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  • Gateway to Mainland China and a perfect location for travel - Hong Kong is a small but dynamic city adjoining the province of Guangdong. It forms a triangle with Macao to the west and Guangzhou to the northwest in the Pearl River Delta.
  • Ranked 12th in the QS Best Student Cities 2018.
  • Hong Kong is a modern city, blend of eastern and western cultures
  • Hong Kong is a place full of opportunities. You can explore your route to the future career ladder or realizing your dream.
  • The University campus is strategically located close to the city centre, adjacent to the Cross Harbour Tunnel, putting you in the perfect position to experience everything Hong Kong has to offer while enjoying vibrant and active student life.
  • You will meet students come from around the world because PolyU has a diversity of local and non-local student study in different programmes and take part in exchange activities here.
  • PolyU ranked 91st in the QS World University Ranking 2020. Our institution adopts international standards in curriculum design and quality assurance and the qualifications awarded are internationally recognized.
  • In addition to classrooms, laboratories and other academic facilities, the campus offers sport, recreational facilities and other facilities including a multi-purpose auditorium, Industrial Centre and language learning centers. A full range of campus services including restaurants, bookstore and banks are also provided. Student hostels are located near the campus.
  • Being nominated by PolyU’s exchange partner universities/institutions
  • Undergraduate students, completed at least one year of university study by the time you exchange in PolyU
  • Hold good academic standing
  • Meet one of the following English proficiency requirements:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR
    • An overall Band Score of 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Sept 1 - Nomination by the home institution

Consult with your home university to be nominated for exchange. Every university has its own requirements for exchange students, so please consult your home university for the most accurate information.


Sept 2 – Fill out PolyU online application

If you are nominated by your home university, you will receive an email invitation for an online application.

Nomination and Application Deadlines


Semester 1 (Sep-Dec)

Semester 2 (Jan–May)


(by the home institution):

10 Mar for School of Design*

20 Mar for all other disciplines

10 Sep for School of Design*

20 Sep for all other disciplines

Online Application

(by the nominees):

10 Apr

30 Sep

*Students applying for School of Design programmes are required to submit a portfolio. Applicants are required to provide (1)an artwork portfolio, (2)purpose statement, (3)transcript and (4)indicate the programme preference together in e-format (.pdf/ .zip / link) by nomination deadline. Application without a portfolio will not be considered.

PolyU offers a wide range of courses for student exchange. Take a look at the tentatively available subjects, which are listed by programme and divided into Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Go through the list of subjects and programme available in each department

Subject Selection Requirements
Students are advised to identify your interested and suitable academic programme and subjects. Subject choices are the indicator for the host department to enroll you in an appropriate programme. You will also be enroll in these selected subjects in the subject registration. When making your choices, please take note of the following criteria:

  • Take 3 to 6 subjects / 9 - 18 credits

(1 subject ~ 3 credits = 39 teaching hours)
You’re required to complete a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 18 credits per semester.Most subjects carry 3 credits each (approximately 39 teaching hours), therefore we recommend taking 3-6 subjects per semester.

  • Half of the subjects (3 out of 6/5 subjects, 2 out of 3/4 subjects) shall be offered by a department, which shall be their host department.
    Your 'host' department during your exchange will be the academic department that offers the academic programme you are admitted to. Being attached to a host department will give you priority in registering for subjects within that department. The rest of workload can be subjects offered by other departments. All registrations are subject to the approval of the respective departments.
  • Subjects with a codes starting with 5 or 6 are invalid for exchange students (e.g. MM511, CSE508...etc.)
  • You may refer to the tentative subject list during application. It is important that you are flexible with your final subject registration.

AIf you are nominated, you will receive an invitation email to make an online application and uploading documents.

B. Fill in the online application form and upload all the required documents :

  • (i) Curriculum Vitae in English
  • (ii) Official or Certified University Transcript (in English) showing all university subjects taken in the past.  If the transcript is in Chinese, it must be accompanied by a certified translation in English
  • (iii) Currently enrolled subject list in English
  • (iv) Certificate for English language requirement:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR
An overall Band Score of 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • (v) Mainland student :
  • Mainland ID Card and Mainland Residence Registration Card (常住人口登記卡副本)

     Taiwan student :

  • The information page of Taiwan Passport (with validity of 6 months after the completion of the exchange)
  • Taiwan ID Card and certified copy of Taiwan Census Paper (戶政事務所認證的戶籍謄本)

    Hong Kong student:

  • Copy of Hong Kong I.D. Card
  • (vi) Proof of financial support which should be a bank document with evidence of equivalent HK$28,000 or more in holding per semester. If the applicant is not the bank account owner, the account owner should write a declaration that the applicant is financially supported and supplement the account owner’s passport copy.
  • (vii) Visa application form - ID995A

C. Subsequent to the uploading, students are required to send the following original documents to us by post.

1. Signed ID995A form and sign on p.1-4 and affix photo on p.2;

2. Original official transcript;

3. One passport-sized photo for visa application and student ID. The photo must be a close up of head and shoulders, on a white background (no larger than 55mm x 45mm and not smaller than 50mm x 40mm) printed on proper photo paper;

4. Copy of the documents i) to vi).

  Important note: Only a complete and full set of applications will be processed.  PolyU may reject incomplete application or application with insufficient supporting documents. Incomplete and/or with missing supplementary document(s) will result in visa application delay.

D. Successful applicants will receive acceptance notification in June and November, for Semester 1 or 2 exchange respectively. The notification will be sent to your home university/institution.

F. Follow the instruction on the acceptance letter to settle the exchange payment before the deadline.

Exchange student MUST apply for a student visa from the Hong Kong Immigration Department BEFORE coming to Hong Kong to begin your studies unless you have the right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong.

Your visa application documents will be submitted and reviewed by The Hong Kong Immigration Department.

If your application is successful, the visa/entry permit will be couriered to your home university/institution about one month before the semester starts.

Working in Hong Kong
According to the condition of stay, exchange students are not allowed to take up any employment (with pay or without, volunteer work included), whether paid or unpaid; or establish or join in any business. Please refer to the Hong Kong Immigration Department website for detail.


Administrative Fee

All students are required to pay an administrative fee to cover costs such as visa application fee and courier service fees, etc:



Exchange Programme Fee

(Visa Fee*, All Postage & Courier Charge)

HK$ 550


Medical Insurance Premium (not exceeding 150 days) *

HK$ 750

Payment in total

HK$ 1,300

*The visa fee and insurance are not applicable to the HKID cardholder.


Cost of Living

As an exchange student, make sure you keep the following costs in mind:

  • Return flight ticket
  • Accommodation
  • Visa application fees
  • Insurance
  • Daily expenses (food, laundry, etc.)
  • Textbooks and stationery

Below is an estimated summary of living expenses per month






Accommodation (PolyU Student Halls of Residence)




Food and Public Transportation




Laundry & air conditioning in residence




Miscellaneous expenses




Total (Approximately):





One semester lasts for approximately 4.5 months.

The above estimates are for reference only. The actual amount required will vary depending on individuals' lifestyles and preferences.

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


Flight arrangement
You are expected to arrive approximately one week prior to the semester commencement and the earliest hall check-in date will be specified in your admission letter.

Exchange students joining a semester-based study exchange programme are guaranteed accommodation* at PolyU Student Halls of Residence for a twin-sharing room.
Hall application instructions will be sent to successful applicants in the admission letter. The application period is usually in early August and early January.
*There is no guarantee on the availability at PolyU Student Hall for training and non-semester based exchange programmes.

Medical Insurance and Medical Services
Each inbound exchange student is required to purchase medical insurance (except HKID card students). The insurance coverage including:


Plan (in HK$)

Personal Accident


Medical Expenses

(Accident and Sickness)

Personal Liability


Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains

No Limit

Exchange students may visit University Health Services (UHS) provided by PolyU for health services including medical consultation and general traditional Chinese medicine consultations, etc.

Subject Registration
After your exchange application has been approved, your department will perform subject registration according to the subject preferences.
The subject registration will be done in August (for fall semester) and December (for sprint semester).
Whilst every effort will be made to register you in your preferred subjects, such registration is not guaranteed.

You may check the successful registered subjects and class timetable by login to the eStudent – around 15 August (fall semester) and 20 December (spring semester).

If you do not see any subjects in your eStudent, please email your questions to as soon as you can.

Change of Subject Choice
If you wish to change your subject choices. You must submit the subject preference form to apply for making the changes. Please follow the steps below:

<Step 1: Fill in the Subject Preference Form>
• Fill in the Subject Preference Form: Subject Preference Form
• Indicate the new subject choices in order of preference
• Indicate the total number of subjects you want to take (3 - 6 subjects recommended and check the subject timetable in Student Page to avoid timetable clash )
• Choose at least half of the subjects offered by your host department.

<Step 2: Submit the Subject Preference Form to CMAO>
• By e-mail:
• Deadline: before 20 July (fall semester) and 1 December (spring semester)

1) Check-in

For students residing at the Student Halls of Residence (Hunghom);
Check-in at the reception on the ground floor directly.
Address: 1 Hung Lai Road, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (香港九龍紅磡紅荔道1號)
Tel: (852) 3159 0000
*Please arrange your arrival time between 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. If you are unable to arrange, you should inform CMAO in advance so that a special arrangement could be made.

2) Report Arrival
Come to CMAO (Rm R701, Core R, Shirley Chan Building, PolyU) at your earliest convenience with the following items for Report Arrival:
Registration time: 9:30 – 12:30, 14:30 – 17:30, Monday to Friday
(1) Exit/Entry Permit Card or Passport with
(2) Entrance Slip and
(3)HK$400 (in cash) for payment of caution money

3) Orientation
Attend the Orientations for Exchange Students
(please refer to the Notification sent by the Department and Student Units for the date, time and venue).


Students' Sharing

DENG Shiyuan

HUANG Zhe, Tsinghua University

 I choose Hong Kong and the PolyU as my exchange destination because it can be a place for me to experience a different culture from the mainland but there is something in common which makes me easier to adapt to. And the school of design in PolyU is well known. I was curious about how is teaching here.
Teachers and students are all very nice here. I love the tutorial time the most, during which I can communicate with teachers directly and get feedback at once. The group work here helped me to integrate into classmates very quickly.

YU Yu yu

TSAI Yi-lun, National Taiwan Ocean University


There’re so many things worth sharing that I don’t know which one to choose! I met people from all over the world in my dorm and really learned a lot from them. Also keep in touch with my buddy, Melody, who helps me a lot. Sometimes I went out alone adventuring the city.
I still remember myself used to spend time looking back. However, after coming to HongKong, I never do that, cause every day here is a brand new day for me.

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