Information for Non-local Students

Visa Application and Extension

All non-local students need to obtain a student visa to study in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Immigration Department normally issues student visas only to applicants who are enrolled in a full-time course in the University. Students may seek advice from CEDARS on visa matters here.

Useful tips on visa matters are avaialble under Frequently Asked Questions.

Non-local students studying at HKU for more than one year will have to renew their student visa annually. Currently, for undergraduates from the Mainland, the contact office at the University is the China Affairs Office. For all other students, please contact CEDARS for visa extension.

Living in Hong Kong

  • Banking Arrangements

You are advised to open a bank account in Hong Kong. You will need to transfer money for immediate use when you arrive here. This can be done:

  • by instructing an overseas bank to send money in your name to a bank in Hong Kong;

  • by depositing travelers cheques or a bank draft in a local account (personal cheques can also be deposited but may take as long as three weeks to be cleared).


  • Hong Kong Identity Card

Any visitor to Hong Kong (including a student coming from outside Hong Kong) who intends to stay for a period of more than 180 days is required by law to apply for a Hong Kong Identity Card at the Registration of Persons Office of the Immigration Department. For further information, please click here.

Information Guide

CEDARS compiles a Guide for Newcomers and HKU Preparatory Guide for nonlocal students. You are encouraged to read these booklets to find out useful information for you.

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