Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong
Hong Kong — SAR

Language of instruction


Though PolyU’s history dates back to 1937, it only assumed full university status in 1994. Despite its youth, the University has already made a name for itself, coming 6th on the Top 50 under 50 list which ranks the world’s top 50 universities established within the last 50 years.

PolyU is located close to the city centre, putting you in the perfect position to experience everything Hong Kong has to offer while enjoying a vibrant and active student life. From hikes in the Hong Kong hills, cultural excursions, workshops and exploring the city’s vibrant nightlife, there’s always something to see and do.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 (Spring) January – end May / early June
Semester 2 Semester 1 (Autumn) September – December

View the PolyU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

PolyU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

15 credits per semester at PolyU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at PolyU.

Find courses

Search the PolyU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Business information systems
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Computer engineering
Computer science
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Event, hospitality, hotel and tourism management
Food science
Information technology
International business
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Social work
Software engineering
Business information systems
Human resources
International business

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


There are two student halls to which exchange students can apply at PolyU. Students can choose to apply for housing in these on-campus halls or can find off-campus housing.

PolyU provides information on student housing options to help you find the most suitable accommodation for your exchange.

Cost of living

Living in Hong Kong can be quite expensive or very affordable, depending on your expectations and lifestyle. PolyU provides an estimated summary of living expenses per month in Hong Kong to help you budget for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

You are responsible for your own medical and dental costs while studying at PolyU, therefore you will need to have appropriate travel and health insurance for the duration of your stay in Hong Kong.

PolyU provides some resources to students through their University Health Services (UHS).

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Immigration Department of Hong Kong for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.