Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR

Language of instruction

English

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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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.

Host university requirements

GPA
You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at PolyU.
(Students with a lower GPA may be considered on a case-by-case basis, please contact the Internships and Global Experiences team for advice)

Study Options
You must choose one admission faculty or School from the 8 available and take the majority (50%+) of courses within the chosen faculty. Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice. 

Find courses

Search the PolyU course catalogue.

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Advertising
Aerospace engineering
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Biomedical science
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Civil engineering
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Electrical engineering
English
Event, hospitality, hotel and tourism management
Finance
Food science
Marketing
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Physics
Psychology
Social work

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

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.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)