The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.
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The Faculty of Arts will implement a hybrid admissions model starting from 2020 entry. Students may apply for admission to the Broad-based Programme or to a specific Major Programme. The English Language and Literature Major programme offers excellent opportunities for students to develop their
The Department of English Language and Literature offers students a variety of study routes in the form of Concentrations within the Major, a Double Major Programme (taught along with the Departments of Chinese Language and Literature, Religion and Philosophy, and the Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies) as well as accessible and portable Minor programmes found outside the Department entirely, whereby students may meet alternative career and study interests flexibly as when acquiring training in a foreign language, business and management, international journalism, or the cross-faculty Gender Studies Concentration.
Concentrations: Students can accumulate Major elective units concentrating their study on a focused area, namely, "Literary and Comparative Studies" or "Language and Communication Studies". Students may also choose a "flexible" concentration within the Major by accumulating sufficient units leading to a "General Studies" concentration.
Minor and Cross-faculty Concentrations: Students may likewise use their free elective units to develop a Minor in an area outside their Major programme. Depending on individual interests, students may choose any approved Minor programme on offer (such as creative writing, theatre studies, marketing, and journalism) as well as the cross-faculty Gender Studies Concentration.
Student Learning Experiences
In support of the "best student experience" targeted in the HKBU 2020 Institutional Strategic Plan, the Department encourages students to enroll in overseas study for one to two semesters. The Department urges students to maximize the opportunity of academic exchange experience, including learning about a new culture, improving their English language proficiency, and building and broadening their cross-cultural perspective. Students may also join summer internship and short-course overseas programmes organised by the Office of Student Affairs. Popular student placements have included work at Disneyland in Florida, the American Red Cross in Atlanta and Chicago, and other worthwhile destinations for overseas study and work in Europe, greater China, and North America.
The training offered by the English Major programme is both holistic and vigorous in the spirit of whole-person education, allowing our graduates
As many as 10% annually of our BA graduates have secured postgraduate studentships at the MPhil and PhD level, in support of further training at some of the world's finest universities, including Cambridge University, Georgetown University, University College London, and SOAS University of London.
Other graduates have transitioned effectively into professional careers such as arts administration, legal studies, banking, business, civil service, journalism, public relations, marketing, translation, mass communication, teaching and tourism.
We adopt a holistic approach in selecting applicants on individual merits. Applicants are required to meet the University entrance requirements, English Language requirements and Programme entrance requirements (if any).
General Certificate of Education (GCE), International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma & SAT
GCE: Grade E or above in three AL/ IAL subjects; or Grade E or above in two AL/ IAL subjects plus two Advanced Supplementary Level (ASL) subjects (Not including Chinese and English Language subjects. The same subject cannot be counted at both the AL and ASL.) Applicants sitting the 2018 GCE examinations should submit their predicted grades to the University upon the application.
IB: IB Diploma. Applicants should request the IB organisation to send their scores to the University via internet (HKBU institution code: 000247). Applicants sitting the 2018 IB examinations should submit their predicted scores to the University upon the application.
SAT: Minimum score of 1,190 (out of 1,600) in new SAT or 1,650 (out of 2,400) in old SAT (minimum score of 550 in each of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing), and a sub-score on essay writing of no less than 8. Applicants should request the College Board to send scores to the University (HKBU institution code: 7904).
Other Overseas Qualifications by Region
Applicants who apply for admission on the basis of overseas qualifications should refer to particular region for details. Given the diversity of education systems around the world, the acceptable overseas qualifications listed may not cover every region.
The University normally expects applicants to have obtained 12-year pre-university years of schooling. School-leaving qualifications that are acceptable for admission to universities in other places may not necessarily be acceptable or sufficient for admission to the University.
English Language Requirements
The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:
|Proficiency Tests||Minimum Requirements|
|TOEFL||Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or
Paper-based test (PBT) - Score: 550
|IELTS Academic||Overall Band: 6.0|
|SAT||Minimum score of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing with a sub-score of 8 or above in Essay in old SAT; or
Minimum score of 590 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in new SAT
|ACT||Minimum score of 23 in both ACT English and Reading|
|GCE O-Level/ GCSE English/ English Language/ English Literature||Grade C/ Grade 4|
|IGCSE First Language English||Grade C/ Grade 4|
|IGCSE English as a Second Language||Grade B/ Grade 5|
|GCE AS or A-Level English||Grade E|
|HKDSE English Language||Level 3|
|HKALE Use of English||Grade E|
Grade 4 in:
Grade 5 in:
|Others||Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University|