Our Programme

Associate Degree



Top 5 Reasons to Choose CIE


  1. Qualification Awarded by HKBU

    • The Associate Degree Programme (AD) is governed by the HKBU quality assurance policies and practices.
    • Upon completion of the AD Programme, students will be awarded an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science by HKBU.
  2. Quality Assurance

    In the latest Report of a Quality Audit of Sub-degree Operations of Hong Kong Baptist University released by the Quality Assurance Council of the University Grants Committee, HKBU AD Programme is commended in the areas of:

    • student-centred approach in teaching and learning, as well as student development;
    • staff’s caring attitude towards students;
    • high standard of teaching and learning support facilities.
  3. Ample Articulation Opportunities and High Articulation Rate

    • In 2023, the articulation rate reached 90.7%. Among these graduates, 81.2% were admitted to undergraduate programmes offered by the eight UGC-funded local universities.
    • The College places great emphasis on providing different articulation opportunities for students. Students can take the "2+2" study mode and earn a Bachelor's Degree in 4 years.
    • CIE offers 27 AD Concentration Studies across the 5 major disciplines of Applied Science, Arts and Languages, Business, Communication, and Social Sciences. The wide range of choices in our curriculum and flexibility in choosing elective courses cater to different interests, talents and aspirations of our students.
    • CIE also offers 11 undergraduate programmes to allow AD graduates to earn an HKBU Honours Degree through seamless articulation.
  4. Collaboration with HKBU Departments

    The AD curriculum framework has adopted the HKBU UGC-funded Undergraduate Programme as a blueprint. Certain areas of Concentration Studies such as Music Studies and Visual Arts are offered in collaboration with different Faculties/Schools of HKBU and taught by university lecturers.

  5. Your Ideal Pathway to University

    • Since the establishment of the College, CIE has nurtured over ten thousand AD graduates who were successfully articulated to local and overseas undergraduate programmes.
    • In the past 3 years, there were around 1,700 AD graduates who undertook undergraduate studies in the eight UGC-funded local universities.



Programme Structure

The four-year HKBU Undergraduate Programme normally requires students to complete a total of 128 units. The HKBU AD Programme is a 62-unit programme which requires two years of full-time studies. The curriculum is equivalent to the first two years of an undergraduate programme. Please click here to know more.

After completing the AD Programme, students are eligible to take the "2+2" study path articulation to the last two years of a UG Programme. There are currently 11 UG Honours Degree Programmes. Under the same quality assurance mechanism, HKBU AD graduates could articulate to UG Programmes seamlessly without taking any programme pre-requisites.


62 units HKBU Associate Degree Programme + 66 units HKBU Self-funded Undergraduate Programme = 128 units HKBU Honours Degree 62 units HKBU Associate Degree Programme + 66 units HKBU Self-funded Undergraduate Programme = 128 units HKBU Honours Degree

A Wide Range of Concentration Studies

CIE offers multiple Concentration Studies across major disciplines such as Applied Science, Arts and Languages, Business, Communication, and Social Sciences. The wide range of choices in our curriculum caters to different interests, talents and aspirations of our students. Small class teaching, continuous assessments, English language proficiency training, experiential learning opportunities, together with a learner-centered environment all help to provide students with an intellectually stimulating experience.

Choices of Concentration Studies:


Our Twin Campuses

The College provides quality campus facilities and amenities for its students at the twin campuses in Kowloon Tong and Shek Mun (Shatin). Students will be attending in one of the University campuses depending on the curriculum they have chosen^, but they can still enjoy the facilities provided on both campuses in their pursuits of whole person development. Please click here to learn more about our twin campuses facilities or transportation guide.