Advanced Standing

Advanced standing or exemption may be granted to an applicant in recognition of the studies completed successfully at other institutions prior to admission to the curriculum concerned.

At least 50% of the total credits required for graduation shall be accumulated through the studies of the curriculum concerned at the College or through credit transfer from exchange programmes endorsed by the Faculty Board.

Credits granted for advanced standing, exemption and credit transfer shall not be included in the calculation of Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) and Graduation Grade Point Average (GGPA) but shall be recorded on the transcript of the student.

Normally, advanced standing will be granted for General Education courses (9 credits), Language Enhancement (including Computer Literacy) courses (12 credits) and free electives (3 to 12 credits).  Advanced standing on General Education Seminars (3 credits) will only be granted to students who have completed course(s) on National Security Law in their prior study in another tertiary institution.  Discipline courses may be granted Advanced Standing on the basis of equivalency in credit loading, course contents and learning outcomes.  The total number of credits granted should not exceed 60.  No advanced standing will be granted for capstone courses.


Applicants with an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma.

For other qualifications, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Advanced Standing Examples

The number of advanced standing credits granted to different Associate Degree or Higher Diploma holders prior to 2020/21AY are shown below:

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty of Business

Faculty of Science and Engineering

# The College is in the process of converting the current programme title to BA (Hons) in English Studies.



For the advanced standing arrangement of individual programmes, please contact the respective offices:

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Chinese Literature
Journalism and Communication
Business Administration
Accounting and Banking
Computer Science
Civil Engineering