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Credit Accumulation & Transfer

Advanced Standing, Credit Transfer & Course Exemption




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Advanced Standing

Granted for approved studies completed successfully before admission to the University

Recognition of studies before admission to the University

(results not included in calculating GPA)


Credit Transfer

Granted for courses completed at other institutions, whether inside or outside of Hong Kong, at any time during the students’ candidature at the University

Recognition of studies completed on exchange during candidature at HKU

(results not included in calculating GPA)


Course Exemption

Granted from particular course or curriculum requirements under special conditions (e.g. students being exempted from the Chinese language enhancement requirement due to not having studied the Chinese language previously or not having attained the standard required to take the Chinese language course)

Exemption from need to satisfy particular course requirements


(by electives)



Given that the capstone aims to integrate knowledge and skills acquired at the University, advanced standing which is granted for studies successfully before admission to the University and course exemption should not be applicable.


Students are not required to complete any further courses for those requirements for which they have been granted advanced standing and/or credit transfer, whereas students exempted from required courses must replace the relevant number of exempted credits with courses of the same credit value.