! For more details, please visit https://talented.hku.hk/
HKU Academy for the Talented offers Summer Scholarships to the Academy members joining summer programmes offered by the HKU Summer Institute. Members who have successfully received an offer from the summer programmes will receive a scholarship which is equivalent to a 10% discount on the programme fee.
Level of Study Comparison Chart for Secondary School Students:
*Fees are non-refundable after your acceptance of the offer.
*Payments must be settled online via credit card or ePayment.
Payment Methods - Online credit card payment (Application fee/Programme fee)
Once your application is successful, the online credit card payment will be made available to process payment for your application fee, accommodation fee, and programme fee (if applicable) by the deadline.
*Offers will be issued on a rolling basis after January 31, 2024, for details, please refer to the respective programme webpage. The successful application will be notified and asked to confirm acceptance by settling the programme fee within 3 calendar days. We will confirm your place only after you have paid in full.
* Application will be processed only when ALL supporting documents and application fee are submitted successfully before the deadline.
* Once submitted, amendments to the application are NOT allowed. Please contact us if you want to change your personal particulars after submission. Applicants are strongly advised to check their details carefully before submitting the application. We recommend that you keep records of your submission.
*Please quote programme code (if applicable), your application number, and your full name in all future correspondence with the HKU Summer Institute. Enquiries without sufficient information will not be entertained.
*Please read our Pre-Arrival Guide for your study journey with us: Click Here (MUST READ!)
*Please be reminded that the above information is NOT applicable to the following programme(s):
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by students, please note that the answers are for your reference only.
Should you have further enquiries, please feel free to contact us at:
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.
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.
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.
University students, secondary school students and anyone who meets the entrance requirements of HKU Summer Institute programmes.
Yes, you may apply for more than one programme as long as the programmes do not have conflicting schedules.
Our programmes are instructed in English with exception in a small number of language courses.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. You may combine your transcripts to upload as a single file.
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.
The application fee is a non-refundable and non-transferable one-time fee. Applicants are required to pay the application fee for each programme.
(For latest application fee: Undergraduates/Postgraduates, Secondary School Students).
If your first language is English, please upload a paper with a statement written that your first language is English.
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.
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.
Depending on the programme you have registered for, there may or may not be an interview. Please refer to the programme webpage for detail
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/.
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.