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PolyU launches International Summer School 2024 and Summer Institute 2024, offering diverse innovative courses and cultural exchange activities

22 Feb 2024

Events Global Engagement Office

The five-week “International Summer School 2024” includes a credit-bearing course and a series of cultural exchange activities, allowing undergraduates to enjoy a fruitful summer.

The PolyU Summer Institute 2024 for high school students will this year be extended to overseas students. Exciting activities include a five-day, four-night residential camp, and day-long attachment programmes organised by PolyU’s faculties and schools.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will hold the International Summer School 2024 for undergraduate students and the Summer Institute 2024 for high school students from July to August this year. The latter accepts overseas applicants for the first time. Both summer programmes provide students from all over the world with the opportunity to experience PolyU’s quality education as a global top 100 university. In addition to university credit-bearing courses, a series of local tours and enrichment activities allow students to immerse themselves in Hong Kong’s vibrant and unique culture, while a “Buddy Programme” matching PolyU students with overseas participants helps foster intercultural communication among students from the global community.

Summer School participants will be able to explore PolyU’s internationally renowned disciplines, with the offering of a five-week credit-bearing course from an array of intellectually stimulating subjects in three thematic areas, namely “Chinese Language, Culture and Society”, “Design, Innovation and Technology” and “Business, Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership”.

The Department of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering will, for the first time, offer a space exploration course in the Summer School, introducing a range of topics, from aerospace engineering fundamentals, such as propulsion and aerodynamics, to satellite engineering and launching vehicles, and further to space robotics and unmanned/crewed space missions. The School of Optometry and the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, both well-recognised in their respective industries, will offer courses providing an introduction to the two disciplines and their related professions. The School of Fashion and Textiles will launch a new course in smart wearables and smart living, providing students with the opportunity to explore the potential development and applications of these cutting-edge technologies. There will also be other courses in engaging topics such as traditional Chinese arts and crafts, Hong Kong’s multilingual society, artificial intelligence and science fiction, and the history and culture of the wine industry.

The Summer School has been well-received since its first launch in 2016. LI Qing, a Mainland Chinese participant, applauded the enriching programme and said, “It enabled me to experience reflective thinking and teamwork, various classroom interactions and case studies, which are greatly beneficial to my future study and work.” DINNYÉS Máté Soma, a participant from Hungary, said, “The professionalism I experienced at PolyU and the people from diverse backgrounds I met here were experiences that will last a lifetime.”

The PolyU International Summer School 2024 is now accepting undergraduate student applications from Mainland China, Taiwan and overseas until 31 March. For details and experience sharing from past participants, please visit:

First launched last year, the Summer Institute will this year be extended to welcome overseas high school students, bringing together global youth to experience university life. The Summer Institute comprises a five-day, four-night residential camp, together with day-long attachment programmes organised by PolyU’s faculties and schools for students to learn more about their desired programmes. Local students will be able to get a taste of PolyU’s signature service-learning programme to help the community in need, while international students will join local tours of Hong Kong’s cultural landmarks. There will also be an optional one-week university credit-bearing course in “Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, a compulsory element in all PolyU undergraduate programmes. Students will be eligible to apply for credit transfer upon successful completion of the course and subsequent admission to the University. For the duration of the Summer Institute, students will be offered accommodation at a PolyU Student Hall, enabling them to enjoy the diversity and vitality of campus life, and expand their social network through interaction with the PolyU community.

The PolyU Summer Institute 2024 is now open for high school student applications. The deadline for applications from Mainland China, Taiwan and overseas is 31 March, and for local applications is 31 May. For details, please visit:


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Global Engagement Office

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