FAQ

  1. What is the relationship between Centennial College and The University of Hong Kong (HKU)?

    The College is an independent College established by HKU 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 and close proximity with HKU, our students are entitled privileged access to HKU’s facilities, including the HKU Libraries which are one of the best libraries in this part of the world, the Chi Wah Learning Commons which offers first rate learning facilities, as well as its extensive sports facilities and programmes. To cater for accommodation needs of students, privately-rented off-campus facilities managed by HKU are also offered.

    To experience academic life at HKU, nominated students will have the opportunity to take courses in the Faculties of Arts, Education and Science at HKU starting from the academic year 2015-2016. Upon satisfactory completion, students will earn credits and receive a HKU transcript.
  2. Why should I choose to study at Centennial College?

    In 1912, Hong Kong’s first tertiary institution, HKU, admitted its first cohort of students, marking an important milestone in the education history of Hong Kong.  After one hundred years, HKU continues to once again respond to the needs of the society by the establishment of Centennial College.  The College, which aims to deliver quality education and service to Hong Kong’s people, focuses on the development of a multidisciplinary liberal arts education, nurturing students to adopt a culture of independent learning, thereby cultivating student the essential communication skills and critical thinking.  Our courses are structured to offer a balance between professional knowledge and liberal arts education and emphasise on widening students’ horizons as well as enhancing students’ employability to meet the challenges of 21st century.
  3. It was said that some self-financed institutions were 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 of experience in managing self-financed operation. The financial situation of our College is stable. We will continue our mission in providing the highest quality of education and will uphold the principle of financial prudence to ensure resources are used properly.


A. Applications

  1. When can I apply?

    ​The College now receives applications for the three 4-year degree programmes – Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) and Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Honours).  Please visit here to make an application.
  2. How can I submit my application?
    1. On or before 16 May 2017: the government's E-APP platform, https://www.eapp.gov.hk/ (for current HKDSE students only)
    2. The College's On-line application system: http://www.centennialcollege.hku.hk
  3. What kind of documents should be submitted?

    Applicants should submit the supporting documents by one of the following methods: (1) uploading them to the online application platform; (2) emailing the copies to admissions@centennialcollege.hku.hk; (3) by post or in person to the Admissions Team (College Office, 3 Wah Lam Path, Pokfulam, Hong Kong). Applicants should provide the following documents for consideration and verification:
    1. An original and a copy of your HKID card/travel document; and​​
    2. An original and a copy each of your public examination results notices, academic transcripts and certificates; and
    3. Other documents that may be useful for the College to consider your application, e.g. student learning profiles, letter of certification of community service.
  4. How can I pay the application fee?​

    Applicants can pay the application fee of HK$150 online or print the payment slip and pay the application fee at the following designated centres.

    The designated centres accept cash, Visa/Master credit card and EPS.​
    1. Centennial College
      G/F, 3 Wah Lam Path, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
      Tel: (852) 3762 6200
      Opening hours: Weekdays - 9:00am - 5:30pm
    2. 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
    3. 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
  5. How many programmes can I apply?

    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 in priority order of 1 to 3 in one application. The College considers applications on the basis of applicants’ academic merits and their non-academic achievements such as contribution to society etc.
  6. How do I know if the College has received my application?

    The College would send an acknowledgement email to applicants after receiving their applications.  If you do not receive the acknowledgement email, please contact the Admissions Office by telephone (852) 3762 6200 or email (admissions@centennialcollege.hku.hk).
  7. Do all programmes require interview?

    It depends on case-by-case basis.  The College would contact applicants through telephone and/or email for interview arrangement, if any.
  8. 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 would be notified of the results by post or email.  For current year’s HKDSE applicants, they can check their application status via the College’s E-Announcement System accessible through the College website after the release of public examination results.
  9. What are the entrance requirements for Year 1 study?

    ​Please refer to the Admission Requirements Page.
  10. What are the entrance requirements for Year 3 study?

    ​Please refer to the Admission Requirements Page.
  11. Does the College accept combined certificate of HKDSE?​

    ​Yes, we accept combined certificate of HKDSE as long as applicants’ qualifications meet our admission requirements.​
  12. 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.
  13. Does the College accept alternative Chinese Language qualifications in place of HKDSE Chinese Language qualification?

    For non-local students, 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Can holders of overseas qualifications apply?

    Yes.  The College recognises relevant overseas qualifications (e.g. GCE, IB, SAT, JEE).  Applicants should submit relevant documents for further assessment and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  16. Can International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma holders apply?

    Yes, they can apply for Year 1 entry.  For those who apply for the Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Honours) programme, they have to study Mathematics SL and priority will be given to applicants who have studied Mathematics HL.
  17. Who are non-local students?

    Regardless of their nationalities, non-local students include but not limited to those who need a student visa/ entry permit issued by the Director of Immigration to enter Hong Kong for study. Non-local students are required to obtain a valid student visa before continuing their study in Hong Kong.
  18. Can non-local students apply?

    Yes but if admitted, non-local applicants are required to obtain a student visa prior to their commencement of study. For details on the application for visa/permit to enter the HKSAR for study, please visit http://www.immd.gov.hk/chtml/home.htm. Non-local students will be required to pay non-local tuition fees.
  19. Can mature applicants apply?

    Yes, mature applicants aged 25 or above by 1 September of the year of admission with relevant working experience can apply for the programmes.  The College considers these applications based on applicants’ academic qualification and working experience, etc.
  20. Can I change my programme choice after the application has been submitted?

    If you wish to change your programme choice, you have to make your request in writing to admissions@centennialcollege.hku.hk. The College will consider such request on a case-by-case basis.
  21. If I have not taken any accounting or business related courses, can I apply for the Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Honours) programme?
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    Year 1 entry
    There is no specific requirement for HKDSE applicants.

    Year 3 entry
    To fulfil the graduation requirement, 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

  1. ​What are the tuition fees?

    The annual tuition fees for new students in 2017-18 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
    ​*Non-local Students include but not limited to those who need a student visa/entry permit to enter Hong Kong for study.
  2. 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:
    1. Centennial College
      G/F, 3 Wah Lam Path, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
      Tel: (852) 3762 6200
      Opening hours: Weekdays - 9:00am - 5:30pm
    2. 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
    3. 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
  3. Do I have to pay any fee other than the tuition fees?

    Students have to pay a caution money 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. Besides, students have to pay also the Students’ Union fee of HK$250 (annual subscription).
  4. When should I pay the enrolment deposit and the first instalment of tuition fees?

    Year 1 Entry

    Current HKDSE applicants who meet the conditions of their Conditional Offers are required to pay the enrolment deposit by the following deadlines:
      Dates for Claiming Offer Deadline for Enrolment Deposit Payment Deadline for 1st Instalment of Tuition Fee Payment
    HKDSE applicants 12 July 2017 17 July 2017 9 August 2017
    For applicants who receive Direct Offers from the College, please refer to the offer letter for their respective deadlines.

    ​Year 3 Entry

    Please refer to the offer letter for the respective deadlines.
  5. Am I eligible for the financial assistance scheme provided by the HKSAR Government?

    Yes, our programmes are locally accredited and students can apply for 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.sfaa.gov.hk).
  6. 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 achievement. For latest details, please refer to the Scholarships Page of the College website.

    The College is actively raising donations to provide more scholarships for our students. Further details will be released on our website, please visit here.
  7. 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 full-time bachelor’s degree programme funded by the University Grants Committee may apply for a refund of enrolment deposit in writing by the specified deadlines in their offer letters.

    Applicants have to provide relevant supporting document in their application. An administrative fee would be charged for successful applications.

    ​Current HKDSE candidates should submit their refund application on or before 9 August 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.


C. About Programmes and Learning

  1. Have the programmes been uploaded onto the Qualifications Register (QR)?

    Yes, all our programmes have been accredited by HKCAAVQ as Qualifications Framework (QF) Level 5 programmes.
  2. What is the professional recognition of the Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Honours) programme?
    1. Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
    2. Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
    3. CPA Australia
    4. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
    5. Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS)
    6. Association of International Accountants (AIA)
    For details, please click here to refer to College website.​
  3. What are the characteristics of the programmes?

    Non-traditional curriculum designs with a series of cross-disciplinary courses to widen students' horizon (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 “capstone” course that emphasises interdisciplinary education and application, where students lead an interactive mode of learning and conclude four years of learning experience.
  4. 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 would provide summer internship and part-time opportunities to widen students’ horizon as far as practicable.
  5. What is the medium of instruction?

    Except for Chinese Language courses and some courses related to China, all courses are taught in English.
  6. 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 limitation. Students can make applications to the College Office.  The College would consider such applications on a case-by-case basis.
  7. Can I apply for Advanced Standing credits?

    The College would consider granting Advanced Standing credits on a case-by-case basis.
  8. 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 with WiFi.  There are computer laboratories, a learning resources centre, student common rooms, students’ union and student activities room on campus.  Furthermore, students can use the library and sports facilities of HKU. Students can also join tailor-made Sports Programmes offered by HKU.
  9. What other support is provided by the College?

    E-learning platform facilitates learning and communication between teachers and students.  The Office of Student Success would organise various workshops and activities, e.g. leadership training programme, community engagement activities, mentorship programme to enrich students’ campus life. In addition, the Office of Student Success would also provide career and personal counselling service.
  10. Does the College provide any student hostel?

    Students with accommodation need are eligible to apply for the privately-rented off-campus facilities managed by the University of Hong Kong. They are mainly located in Sai Ying Pun and Jordan. The current monthly rate is HK$4,200 per student for a double-shared room.

    ​For details and enquiries, please contact the Office of Student Success.
  11. What are the qualifications of teachers?

    All teachers possess the qualifications required for teaching degree programmes and have extensive teaching experience.  Most of them have earned a doctoral degree.  Furthermore, some professors have extensive teaching experience at the University of Hong Kong.