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International Research Summer School 2024

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Immerse yourself in the world of research at PolyU this coming July! As a 2-week PhD taster programme, the International Research Summer School (IRSS) will provide you with opportunities to engage with top professors, learn new research skills in hands-on workshops, explore advanced research facilities, and enjoy knowledge enrichment and cultural activities. You can develop a broader perspective of the world through interactions with the city and its people. This unique experience is open to all exceptional senior undergraduates and master's students. Let us prepare you for research studies at PolyU!

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Who is eligible?

To encourage interdisciplinary exchange and promote a diverse mix of students, the Summer School welcomes all applicants considering studying for a research degree at PolyU. They should be:

  • penultimate or final year undergraduate students of any discipline; OR
  • students in a master’s degree programme; AND
  • able to attend all sessions of the Summer School in person on campus.

 

How to apply?

Step 1
Complete the online application form and submit it by 23 February 2024 at 12:00 noon (Hong Kong Time, UTC+8 hours). Applicants will get the application fee payment link and supporting documents upload link by email.

Step 2
Pay the application fee online and get the official receipt by email.

Step 3
Applicants are required to upload the following supporting documents in ENGLISH and save all in ONE single PDF file under 10 MB via the upload link within 2 days after submitting the application form:

  • The latest bachelor's and master's degree (if applicable) academic transcripts/ academic reports listing GPA or class ranking AND the explanatory notes of the grading system (if the GPA is not on a 4.0 scale, an official proof of class ranking issued by the institution is highly preferable);
  • Bachelor's degree award certificate showing the award classification (for master's students only);
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) that indicates their academic and research achievements, involvement in extra-curricular activities or community services, and exchange or internship/ placement participation;
  • Application letter stating their research experience and strengths, aspirations and career plans, research areas and interests, reasons for applying for the Summer School and what is expected to gain from it;
  • The latest official score report of English language tests such as IELTS and TOEFL (if any);
  • Certificates of international or national merits (if any);
  • Coloured passport-size photo (click HERE for the requirements); AND
  • Official receipt of application fee payment issued by the Finance Office of PolyU.

The Graduate School will only process the application with a full set of required documents including the photo saved in ONE SINGLE PDF FILE.

Applicants will be selected based on their academic excellence, research ability and experience, proficiency in English, personal qualities and skills, and other factors.

** There is a non-refundable and non-waivable application fee of HK$500 and no tuition fee will be charged. **


What you will get?

Nomination for a preliminary offer of admission to research studies
Outstanding participants may be nominated for a preliminary offer of admission to research postgraduate programmes, with the support of various fellowship and scholarship schemes.

Consultation with professors in different research areas
Participants will have opportunities to meet professors during the consultation sessions to discuss their research postgraduate applications, receive professional advice on their research proposals, and possible referral to potential supervisors.

Unique opportunity to explore PolyU and experience Asia's world city
The Summer School combines academic learning with cultural exploration, providing a comprehensive understanding of both PolyU and Hong Kong. Participants will gain first-hand experience of the city's rich culture, bustling lifestyle, and diverse educational environment.


What assistance do we offer?

Up to HK$10,000 scholarship
A scholarship of up to HK$10,000 (~US$1,280) will be available to selected participants.

Free student hall accommodation

We provide free accommodation at the PolyU Student Hall that covers the whole period of the Summer School.

Full subsidy of study visa application fee
All study visas should be applied via PolyU. We will subsidise the visa application fee for admitted students and the administration fee will also be waived.


Programme at a glance

The Summer School will take place from 1 July to 13 July 2024. The tentative programme is subject to change and participants affected will be informed as soon as possible.

 Date  Activity
1 July 2024
Student Hall check-in
2 - 12 July 2024
  • Orientation
  • Campus tour
  • Workshops on research skills
  • Research lab and facility visits
  • Knowledge enrichment groups
  • Personal growth training
  • Consultation with professors
  • Research students' sharing
  • Cultural activities and experiences
  • Project presentation
  • Guide to research studies at PolyU
  • Closing

** Given the nature and duration of the Summer School, no research projects will be conducted under the supervision of faculty members. All participants attend the common sessions to learn skills which are applicable to different disciplines. Therefore the programme is NOT discipline-specific while the consultation with professors will be conducted in groups according to the participants' research interests. **

13 July 2024
Student Hall check-out


Timeline of actions

Step
Period

Open for application

January - 9 February 2024

Selection

February - March 2024

Notification of offer to admitted applicants and

Notification to applicants on the waiting list

March - April 2024
Study visa application for non-local students (at least 10 weeks)
March - June 2024
Arrive in Hong Kong
On or before 1 July 2024
International Research Summer School on PolyU campus
2 July - 12 July 2024


Who should apply for a study visa?

All students without the right of abode/ right to land in Hong Kong must apply for a study visa for the purpose of education. The Graduate School will assist the students who are admitted to the IRSS to apply for a study visa.

 

When should apply for a study visa?

It normally takes 10 weeks for the Hong Kong Immigration Department to process the study visa applications upon receipt of a complete set of application documents, therefore applicants are advised to prepare the supporting documents (click here for details) while waiting for the selection results of the IRSS to save time.

Once applicants are admitted and receive the Letter of Admission, they should fill in the Study Visa Application Form and scan the form and supporting documents to the Graduate School for checking within one week. Applicants will be informed after checking and they should immediately send the original signed form and hard copies of supporting documents to Hong Kong by courier (e.g. SF Express, DHL, FedEx).

For Mainland Chinese applicants, they should reserve additional 2 weeks to apply for an Exit-Entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao (EEP) (港澳通行證) and the relevant exit endorsement (逗留D簽) from their local authorities.

No, the Summer School will be held in face-to-face mode on PolyU campus. All participants are required to attend all sessions in person.
No, the application fee is non-refundable and non-waivable.

PolyU will provide free student hall accommodation during the Summer School. Participants will be responsible for their own international and domestic travel expenses, including but not limited to air tickets, meals, local transportation as well as travel and medical insurance.

Non-local participants are strongly advised to purchase travel and medical insurance with adequate coverage before departing their home countries. If you are not a Hong Kong citizen, the medical charges are much higher and PolyU will not bear any of your medical or accidental expenses.

Yes. If your English test report is expired, please upload the latest one. If you have not taken any English language test, you should provide supporting documents to demonstrate your English proficiency which is one of the selection criteria while other qualities will also be considered.

Before the deadline of application, you could submit a NEW application form if you have filled in any incorrect information. You could also upload a NEW full set of supporting documents in ONE single PDF file. The latest submission will replace the previous one(s).

After the deadline of application, we may not accept any revision or additional documents as the selection process will start immediately.

Yes, but you should assure that you will be able to attend all sessions during the whole period of the Summer School even you have a full-time or part-time job.
We will NOT process the application if applicants have not paid the application fee or have not uploaded the full set of required supporting documents.
No, but we may contact you for additional information for selection purposes.
If you do not hear from us by 31 May 2024, it is assumed that you are not being selected.

After you are admitted and have received the Letter of Admission, you should start approaching the preferred/ potential supervisors at PolyU and let them know you will be coming to Hong Kong and meet them in person for discussing your research studies during the Summer School on campus. We will also provide guidelines for you to prepare the project presentation which will take place at the end of the Summer School.

You are also required to bring your own notebook computer to attend the Summer School.

If you have other enquiries, please email to gs.summer@polyu.edu.hk.

Last updated: 23 February 2024

Sharing from Participants

It is a super good experience wherein we have different workshops to explore options both within and outside our respective fields.

Caleb Peralta

Summer School 2023 Participant
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I think the experience is really educational and inspiring. I like spending time in the campus with people from all around the world.

Lexie Li

Summer School 2023 Participant
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We have face-to-face opportunities to meet with potential supervisors and explore the potential research areas which we had never met before.

Kevin Yang

Summer School 2023 Participant
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The Summer School has given me the privilege to know more about the PolyU campus, facilities, teaching staff and various activities.

Tianyi Zhou

Summer School 2023 Participant
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The Summer School was packed with different activities, getting us to know more about our PhD studies and state-of-the-art facilities in PolyU.

Ethan Cheng

Summer School 2023 Participant
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Study Visa Application

After being admitted to the Summer School, you have to prepare the following documents, scan them in ONE single PDF file and send to the Graduate School for checking within one week.

  • Completed and each page signed original form "Application for Entry for Study in Hong Kong" (Form ID 995A) - download the blank form HERE
  • One coloured passport-size photo adhered on Page 2 of the Form ID 995A - click HERE for photo requirements
  • Data page of passport showing your photo and personal details with an expiry date beyond August 2024
  • Financial proof (the latest financial resource statement issued by your bank which indicates that you have enough money to cover the living expenses for joining the Summer School in Hong Kong)
  • If the financial proof is not under your name, your sponsor is required to additionally provide a "Declaration of Sponsor" testifying that he/ she will financially support your study in Hong Kong AND a copy of the sponsor’s passport - download the template of declaration HERE
The Graduate School will check all your scanned documents. You should respond quickly and resend as soon as possible if they do not meet the requirements. We will inform you to send the original signed Form ID 995A with the photo and hard copies of all supporting documents to PolyU by courier (e.g. SF Express, DHL, FedEx) when they are fine for the visa application.
It normally takes at least 10 weeks for the Hong Kong Immigration Department to process a study visa application. When your study visa is approved, the Graduate School will send the e-visa to you by email. Please keep it properly.

After being admitted to the Summer School, you have to prepare the following documents, scan them in ONE single PDF file and send to the Graduate School for checking within one week:

  • Completed and each page signed original form "Application for Entry for Study in Hong Kong" (Form ID 995A) - download the blank form HERE
  • One coloured passport-size photo adhered on Page 2 of the Form ID 995A - click HERE for photo requirements
  • Mainland Identity Card (front and back sides) 中華人民共和國居民身份証(正面及背面頁)
  • Household Registration Card 常住人口登記卡
  • Data page of passport showing your photo and personal details (if any)
  • Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao (if any) 往來港澳通行証 (如有)
  • Financial proof (the latest financial resource statement issued by your bank which indicates that you have enough money to cover the living expenses for joining the RPg Summer School in Hong Kong)
  • If the financial proof is not under your name, your sponsor is required to additionally provide a "Declaration of Sponsor" testifying that he/ she will financially support your study in Hong Kong AND a copy of the sponsor’s Mainland Identity Card (front and back sides) -  download the template of declaration HERE

When you accept the offer of the Summer School, you will be asked to choose either of the following travel routes as there are two types of study visa depending on your departing country and destination after the Summer School:

  1. From a foreign country (e.g. UK) to Hong Kong (use Passport), and then go to another foreign country (use Passport) from Hong Kong; or
  2. From Mainland China to Hong Kong (use EEP), and then back to Mainland (use EEP) or go to a foreign country (use Passport) from Hong Kong
Once you have chosen your route, it CANNOT BE CHANGED afterwards as your study visa application will be submitted to the relevant section of the Hong Kong Immigration Department to process.
The Graduate School will check all your scanned documents. You should respond quickly and resend as soon as possible if they do not meet the requirements. We will inform you to send the original signed Form ID 995A with the photo and hard copies of all supporting documents to PolyU by courier (e.g. SF Express, DHL, FedEx) when they are fine for the visa application.
While waiting for the approval of the study visa, you could apply for an “Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao” (EEP) 往來港澳通行証 in advance if you do not have one or renew it if it is expired in order to save time. The study visa is not required for applying for an EEP.
It normally takes at least 10 weeks for the Hong Kong Immigration Department to process a study visa application. When your study visa is approved, the Graduate School will send the e-visa to you by email. Please keep it properly.

Upon receipt of the study e-visa, you should bring it together with your EEP to apply for a relevant exit endorsement(逗留D簽)which allows you to stay in Hong Kong throughout the whole period of the IRSS consecutively from your local authority.

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