Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour at night

International students Hong Kong


We're a leading, international technological university located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city. We believe in useful learning which guides our research, our learning and teaching and the way we work with businesses and organisations.

We have a long history of welcoming students from Hong Kong to join our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Student exchange

Strathclyde has student exchange agreements with Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and City University of Hong Kong. The Strathclyde Business School has additional agreements with Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Baptist University.  

These agreements allow Strathclyde students to spend one year or one semester studying in Hong Kong. They also give students at our partner universities in Hong Kong the opportunity to spend a semester at Strathclyde.

Take a look at our list of partner universities in Hong Kong and elsewhere.


We have an active Alumni Group in Hong Kong with around 3,000 members.

Strathclyde Hong Kong Society

The Hong Kong Society has a wide range of activities taking place throughout the year. Find out more about what they do and how you can take part.

Strathclyde International Society

Run by students, for students, the International Society is the first stop for all international students arriving at Strathclyde.

It's the perfect place to meet new people and learn about many different countries and cultures. You can learn more about Glasgow and Scotland too.

There are weekly international pub, movie and games nights which are regularly attended by more than 100 people from countries across the world.

The International Society loves to get out of the city for a bit of sightseeing too. Recent trips have included:

  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Isle of Arran
  • Stonehaven
  • Isle of Skye
  • Ben Nevis
  • Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter trip)

If you're joining us here at Strathclyde, you can add the Strathclyde International Society as a friend on Facebook to keep up to date with what they're doing and where they meet. You can also email the team for any other information.

We're looking forward to seeing you at Strathclyde!

Entry requirements


For undergraduate study, we accept GCE A Levels, IB, BTEC and HKDSE among other international qualifications. Most degrees allow first or second year entry.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Year 1 - 444 from core or elective subjects

Year 2* - 544 from core or elective subjects

*most degrees offer second year entry to HKDSE students - please contact lexy.docwra@strath.ac.uk if unsure about your proposed degree

For subjects that require the equivalent of A Level Mathematics, HKDSE Core and Extended Mathematics (M1 or M2) is required.

The above requirements should also include required subjects. For example, Maths and Physics for Civil Engineering. Details of the required subjects for each degree are on each course page.

Hong Kong Associate Degree

Year 2 or 3 entry depending on subjects studied - GPA 3.0/4.0

For international A Level, IB and BTEC requirements, please contact lexy.docwra@strath.ac.uk.


A good honours degree from a Hong Kong university is required. Additionally, some Masters programmes require work experience. Please check the detailed entry requirements for each course.

If you wish to apply for a research degree you'd normally have to have a Masters degree and some experience of research work.

English language requirements

Students of every nationality entering the university are required to prove their English language competence.

As well as IELTS, we also accept HKDSE English, IB SL English and IGCSE English. Below are the undergraduate IELTS equivalencies for HKDSE English:

  • IELTS 7.5 (min 7.0 in each section) – HKDSE English at level 5 (min 5 in each section)
  • IELTS 6.5 (min 6.0 in each section) – HKDSE English at level 4 (min 4 in each section)
  • IELTS 6.5 (min 5.5 in each section) – HKDSE English at level 4 (min 3 in each section)
  • IELTS 6.0 (min 5.5 in each section) – HKDSE English at level 4 (min 3 in each section)

Most undergraduate degrees require HKDSE English at Level 4 (minimum of 3 in each section). Please contact us if you are unsure about your degree requirements.

Improving your English

If you need to improve your English to meet the language conditions of your degree offer, you can take one of our ELT English language courses without needing to re-take IELTS or another English language test.

Degree preparation courses

The University of Strathclyde International Study Centre offers international students, who do not meet direct requirements for a course, the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation, International Year One or Pre-Masters programme. Upon successful completion, students will be able to progress to a degree level course at the University of Strathclyde. 

How to apply


Applications should be made through UCAS. In some ways this is like JUPAS in Hong Kong.  You can make the application yourself or you may have one of our partner agents in Hong Kong help with this.

For Scottish and European fee status students the application deadline was 15 January 2016. International fee-status students may continue to apply after this date.


Postgraduate applications may be made online through a link on the course page. There's no deadline for postgraduate applications but please leave enough time to make a visa application if required.

Agent advice & assistance

As mentioned above, you may also use an education agent for advice and information on Strathclyde and the city of Glasgow as well as to assist with your application, visa and accommodation. The tab 'Contact us' tab on the Hong Kong page has links to our partner agents in Hong Kong.

If you have questions on applying, studying at Strathclyde or about Glasgow please get in touch.

While you're here

Glasgow has so much to see and do while you're here.

Shopping & entertainment

Our music scene, bars and restaurants are renowned and we've one of the best shopping experiences in the UK.

There are museums, numerous sporting venues and more than 90 parks, with the oldest - Glasgow Green - a 10-minute walk from our campus.

Glasgow is also a great base for exploring Scotland's beautiful lochs and mountains or for flying to some of Europe's most attractive destinations.

Strath Union

The student union here at Strathclyde is a great place to grab a bite to eat and catch up with friends between classes.

Like us, it's based in the middle of the city centre and is an array of events, clubs and societies that you can join.

Eating out

There are loads of places to grab a quick sandwich or have a longer, relaxed lunch or dinner around here. Keep an eye on The List for some more places to eat.

We're visiting

Our International Office staff and academics regularly visit Hong Kong to meet students and parents as well as to visit schools and our university partners.

Contact our representative Lexy Docwra at lexy.docwra@strath.ac.uk for information on upcoming visits.


We have a number of scholarships available to students from Hong Kong for undergraduate and postgraduate study. The scholarship database is easy to use and has information on eligibility, scholarship amounts, how to apply and application deadlines.  If you think you may be eligible we would encourage you to apply.

Check out our scholarships database to find out more about all scholarships and funding opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Current students