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Undergraduate Study

Total number of students at Cambridge from Hong Kong 2017-18
Undergraduate 125
Postgraduate 95

If a student holds more than one nationality, then the nationality given as the primary nationality is reported.

You may find our other undergraduate application statistics interesting as well.

Entry requirements

Typical Offer Level

The typical offer level for candidates taking the HKDSE will depend on the Cambridge course for which you are applying. Applicants will normally be expected to obtain:

Core Subjects

Grades of 5 in all core subjects, and grades of 5* in one or two relevant core subjects

Applicants for Chemical Engineering; Computer Science; Economics; Engineering; Mathematics; and Natural Sciences (Physical) will need to take Extended Module 2 (Algebra and Calculus) Mathematics as part of their core.

Applicants for Architecture; Human, Social and Political Sciences; Land Economy; Medicine; Natural Sciences (Biological); Philosophy; Psychological and Behavioural Sciences; and Veterinary Medicine are expected to take either Extended Module 1 (Calculus and Statistics) or Extended Module 2 (Algebra and Calculus) Mathematics as part of their core.

Elective Subjects

Applicants for arts courses (except Economics), Psychological and Behavioural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine will be expected to achieve 5*55 in their electives

Applicants for science courses (excluding Psychological and Behavioural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine) and Economics will be expected to achieve 5*5*5 in their electives

General Guidance

Applicants for all Cambridge courses may sometimes be asked to achieve 5** in a subject from their electives or the core.

Combined Science can provide appropriate preparation, but for many courses Colleges will want you to take Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics as individual electives.

‘Applied’ Category A electives (such as Health Management and Social Care, Integrated Science Technology and Living, Tourism and Hospitality Studies) and Category B electives don’t provide an appropriate preparation for most Cambridge courses, where the emphasis is more academic than vocational.  However, if required/highly desirable subjects are covered by the Core and other Electives, applicants taking such electives as their seventh or eighth HKDSE subject would be considered.

Category C electives can form part of a Cambridge offer, especially where there is a language element to the course. The typical offer level for these courses would be an ‘A’.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language then any offer made is likely to include English language requirements. See which English language qualifications we accept on our English language requirements page.

Fees and finance

As an international student, fees vary between different courses. Limited financial support may be available from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, or College funds.

If you're unsure as to whether your fee status would be Home or international, please see our fee status page.


If you think you may meet the entry requirements that we require from your country, we would suggest that you familiarise yourself with how to apply to Cambridge. There is also specific information for international applicants and an application timetable with dates and deadlines relevant for international students.

Admissions Assessments

Please also refer to the information about admission assessments. If the course you’re applying for requires you to take a pre-interview written assessment, you must be registered in advance for the assessment. The assessment centre where you’ll take the assessment must register you (you can’t register yourself) by the relevant assessment registration deadline.


The University conducts  interviews in Hong Kong to applicants who are domiciled, permanently resident or at school/university in the special administrative region of Hong Kong and Macao. Please refer to the information on our overseas interviews page for full details.

International Events

The University of Cambridge attends some events overseas where our representatives will be happy to chat with you and answer any questions you may have about applying to and studying at the University. To find out when we are visiting your country please visit the International Events webpage.