Admission Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent to be admitted into GIA courses and programs.

An applicant wishing to enroll in an On Campus program taught in English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting GIA’s English language proficiency requirement.

In addition to your completed application, the GIA campus in Hong Kong requires the following documents. For classes taught in English, all documents must be in English or accompanied by a certified copy of English-language translation. GIA accepts copies, but may request original documentation.

  1. A copy of your valid Hong Kong ID or passport identifying your full name, birth date, citizenship, and country of birth.
  2. Copy of high school, high school equivalency, or college/university diploma or an official transcript showing the graduation date
  3. Documentation of your English language proficiency (On Campus English language courses only; see English Proficiency Requirements)

If your legal name has changed, and your required documents reflect a previous name, please also submit a legal name change document, such as a marriage certificate.

Prior Criminal Offenses

GIA is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive learning community for all students. Certain prior criminal convictions may result in challenges for securing employment. All applicants are asked to provide general information regarding prior convictions. Any falsification or omission of data may result in denial of admission or disciplinary action, up to and including termination from the program. An affirmative response to being convicted of a felony will not automatically prevent admission but will require that the applicant submit the following documents to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee:

  • A detailed explanation of the circumstances surrounding the felony and how a GIA education will support the applicant’s career goals
  • A copy of court documents stating the judgment, sentence, disposition, and any terms of parole or probation
  • At least one character reference letter from a non-relative, written on appropriate letterhead

In the process of reviewing the applicant's request for admission, multiple considerations are made. GIA reserves the right to deny an applicant's request for admission if a prior felony conviction, for example, may be a safety concern, or could prevent the applicant from successfully securing employment within the industry, or from completing the program. GIA will respond to the student within 10 business days upon receiving the application.