Students enrolling in a postgraduate programme in a recognized university may apply for admission as visiting research students to pursue part of their research studies in the University. Those who do not fall within this category may also apply, and their applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For more details, please refer to Guidelines Governing the Admission of Visiting Research Students.
The minimum study period for visiting research students should not be less than two months and the maximum study period should normally be one year. Applications for a study period of more than one year or for subsequent extension of study will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Each visiting research student will be attached to a Department, which is responsible for supervising the student's study at the University. Departments will assign a faculty member to be the supervisor of a visiting research student, who will provide academic advice and guidance to the student's progress throughout his or her stay at the University.
A non-refundable fee of HK$200 is charged for each application. You are required to pay the application fee online using a credit card (VISA or MasterCard), before submission of the online application.
Applications for visiting research study are accepted throughout a year. As the processing of student visa will normally require 3 months, you are advised to submit the online application at least 4 months before the proposed visiting study period. The online application system is available from 1 February 2016 onwards.
The documents to be submitted in supporting your application are listed under the Section on “Supporting Documents” in the online application. Please note the following while you are preparing the required documents:
An applicant who has been offered admission should pay a research component fee upon enrolment and complete the registration procedures in person at the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies within the specified registration period. A visiting student identity card, valid for the period of the student's stay at the University, will be issued on completion of the registration procedures.
Such students will not be registered in a specific programme of study, and their study at the University will not lead to a degree or other awards of the University. At the end of their stay with the University, they will be issued an academic report.
Academic Year 2016 - 17 (September 2016 - August 2017)
|Types of Fee||Mode of Study||Remarks|
|Research component fee||
$1,170 per calendar month
|Fee for visiting research students taking taught courses||
Per credit unit tuition fee at the fee level for the relevant programme
Please note the following:
The coursework assessment results will be recorded in the academic report issued to visiting research students at the end of their stay at the University.
Visiting research students must observe the rules and regulations prescribed by the University.
They are eligible to apply for residential accommodation available on campus at their own expense (subject to availability). They can also gain access to essential academic services and facilities (e.g. library, computing services) at the University.
Such students are not entitled to any financial assistance/award offered by the University, such as Postgraduate Studentships and Research Tuition Scholarships. They are also not eligible for medical and dental benefits. Therefore, students are strongly advised to acquire travel insurance, and any other medical or insurance coverage they consider necessary for their stay in Hong Kong.
At the end of their study at the University, visiting research students will be issued an academic report, detailing, amongst other things, their period of stay at the University and the coursework, if any, they have undertaken.
Within one month upon completion of visiting research studies, students are required to complete Form SGS20 "Report on Visiting Studies at CityU" and a "Survey on Expectations and Experience of Visiting Research Students at CityU"
Non-local students must obtain a student visa or an entry permit to study in Hong Kong. If you need advice on visa requirements, please consult the HK Immigration Department, HKSAR. For applicants from the Mainland, Taiwan and Macao, the cumulative duration of short-term studies taken up by any student should not exceed 180 days within any 12-month period. If you need further information, please refer to HK Immigration Department's Guidebook for Entry for Study in Hong Kong.