General University Requirements (GUR)
As a Higher Diploma student, you may either treat your Higher Diploma as a terminal certification or you may also articulate to a PolyU bachelor’s degree programme (For information about GUR of the articulation programmes at PolyU, please refer here).
In both cases, General University Requirements (GUR) is an integral part of your program of study to tap into your human potential in a broader sense.
The Higher Diploma General University Requirements consist of three components with 15-18 credits:
^ Freshman Seminar may not be required for some Higher Diploma Programmes. Please refer to the Definitive Programme Document of your programme on the GUR subjects that you are required to take.
Freshman Seminar may not be required for some Higher Diploma Programmes. Please refer to the Definitive Programme Document of your programme on the GUR subjects that you are required to take.
Higher Diploma Language and Communication Requirements (HDLCR)
The purposes of the HDLCR are to help you develop language competence in support of academic and professional needs and to become an effective communicator.
All students are required to take LCR subjects in English and Chinese. The credit requirement of HDLCR subjects is specified in your Definitive Programme Document. Depending upon your level of language proficiency at entry, you may be required to take either degree-equivalent HDLCR subjects or LCR subjects at the bachelor’s degree level.
For details, you are welcome to contact:
|English Language Centre
|| Hotline: 2766-7500
|Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies
|| Hotline: 3400-3837
Cluster Area Requirements (CAR)
Through pursuing a broader range of academic subjects that use different paradigms, theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry, CAR aims to expand your intellectual capacity beyond disciplinary domains and to enable you to tackle professional and global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
CAR includes a variety of subjects across the following four cluster areas. Click for the approved CAR subject list in each area.
Human Nature, Relations
History, Culture and
Science, Technology and
As a Higher Diploma student, you are required to take at least two CARs. In addition, you shall also fulfill the China Studies Requirement (CSR) embedded in some CAR subjects that helps you understand aspects of Chinese culture, history and contemporary developments.
The CAR subjects with the Writing and Reading Requirements will demand more effort and attention on the language aspect in addition to the subject content. To further know about these requirements, please visit their website at here.
Useful Information for CAR Fulfillment
- GUR Subjects Library
- Interpreting CAR Subject Code
- Double Fulfilment of Major and CAR subjects
- Considerations for Choosing a CAR Subject