All applicants must be: 

  • Studying in Secondary 4 or Secondary 5 (or equivalent) at the time of application.
  • For overseas students, please refer to the “Grade and year level equivalence chart” and the “Note for non-HKID holders” below.

Grade and year level equivalence chart

Hong KongUSUKMainland
Secondary 4Grade 10Year 11Senior 1
Secondary 5Grade 11Year 12Senior 2
International Baccalaureate (IB)National Curriculum (UK)International
MYP (last year)KS4 (2nd year)Grade 10
DP (1st year)KS4 (1st year)Grade 11

Note for non-HKID holders

As a non-local student, you require a student visa or an entry permit for taking up your studies. Once your visa application is approved by the Hong Kong Immigration Department, our office will pick up the visa and courier it to you. Applicants need to pay for all associated fees. For students holding Mainland Chinese travel documents, you should apply for an "Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao" (EEP, 往來港澳通行證) and a relevant exit endorsement from the Public Security Bureau office where your household registration is kept (戶口所在地或居住地市級公安機關出入境辦證大廳所辦理的簽注).

Under the existing policy of the Hong Kong Immigration Department:

  • a. Nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic Peoples' Republic of ), Nepal and Vietnam are normally not allowed to take up short term studies in Hong Kong.
  • b. Visa processing time is typically 8 to 12 weeks, but it may vary due to individual circumstances and other special requirements.