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Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed the Hong Kong Polytechnic University program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers semester/year abroad programs at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has a proud history dating back to 1937. The University’s mission is to provide high quality education of an applied nature while meeting the changing requirements of the world. PolyU prepares students for the challenges they will meet in their future careers.

PolyU offers a wide range of academic programs, many of which are amongst the best in Asia and the world. In fact, PolyU was ranked 30th among Asian Universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in 2011 and boast a top 200 ranking worldwide. English is the formal medium of instruction and assessment for all classes, but students will also appreciate the bilingual nature of the campus and gain knowledge and understanding of the culture, society, and people of mainland China. With China’s emergence as the world’s focal point of economic development, such exposure will create a competitive edge for future career development.

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General information about GlobaLinks Learning Abroad programs 




Hong Kong is a city that needs little introduction. Located on the south west region of mainland China, Hong Kong is considered a Special Administration Region (SAR) of the Peoples Republic of China and is truly a global city. Once colonized by Britain, Hong Kong has a large population of English speakers but it is an excellent place to delve into the Mandarin language.

Hong Kong has a rich Arts scene, great shopping, fantastic museums, and is considered a foodies paradise where you will find the finest traditional Chinese and Cantonese food along with a wide variety of international favorites. Although, it is unlikely you will get bored of Hong Kong throughout the semester it is an ideal location for you to discovering mainland China and the rest of Asia including Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand.
For an in-depth look at Hong Kong Click Here!


Academic Highlights

PolyU offers a wide range of academic options within 27 departments under the following faculties and schools:

  • Applied Science and Textiles
  • Business
  • Construction and Environment
  • Engineering
  • Health and Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Hotel and Tourism Management
  • Design

Students will apply to one of the above listed faculty and are required to take at least 50% of their subjects within that faculty. Remaining subjects can be taken across any of the other faculties.

One subject generally equates to 3 credits and study abroad students should take 4-6 subjects per semester.


Students will be placed in accommodation secured by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad. The student halls of residence at PolyU are located off campus and are highly competitive with priority given to degree seeking students.   GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students will stay in apartments located off campus with other students. These apartments are located on Hong Kong Island, near restaurants, shopping and night life and are a subway ride away from campus.

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Asia.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

Special Programs/Excursions

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Buddy Program:

Hong Kong Polytechnic University organizes a 'buddy' program where international students are paired up with local students. This is a great opportunity to learn about the local culture, get an insiders perspective on things to do, and is simply someone to help out when needed. Check out more information on the buddy program here.

Don't Leave Hong Kong without:

  • Visiting Victoria Park
  • Seeing a Traditional Chinese Opera on Temple Street
  • Visit the Giant Buddha at Po Lin Monastery
  • Escape to mainland China for a long weekend

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>


Get Involved Abroad

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Hong Kong culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of ways to live like a local in Hong Kong upon arrival!

You'll get a taste of how enriching community involvement can be during your first few days in Hong Kong on GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program. The program includes one day of pre-arranged volunteering with the local community. You'll interact directly with locals while giving back to and sharing your own culture with the community that first welcomes you to Hong Kong.  Plus, you can continue your volunteer efforts throughout the semester making a profound impact on the local community.

Enhance your Experience

Enhance your Experience!

The new Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory, however we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication. 


Learn the Local Language!

Although English  is a common language in many of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad’s program destinations, we recognize the need for basic communication in the host language. Therefore, all students will receive:  
  • Lonely Planet Guide & Phrase Book - For both language learning and culture/history/country specific inforamton you will receive a Lonely Planet Guide and Phase book before departure, which will allow you to start planning your adventures and learning how to communicate with locals.
  • Basic language practice during the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, semester/year programs students will have the opportunity to practice their language skills and learn a few new words through interaction with locals.


Course Catalog

Tips: To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, and for advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You can view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion here.  You can also view the Academic Course and Credit Information here.


If you have any questions about course availability, please contact

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Hong Kong Polytechnic University Fall 2014 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$11,315.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing without MealsApproximately $5,250 - $5,750
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)


Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:
Single room
Technology package available
Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.


Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 
Fall 2014 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: April 1, 2014
Anticipated DepartureAugust 19, 2014
Start DateAugust 20, 2014
End DateDecember 20, 2014
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Year - FallApplication Deadline: April 1, 2014
Anticipated DepartureAugust 19, 2014
Start DateAugust 20, 2014
End DateMay 9, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Semester - SpringApplication Deadline: September 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureJanuary 13, 2015
Start DateJanuary 14, 2015
End DateMay 29, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1February 14, 2015 - February 16, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Year - SpringApplication Deadline: September 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureJanuary 13, 2015
Start DateJanuary 14, 2015
End DateJanuary 18, 2016
Mid Semester Break #1February 14, 2015 - February 16, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: April 1, 2015
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 8, 2015
Start DateSeptember 9, 2015
End DateJanuary 18, 2016
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2015 Year - FallApplication Deadline: April 1, 2015
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 8, 2015
Start DateSeptember 9, 2015
End DateMay 21, 2016
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information. Important Admissions Update: Hong Kong PolyU recently updated admissions qualifications to include the study abroad studentss home university to be “ranked in the top 250” worldwide. This is according to three rankings used by the university (Times Higher Education, ShangHai JiaTong University Rankings and QS Rankings). If you have questions regarding your university’s ranking, please contact the program manager for this GlobaLinks program.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Spencer Ellis
1-800-980-0033 x108

Program Assistant
Svetlana Peixotto

Resident Director
Aaron Clark

Resident Coordinator
Michelle Pardini