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Supporting a Student's Application

Counsellors or teachers who are tasked with supporting students' application to University may seek for access to the HKU Counsellors' Portal.

For counsellors with whom we have already connected in previous cycles, an email with your access and password will be sent to you when the system opens.  If you need access to the counsellors' portal, please let us know here.

Counsellors can support your students by uploading your reference letter as well as the report on the applicants' performance onto the Counsellors' Portal.  Applicants have been given detailed instructions on how to nominate you as their counsellor on the application system under this Step by Step Guide to Application.  A system-generated email will be sent to you once an application naming you as a referee is submitted to HKU as a reminder.

If your students have significant financial difficulty in settling the application fees, please write to us via, and we will be in touch on the next step for the application. Evaluation will be conducted on a case-by-case basis.

Access to Counsellors' Portal

Guide on using the HKU Counsellors' Portal

Application Timeline

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20 Sept
15 Nov (noon)

Application submitted by 12:00 noon (HKT) on this date through the application system will be considered for the First Round Evaluation. Shortlisted students may be invited to attend admissions interviews between November to January.

By 1 Dec

Please input any predicted and/or actual grades and submit any reference and supporting documents onto the application system by this date for students who would like to be considered for first-round evaluation. After this date, the counsellors' portal will remain open for uploads; counsellors are recommended to provide any predicted results / references within 1 week of receiving the invitation.

*For students applying to the MBBS programme, please provide the predicted or preliminary results or references by 27 November 2023.

From 6 Dec

Successful applicants may expect to receive an offer of admission from this date onwards, with a 3-to-4-week time to accept the offer of admission with a non-refundable deposit.

31 March

Students who applied by 15 November, 2023 but do not hear back by then may consider their application waitlisted. Their applications will be considered again in the next round of evaluation on a rolling basis.

End of March

Counsellors may input and update the student’s academic results through the counsellors’ portal and they will be taken into consideration in the next round of evaluation.

22 Aug

Frequently Asked Questions by Counsellors

All documents once uploaded cannot be deleted. If you have made a mistake, please re upload the correct documents and in the case of duplicates only the latest document will be considered.

  • Please check that the student has selected your school properly in the application form (i.e. from the school dropdown) and that he/she has NOT checked the box “I am not enrolled in any course of academic study between September 2023 to June 2024” on the application. To request for changes on submitted applications, he/she should contact us directly here.
  • If the student has already graduated from your school, please ask him/her to nominate you as a referee instead and you will be invited for references separately.

While we do not have any requirements on the content or format, you may refer to a template of the reference here.

You may use the “Forgot Password” function on the login page of the portal. Please type your email and complete the jigsaw puzzle by dragging the button under the image accordingly. You will then receive an email with the link to reset your password.

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