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Recognition of Qualifications for HKDSE

The HKDSE is not only well-recognised locally, but is also widely accepted by non-local higher education institutions.

 

The Ministry of Education of the PRC has launched the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions since 2011. The number of participating institutions has increased to 138 in 2024/25. Besides, the education institutions in the Macau Special Administrative Region have also indicated their acceptance of HKDSE for admission. Besides, the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Student (UECOCS) of Taiwan has also announced that from 2012 onwards, the HKDSE holders can apply for Taiwan universities through UECOCS directly. Please refer to the information provided by UECOCS for details (in Chinese only).

 

In Germany, the HKDSE is considered as equivalent to the German school leaving certificate (Abitur) which allows subject-specific university admission for academic studies in the chosen subject area. Candidates, who attain a minimum of level 3 in the four core subjects and two elective subjects in the HKDSE (or ‘Attained’ in Citizenship and Social Development), can apply for admission to over 300 German public universities in the subject area of their HKDSE subjects. Visit the website of Anabin for details.

 

In addition, the HKDSE qualification has been recognised by the Nuffic of the Netherlands. Candidates, who obtain level 2 or above or ‘Attained’ in five subjects, including Chinese Language and English Language, are considered achieving a HAVO diploma for admission to the tertiary institutions there.

 

Currently, hundreds of tertiary institutions worldwide have published their general admission requirements for candidates holding HKDSE qualification on the HKEAA’s website and/or their official websites. The number of institutions from countries/regions like the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, the United States and Canada, Asia Pacific and Europe etc., has increased steadily since the inaugural HKDSE in 2012.

 

The HKEAA will continue to invite overseas universities/institutions to provide information about their general admission requirements for HKDSE candidates*. For interested institutions / universities, please provide your general admission requirements for HKDSE holders by filling in the pro forma or contact: Miss May Chan, International Recognition Officer (Email: international@hkeaa.edu.hk)

 

*Remarks: To create space for students and cater for learner diversity, the optimising measures that apply to the 2024 HKDSE onwards have been implemented. As before, universities and higher education institutions around the world will continue to accept the HKDSE qualification for admission and provide their updated information on the general entrance requirements on the HKEAA’s website and/or their official websites.

 

Details about the general admission requirements for the HKDSE from different universities / institutions are shown as below:

Country/Area :
Index: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
University Name Country/Area General Admission Requirements
For Candidates Taking the HKDSE Before 2024 For Candidates Taking the HKDSE In or After 2024
Abertay University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Anglia Ruskin University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Arts University Bournemouth
United Kingdom PDF Link
ARU College
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Bangor University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Bath Academy
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Bath Spa University
United Kingdom PDF Link
Birkbeck, University of London
United Kingdom PDF Link
Birmingham City University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Birmingham City University International College
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Brunel University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Cardiff University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
City University London
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Coventry University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
De Montfort University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Durham University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Edge Hill University
United Kingdom PDF Link
Falmouth University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Glasgow Caledonian University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Glasgow International College
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Goldsmiths, University of London
United Kingdom PDF Link
Gower College Swansea
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Heriot-Watt University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Institute of Education, University College London
United Kingdom PDF Link
International College Portsmouth, University of Portsmouth
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Kaplan International Colleges
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Keele University
United Kingdom PDF Link
King's College London
United Kingdom PDF Link
Kingston University London
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Lancaster University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Leeds Arts University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Leeds Beckett University
United Kingdom PDF Link
Leeds Conservatoire
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Liverpool Hope University
United Kingdom PDF Link
Liverpool International College
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Liverpool John Moores University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
London Metropolitan University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
London School of Business and Management
United Kingdom PDF PDF
London School of Economics and Political Science
United Kingdom PDF Link
London South Bank University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Loughborough University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Manchester Metropolitan University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Middlesex University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Newcastle University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Northeastern University London (formerly known as New College of the Humanities)
United Kingdom PDF Link
Northumbria University
United Kingdom PDF Link
Norwich University of the Arts
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Nottingham Trent International College
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Oxford Brookes University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Queen Mary, University of London
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Queen's University Belfast
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Robert Gordon University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Royal Holloway, University of London
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Royal Veterinary College
United Kingdom PDF PDF
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Sheffield Hallam University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Southampton Solent University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
St George's, University of London
United Kingdom PDF PDF
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Staffordshire University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Swansea University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
The College, Swansea University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
The School of Pharmacy, University of London
United Kingdom PDF PDF
The University of Derby
United Kingdom PDF PDF
The University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom PDF Link
The University of Law
United Kingdom PDF PDF
The University of Manchester
United Kingdom PDF PDF
The University of Nottingham
United Kingdom PDF PDF
The University of Nottingham International College
United Kingdom PDF PDF
The University of Sheffield
United Kingdom PDF PDF
The University of Surrey
United Kingdom PDF Link
The University of Warwick
United Kingdom PDF PDF
The University of Winchester
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Tresham College
United Kingdom PDF PDF
Ulster University
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University College Birmingham
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University College London
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University College of Estate Management
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Aberdeen
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Bath
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Birmingham
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Bradford
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Brighton
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Brighton International College
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Bristol
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Central Lancashire
United Kingdom PDF Link
University of Chichester
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Dundee
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of East Anglia
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Essex
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Exeter
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Gloucestershire
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Greenwich
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Hertfordshire
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Hull
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Kent
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Leeds
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Leicester
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Lincoln
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Liverpool
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Plymouth
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Portsmouth
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Reading
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of South Wales
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Southampton
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of St Andrews
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Stirling
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Strathclyde
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Suffolk
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Sussex
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of the West of England
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of West London
United Kingdom PDF Link
University of Westminster
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of Worcester
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of York
United Kingdom PDF PDF
University of York International Pathway College
United Kingdom PDF PDF
UWE Bristol’s International College
United Kingdom PDF PDF

Important Notes: The information provided on this section about admission requirements of overseas universities is for users' reference only. Although the results of HKDSE Examination have been widely accepted, some universities have set particular criteria for admission of overseas students. The final decision concerning admission to the universities will depend on the relative academic performance of candidates and requirements of respective faculties/programmes. Since admission policies to higher education vary in different countries, interested candidates should contact the institutions directly for further information regarding application requirements.

 

*Remarks: Institutions concerned accept official transcripts from non-local high schools/secondary schools with no specific entrance requirements.

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