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Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year,
Spring
The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Program Sponsor: Global E³ 
Fact Sheet:
 Disciplines Available:
Biomedical, Building, Building Services, Civil, Computing, Electrical, Electronic, Engineering Physics, Industrial, Information, Mechanical, Systems
 Courses Available in English?:
Yes
Program Description:

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, CHINA

University Info   http://www.polyu.edu.hk/   

Faculty of Engineering Info   http://www.polyu.edu.hk/feng/  

Office responsible for incoming exchange students 

International Affairs Office -  http://www.polyu.edu.hk/iao/index.php

Language of Instruction

The medium of instruction is English unless otherwise specified.

Introduction

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has a proud and illustrious history dating back to 1937. Formerly known as the Hong Kong Polytechnic, we assumed full university status in 1994. We are strategically located in Hung Hom, in the heart of Kowloon and our campus continues to grow with extensive development and rapid expansion in the last 10 years. We have the largest student community among publicly funded universities in Hong Kong with over 28,000 students.

We offer a wide range of academic programmes which directly meet industrial, commercial and community needs of the city and the region. In addition to meeting Hong Kong's manpower requirements, we also make significant contributions towards the territory's success and enhance strong partnerships by providing an expanding range of consultancy, professional training and applied research services to the public and private sectors.

Our mission is to provide high quality education of an applied nature to meet the changing requirements of the world, and preparing students for the challenges they will meet in their future careers. We offer a wide range of academic programmes, many of which are among the best in Asia, and indeed the world. In addition to equipping our students with professional competency, we also encourage the development of independent thinking, good communication skills and the nurturing of a global outlook in all our students.

Over the years, we have groomed more than 284,000 graduates, many of whom have become leaders in their professional fields, contributing their knowledge and expertise to the building and development of Hong Kong's thriving economy. We look forward to welcoming you to the PolyU community and hope it will be an empowering experience for you which will further enhance your potentials for the future.


TERMS OF EXCHANGE

Study Level

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

Period  

One term or one academic year.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Disciplines Available:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Building Engineering & Management
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computing Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic and Information Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Additional application materials?

In addition to the Global E³ Application, please refer to this link http://www.polyu.edu.hk/iao/study-se-application.php 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.


COURSE REGISTRATION AND ACADEMIC INFORMATION

Semester Dates   

  • Fall (Semester 1): Early September to mid-January
  • Spring (Semester 2): Late January to mid-June

Academic Calendar https://www38.polyu.edu.hk/eStudent/

Course Contents

Course descriptions: http://www.polyu.edu.hk/iao/study-se-programmes.php    

Timetables: https://www38.polyu.edu.hk/eStudent/

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 42 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 asdept@polyu.edu.hk.


ACCOMMODATIONS

Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

You can truly immerse yourself into the lifestyle of a PolyU student by staying at the Student Halls of Residence. It is probably the largest single block of hall premises in the world and houses over 3,000 student residents. All rooms are fully furnished with a shared bathroom between two adjacent rooms. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with broadband Internet access.

There are a total of eight undergraduate halls and one postgraduate hall on the hall premises and to accommodate the overwhelming demand for student residents, the University is currently building a new Student Hostel (known as Student Hostel Phase 3), which is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2012, creating an additional 1,650 hostel places.

Living in hall offers you plenty of learning opportunities with various inter and intra hall events, also known as ‘Hall Education Programmes'. A wide range of activities like workshops, cultural sharing covering different interests such as cooking, languages, music, dance and much more encourage students to broaden their international outlook and enhance their appreciation of different cultures. Not only do you get to meet new friends and participate in a variety of cultural activities, staying at Student Halls of Residence will ensure you are totally immersed in the PolyU culture, enhancing your exchange/study abroad experience.

All exchange students are guaranteed a place at PolyU's Student Halls of Residence. Please submit your hall application online on or before the deadline given in your Offer Letter.

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

Ideally, you should arrive at the Student Hall between 8:00am to 8:00pm. Please arrange your arrival time between these hours, which is also a good time frame for your buddy to pick you up. If there is no staff on duty upon your arrival at the reception of the Student Hall, please collect your key from the security counter. You will need to formally check-in again as soon as possible when a staff is on duty at the reception. If you are arriving early in the morning or late at night, please inform IAO well in advance, so that we can alert the Hall Management Section (HMS) accordingly.


PRE-ARRIVAL

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. So please remember to complete your visa application form and send it in together with your application!

It usually takes 4 - 6 weeks 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 inform IAO immediately if you have changed your address.

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. You have the option to choose from one of the insurance schemes offered by PolyU or arrange your own insurance.


ARRIVAL/ORIENTATION

When should I arrive?

Ideally, you should arrive at the Student Hall between 8:00am to 8:00pm. Please arrange your arrival time between these hours, which is also a good timeframe for your buddy to pick you up.

Remember to attend the orientation tailored for international students by our Student Affairs Office (SAO) upon your arrival. Please refer to your offer letter for event details. The Orientation covers important information about your study at PolyU and living in Hong Kong. It is also a great opportunity to meet with fellow exchange students from around the world.

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 your Student Handbook 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 should at least prepare a few hundreds for the daily expenses of the first week, HKD390 for the caution money to be paid to PolyU for registration, tuition fee if any, and any extra for items you sre asked to pay for upon arrival. You are advised to open a local bank account and deposit the money you bring from home as soon as possible upon arrival. You can either bring traveller's cheques or you may bring a bank card to draw money from your home bank account. You may also arrange with your family to transfer money to you when you have settled down. Please arrange these money matters well before you depart for Hong Kong.


ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING

Estimated living expenses: http://www.polyu.edu.hk/iao/study-se-fee.php

Food/meals – 65 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 – 40 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. 

For more detailed estimates, please see the Student Exchange Handbook.


CONTACT

Office responsible for incoming exchange students  

International Affairs Office

Website  http://www.polyu.edu.hk/iao/index.php      

E-mail   international.exchange@polyu.edu.hk


CITY INFO

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!

Convenience
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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