The wait is almost over – many of you will receive your Jupas results on Monday and find out whether you’ve been offered a place at university. To help you prepare for every possible outcome, Young Post spoke to Hok Yau Club Student Guidance Centre director Ng Po-shing for advice on considering offers, as well as for applying to sub-degree programmes.
“DSE candidates often struggle to accept a Jupas offer that isn’t their first choice, or one that fulfils parental expectations instead of theirs,” Ng says.
If you find yourself in this situation, Ng says you should focus on your interests and career goals.
“Think about the long-term consequences of accepting the offer. For instance, ask yourself whether it will provide you with the professional knowledge or internship experiences essential to meet your career objectives.”
He adds that familiarising yourself with the course details will give you a better understanding of the programme you’ve been offered, which will also help you to make tough decisions.
If you are accepting an offer in the main round then you should pay the HK$5,000 acceptance fee and complete the enrolment process by 5pm on August 7. If you are unable to register during this period then you should tell the institutions in advance to make alternative arrangements, if possible.
Even if your DSE exam papers are being re-checked and re-marked, Ng says you should mentally prepare yourself for the possibility that the results, to be released on Wednesday, might not be any better, and that you should accept any main-round offers first. “Make changes afterwards [if] you receive a better offer with [your] upgraded exam results.”
The deadline for indicating your acceptance of a better offer is 5pm on August 16. Otherwise, you risk losing your guaranteed best offer, which realistically should be the highest priority on your programme choice list.
If you accept a full-time government-funded bachelor’s degree offer from Jupas, then those of you that have paid enrolment deposits for self-financing or sub-degree programmes can apply for refunds, says Ng. Those of you who accept an offer for an undergraduate programme designated under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors will be able to do the same.
Ng adds that you should carefully follow the instructions of each institution to the letter, as procedures and deadlines vary. Usually, refund applications have to be submitted within one or two days after Jupas offers are released.
For those of you that do not secure a university place, you should prepare for the worst and assume you will not get anything in the clearing rounds on August 20 and 23. You should not leave your applications for sub-degree programmes until after these dates because it might be too late.
“There are fewer places for these programmes now … applying by the end of August means you will have very limited choices, as well as time to look for courses.”
To check whether the sub-degree programmes you are interested in are up to standard, head to the Concourse website (cspe.edu.hk) – set up by the Education Bureau – for government-accredited post-secondary courses. “The academic standard, course difficulty level, and teaching quality of the accredited programmes are guaranteed,” Ng explains.
If you apply for a sub-degree programme after the release of main-round offers, then you should submit your application forms and attend interviews at the institutions when invited.
“Bring along personal documents, including copies of your DSE results, school exam results, awards and certificates, and enough money for application fees,” Ng says. Dress formally for the interviews, and familiarise yourselves with the programme curriculum and structure to show that you are genuinely interested in the courses.
And finally, Ng says you should think about your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your study and career goals in advance to increase your chances of admission.