CIS warmly welcomes applications by all families.

CIS admits students at all year levels and warmly welcomes applications by all families. CIS seeks to enroll a student body that is diverse in its ethnic, national and socio-economic composition and prepared to take on the demands of a rigorous and multifaceted academic programme in two languages – English and Chinese (Mandarin).

What Every Applicant Needs to Know


Families with children who are applying for admission to CIS need to be aware that CIS has an academic and residential centre in Hangzhou where Year 10 students (aged 14-15) will spend the full school year living and learning in Hangzhou. We believe that HZ CIS adds a powerful dimension to the delivery of our dual-language mission and will be a life-changing experience for every student. Applicant families should be aware that participating in HZ CIS is an integral and required part of a CIS education. More information may be found in the Hangzhou section of this website.


Please be aware that priority in the admissions process is given, in the following priority order, to:

  • holders of Corporate Nomination Rights (CNRs) - please read the relevant section of the website for more information;
  • to siblings of currently enrolled students;
  • and to children of alumni and of CIS teachers.

However, please also note that all candidates must be assessed and must meet entry criteria. Possession of a CNR or sibling or alumni status does not confer an absolute guarantee of admission.

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...and CIS Parents

...and CIS Teachers

Application Process

It is recommended that prospective applicants read all the general information on this page, as well as the year-specific page.

All notifications will be made by email.

Reception applicants should be aware that the application process for Reception involves two stages.


Reception & Primary Applications
Tel: (852) 2512-5988

Secondary Applications
Tel: (852) 2512-5915

Admissions Office

Chinese International School
1 Hau Yuen Path
Braemar Hill
Hong Kong SAR, China

Which School Entrance to Use:
  • Visitors to the Admissions Office should use the New Tower entrance on Braemar Hill Road, facing St. Joan of Arc School.
  • Those attending Information Sessions should use the main school entrance on Hau Yuen Path and proceed to the Auditorium.

Key Steps

Please read the relevant year-specific page as procedures vary considerably for different year-levels.

1. Information Session

Attendance at an information session is mandatory for application to Reception and Year 7. For other years, it is strongly recommended.

2. Online Application

All applicants must complete the online application form, which includes uploading of supplementary materials.

3. In-Person Assessment

The student assessment for Reception applicants proceeding to Stage 2 takes the form of an observation session, while the assessment for all other years involves written tests.

4. Parent Meeting

Individual parent meetings are required for Reception applicants who have proceeded to Stage 2. For other year levels, parents and/or applicants may also be invited to attend such a meeting.

When to Apply


Applications will be accepted up to two years before the desired date of entry, but not earlier. The application period begins from 1 September, beginning two academic years prior to entry and closing on 1 October of the academic year prior to entry.


Applications will be accepted up to one year before the desired date of entry, but not earlier. The application period is from 1 September to 28 February, beginning one academic year prior to entry. Please note that the number of places available for these years is extremely limited.


Applications will be accepted up to one year before the desired date of entry, but not earlier. The application period is from 1 September, beginning one academic year prior to entry, and continues on a rolling basis; however, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Please also note that that the greatest number of places available is for Year 7, when then are over 50 new places due to the fact that CIS Secondary is larger than CIS Primary.

1 Sept 2018- 31 Aug 2019 Reception 2023
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018 Reception 2022 Kindergarten 2 (K2) Pre-Kindergarten Reception
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2017

Year 1 2022

Kindergarten 3 (K3) Kindergarten Year 1
1 Sep 2015 - 31 Aug 2016

Year 2 2022

Primary 1 Grade 1 Year 2
1 Sep 2014 - 31 Aug 2015 Year 3 2022 Primary 2 Grade 2 Year 3
1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2014 Year 4 2022 Primary 3 Grade 3 Year 4
1 Sep 2012 - 31 Aug 2013 Year 5 2022 Primary 4 Grade 4 Year 5
1 Sep 2011 - 31 Aug 2012 Year 6 2022 Primary 5 Grade 5 Year 6
1 Sep 2010 - 31 Aug 2011 Year 7 2022 Primary 6 Grade 6 Year 7
1 Sep 2009 - 31 Aug 2010 Year 8 2022 Form 1 Grade 7 Year 8
1 Sep 2008 - 31 Aug 2009 Year 9 2022 Form 2 Grade 8 Year 9
1 Sep 2007 - 31 Aug 2008 Year 10 2022 Form 3 Grade 9 Year 10
1 Sep 2006 - 31 Aug 2007 Year 11 2022 Form 4 Grade 10 Year 11
1 Sep 2005 - 31 Aug 2006 Year 12 2022 Form 5 Grade 11 Year 12
1 Sep 2004 - 31 Aug 2005 Year 13 2022 Form 6 Grade 12 Year 13

Admissions Offers & Acceptance

The timing for initial offers is handled differently for different year levels. Please see the year-specific pages.

Some applicants who have been assessed may be held on a reserve list, pending availability of a space. Acceptances may also be made on a conditional basis, pending receipt of a visa for overseas applicants or of additional school records as may be requested by the Admissions Office.


Once an applicant has been admitted, the applicant family will be asked to confirm acceptance and hold the student's place with immediate payment of a reservation deposit of HK$100,000. This deposit will be credited to the Annual Capital Levy and the first term tuition payment.


Applicants who have been assessed but who have not been admitted are welcome to reapply for another academic year. Please note that such applicants will be asked to submit a new application form and application fee.