Q3 : When should I apply for studentship if I enrolled on a collaborative course?
A : You are required to register (or re-register) with HKICS as student within a period of 3 months after you enrolled on the CCA programme.
Q4 : What should I do if I haven't registered within the designated period more than 3 months after I enrolled in the CCA programme, am I still eligible to apply the full exemption upon my graduation?
A : CCA students who do not register with the Institute as students within the designated period (i.e. 3 months after they have enrolled into the programmes) are subject to a penalty of HK$450 per month if they want to register with the Institute during their course of study. The calculation is on a monthly basis from the 4th month after they commence the programme until the date they register with the Institute. The Institute reserves the right not to admit late registrations
Q5 : Do I need to maintain my studentship during my course of study?
A : Yes, you MUST maintain you studentship with the Institute during your course of study (with a minimum period of 1.5 years) for your applications of full exemptions.
Q6 : What should I do for applying full exemptions after graduation?
A : You should fill out the 'CCA Exemptions Application Form (IQS)', and apply in person with the original of the official transcript and exemption fee at the office of the Institute.
Exemptions payment is based on the 8 subjects of the International Qualifying Scheme (IQS). e.g. Full Exemption payment for the year 2018-2019 is HK$1,100 x 8 subjects = HK$8,800.00.
HKICS Council will review and adjust fees and subscriptions for each of the financial year commencing from 1 July every year.
Q7 : When should I apply for exemption after graduation if I was removed from the student registry and re-registered as HKICS student?
A : When you re-register with the Institute as students during the course of study, you MUST maintain you studentship with the Institute for a minimum of 1.5 years from the date of re-registration before you could apply for full exemptions and Auto Grad.
The Institute will waive the CCA graduates’ obligations to apply for full exemptions within a period of 6 months after graduation, i.e. the date of conferment of the respective master degree if they fall within the re-registration student category.
Q8 : Is there any deadline for me to apply for full exemptions?
A : You are obliged to apply for full exemptions with HKICS within a period of 6 months of graduation, i.e. the date of award of the respective master degree. The Institute reserves the right to decline your full exemptions application if you fail to meet the studentship maintenance requirement. Late application of CCA full exemptions will NOT be accepted beyond the 24th months after the graduation.
Q9 : What is the consequence if I do not apply for full exemptions before the deadline?
A : The Institute reserves the right to decline your full exemption application because you are obliged to apply within 6 months after your graduation
- Additional administrative charge of HK$650 should be charged to all late applicants.
- If your full exemptions application is made the 7th months to the 12th months of the graduation, two times the exemptions fees shall be charged.
- If your full exemptions application is made the 13th months to the 18th months of the graduation, three times the exemptions fees shall be charged.
- If your full exemptions application is made the 19th months to the 24th months of the graduation, four times the exemptions fees shall be charged.
- Late application of CCA full exemptions will NOT be accepted beyond the 24th months after the graduation.
For example, the deadline for full exemption application is 12 December 2019. A CCA graduate applied for full exemption in August 2020. [This is after the six month period of full exemption application required by the Institute] The penalty charge will be HK$17,600 (8 subjects x 1100/subject x 2).
Q10 : Do I need to attend the ECPD courses during the course of study?
A : You are encouraged to take at least three HKICS ECPD courses of HKICS during your course of study.
Q11 : I am a CCA student, can I transfer my credit earned from other programmes to MCG programme?
A : Credit transfer (from other programme) is allowed if they have taken common courses (i.e. same course code) of the CCA programme. For example, students from other programmes (i.e. MBA) of same university are requested to inform the Institute when they enroll for the MCG programme. They should register with the Institute as students within a period of 3-months.
The time limit for CCA students who apply for credit transfer on common subjects from other programmes of the same university to CCA programme should not be more than 24 months (2 years) from their graduation date of the previous master programme(s).
All newly registered CCA students are required to submit the Student Declaration Form to indicate if they:
i. are current registered students;
ii. intend to or not to register as students
iii. have applied for credits transfer
Universities will inform the Institute about the approved credits transfer.
Q12 : Is there any time limit for application for credit transfer?
A : The completion date of the subjects (with the same course code) used for applying for credit transfer should be no longer than 24 months (i.e. 2 years).
The time limit for CCA students who apply for credit transfer on common subjects from other programmes of the same university to CCA programme should not be more than 24 months (2 years) from their graduation date of the previous master programme(s) or declaration for start date of the CCA programme.
Q13 : Will I definitely get full exemption after I have graduated from the CCA Programme?
A : No. Under the following conditions, the CCA graduates are not eligible to apply for full exemptions:
- CCA graduates whose study period longer than normal programme duration;
- The credit transfer by the university is not agreed by the Institute;
- The date of credit transfer offered by the universities exceeds the time frame agreed by the Institute.
Q14 : Will I be eligible for full exemption if I complete my master degree earlier than the required duration?
Required duration of study for:
a. CityU & PolyU – 2 years;
b. HKBU - 1.5 years;
c. OUHK - Face-to-face full time 1.5 years; Face-to-face part time 3 years; Distance learning 3 years
A : For students who have not yet maintained the 1.5-year studentship requirement for applications for full IQS exemption, should make their exemption application within a period of six months after the fulfillment of the 1.5-year studentship requirement.
For students who have fulfilled the 1.5-year studentship requirement should apply for full exemption within a period of six months after graduation.
Q15 : Will I still be eligible for full exemption if I complete my master degree beyond the required duration?
Required duration of study for:
a. CityU & PolyU – 2 years;
b. HKBU – 1.5 years;
c. OUHK – Face-to-face full time 1.5 years; Face-to-face part time 3 years; Distance learning 3 years
A : Students are required to submit the explanatory letter with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate for sickness, pregnancy, company letter for overseas trip/ job relocation, university’s proof for course deferral etc.) to the Institute together with the full exemption application upon graduation.
The Institute will review and decide whether full exemption will be granted according to the reason(s) and the supporting evidence(s) provided by student.
The counting of required study duration is from the commencement to the completion date of the programme.
Q16 : Can I apply for pre-approval of study defer if I estimate that I will complete my master degree beyond the required duration (CityU & PolyU – 2 years; HKBU – 1.5 years; OUHK – Face-to-face full time 1.5 years; Face-to-face part time 3 years; Distance learning 3 years)
A : No pre-approval is required. However, students have to retain the supporting documents (e.g. medical certificate, employers’ letter, study deferral documents etc). These can be submitted together with the explanatory letter when students apply for full exemptions.
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