School Nominations Direct Admission Scheme
As per the recommendations of the Task Force on Review of School Curriculum (
final report published in September 2020), the School Nominations Direct Admission Scheme (SNDAS) was introduced in the 2022/23 academic year with the aim of recognising the talent of local secondary students that could not be fully assessed by the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination. It is a “programme-student matching exercise” in essence that provides opportunities for secondary students who have demonstrated exceptional talents and interests in specific disciplines / areas to be considered for direct admission to local universities.
Third cohort of SNDAS
The third cohort of SNDAS will be open for application by Secondary 6 students taking the 2024 HKDSE Examination and commencing their undergraduate studies in September 2024.
Students meeting the following criteria will be eligible for nomination under the third cohort of SNDAS:
(i) Local students pursuing the local secondary curriculum and taking the 2024 HKDSE Examination; and
(ii) MUST apply for admission to universities through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) in parallel.
Note Student nominees CANNOT simultaneously apply for admission to universities via the School Principal’s Nominations Scheme (SPN) under JUPAS or the respective direct admission schemes for prospective student-athletes established by the eight University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded universities under the UGC’s Student-Athlete Learning Support and Admission Scheme (details provided at: https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/ugc/activity/salsa_scheme.html).
(b) Application Arrangement
The SNDAS nomination period will run from 5 October to 6 December 2023. Each local secondary school has a quota of two nominations for nominating students with exceptional talents and interests in specific disciplines / areas. Each student nominee can apply for admission to one designated UGC-funded undergraduate programme participating in SNDAS.
SNDAS nominations are to be submitted by secondary school principals to the participating universities direct through the specified means. School principals are also required to complete the nomination form and return to the Education Bureau for verification.
SNDAS will be implemented in parallel with the JUPAS route. Students nominated for SNDAS should submit their JUPAS applications and any necessary documents in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines set by the JUPAS Office.
Moreover, student nominees MUST include the chosen SNDAS-participating undergraduate programme as one of their 20 JUPAS programme choices; student nominees who failed to do so will not be considered by the participating universities for SNDAS.
Participating universities may also require student nominees to include their chosen SNDAS-participating programme as one of their JUPAS Band A programme choices. Please study the specific admission requirements for each participating programme.
The eight UGC-funded universities have designated a total of over 220 publicly-funded undergraduate programmes to participate in the third cohort of SNDAS. Please click herefor the specific admission requirements for each programme (updated as at 20 November 2023).
(c) Announcement and Acceptance of Offers
Participating universities will arrange interviews for ALL students nominated for SNDAS to assess the suitability of the nominees for specific programmes between January and early June 2024. Written / practical assessments may also be arranged.
Participating universities will make firm offers to successful SNDAS student nominees in June 2024, prior to the release of the 2024 HKDSE Examination results.
Successful nominees MUST decide whether to accept the offer BEFORE the release of the 2024 HKDSE Examination results. Once accepted, the firm offer will be binding and the nominees WILL NOT be considered / accepted by other programmes regardless of their HKDSE Examination results. Their JUPAS applications will automatically be removed from the JUPAS application system. Successful nominees who have accepted the firm offer will commence study for their chosen programme in September 2024.
For unsuccessful nominees (i.e. those who did not receive / rejected the SNDAS offer), their JUPAS applications will continue to be processed and be considered by the JUPAS-participating institutions for admission to their programmes following the release of the 2024 HKDSE Examination results.
(d) Frequently Asked Questions
Please refer to the list of FAQs.
General enquiries on SNDAS can be directed to EDB at 2827 1011 or email@example.com.
For enquiries on admission requirements of specific SNDAS-participating programmes, please contact the relevant universities direct. Contact information is provided here.