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FAQ Academy inspires the brightest minds



Q1 If I am one of the nominees of my school, does it mean my admission to the Academy is guaranteed?

While we value the nomination and support of your school and principal, nomination does not guarantee admission to the Academy.  Your acceptance to the Academy must be endorsed by the Advisory Board of The Academy for the Talented based on the criteria communicated to your principal.  

Q2 How do I know if I am accepted by the Academy? 

You will receive email notification from the Academy and you can accept the membership offer by using our online application system.  Successful nominees will receive notifcation and application instruction through their personal emails. There is no membership fee for the Academy.

Q3 Are courses eligible for HKU credits?

Yes, some courses are eligible for HKU credits upon successful completion. Most credit-bearing courses will be offered during summer time.

Q4 I am concerned that I may not be accepted in a particular course, can I apply for more than one course?

You are encouraged to choose more than one courses in the application form. It is acceptable to choose courses that may have conflicting schedules at time of application; however, it is your responsibility to ensure the schedules of the courses chosen are not in conflict when you confirm your enrollment.

Q5 How will I know if I have successfully enrolled in a course?

Whenever there is an update on your course application status, you will receive an email from the system to inform you to login to the application system and check the latest status. Once your application is successful, you will then need to confirm your acceptance. 

Q6 Can anyone apply for financial assistance?

Any member of the Academy may apply for financial assistance. For grant, you may select the grant option with your membership application. To maintain the sponsorship, members are required to renew their applications when new session begins. Academic standing, attendance, and recommendation will be considered in determining eligibility for renewal. 

Scholarships are available for most of the courses the Academy is offering. Most of the scholarships are bestowed based on good academic standing and attendance.  For amount and details, please refer to Academic Programmes section.

Q7 If I am eligible for financial assistance, do I still need to pay for the courses?

Payment status for grant applicants is on case-by-case basis. For scholarship sponsorship, members will pay for the courses in advance and be reimbursed at the end of an academic session.

Q8 I am a foreign citizen and not a Hong Kong resident. Do I need to obtain a student visa if I am accepted into the Academy Pre-University face-to-face programmes?

All students without the right of abode/right to land in Hong Kong must apply for a student visa for the purpose of education from the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Q9 Do I need to renew my Academy Membership every year?

No, the membership is permanent and does not expire. We encourage students to update their personal details and other particulars annually through the portal.

Q10 Can I cancel my application or withdraw from the programme? Will there be a programme fee refund?

Yes. You can cancel your application through the portal by clicking “Cancel Application” under application status. However, both the programme fee and application fee are non-refundable.

Q11 Can I be awarded a scholarship after joining your programmes?

Scholarships are available for most of the courses the Academy is offering. Most of the scholarships are bestowed based on good academic standing and attendance. As all participants are top students, we will evaluate their performance in the programme.

Q12 I just received an offer letter from the Academy. How can I confirm my offer?

Please login to your portal to accept the offer before the payment deadline.