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Useful Information for New Research Postgraduate Students

Welcome to PolyU! We hope the information below will allow you to commence your studies with as few impediments as possible.


Key dates of study commencement and report study



Admitted in Sem 1

Admitted in Sem 2

Admitted in Summer Term

Study commencement

1 Sep or 1st day of Sem 1, whichever is earlier

1 Jan

1 May

Report Study at General Office of the host department/school *

1 Sep or 1st day of Sem 1, whichever is earlier

1st working day after 1 Jan

1st working day after 1 May

* Full-time stipend recipients have to complete programme registration within the period specified in the Notice of Offer and report study at the General Office of the host department/school on or before the deadline as specified above in order to receive the full-month stipend in the first month. Stipend recipients who fail to complete programme registration or report study by the deadline will start receiving stipends from the first day of the following month of the date that he/she commences study.


Dates of report study at general office of the host department/school

Academic Year


Admitted in Sem 1

Admitted in Sem 2

Admitted in Summer Term


30 Aug 2021

1 Jan 2022

3 May 2022 


29 Aug 2022

3 Jan 2023

2 May 2023


Other useful information

Items Details/Website Contact

GS Notice - Commencement of Semester

Commencement of 2021/22 academic year, Semester Two – New RPg students.

Notice to Students:

Graduate School (GS) /

Study Visa

Visa application status can be checked via eAdmission.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Academic Registry (AR) /

PolyU Student Halls

Hall application, hall fees & off-campus housing:

Student Affairs Office (SAO)

Student Resources and Support Section

Advice on travel to Hong Kong

Arrangements During COVID-19 pandemic:

Points to note for Boarding, Quarantine and Testing Arrangement for Inbound Travellers:

Booking the Designated Hotels for Quarantine:

MTR System Map:

Student Affairs Office (SAO)

Non-local Student Services /

Vaccination and Testing Arrangements

As all general and essential learning and teaching activities in Semester Two will be conducted face-to-face (f2f), commencing 10 January 2022, students must have received at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine with their vaccination record uploaded to the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Reporting Portal; or they have been undergoing COVID-19 testing and uploading their negative results on a weekly basis. Otherwise, their access to campus will be denied until the requirements are fulfilled.

Medical Related Enquiries:

University Health Service (UHS) via email at

Technical Issues Related to COVID-19 Self-report Portal:

IT HelpCentre of the Information Technology Services Office (ITS) at (852) 2766 5900

In-house COVID-19 PCR Test Enquiries:

Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology (ABCT) via email at

Schedule of Online Programme Registration

You will be informed via the Notice of Offer to complete the online programme registration during the following periods:

Semester 2, 2021/22:  13/12/2021 (Monday) – 31/12/2021 (Friday)
Summer term, 2021/22: 14/4/2022 (Thursday) – 30/4/2022 (Saturday)


Academic Preparation

Academic Calendar

Subject Registration

Research Student Handbook

Notices to Students

Academic Registry (AR) /

Chief Supervisor or General Office of the Host Department

Learning and Teaching Arrangements

Students should read the announcement by the University for the latest learning and teaching arrangements:


Academic Registry (AR) /

Collection of Student Identity Card

3 – 10 January 2022 (Monday to Friday)
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Room M102, Li Ka Shing Tower, Block M (see campus map)

Please use your NetID and password to apply a QR access code via Visitor Registration System 48 hours before you come to PolyU to collect your student ID card.  You can refer to the User Guide for details. 


Academic Registry (AR) /

Getting Ready for Campus

For new students who are admitted in Semester 2, 2021/22, please report in person to the general office of your host department on or before 3 January 2022.  The GS will hold an orientation programme for all new RPg students in September every year.  The last orientation was held on 10 September 2021.

Orientation materials are available for reference:

Graduate School (GS) /

Campus Map

Bank Account Information

If you are a stipend recipient, please open a bank account in Hong Kong and enter your bank account information at Student Account Enquiry as soon as possible.

Documents needed for bank account opening:

Graduate School (GS) /
for stipend issue

Mandatory Research Language Skills Assessment (RLSA)

Please take the RLSA in your first semester of study at PolyU and you may be required to take relevant subjects based on your performance.


RLSA Test Format:

How to enrol:

To learn more about the RLSA, please refer to the following website:

English Language Centre (ELC) /


Last update: 19 Jan 2022

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