The Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies (BAAS) is an intensive four-year program that introduces students to architecture as a cultural discipline. Admission to the undergraduate program is both rigorous and competitive. The Department particularly welcomes applications from students with a broad range of academic and cultural interests. Students from all streams are accepted and encouraged to apply.

The Department’s JUPAS admission results have been exemplary in the past five years and the BA(AS) program has become one of the most competitive among all undergraduate courses offered in Hong Kong.

Students need to demonstrate an eagerness to engage with the discipline of architecture and to show a strong command of the English language.

Supplementary requirements for candidates applying for admission through JUPAS and Non-JUPAS Schemes (2018-19)

[Candidates of the National Joint College Entrance Examination (NJCEE) are not subject to these supplementary requirements. For details on mainland undergraduate admissions, please refer to the HKU China Affairs Office’s website:

以下有关递交能力倾向习作 (Aptitude Exercise) 及推荐信的安排将不适用于参加内地全国统一高考的考生,该类考生的独立报名程序可参考香港大学内地本科生入学计划网页 ]

  1. Candidates applying for admission to the BAAS program are required to take part in an Aptitude Exercise scheduled from (tentatively) 12 to 15 December, 2017. The Aptitude Exercise will be available to download at the beginning of this period. Applicants will submit their completed exercise as a digital upload through the HKU Admissions website. The Aptitude Exercise comprises a set of creative questions that give the applicant an opportunity to demonstrate his or her interest and capacity to address issues relevant to architectural thinking and practice. The criteria measured by the exercise include: capacity to conceptualize, creativity, curiosity, analytical ability, daring, rigor, intelligence, intuition, openness, perseverance, spatial sensibility and sociability. The Aptitude Exercise provides applicants with an opportunity to directly demonstrate architectural thinking. In this way, it also serves as a means through which the applicant can gauge his or her own desire to engage in the demands of architectural education. Further instructions on taking part in the Aptitude Exercise will be sent to all potential applicants via email and posted on the HKU Admissions website.
  2. Letters of recommendation are not required; however, if you would like to submit them, no more than three letters should be sent. Both soft and hard copies are acceptable.

Aptitude Exercise

[IMPORTANT: There will be only one Aptitude Exercise for the 2018 admissions exercise and therefore it is pivotal for interested candidates to ensure that they will not miss the Aptitude Exercise.] 

Candidates are required to take part in the Aptitude Exercise scheduled tentatively from 12 to 15 December 2017 for consideration for admission to the BA(AS) programme. The Aptitude Exercise will be available to download on-line at 00:01 HK time on 12 December 2017. You will be required to submit the completed exercise as a digital upload by the end of the four-day period, i.e. 15 December 2017 (23:59 HK time). A hard copy of the completed exercise should follow by mail to the Faculty of Architecture.

It is important for you to take part in the Aptitude Exercise as it is one of the admissions requirements of BA(AS).  Candidates who have applied for BA(AS) before the respective application deadlines as specified in the Deadline section below will receive an e-mail invitation (tentatively between the period from 8 to 11 December 2017) to participate in the Aptitude ExerciseNote.  The e-mail will consist of the login information to the Submission System for BAAS Applicants ( to upload their completed exercise. If you do not receive such an e-mail by that time, please try the following:

  1. Check the spam mail-folder or add in the whitelist in your e-mail account setting in order to bypass spam filtering
  2. Enter your registered e-mail address (the one you quoted in your application) and click the ‘Forget Password’ button at

If you still have problems accessing the System, please let us know as early as possible by sending an e-mail with your application number and name to or  At any rate, the Aptitude Exercise question will also be posted on this webpage at 00:01 HK time on 12 December 2017.  You may still download the questions and submit the completed Aptitude Exercise through e-mail as a contingency.

Shortlisted candidates will be selected for an interview (Non-JUPAS: tentatively on 20 January 2018; JUPAS: tentatively on 1 June 2018). Candidates who have good academic scores but have not been interviewed initially on those dates quoted above may also be invited to attend an interview at a later time.

To summarize, the timeline is as follows:

8-11 December 2017 (tentative)
Receive e-mail from HKU with detailed instructions for the Aptitude Exercise

12 December 2017 (00:01 HK time)
Aptitude Exercise available online for download

before 15 December 2017 (23:59 HK time)
Upload completed exercise (in pdf format) to the designated account

Postmarked by 20 December 2017
Submit hardcopy of the Aptitude Exercise to the Faculty of Architecture

early January 2018 (non-JUPAS) / mid-May 2018 (JUPAS)
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview
Non-JUPAS interview: 20 January 2018 (tentative)
JUPAS interview: 1 June 2018 (tentative)

March to July 2018 (non-JUPAS) / Late July 2018 (JUPAS)
Interview of candidates who have good academic scores but have not been interviewed in January (Non-JUPAS) or June (JUPAS) on a selective basis.

Only candidates who have submitted their online applications before the respective deadlines (i.e., 12:00 noon, HK time on 16 November 2017 for Non-JUPAS; 23:59 HK time on 6 December 2017 for JUPAS) will be eligible to take part in the Aptitude Exercise.  Requests from late applicants to participate in the Aptitude Exercise will not be considered.

Deadlines for submitting the online applications to HKU and JUPAS Office (2018-19) in order to be considered for admission:

Non-JUPAS Admissions
16 November 2017
(12:00 noon, Hong Kong Time)

6 December 2017
(23:59 Hong Kong Time)

Please submit your application through one of the following websites:

For Non-JUPAS:

Deadline for submitting the hard copy of the Aptitude Exercise to the Faculty of Architecture


Post-marked by 20 December 2017

Faculty of Architecture
4/F Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
(Attn.: BAAS Programme Officer)

Faculty office hours:
Mondays to Fridays 9:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-5:45pm.
Closed during weekends and public holidays