General University Requirements (CBS-based)

Starting from September 2012, with the commencement of the new 4-year curriculum, all PolyU undergraduate students need to fulfill the comprehensive General University Requirements (GUR), which consist of six components:


  1. Freshman Seminar (FS)
  2. Language and Communication Requirements (LCR)
  3. Leadership and Intra-Personal Development (LIPD)
  4. Cluster Area Requirements (CAR)
  5. Service-Learning (SL)
  6. Healthy Lifestyle (HL)


The Department of Chinese & Bilingual Studies (CBS) has played an active role in designing and teaching the Chinese subjects that constitute a component of the Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) and the Cluster Area Requirements (CAR). The CAR includes a variety of subjects across four cluster areas. CBS offers subjects in the first three cluster areas:


  • Human Nature, Relations and Development (CAR A);
  • Community Organisation and Globalization (CAR B); and
  • History, Culture and World Views (CAR C).


In addition, CBS offers different types of subjects which meet the Service-Learning (SL) requirement.

Cluster Area Requirements (CAR) Subjects

CAR subjects are designed to allow students to expand their intellectual capacity beyond their disciplinary domain. These subjects will enable students to tackle professional and global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

CAR subjects currently offered by CBS | Read more |

Service-Learning (SL) Subjects

Service-learning entails both activities that directly serve people in need, and civic engagement activities that indirectly serve the community or an underprivileged group.

SL subjects currently offered by CBS | Read more |

Please visit the website of PolyU’s Office of General University Requirements (OGUR) for more comprehensive information about the General University Requirements (GUR) at PolyU.