2024/25 Admissions

Programme Leaflet

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General Requirements

We welcome Hong Kong local non-JUPAS applicants* with any of the following qualifications:

✔ GCE-AL/ International-AL

✔ International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

✔ SAT/ ACT & AP/ SAT Subject Tests (USA)

✔ ATAR (Australia)

✔ OSSD/ BC Diploma (Canada)

✔ GSAT (Taiwan)

✔ AISSCE (CBSE)/ ISC (India)

✔ SMA (Indonesia)

✔ UEC/ STPM (Malaysia)

& more....

For the other qualifications and CUHK requirements, please refer to http://admission.cuhk.edu.hk/non-jupas-yr-1/requirements.html.

*Note: Applicants must hold a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card and a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau Residents (港澳居民來往內地通行證 (回鄉證)).

Language Requirements

Applicants should have attained an acceptable level of proficiency in the English and Chinese languages. For details, please refer to http://admission.cuhk.edu.hk/non-jupas-yr-1/requirements.html.

Admission Timeline

Application Deadline: 4 January 2023* (apply via CUHK only)

Joint Interview: From around February 2024 to March 2024*

Admission Results Release: From around March 2024 to mid-August 2024*

*Subject to change


Programme Code: ECOTU*

1. If your examination or test results have not yet been released before the application deadline, please submit a copy of your predicted results issued by your school. Those who do not have any examination/ test results or predicted results will not be invited for interview.

2. Applicants will be primarily considered for the Dual Degree Programme (Programme Code: ECOTU), and will be simultaneously considered for the respective major programme (Economics, Programme Code: ECONN).

FAQ for Hong Kong Local Non-JUPAS Students

A. Application and Interview

  • 1. How to increase the chance of being admitted?

    Put the Dual Degree Programme (Programme Code: ECOTU) as your first choice. We will put students who have chosen our Programme as first choice at a higher priority.

  • 2. When will I receive interview notification? If I am not being invited for interview, does it mean that I will not be admitted?

    If we think that you are suitable for our programme, we will invite you for an interview conducted by a joint selection panel of the two universities. The joint interview usually will be held in from around February 2024 to March 2024.

    Shortlisted candidates usually will be notified of the interview arrangement by phone (+852 3943xxxx) or email (xxxx@cuhk.edu.hk).

    Only those who have attended the interview will be considered for admission.

  • 3. Is the interview conducted in Chinese/English? What is the interview format and what kinds of questions will be covered?

    It usually will be an individual interview conducted in English. We want to know if the applicant is interested in analyzing human behavior and will test the logical thinking of the applicants.

B. Programme Information

  • 1. If I have not taken Economics in high school, can I take the Dual Degree Programme? Can I handle it well?

    Yes of course, many of our students did not take Economics in high school as well.

    In high school, economics teachers will not teach the basic knowledge of mathematics, statistics, etc. But in university, we focus on building a strong foundation in mathematics, statistics, theories and quantitative analysis. So, students can link up all the knowledge they have learnt and study various economics topics thoroughly.

  • 2. Why is CUHK ECON housed within the Faculty of Social Science?

    The application of economics is extremely broad, including many topics of social interests, on top of Business and Finance. In the US, almost all of the top economics departments are housed in their Faculties of Social Science. Examples include Yale University, Princeton University and University of Chicago, etc. This is done because economics is an integral part of Social Science.

  • 3. What are the differences between CUHK ECON and other Social Science programmes?

    The essential parts and knowledge of economics can be linked up together. But for other subjects in social science, they may have different schools of thought and less common ground.

  • 4. What are the differences between CUHK ECON and other Business programmes?

    Economics could be applied in all different aspects of society. Our programme includes all kinds of topics in the mainstream Economics while the Business Programmes emphasize in knowledge of business/commercial activities. If CUHK ECON were to be housed in the Business School, many non-business topics might not be taught, which would limit students’ access to a comprehensive education in economics.

    For example, economics examines how to design an effective taxation system. Professor Sir James Mirrlees, Former Distinguished Professor-at-Large of the CUHK Economics Department, has pointed out that taxpayers would have more private information about themselves than the government, and would change their behaviours according to the prevailing tax system. Analyzing the tax system from the theories of accounting alone may not incorporate the importance of economic concepts such as asymmetric information. Professor Sir James Mirrlees and Professor Peter Diamond coauthored a series of pathbreaking research on the topic of optimal income taxation which had subsequently affected the tax policies of many countries. Such contribution was later mentioned in their award of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences!