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Frequently Asked Questions
(Mainland Chinese applicants please see here)

1) VTC and Member Institutions

Q: What is VTC?

A: Established in 1982, the statutory Vocational Training Council (VTC) is the largest vocational education, training and professional development group in Hong Kong. VTC provides valuable credentials for some 200 000 students each year through a full range of pre-employment and in-service programmes with internationally recognised qualifications.

Click HKSAR Government Website for details.

Q: What are Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), International Culinary Institute (ICI) and School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE)? What is the relationship between them and VTC?

A: Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), International Culinary Institute (ICI) and School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) are the member institutions of VTC. Among them, THEi provides full time Degree programs while IVE, HKDI and ICI offer students different kinds of programmes at various levels, including Higher Diploma Programmes. In collaboration with well-recognised overseas and local universities, SHAPE offers top-up degree programmes for VTC's Higher Diploma graduates who wish to pursue further studies. 

Q: How many students are in VTC?

A:  In 2016/17, there are about 50,000 local and non-local students studying in VTC's full-time programmes.

Q: Does VTC offer Master degree programmes?

A:  VTC, in collaboration with WMG School for Professional Development, a multi-disciplinary academic department at the University of Warwick offers three master’s degree programmes in Hong Kong [Not applicable to Mainland , Macau and Taiwan residents] .

2) Definition of Non-local Applicant

Q: Definition of Non-local (International & Mainland China) Applicants

A: Non-Hong Kong residents who wish to enter Hong Kong for study are regarded as Non-local Applicants. According to immigration regulations of Hong Kong, any person other than those who have the right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong, must obtain a visa before coming to Hong Kong for the purpose of study. Persons who hold a valid student visa/entry permit, visa/entry permit under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) or dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/entry permit by the Hong Kong Immigration Department will be classified as Non‐local Applicants.

If you are not sure whether you need a study visa/entry permit to study in Hong Kong, please visit the website of the Hong Kong Immigration Department or click here.

3) Programme Information

Q: How many faculties and degree programmes are offered to non-local applicants by THEi?

A: There are 3 faculties offering more than 20 full-time Bachelor's Degree Programmes (normally to be completed in 4 years) to non-local applicants at THEi. 

For programme details please refer to “Programme Information and Application”. 

Q: How many disciplines and Higher Diploma programmes are offered to non-local applicants by IVE, HKDI and ICI?

A: The 6 disciplines of the full-time Higher Diploma Programmes (normally to be completed in 2 years) offered by IVE, HKDI and ICI that are applicable to international applicants include:
For programme details please refer to “Programme Information and Application”.

Q: What is the course duration?

A: Higher Diploma Programme: normally to be completed in 2 years.
Degree Programme: normally to be completed in 4 years.

Q: What is the medium of instruction in THEi, IVE, HKDI and ICI?

A: THEi 
The medium of instruction for degree programmes is English which may be supplemented with Chinese (normally Cantonese), as and when necessary.
IVE, HKDI and ICI
Except for programmes or modules of specific content, the medium of instruction for Higher Diploma programmes is English which may be supplemented with Chinese (normally Cantonese), as and when necessary.

4) Application Criteria

Q: What are the selection criteria for non-local students?

A: For details please see General Entrance Requirements.
 
Mature Applicant
  1. Applicants aged 25 or above on or before 1 September of that admission year and do not meet the entrance requirements for a Degree Programme.
  2. Applicants aged 21 or above on or before 1 September of that admission year and do not meet the entrance requirements for a Higher Diploma Programme.
  3. Applications from mature applicants will be considered on an individual basis. They must demonstrate sufficient motivation, knowledge, potential and ability to make it likely they would complete the programme successfully. Applicants will not have priority over other applicants, and only a limited number of places are offered to suitable mature applicants.
Please give relevant details in the section on supplementary information for Special Circumstances and upload copies of relevant documents via the “Web-based Admission System”.
Note: General entrance requirements are the minimum requirements for admission. Whether an eligible applicant may be admitted to a particular programme would be subject to the demand for and availability of study places. Applicants who wish to apply for programmes in the Design discipline may be required to submit copies of their work portfolios. Some programmes may have other specific requirements. For details, please click here.

Q: Can an applicant with post-secondary or above qualifications apply for the Degree programmes offered by THEi or Higher Diploma programmes offered by IVE, HKDI and ICI?

A: Yes. Applicants with post-secondary or above qualifications can apply if the general entry requirements and specific requirements (if any) have been attained. 

Q: Is a non-graduating secondary school student eligible to apply for study in THEi,IVE, HKDI and ICI?

A: Yes. He/She can apply if the general entrance requirements and specific requirements (if any) have been attained.

5) Application

Q: How to apply?

A: Non-local applicants can submit their applications online on or before the application deadline (late submission will not be accepted). Application submitted by post, fax or e-mail will not be accepted. To apply, please enter Web-based Admissions System.

Q: How will the institute contact me after my application has been submitted?

A: All important information will be sent to you via e-mail. You are required to provide a valid and frequently used e-mail address in Web-based Admissions System.
Please click Key Dates for details.
For any enquiries, please contact the International Development Office (IDO) directly:
Tel: (852) 2836 1705 / 2836 1784
Fax: (852) 2891 2372
E-mail: iss@vtc.edu.hk

Q: How do I know if I am being offered a place of study?

A: Offer results will be announced by e-mail.

Q: Will the institute arrange accommodation for me if I am being offered a place of study?

A: About 1,000 accommodation places are available at the VTC Halls of Residence in Pokfulam and Tsing Yi Island. Applications from non-local students will be considered with priority. For students who failed to reserve accommodation places or who intend to rent off-campus accommodation, we will provide apartment rental information and refer real estate agents to touch base with them.

Q: Will the institute assist me to apply for a Hong Kong study visa if I am being offered a place of study?

A: If applicants are being offered a place of study, VTC will assist them to apply for a Hong Kong Study Visa once the verification of the forms and documents required for visa application and the receipt of the remittance are confirmed.

Q: How can I know my study visa application is being processed? How long does it take?

A: VTC will notify applicants of the “Visa” application status via e-mail upon receiving their application materials and the proof of the remittance of the Registration and Administration Fees.

Normally the visa application takes about 6 weeks. VTC will send the Hong Kong Study Visa label by courier to the applicant’s mailing address once it is approved.

Applicants should not purchase air tickets or overland transportation tickets before receiving the Hong Kong Study Visa.

Q: Do I need to purchase any insurance before coming to Hong Kong if I am being offered a place of study?

A: Every student admitted will be insured under a basic health, accident and repatriation insurance package (Please click here for the insurance details). However, you may also purchase additional insurance coverage at your own expense. (Please note that this is not applicable to Exchange Programme students. Exchange Students have to purchase their own insurance.)

Q: If my application is not accepted this year, will it affect my future applications?

A: No. Applications are reviewed based on the information provided without any reference to the outcome of previous applications.

Q: Can I use public examination results of different years in my application?

A: Yes. Unless specified, applicants can use results from public examinations taken in different years in the application. The best grade for any subject of multiple attempts will be considered in the assessment for admission.

6) Fees

Q: How much are the tuition fees?

A: For Degree programme, the tuition fees ranges around HKD81,000 – HKD105,000 per year while the tuition fees for Higher Diploma programmes are around HKD57,000 per year.
Tuition fees are subject to annual reviews and will be determined taking into taking into account inflation, curriculum structure and other relevant factors.

In addition, accommodation fee at VTC Halls of Residence is around HKD25,000 per year while other living expenses (including food, transportation and miscellaneous expenses) are amount to around HKD 50,000 per year. 

Tuition fees are payable in two instalments per year. The first instalment of tuition fees should be settled by end of August while the second instalment should be settled in January next year. Detailed payment schedule will be advised by Campus Secretariat / Registry of the local campus. 

7) Articulation

Q: Are there any articulation pathways after graduating from my degree studies at THEi?

A: After graduation, students can apply for Master's programmes offered by Hong Kong and overseas universities, VTC and its member institutions in collaboration with overseas universities. Click here for details (Not applicable to Mainland students)

Q: What are the progression pathways for VTC Higher Diploma graduates?

A: To cater for the articulation needs of the VTC Higher Diploma graduates, SHAPE (a member institution of the VTC) offers full-time top-up degree programmes in collaboration with various local, Mainland and overseas universities (Not applicable to Mainland students). Some of the universities offering top-up degree programmes in collaboration with VTC in Hong Kong include :
 
  • The Open University of Hong Kong
  • Birmingham City University, UK
  • University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK
  • Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Coventry University, UK
  • University of the West of England, UK
  • University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • RMIT University, Australia
  • University of the Arts London, UK
  • University of Lincoln, UK
     
The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) is a member institution of the VTC. THEi  offers career-oriented bachelor degree programmes for non-local students. Its programmes feature a fine balance of theory, practice, general education and industry/profession-specific modules. It aims to develop caring, competent, creative and ethical professionals with an international outlook. The programmes include real-life projects and industrial attachments. THEi will admit Higher Diploma graduates with advanced standing. 

VTC Higher Diploma graduates can also apply for senior years entry of relevant bachelor's degree programmes offered by other Hong Kong or overseas universities / higher education institutes by eligible credit transfer or module exemption. 

8) Others

Q: Are the THEi degree qualifications well-recognised?

A: Yes, they are recognised at Level 5 under the Qualifications Framework, or “QF Level 5” (For details, please see below Qualification Framework level chart provided by Hong Kong Education Bureau. 

Note  : Applicants shall contact the appropriate official department in respect of the programme recognition in his/her own country/region.

Q: What is sub-degree? How is it different from Higher Diploma? Is the VTC Higher Diploma qualification well-recognised?

A: Sub-degree programmes include programmes leading to Higher Diploma, Associate Degree and Professional Diploma qualifications, and are regarded as higher education programmes. In general, the Higher Diploma puts more emphasis on professional knowledge and practical vocational skills while the Associate Degree focuses more on the liberal studies.

VTC Higher Diploma qualifications are recognised at Level 4 under the Qualifications Framework (or “QF Level 4”) and can be used as a basis for progressing to degree programmes. The Higher Diploma Programmes offered by IVE,HKDI and ICI are widely recognised by local and overseas universities that VTC graduates can generally apply for credit exemptions.
"Qualification Framework level chart"

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Note  : Applicants shall contact the appropriate official department in respect of the programme recognition in his/her own country/region.

Q: When will school commence?

A: Normally the commencement date will be in early September every year.

Q: What kind of assistance can I receive to cope with living and studying in Hong Kong?

A: VTC offers a series of activities for non-local students to help them cope with their studies and daily life in Hong Kong. In particular, the Student Development Office provides a wide range of student development services including personal and career counseling, career development programmes, leadership training, sports and recreational activities. The Students' Union and other Societies also extend students' learning outside the classroom.

Q: Are non-local students eligible to apply for financial assistance?

A: Loan schemes, sponsorship and financial assistance provided by the Hong Kong SAR Government are not applicable to non-local students.

Q: Am I allowed to work during my study period in Hong Kong?

A: Under the Immigration Regulations, permission given to a person to land in Hong Kong as a student shall not take any employment, whether paid or unpaid. However, students of full-time locally-accredited programmes at undergraduate level (including THEi) whose study period is not less than one academic year may take up internships which are study/curriculum-related and be arranged or endorsed by the institution, subject to the current Hong Kong Immigration Department’s relevant conditions. As regards non-local students enrolled in full-time locally-accredited Higher Diploma local programmes (including IVE, HKDI and ICI) with a study period not less than two academic years, they may also apply to take up internships which are mandatory, study/curriculum-related and be arranged or endorsed by the institution, subject to current Hong Kong Immigration Department’s relevant conditions are met. 

Q: Are there any campus tours available in THEi, IVE, HKDI and ICI?

A: Yes, applicants and parents are very welcome to visit THEi, IVE, HKDI and ICI. Please submit your tour application at the following webpage.