Non-local Applicants



PolyU welcomes applications from non-Hong Kong residents. Many students from different parts of the globe have joined PolyU and studied in its taught postgraduate programmes.


A "non-local student" is defined as one who requires a student visa to study in Hong Kong. Those staying in Hong Kong under the "Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates" (IANG) will also be considered as non-local students. If you are holding a valid work permit, you do not require a student visa to take a part-time programme, but you need to apply for a student visa to take a full-time programme. If you are holding a dependent visa, you will be considered as a local student and will follow the admissions arrangements for local students.


Non-local students taking up part-time postgraduate studies at PolyU will likely be issued with a short-term multiple-entry student visa. When you only possess a visitor or tourist visa, we can neither register you as a student nor allow you to commence study until a student visa is obtained.


Non-local students are not eligible for government grants and loans. You should therefore ensure that you have sufficient funds for tuition fees, accommodation and other expenses, including medical insurance. Nevertheless, students holding student visa and studying a full-time programme at degree level or above with a study period of not less than one academic year will be allowed to take up study-related internship, part-time on-campus employment and summer job, subject to the conditions as stipulated by the Hong Kong Immigration Department. Please refer to the Student Handbook posted on the website of the Academic Secretariat ( for more details.



Non-local postgraduate students have to arrange their own accommodation in Hong Kong. Given the central location of our University, students living off campus can still travel to the campus conveniently. Details on visa applications, immigration regulations, health care, cost of living and other non-academic matters of concern to non-local students will be provided to you separately if you are offered admission to our programmes. A brief guide has been prepared by the Mainland and International Student Services Centre (MISS) to help you make the best use of the opportunities and facilities available during your stay at PolyU and in Hong Kong. Details can be obtained here. For self-arranged accommodation, you can contact MISS at (852) 3400 2608 for advice, or apply for university-managed off-campus housing (subject to availability) at