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Academic Advising

Undergraduate students could make use of the academic advising service at Schools/Departments to help them make informed and intelligent academic decisions/choices about their major and GUR study that suit their intellectual, professional and personal goal. 
Academic advising also helps students in important events and decisions in different Student Learning Checkpoints. Each undergraduate student will be paired up with a designated Academic Advisor from their school or department.

Through academic advising, students will:

  • understand their curriculum (both Major and GUR) and get advice and guidance if they face any academic challenges.
  • plan their study better to help them realise academic, career and personal goals.
    learn about opportunities, resources and support available to students on campus to enrich their educational experience and foster their future success.

Students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Advisors for consultation on their programme of study and study plans at least once in an academic year.

You are strongly encouraged to make appointments with your Academic Advisors in a proactive manner (at least once in an academic year). Each School/Department will set out their own practice in arranging meetings with Academic Advisors. You are also welcome to send emails or make phone calls for setting up meetings with your Academic Advisors. 

You could find the contact information of Academic Advisors under “My Advisor” in eStudent (see below) or you could also contact your home departments for details. 


As an advisee, you are responsible for your educational choices and decisions. You are expected to:

  1. Clarify your personal abilities, interests, and goals for academics and life.
  2. Prepare for the advising meeting. Think of some questions to discuss with your Academic Advisors for e.g. study plan, career opportunities, final-year project ideas, internship or other learning experiences.
  3. Understand and review your academic progress before meeting your Academic Advisor. Study the Programme Requirements Document.
  4. Become knowledgeable and adhere to institutional policies, procedures, and requirements.
  5. Be punctual and notify your Academic Advisor in advance if you cannot attend the scheduled meeting or need to reschedule your meeting.
  6. Have an open mind and be ready to consider advice given by your Academic Advisor and other staff.
  7. Read your PolyU e-mails and other important communications from the University (particularly from your School/Department and Academic Advisors)
  8. Access and use eStudent for academic updates, updated information, registration, and other purposes.
  9. Accept the final responsibility for all decisions made and your graduation requirements.

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