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  • Locations: Hong Kong, China
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Global E3 
  • Restrictions: Rochester applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Area of study: Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering (all), Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Technical Entrepreneurship and Management
Program type: Exchange
Program Description:

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong, CHINA

University Info   |   Faculty of Engineering Info   |   Faculty of Construction and Environment   |   Exchange Student Info

Fast Facts

  • East meets West – there’s always something for everyone
  • Asia’s world city – packed with wonderful attractions and only a short hop from Southeast Asia’s most celebrated destinations
  • Wide range of courses taught by diverse international faculties and respected industry professionals
  • Largest student population among all publicly funded university in Hong Kong
  • Received over 700 incoming exchange students from 30 countries each year


Our Strategic Location

Located in one of the most fascinating cities in the world, Hong Kong is literally a gateway to the Chinese mainland and living here will offer wonderful opportunities to travel to China as well as the rest of Asia. Our campus is located right in the heart of Hong Kong with easy access to key districts and major attractions.

Our Vibrant Culture

We are the largest publicly funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong in terms of student population. We have an international community with over 1,000 international students on campus from over 40 countries and over 1,200 academic staff, many who are recruited globally.

Our Outstanding Achievements

Our engineering programmes achieve great success on world university’s ranking

  • 15th in the world for the subject of Civil & Structural Engineering (QS World University Ranking by Subjects 2019)
  • 37th in the world for the subject of Mechanical Engineering (Academic Ranking of World Universities ARWU 2019 by ShanghaiRanking), PolyU is the only university in Hong Kong ranked in the top 50

Terms of Exchange

Study Level

  • Undergraduate students: Accepted
  • Graduate students: NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science majors: Accepted

Eligibility Requirements

  • Recommended GPA of at least 2.7/4.0 (Student is evaluated on case-by-case basis, respective Department reserves the right to reject application)

Language of Instruction

The medium of instruction is English unless otherwise specified.

English Proficiency Requirements

No proof of English is required for students from partner universities.

Students should possess proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

Study Period

Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

Academic Calendar   |   Semester Dates (including exam period)  

  • Fall (Semester 1): early September to late December
  • Spring (Semester 2): mid-January to mid-May

Academic Information

Disciplines Available

  • Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Building Engineering & Management
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computing
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic and Information Engineering
  • Enterprise Engineering with Management
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Environmental and Occupational Safety & Health
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Internet and Multimedia Technologies
  • Geomatics
  • Logistics Engineering and Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Product Analysis with Design
  • Product Engineering with Marketing
  • Property Management
  • Surveying
  • Transportation Systems Engineering

Course Contents

Course Descriptions   |   Schedule of Classes

Course Enrollment Requirements

At least 50% of the student's credits must be taken in the host department.

Workload per Semester

You are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 18 credits per semester. As most subjects carry 3 credits each (approximately 39 teaching hours), you are recommended to take 4 - 6 subjects per semester.

Additional Application Materials

Students nominated by IIE to PolyU should refer to our Incoming Students website for more information on PolyU’s application procedures.

Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:

  • NOT Required

You will receive an Admission Letter from the International Affairs Office (IAO) by email in 4 - 6 weeks after the application deadline.


All exchange students are guaranteed a place at PolyU's Student Halls of Residence. Application details will be included in the admission letter.

Life at the Student Halls of Residence (PolyU video)

Estimated Cost of Living

Enjoy Hong Kong to the fullest in an affordable way (PolyU video)

Budget (scroll down to Fees and Expenses)


100 HKD per day.  There is no meal plan available at PolyU and each meal is separately purchased. There are many choices of dining facilities both on campus and at the Hall, ranging from quick/simple meals to full multi-course provision of both Chinese and Western styles. Also, PolyU is located right in the city centre and you can always try a restaurant or café off campus.

Housing – in residence halls – 46.5 HKD per day

Laundry and air conditioning in residence – 250 HKD per month

Local transportation 

Once you get your PolyU Student ID Card, you can apply for the Student Octopus Card. You should get the form from the Customer Service Centre at any MTR station and get it endorsed by the Academic Registry. The Student Octopus Card gives you 50% discount when you travel by MTR.

Miscellaneous expenses – 40 HKD per day

**The above does not include expenses for air tickets, local transportation, insurance, clothing, entertainment and textbooks. 


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students  

Global Engagement Office   |

Emergency Contact

In case of emergency, students should call 999 if they are off-campus within Hong Kong; or 2766 7999 if they are on campus or at the student halls of residence.

City Info

Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic cities in the world. As a world class city with its unique location and vibrancy, it is an ideal destination for studying and living.

Unique location

The city's unique location serves as a gateway to China and the rest of Asia. You can easily visit China, one of the world's fastest growing countries during your break. Alternatively, hop over to Macau or explore other countries in the Asia region during your holidays.

Dynamic culture

From a sleepy fishing village to colonial rule and its return to China in 1997 - the modern Hong Kong presents an ever-changing kaleidoscope of culture and traditions. A city with many stories to tell, the museums and local community will ensure you get a taste of the city's true heritage.

International and upbeat lifestyle

Hong Kong has something for everyone. As a gourmet paradise and shopper's heaven, the city offers a glittering international fare for those interested. If you are keen on the greener landscapes of the city, numerous country parks and hiking trails will leave you breathless literally - with its picturesque scenery!


Hong Kong is a very compact place so getting around is extremely easy. Our well-developed public transportation network and bilingual signage ensure your easy access to anywhere in the city with the highest efficiency and convenience.

Law and order

A high standard of autonomy and security is fundamental to Hong Kong's success. With relatively low crime rates, Hong Kong is considered to be one of the safest cities in the world. With sensible precautions, it is always safe for you to travel alone or be out and about in the evening.

Info for University of Rochester Students
This program is currently only available to Engineering and Computer Science majors. If you are  interested in this program please contact Rohan Palma or a CEA adviser.

Name: Rohan Palma
Position: Global E3 Program Coordinator 
Telephone: 585-275-7532


In addition to creating your profile in the University of Rochester Portal, you must also apply directly to the program here

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.