Scheme & Articulation

Associate Degree

Multiple Pathways

CIE is providing ample articulation opportunities for students with different academic qualifications. Upon completion of our 2-year Associate Degree Programme, graduates can further their studies in various degree and postgraduate programmes. The College is offering a wide variety of services and activities, such as articulation talks and interview workshops to help students make informed choices on studies and career in the face of the ever-changing society.


Diploma of College Foundation Studies (SCE, HKBU)
Diploma Yi Jin / Diploma of Applied Education (SCE, HKBU)
International Qualifications
Other QF Level 3 Qualifications
Diploma Yi Jin, Foundation Diploma, Diploma of General Studies, Diploma of Applied Education
JEE (Gaokao)
Advance to
Years 1 & 2
Associate Degree Programme

Advance to
Years 3 & 4
HKBU Self-funded Undergraduate Programmes
Senior Year Places (Year 3) of UGC-funded Undergraduate Programmes*
*Available to local students only
Other Local and Overseas Institutions

Articulation Rate

Graduate Survey for HKBU Associate Degree Programme

90.3% Further Study to Undergraduate Programmes

88.5% Further Study to Undergraduate Programmes

88.8% Further Study to Undergraduate Programmes

Four-year Through-train Admissions Scheme (FTAS)

The Scheme provides eligible applicants with a direct and hassle-free articulation opportunity. Applicants who have fulfilled the admission requirements (HKDSE score of “33222” or “3322A”, or other equivalent qualifications) may be given offers to both HKBU Associate Degree (AD) and Self-funded Undergraduate Programmes (UG) upon admission, and awarded an HKBU Honours Degree in 4 years. During their AD studies, students will be given a chance to change their selected UG Programme according to their interests and talents.

Articulation Opportunities at HKBU


After completing the two-year AD Programme, students can take the “2+2” study mode to seamlessly articulate to the last two years of the Self-funded Undergraduate Programmes to obtain an HKBU honours degree in four years. The Generic Content units of the AD Programme are fully recognised by HKBU. Students do not have to re-take any Generic Content Courses when they are studying in the Self-funded Undergraduate Programmes.

Clickhereto learn more about our Self-funded Undergraduate Programmes.

Articulation to Local Universities


In the 2024/25 academic year, there are a total of 5,000 senior year places (Year 3) at different full-time UGC-funded Undergraduate Programmes across the eight UGC-funded local universities. AD graduates can articulate to the senior year places through the Non-JUPAS scheme and will be able to obtain a bachelor’s degree granted by the eight UGC-funded local universities in 4 years, equivalent to the study period required by the JUPAS route to UGC-funded Programmes after DSE.


Associate Degree graduates can apply for undergraduate programmes offered by local universities and other institutions in areas related to their areas of Concentration Studies. Click here for the articulation track record of our graduates in areas of Concentration Studies.

Study Abroad

HKBU AD graduates can articulate to overseas programmes in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States to complete their undergraduate degrees.