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  • Locations: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Global E³ 
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Biomedical, Building, Building Services, Civil, Computing, Electrical, Electronic, Engineering Physics, Enterprise, Industrial, Information, Logistics, Mechanical, Product, Systems, Transportation Systems
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Courses Available in English?:
Program Description:

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, CHINA

University Info   |   Faculty of Engineering Info   |   Faculty of Construction and Environment   |   International Affairs Office 

For subjects available to exchange students, please refer to our website.

Language of Instruction

The medium of instruction is English unless otherwise specified.


Our Strategic Location

Located in one of the most fascinating cities in the world, Hong Kong is literally a gateway to the Chinese mainland and living here will offer wonderful opportunities to travel to China as well as the rest of Asia. Our campus is located right in the heart of Hong Kong with easy access to key districts and major attractions.

Our Vibrant Culture

We are the largest publicly funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong in terms of student population. We have an international community with over 1,000 international students on campus from over 40 countries and over 1,200 academic staff, many who are recruited globally.

Our Outstanding Achievements

Our engineering programmes achieve great success on world university’s ranking:

  • 24th in the subject of Computer Science & 39th in the subject of Mechanical Engineering (National Taiwan University Ranking 2013)
  • 42nd in the subject of Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing, and 50th in the subject of Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014)
  • 15th in the world in the subject of Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014)


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students: Accepted
  • Graduate Students:  NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors:   Accepted


One term or one academic year.

Summer Program - International Summer School

This summer program is available to Global E3 students both as an exchange student and a fee-paying student. It is not administered by IIE as part of the Global E3 program for students applying to the program on a fee-paying basis. For more information, please visit the summer program information sheet or the program website or contact the university directly.


Disciplines Available:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Building Engineering & Management
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computing
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic and Information Engineering
  • Internet and Multimedia Technologies
  • Enterprise Engineering with Management
  • Product Engineering with Marketing
  • Logistics Engineering and Management
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Product Analysis with Design
  • Transportation Systems Engineering
  • Property Management
  • Surveying
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Environmental and Occupational Safety & Health
  • Geomatics

Additional application materials?

In addition to the Global E³ Application, please refer to our International Affairs Office  for more information on PolyU’s application procedures.

When will students receive their acceptance package?

You will receive an Admission Letter from the International Affairs Office (IAO) by email in 4 -6 weeks after the application deadline.


Semester Dates   

  • Fall (Semester 1): Early September to January
  • Spring (Semester 2): January to May

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions   |   Timetables

Course Enrollment Requirements

At least 50% of the student's credits must be taken in the host department.

Workload per semester

You are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 18 credits per semester. As most subjects carry 3 credits each (approximately 39 teaching hours), you are recommended to take 4 - 6 subjects per semester.

Grading System

Highest grade is 4.0 

Academic Transcripts

The transcript of studies, an official academic report showing all the subjects you have taken at PolyU and the respective results, will be sent to the exchange coordinator at your home institution. Please contact your exchange coordinator for collection.

You may apply for extra copies of transcript with the Academic Secretariat (AS) by completing the "Application for Transcript of Studies" (Form AS3). *HKD50 is charged for each copy/set of transcript of studies processed by each Faculty/School and an additional postage fee applies. All related enquiries should be sent to

*Applicable in July 2016. Cost is subject to change.


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

All exchange students are guaranteed a place at PolyU's Student Halls of Residence. Application details will be included in the admission letter.

Life at the Student Halls of Residence

When can exchange students move-in to the Hall of Residence?

The registration is usually scheduled on the last Friday before the beginning of the semester. The earliest check-in date to the Student Halls is usually one day before the registration. Exact date for each semester is to be announced in the admission letter sent to successful applicant by email.


Entry Visa  

International Affairs Office (IAO) will act as your visa sponsor and send all the required documents to the Hong Kong Immigration Department on your behalf, thus you are required to submit the true copy of the visa application together with other required documents to PolyU. 

It takes 6 weeks or more for the Immigration to process a visa application. When the visa is issued, we will collect it and send it to your address as indicated on your Application Form. 

Please note you are not permitted to engage in any job, either paid or unpaid during your stay in Hong Kong.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

You will be responsible for your own medical and dental costs during your stay in Hong Kong. You are therefore required to take out an appropriate insurance scheme which covers the whole exchange period. 


When should I arrive?

The registration is usually scheduled on the last Friday before the beginning of the semester. The earliest check-in date to the Student Halls is usually one day before the registration. Exact date for each semester is to be announced in the admission letter sent to successful applicant by email.

Ideally, you should arrive at the Student Hall between 10:00am to 7:00pm. Please arrange your arrival time between these hours, which is also a good timeframe for your buddy to pick you up if you two have mutually agreed on the pickup arrangements.

Is airport reception available?

We will arrange local buddies through the Buddy Programme to be your friend prior to your arrival. The buddies are voluntary local students who can help and give you support before and during your exchange. They will email you to confirm when and where to meet if they are available to pick you up. If your buddy is not available, you may refer to our website for directions to the Student Halls of Residence.

Is there any bank on campus?

There are two mini-banks on campus – The Hang Seng Bank and The Bank of East Asia. 

You may consider opening a bank account, or simply withdraw money from ATMs which are widespread and operate 24 hours a day. Please check with your local bank before arriving in Hong Kong if (1) your ATM card can be used in Hong Kong and (2) if there will be any handling fees.


Enjoy Hong Kong to the fullest in an affordable way

Estimated living expenses

Food/meals – 100 HKD per day

There is no meal plan available at PolyU and each meal is separately purchased. There are many choices of dining facilities both on campus and at the Hall, ranging from quick/simple meals to full multi-course provision of both Chinese and Western styles. Also, PolyU is located right in the city centre and you can always try a restaurant or café off campus.

Housing – in residence halls – 44 HKD per day

Laundry and air conditioning in residence – 200 HKD per month

Local transportation

Once you get your PolyU Student ID Card, you can apply for the Student Octopus Card through the Student Affairs Office. The Student Octopus Card gives you 50% discount when you travel by the MTR and other major forms of transportation. You will be informed of the application procedures and details at the Orientation.

Miscellaneous expenses – 20 HKD per day

**The above does not include expenses for air tickets, local transportation, insurance, clothing, entertainment and textbooks. 


Office responsible for incoming exchange students  

International Affairs Office


Emergency Contact

In case of emergency, students should call 999 if they are off-campus within Hong Kong; or 2766 7999 if they are on campus or at the student halls of residence.


Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic cities in the world. As a world class city with its unique location and vibrancy, it is an ideal destination for studying and living.

Unique location
The city's unique location serves as a gateway to China and the rest of Asia. You can easily visit China, one of the world's fastest growing countries during your break. Alternatively, hop over to Macau or explore other countries in the Asia region during your holidays.

Dynamic culture
From a sleepy fishing village to colonial rule and its return to China in 1997 - the modern Hong Kong presents an ever-changing kaleidoscope of culture and traditions. A city with many stories to tell, the museums and local community will ensure you get a taste of the city's true heritage.

International and upbeat lifestyle
Hong Kong has something for everyone. As a gourmet paradise and shopper's heaven, the city offers a glittering international fare for those interested. If you are keen on the greener landscapes of the city, numerous country parks and hiking trails will leave you breathless literally - with its picturesque scenery!

Hong Kong is a very compact place so getting around is extremely easy. Our well-developed public transportation network and bilingual signage ensure your easy access to anywhere in the city with the highest efficiency and convenience.

Law and order
A high standard of autonomy and security is fundamental to Hong Kong's success. With relatively low crime rates, Hong Kong is considered to be one of the safest cities in the world. With sensible precautions, it is always safe for you to travel alone or be out and about in the evening.

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