All students are admitted to the program as Freshmen (first year students). Students may not transfer into the program. Applicants complete the HKU – UC Berkeley Supplemental Application and the standard UC application. Complete information on how to apply to UC Berkeley can be found here.

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students must be admitted to both UC Berkeley and HKU to be considered for the Dual Degree Program. Students are evaluated according to the following criteria: academic achievement, perceived intellectual readiness, and the applicant’s own representation of their experience, ideas, and aspirations. Candidates must meet UC Berkeley and HKU admissions requirements, including English proficiency requirements. 


* You must first create an account before you can access the HKU – UC Berkeley Supplemental application. This account is not linked to the account you will create for the University of California application.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the UC Application and the Supplemental Application is November 30, 2019 (decisions will be announced at the end of March 2020).


HKU Supplemental Application

Students should not apply directly to HKU (unless they are studying and completing the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) in Hong Kong, please see below) to be admitted to the Dual Degree Program. The supplemental application will serve as the application to HKU and the Dual Degree.

Supplemental Application Essay Question:

In 750 to 1,000 words, describe the motivations that have led you to apply to the Dual Degree program. Explain how and why the multidisciplinary educational environments at The University and Hong Kong (in the social sciences and humanities) and at Berkeley (within the College of Letters & Science) will help you to achieve your intellectual, personal, and professional aspirations. You may also choose to explain how you foresee your involvement in campus life outside of the classroom.

The essay should be written in English.

Special note for Hong Kong residents: ONLY students who are studying and completing the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) in Hong Kong will need to complete a third application. HK residents who will be completing an international curriculum such as IB/ A Level / SAT, ACT, or AP only need to complete the UCB application and the HKU supplemental application.


UC Berkeley Application

Students will apply directly to the University of California and select UC Berkeley as a campus. Students must meet all of the guidelines to apply based on their residency, whether California residentout of state, or international student. Please see the Freshman Admission Page for more information.

All students are REQUIRED to take the SAT with Essay or the ACT with Writing to be considered for admission to the Dual Degree Program regardless of nationality or exams taken in high school. Please make sure to take the test early so that you have an official score no later than mid December to be considered for the program. SAT Subject Exams are not required for admission. To see more information on the examination requirement see here.