- What is the relationship between Centennial College and The University of Hong Kong (HKU)?
The College is an independent College established by HKU in 2011 and admitted its first cohort of students in 2012. Registered under the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320), the College offers full-time self-financed, 4-year Bachelor degree programmes validated by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).
Because of our relationship with and close proximity to HKU, our students are entitled to privileged access to HKU facilities. These include the HKU Libraries -- one of the best in the region, the Chi Wah Learning Commons, with its first rate learning facilities, and the University's extensive sports facilities. To cater for the accommodation needs of students, privately-rented off-campus facilities managed by HKU are also offered and others are being planned.
To experience academic life at HKU, selected students have the opportunity to take courses in the Faculties of Arts, Education and Science at HKU starting from the 2015-16 academic year. Upon satisfactory completion of their course(s), students will earn credits and receive a HKU transcript.
- Why should I choose to study at Centennial College?
In 1912, Hong Kong’s first tertiary institution, HKU, admitted its inaugural cohort of students, marking an important milestone in the history of education in Hong Kong. After 100 years, HKU continues once again to be forward thinking and to respond to the needs of society by establishing Centennial College. The College, which aims to deliver quality education and service to Hong Kong students, focuses on the development of a multidisciplinary liberal arts experience, nurturing students to become independent learners with a range of communication and critical thinking skills. Our courses are structured to offer a balance between professional knowledge and liberal arts education; they place emphasis on broadening students’ horizons as well as enhancing their employment prospects and ability to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
- It has been reported in the media that some self-financed institutions have been facing financial difficulties. How about Centennial College?
Centennial College is an independent College established by The University of Hong Kong, and currently managed by HKU SPACE, which has over 20 years' experience in managing a large-scale, self-financed operation. The financial situation of the College is stable. The College will continue its mission to provide education of the highest quality and will uphold the principle of financial prudence to ensure that resources are effectively deployed.
- When can I apply?
The College receives applications for the three undergraduate degree programmes – Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) and Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Honours). Please visit here to make an application.
- How can I submit my application?
Applications can be made via:
- Which documents should be submitted?
Applicants should provide the following documents for consideration and verification:
- An original and a copy of your HKID card/travel document; and
- An original and a copy each of your public examination results notices, academic transcripts and certificates; and
- Other documents that may be useful for the College to consider your application, e.g. student learning profiles, letter of certification of community service.
- Do I need to pay the application fee?
No, application fee is waived for 2018-19 admissions.
- How many programmes can I apply for?
The College offers 3 programmes with 7 Majors which are now open for applications. Please visit the Academic Programmes page for more information. Applicants can indicate their preference of study programme in one application. The College considers applications on the basis of applicants’ academic merits and their non-academic achievements such as contributions to community, etc.
- How do I know if the College has received my application?
The College will send an acknowledgement email to applicants after receiving their applications. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email, please contact the Admissions Office by telephone at (852) 3762 6200 or email email@example.com.
- Do all programmes require an interview?
Interviews are conducted on a case-by-case basis. The College will contact applicants by telephone and/or email to arrange for an interview, if required.
- When will applicants be informed of the results?
The College takes every measure to ensure that applicants are informed of their results as soon as possible. Applicants will be notified of the results by post or email. The current year’s HKDSE applicants can check the status of their application via the College’s E-Announcement System which can be accessed through the College website following the release of the HKDSE results.
- What are the entrance requirements for Year 1 study?
For HKDSE candidates, the entrance requirements are:
- Level 3 or above in English Language and Chinese Language ; and
- Level 2 or above in Mathematics and Liberal Studies; and
- Level 2 or above in one Elective subject
- What are the entrance requirements for Year 3 study?
Associate Degree / Higher Diploma holders or students holding equivalent qualifications are eligible to apply for admission to Year 3 of our programmes. For more details, please refer to the Admission Requirements Page.
- Does the College accept the combined certificate of HKDSE?
Yes, we accept combined certificate of HKDSE as long as applicants’ qualifications meet our admission requirements.
- Does the College accept alternative English Language qualifications, e.g. GCE, GCSE, IELTS, TOEFL, in place of HKDSE English Language qualification?
Yes, but such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Does the College accept alternative Chinese Language qualifications in place of HKDSE Chinese Language qualification?
For non-Chinese speaking applicants, the College may consider accepting alternative Chinese Language qualifications (e.g. GCE) in place of HKDSE Chinese. Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Can Chinese Language be replaced by other languages i.e. French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Hindi and Urdu in HKDSE?
Only non-Chinese speaking applicants may replace Chinese Language by gaining a Grade E or above in one of the six language subjects offered in HKDSE. Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Can holders of overseas qualifications apply?
Yes. The College recognises relevant overseas qualifications (e.g. GCE, IB, SAT, IAL, BTEC, JEE). Applicants should submit relevant documents for further assessment and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Can International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma holders apply?
Yes, they can apply for Year 1 entry. Those who apply for the Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Honours) programme have to study Mathematics SL and priority will be given to applicants who have studied Mathematics HL.
- Who are non-local students?
Regardless of their nationality, non-local students include but are not limited to those candidates who need a student visa/entry permit issued by the Director of Immigration to enter Hong Kong for study purposes. Non-local students are required to obtain a valid student visa before commencing their period of study in Hong Kong.
- Can non-local students apply?
Yes, but if admitted, non-local applicants are required to obtain a student visa prior to commencement of study. For details on the application for visa/permit to enter the HKSAR for study, please visit http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/index.html. Non-local students will be required to pay non-local tuition fees. Their non-local status will obtain throughout their period of study.
- Can mature applicants apply?
Applicants who do not possess appropriate qualifications but are aged 25 or above will be considered on an individual basis.
- Can I change my choice of programme after the application has been submitted?
If you wish to change your choice of programme, you have to make your request in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. The College will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis.
- If I have not taken any accounting or business related courses, can I apply for the Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Honours) programme?
Year 1 entry
There is no specific requirement for HKDSE applicants.
Year 3 entry
To fulfil the graduation requirements, successful applicants without any background in Accounting or Business may be required to take make-up courses. Depending on the actual number of make-up courses required, some applicants may need more than two years to complete the programme.
B. Tuition Fees, Scholarships and Financial Assistance
- What are the tuition fees?
The annual tuition fees for new students in 2018-19 are as follows:
Year 1 Entry Year 3 Entry Local Students HK$89,000 HK$99,000 Non-local Students* HK$119,000 HK$129,000 The above annual tuition fees are equivalent to ten 3-credit courses and are subject to annual review.
- How can I pay the tuition fees?
You can pay the tuition fees by cash, Visa/Master card or EPS at the following designated centres:
- Centennial College
G/F, 3 Wah Lam Path, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3762 6200
Opening hours: Weekdays - 9:00am - 5:30pm
- HKU Town Centre
3/F, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong (Exit A, Admiralty MTR Station)
Tel: (852) 3761 1111
Opening hours: Weekdays - 8:30am - 7:30pm, Saturdays - 8:30am - 5:30pm
- HKU SPACE Kowloon West Campus
G/F, 38 - 46 Nassau Street, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Kowloon (Exit B, Mei Foo MTR Station)
Tel: (852) 3762 4000
Opening hours: Weekdays - 8:30am - 7:30pm, Saturdays - 8:30am - 5:30pm
- Centennial College
- Do I have to pay any fee other than the tuition fees?
Students have to pay caution money in the amount of HK$700. If there is no claim against the caution money during the course of study, it will be used to offset students’ graduation fees at the time of their graduation. In addition, students have to pay the Students’ Union fee of HK$250 (annual subscription).
- When should I pay the enrolment deposit and the first instalment of tuition fees?
Year 1 Entry
Current HKDSE applicants who meet the conditions for admission are required to pay the enrolment deposit by the following deadlines:
Dates for Claiming Offer Deadline for Enrolment Deposit Payment Deadline for the 1st Instalment of Tuition Fee Payment HKDSE applicants 11-12 July 2018 14 July 2018 8 August 2018
Year 3 Entry
Please refer to the offer letter for the respective deadlines.
- Am I eligible for the financial assistance scheme provided by the HKSAR Government?
Yes, our programmes are locally accredited and students can apply for the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) and the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS). Please contact the Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFAA) for details (Tel: 2152 9000 FASP / 2150 6222 NLSPS, website: http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk).
- Are there any scholarships available at the College?
Yes. The College offers a number of scholarships for new and continuing students who have good academic record. For the academic year 2018-19, we are launching a 4-year Scholarship/Tuition Waiver Scheme with up to 4 years tuition waived for new students. For the latest details, please refer to the Scholarships/Tuition Waivers for New Students Page.
- Is the enrolment deposit refundable?
Except for the following circumstances, all fees once paid are non-refundable nor transferable. Eligible students who are admitted to a full-time bachelor’s degree programme funded by the University Grants Committee or who are offered a place subsidised by the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) may apply in writing for a refund of the enrolment deposit by the specified deadlines in their offer letters. Applicants have to provide relevant supporting document together with their application. An administrative fee will be charged for successful applications.
- If I apply for admission to Centennial College, am I eligible for the non-means-tested annual subsidy of $30,000 from the HKSAR Government?
Our programmes are eligible for the Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong (NSS) which provides an annual subsidy of HK$30,000 to eligible students:
- attaining “3322” in the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education Examination when they are enrolled in eligible self-financing undergraduate programmes; “3322” refers to level 3 for Chinese Language and English Language and level 2 for Mathematics Compulsory Part, and Liberal Studies; individual programmes may require higher attainment; the latter shall prevail where appropriate (i.e. in the case of Centennial College, students must attain “3322+2”); or
- with sub-degree qualifications when they are enrolled in eligible self-financing top-up degree programmes; a sub-degree qualification needs to be in a relevant discipline with a top-up degree programme.
- Am I still eligible for scholarships/tuition waivers provided by Centennial College if I receive the non-means-tested annual subsidy of HK$30,000 from the Government?
Recipients of the new Government Subsidy will also be eligible for the College Scholarship and Tuition Waiver Schemes. Applicants should refer to their offer letter for the Scholarship/Tuition Waivers offered by the College. For details, please refer to the Scholarships/Tuition Waivers for New Students Page.
C. About Programmes and Learning
- Have the programmes been uploaded to the Qualifications Register (QR)?
Yes, all programmes of the College have been accredited by HKCAAVQ as Qualifications Framework (QF) Level 5 programmes.
- What is the professional recognition of the Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Honours) programme?
The programme is accredited by various professional bodies, including:
- Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- CPA Australia
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Association of International Accountants (AIA)
- Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS)
- What are the characteristics of the programmes?
Our non-traditional curriculum comprising a range of cross-disciplinary courses aims to widen students' horizons by offering a broad-based education. The multifaceted and interdisciplinary design of the courses also allows students to choose with freedom and flexibility according to their needs and interests. Within each Major there is a final “capstone” course that emphasises interdisciplinary education and its application, through interactive learning.
Starting from the 2017-18 academic year, the College has introduced a Core Curriculum which provides a common learning experience and serves as a foundational set of intellectual pathways and competencies necessary for students to pursue a liberal arts education in a selected field of humanities, social sciences or science. The Core Curriculum focuses on the enactment of the core values of humanity, including moral, social, intellectual, and aesthetic engagements.
- Will there be any internship opportunities?
A credit bearing Accounting Internship will be offered as an elective to Year 3 students majoring in Accounting. The College also provides summer internship and part-time opportunities to widen students’ horizon as far as practicable.
- What is the medium of instruction?
Except for Chinese Language courses and some courses related to China, all courses are taught in English.
- Can I take more than 30 credits per year?
Students can take 30-33 credits in each academic year and extra credits are possible but with certain limitations. Students can make applications to the College Office. The College will consider such applications on a case-by-case basis.
- Can I apply for credit transfer for previous study undertaken elsewhere?
Centennial College has Credit Transfer arrangements for students with particular academic backgrounds. Credit Transfer may be granted in recognition of work undertaken previously in high schools, community colleges, universities or other educational institutions.
- Where is the campus? What are the campus facilities?
The College is actively looking for a permanent campus site so as to provide an excellent learning environment for our students. Our temporary campus is located at Pokfulam (near Wah Fu Estate). The whole campus is covered by WiFi. There are computer laboratories, a learning resources centre, student common rooms, students’ union and student activities room on campus. Students can also make use of the library, learning and sports facilities of HKU.
Please refer to Q.1 above for more details.
- What other support is provided by the College?
Our E-learning platform facilitates learning and communication between teachers and students. The Office of Student Success organises various workshops and activities, e.g. leadership training programme, community engagement activities, and mentorship programmes, all of which are designed to enhance students’ campus experience. It also provides a career and personal counselling service to students.
Also, under the Personal Tutor Scheme, each student can select their own Personal Tutor who is a faculty member and who will provide general advice and guidance to students on matters relating to their studies, choice of Major, academic progress and study plan throughout their college life.
- Does the College provide any student accommodations?
Students with accommodation needs are eligible to apply for the privately-rented off-campus facilities managed by The University of Hong Kong. These are mainly located in Sai Ying Pun and Jordan. The current monthly rent is around HK$5,000 per student for a double-shared room.
For details and enquiries, please contact the Office of Student Success.
- What are the teachers' qualifications?
All teachers possess the qualifications required for teaching degree programmes and have extensive teaching experience. Most have earned a doctoral degree. Furthermore, some professors have extensive teaching experience at The University of Hong Kong.