Non-local Student Admissions

We welcome students from all around the world to join us and embark on the journey to success. All HKDI Higher Diploma Programmes have passed quality-assured qualifications, recognised under the Qualifications Framework, and reached QF Level 4. They are recognised by the Hong Kong Government and can be found in Qualifications Register.

Progression Pathways (International Applicants)


  1. The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) and Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) are member institutions of VTC.
  2. Holders of senior secondary school qualification or equivalent can apply for admission to the 4-year Degree programmes offered by THEi and 2-year Higher Diploma programmes offered by HKDI. Please click here for the general entrance requirements.
  3. VTC’s Higher Diploma graduates can also apply for senior year entry to the following degree programmes with credit exemption where applicable
    • Degree programmes offered by THEi
    • Top-up degree programmes offered by SHAPE overseas partner universities [see Note 6 below]
    • Degree programmes offered by local and overseas universities
  4. Holders of higher qualifications, e.g. Higher Diploma, Associated Degree or equivalent, can apply for senior year entry to THEi. Applications are considered on an individual basis.
  5. The bachelor's degree qualifications awarded by THEi are widely recognised locally and internationally. THEi graduates can apply for master's degree programmes offered by Hong Kong and overseas universities.
  6. According to the current immigration laws and regulations in Hong Kong, non-locally accredited programmes are normally not applicable to Mainland Chinese, Macao and Taiwanese applicants. Non-local programmes that are locally accredited are not applicable to Mainland applicants in general, except for those having been approved by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.
  7. The above progression pathways are provided for reference only. Eligibility and study duration may vary according to programmes, entry requirements, number of credits transferred, the prevailing visa requirements and other considerations. For details, please contact the respective institutions.

*For progression pathways for Mainland applicants, please see here.

General Entrance Requirements (International Applicants)

HKDI Higher Diploma Programmes (Normally to be completed in 2 years)

Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme (VPAS)

The Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme (VPAS) is an initiative promulgated by the HKSAR Government in support of the Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET). This new measure would provide more skilled manpower to meet the needs arising from the economic restructuring and technological advancement of Hong Kong. By putting in place the diverse training modes and programmes, it can nurture high-caliber vocational and professional talents to expand the talent pool for Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and even our country, thereby enhancing the comparative advantages of VPET in Hong Kong and driving economic growth at both the national and local levels.

The VPAS will run as pilot for two years. Under the scheme, non-local students (including those from the Mainland, other countries and regions) enrolled in designated full-time VTC Higher Diploma programmes in Hong Kong for the 2024/25 and 2025/26 academic years will upon graduation be eligible to apply for employment in Hong Kong. These graduates can enter different professional industries related to their study programmes, including Aviation, Transport and Logistics; Innovation and Technology; Electrical and Mechanical Services; Building, Civil Engineering and Built Environment; and Maritime.

*For Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme (VPAS) for Mainland applicants, please see here.