Admissions FAQs

General application questions

Q: Are Secondary 5 / Grade 11 / Year 12 students eligible to apply to UWCs?

A: Secondary 5 / Grade 11 / Year 12 students who are Hong Kong permanent ID card holders or dependent visa holders may also apply through Scholarship Entry and the same selection process applies. However, they should note that they will enter as a Year 1 student into the UWC and will need to complete the 2-year IB curriculum.

Q: Can I apply to a particular UWC school?

A: If you apply through UWC Hong Kong Committee, you are applying to the UWC movement as a whole. You will be able to indicate your top 10 preferences for UWC schools or colleges, but the UWC Hong Kong Committee will make the final decision as to where to nominate selected students. This is to ensure a good mix of students at every UWC.

To learn more about the experience studying in Li Po Chun UWC: https://www.facebook.com/UWCScholarshipsHK/videos/2773419509402045/

To learn more about the experience studying in overseas UWC: https://www.facebook.com/UWCScholarshipsHK/videos/898898183921299

Q: I really want to attend a UWC, but the cost is more than my family can afford. Are scholarships difficult to obtain?

A: Almost every student who comes to a UWC does so with scholarship assistance. More than 60% of Hong Kong students receive up to full scholarship according to their family’s financial situation. As far as possible, we try to ensure that no student is prevented from attending a UWC for financial reasons.

Q: I am a Hong Kong permanent ID card / dependent visa holder but I am currently residing overseas. I will not be able to attend any of the selection events in Hong Kong. Is that okay?

A: Alternative tasks will be arranged for applicants who are unable to attend some or all of the selection events personally in Hong Kong if they are currently studying or living abroad. Please detail the current situation on the application form or contact the Admission Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Q: What are the differences between applying through the National Committee Route and the Global Selection Process Route? 

You can learn more about the differences between two routes here

Admission process

Q: I am a Hong Kong permanent ID card / dependent visa holder but I am currently residing overseas. I will not be able to attend any of the selection events in Hong Kong. Is that okay?

A: Alternative tasks will be arranged for applicants who are unable to attend some or all of the selection events personally in Hong Kong if they are currently studying or living abroad. Please detail the current situation on the application form or contact the Admission Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Q:What should I study for the aptitude test?

A: You cannot study for the test. The test does not examine content learnt in any course. It is equally fair for students from all backgrounds and educational programmes.

Q: How many students apply to come to LPCUWC and overseas UWC each year, and how many do you accept?

A: The number of applications varies each year, ranging from about 200 to over 300. Each year, we accept about 50 new students from Hong Kong into the LPCUWC and about 80 from other countries. UWC Hong Kong Committee nominates around 15 students to overseas UWC each year. 

Q: Who should I pick to write my recommendation letter?

A: You can invite your teacher or coaches from your extra-curricular activities write your recommendation letter. We recommend you choose somebody who knows you well so they would be able to tell use more about you. 

Q: My parents can't write English. Can they complete the parent statement in Chinese?

A: That would not be a problem. Our assessors and reviewers are mostly bilingual who would be able to understand the parent statements.

Q: What are the difference between the two rounds of applications?

A: Students who submit their application forms by the first round deadline will be considered first and have priority over second round applicants. 

About LPCUWC

Q: How many different countries do the students at LPCUWC come from?

A: At present, we have students from more than 80 different countries. Around 45% of our students come from Hong Kong, and the remaining 55% come from around the world.

Q:I know that LPCUWC is fully residential. What is the residential arrangement like?

A: Staff and students live in four residential blocks that curve along the ridge overlooking the waters of Starfish Bay and Tolo Harbour. Male and female students are separated into different floors. Each room accommodates four students, usually two Hong Kong students and two others from different continents.

Q: What is the food like at LPCUWC?

A: LPCUWC has the reputation of having some of the best food in any school in Hong Kong, or indeed in any UWC according to many reports. Each day, a choice of Western and Chinese meals is available, with a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option within each. In addition, there is a sandwich bar and a salad bar.

Q: Where do students go after graduating LPCUWC?

Class of 2020 has received 544 university offers in total among 123 students, an average of 4 to 5 offers per student. They have also received more than USD 4.7 million worth of scholarship offers in total. Here is a list of university offers that our students have received over the years. Students have also received scholarships to attend different gap year programs. 

Q: What subjects do LPCUWC offer?

These are the subjects that LPCUWC currently offer. There might be slight changes each year. 

Group 1: Studies in Language & Literature

  • English (SL/HL)
  • Chinese (SL/HL)
  • Spanish (SL/HL)
  • Self-taught

Group 2: Language Acquisition

  • English
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Group 3: Individuals & Societies

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Business Management
  • Environmental Systems & Societies
  • Global Politics

Group 4: Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental Systems & Societies

Group 5: Mathematics

  • Analysis & Approaches
  • Applications & Interpretation (SL only)

Group 6: The Arts

  • Visual Arts
  • Theatre

Technical problems with OpenApply

Q: I have trouble navigating OpenApply. 

A: You can learn more about how to use OpenApply by reading this helpful guide: https://s3.amazonaws.com/screensteps_live/exported/managebac/807/67845/Parent_Account.pdf?1523413113

Q: I cannot access / re-login to my OpenApply account. 

A: Please make sure you use your parent's email address and password to access your OpenApply account.

Q: How do I access checklist items?

A: You can access all the checklist items by going to your account dashboard > student details > checklist items.

Q: I cannot submit more than one files in document upload fields.

A: Please combine all the document pages into one single pdf file before you upload. Free online tools include: https://www.ilovepdf.com/ and https://smallpdf.com/

Q: I have completed half of the form on OpenApply but when I return, everything is gone. 

A: Make sure you complete all the compulsory item (marked with *) and click next for the form to properly save. If you don't have all the information needed to complete the page, you can type in a random text as placeholder and come back to the form later.