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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) (self-funded)


Enquiries Information


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Room 420, 4/F, Meng Wah Complex, The University of Hong Kong




Yes. Applicants who hold a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign/Second Language, Chinese Language, Chinese Literature, Psychology or Special Education may be given a higher priority for admissions.

Applicants who are in their final year of undergraduate studies should provide us with a photocopy of their available results after submission of the online application. Successful candidates will be given a conditional offer and required to submit an official transcript soon after the result of the final degree examinations are known, and in any case by August 1, 2022 at the latest.

Please refer to the “Instructions for Submitting Supporting Documents” for details. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application system by the application deadline or within four weeks from the date of creation of your account, whichever is earlier.

Posting of documents is NOT required at the application stage. Should an applicant be considered for admission, he/she will receive an email notification from the PGDE Programme Office to submit the original/officially certified copy of documents. Please note that our request to submit documents does not necessarily mean that you will receive an offer of admission.

A photocopy of the original document that has been duly declared as a true copy of the original document by the applicant before a notary public (e.g. the District Offices in Hong Kong) (Please click here for details on making declarations of your documents at the District Offices. Please see a declaration sample here.or certified by the appropriate official of your home institution (e.g. the Registry).

Due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to check the arrival of a particular document for an individual applicant.  However, you will be informed if any additional documents are required for your application.

  • Successful applicants will be notified of their admission results by email and will receive an official Offer of Admission enclosing a Notice of Admission statement.
  • Applicants who do not hear from the Faculty of Education by June 30, 2022 may assume their application has been unsuccessful. No individual notifications will be sent.

We welcome overseas applicants, and successful applicants will need to arrange their own student visas. All student visa applicants should request the HKU Admissions Office of the Registry to be their visa sponsor. Details on student visa application procedures can be viewed at Please note that approximately 10 weeks should be allowed for visa processing. 

The MEd is a subject knowledge based programme, while the PGDE is a teacher training programme emphasizing methods and practices of teaching of the subject knowledge that you may have acquired in your tertiary education. Applicants are therefore expected to have completed a substantial portion of their undergraduate studies in the relevant major subject.

  • University Regulation G6 prohibits concurrent registration by a student for another post-secondary qualification either at this University or at another institution, unless approval of the Senate has been obtained in advance. A breach of this regulation may result in discontinuation of studies at this University.
  • Admitted students may be required to provide proof of withdrawal or deferral of  another programme of study after acceptance of an Offer of Admission to the PGDE (TCSL) programme, preferably by late June (i.e. before registration as a PGDE (TCSL) student) or approval for concurrent registration.

Admitted students will be contacted by email in July for details of online registration and course selection in late July/ early Aug.

The programme runs throughout the academic year from September to June. Classes are normally held during daytime from Monday to Friday. Classes may also be scheduled on Saturday mornings. All classes will be conducted on the  HKU campus. School Experience, Experiential Learning and Professional Practicum will be conducted in related organizations or schools.

  • A person who holds teacher qualification (e.g. Postgraduate Diploma in Education) and is a Hong Kong permanent resident may apply for registration as a teacher via the Teacher Registration Team of Education Bureau.
  • A person who holds teacher qualification (e.g. Postgraduate Diploma in Education) and is NOT a Hong Kong permanent resident may also apply for registration as a teacher via the Teacher Registration Team of Education Bureau with any one of the following proof issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department: (a) valid employment visa; (b) landing slip bearing the conditions and limit of stay in Hong Kong; or (c) HKSAR Document of Identity for Visa Purposes.
  • For full details, please refer to the Education Bureau website.

All the courses will be conducted in English and Chinese.

Yes, full-time postgraduate students are eligible for applying for postgraduate housing during their study in HKU. Please refer to CEDARS website for details of postgraduate housing.

However, there is no guarantee of successful application due to limited availability of postgraduate housing. Unsuccessful applicants may consider alternative accommodation such as University-rented accommodation, private accommodation, or hostels in Hong Kong. Please refer to CEDARS website for other alternative accomodation.