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The Hong Kong Polytechnical University (PolyU)

Founded in 1937, it was the first institution to provide technical education in Hong Kong and continues to work closely with industrial partners.
Find out more at PolyU's exchanges webpages
PolyU Hong Kong

Places available: 5 full-year (open to all) incl. Chemistry research projects (Sept - March).


Term Dates: 

  • Sept to December, January to May

Nominations to PolyU (to be made by Durham University):

  • 26 March (15 March for School of Design)

Application (by students once awarded a GO study place):

  • 15 April

Full version of academic calendar

Academic Information

Programmes and subjects available in current Academic Year are listed according to academic departments:

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences and Textiles (FAST)
  • Faculty of Business (FB)
  • Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE)
  • Faculty of Engineering (FENG)
  • Faculty of Health & Social Sciences (FHSS)
  • Faculty of Humanities (FH)
  • School of Design (SD)
  • School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM)
  • Chinese Language Centre (CLC)

Study Load

18 credit units per semester. 1 course = approx. 3 credit units. Please visit the Incoming Exchange webpage for more course information.


  • The medium of teaching at PolyU is English (except language subjects).
  • We recommend GPA point of at least 2.7/4.0. 


Incoming Exchange students enrolled into one of the undergraduate programmes at PolyU for semester-based study are guaranteed accommodation at the University-managed Accommodation (including the Student Halls and Off-campus Housing) for a twin-sharing room. No single room is available. The University reserves the right to assign the accommodation in the Student Halls of Residence or Off-campus Housing as and when necessary and appropriate. Application instructions will be sent to successful applicants in the admission email. Application period is usually in early August and early December. For Incoming Exchange student on clinical placement and non-semester-based study, PolyU accommodation offer is not guaranteed but we will try to accommodate as far as possible.


PolyU Hong Kong Innovation Tower

PolyU Student Support

The Student Support and Welfare Section provide support at PolyU including: counselling, wellness and lifestyle.

Find out more about PolyU support

Cost of Living

Below is an estimated summary of living expenses per month. 

  • Accommodation (PolyU Student Halls of Residence): HKD 1,400
  • Food: HKD 3,000
  • Laundry & air conditioning in residence: 200
  • Miscellaneous expenses: 900

Further Information and Videos

Summer Schools

There are Summer School opportunities at Hong Kong Polytechnical University.


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Dating back over 130 years, the Star Ferry is an iconic ride connecting Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. To ride it you can even just tap in and out using the Octopus card, Hong Kong's equivalent to London's Oyster card.

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GO Full Year Study: Step by Step

How does it work?

Find out details of how full-year GO study works

Where can I go?

Find out about Durham's partner universities

How to apply

Find out the application process

Preparing to go

What students must do pre-departure

Currently Abroad

Help and resources for students abroad

Returning Students

Find out what to do on your return