Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who are non-local applicants?
If you require a student visa to study in Hong Kong or are staying in Hong Kong under the "Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates", you will be regarded as a non-local applicant. Non-local applicants who possess only visitor or tourist visas can neither be registered as students nor commence their studies until they have obtained student visas.
For dependant visa / entry permit holders who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Director of Immigration, they will be regarded as non-local applicants and should follow the application/admissions arrangements for non-local students.
Local and non-local applicants are considered under different admissions schemes. The levels of tuition fees for local and non-local students are also different for most programmes. If your status changes from non-local to local or vice versa after you submit your application, any offers made under the initial admissions scheme may be cancelled and your application will be considered in competition with other eligible applicants under the subsequent admissions scheme.
2. Do you accept applications from non-local students from the Chinese mainland?
Majority of our mainland students are admitted on the basis of their results in the current year Chinese Mainland Joint Entrance Examinations. If you hold other international qualifications or HKDSE results, you will only be further considered if you attain, or have the potential to attain, outstanding results, such as 90% in your high school study, a total of 40 points or above in IB, Grade A* in 3 AL subjects, a HKDSE score of at least 26 for your best 5 subjects or equivalent.
3. Can I apply for re-admission if I have withdrawn from a programme of study at PolyU in the previous academic year?
If you have withdrawn from a programme of study at PolyU without completing the withdrawal procedures or have been required to withdraw in the previous academic year, you need to provide information about your PolyU study in your application or you may be disqualified. You will not be considered for re-admission to the same programme this academic year and your application will not be processed further. The fees paid will not be refunded. However, you will still be eligible to apply for admission to other programmes.
4. Are there any other admission intakes apart from September entry?
No, there will not be any intake other than the one in September.
5. Can I submit a late application?
Subject to availability of study places, late applications submitted after the application deadline for normal consideration will also be accepted.
6. Should I apply through the International Admissions Scheme if I possess a Hong Kong permanent identity card and a passport?
Applicants, who are both citizens of other countries and holders of valid Hong Kong permanent identity cards, should apply for admission to our undergraduate programmes via the Non-JUPAS Admission Scheme. Those who do not hold Hong Kong permanent identity cards and need to apply for student visas to study at our University should follow the application/admissions arrangements for international applicants.
Qualifications & English Language Requirement
7. What non-local qualifications do you consider for admission to your Bachelor's Degree programmes?
PolyU welcomes applications from quality candidates from around the world. Please click here to check the guidelines.
8. Do I need to take TOEFL or IELTS?
Non-local applicants for full-time Bachelor's Degree programmes are required to meet the following English language requirement:
A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test;
An overall Band Score of 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The above English language requirement can be waived for applicants who have reached an equivalent English standard as follows:
- Grade C or above in GCEOL English; OR
- Grade C / 4 or above in GCSE / IGCSE English; OR
- Grade 4 in English at International Baccalaureate (IB); OR
- Specified results in some of the national / regional qualifications (Please refer to "Guidelines on Non-local Qualifications" section)
Individual cases will be considered on their own merits by the departments concerned. Applicants will be required to demonstrate their language proficiency in the selection interviews/tests.
9. What are the PolyU codes for IB, TOEFL and SAT/AP?
Institution codes are as follows:
SAT / AP
10. I am applying for admission on the strength of my A-Level or IB results. How many years do I need to study to complete a Bachelor’s Degree programme?
If you hold A-Level or IB qualifications, you may be granted transferred credits up to 25% upon admission to the 4-year degree curriculum. Departments concerned will consider each case on its individual merits and inform you of the result at the Notice of Offer.
11. If I take more than one examination, should I provide them in my online application?
If you sit multiple examinations, please enter all relevant results and qualifications in your online application. Our University will base on all the information to consider your eligibility for admission.
12. Do I need to apply for a visa to study in Hong Kong?
"Non-local student" (except those staying in Hong Kong under the "Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates" and dependant visa / entry permit holders who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Director of Immigration) need to apply for a visa to study in Hong Kong. Please note that the Immigration Department may not accept student visa applications from certain nationals. For details, please refer to the Immigration Department's website by clicking here.
13. Can I stay in Hong Kong after graduation?
Under the “Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates”, you can apply to stay in or return to Hong Kong after you have graduated from PolyU or completed a full-time programme at degree level or above in Hong Kong. You will normally be granted a stay of 12 months on time limitation without any other conditions upon application, provided that you meet the normal immigration requirements. During the stay, you are free to take up employment or pursue studies in Hong Kong without the need to seek prior approval from the Immigration Department. Please click here to refer to the Immigration Department’s website for details.
Fees & Scholarships
14. How much is the application fee?
Non-local applicants: HK$450
Please note that other than the specified application fee, you are not required to pay any money to any persons in connection with your application.
15. Are non-local students eligible for financial assistance? Can I take up part-time jobs?
Non-local students are not eligible to apply for financial assistance from both the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and PolyU. Please therefore secure sufficient funds before embarking on studies at PolyU. You are however allowed to take up part-time on-campus employment for not more than 20 hours per week throughout the year and off-campus summer jobs during the summer months (i.e. 1 June to 31 August) without any work hours limit, which helps you earn some petty money to cover part of your daily expenditures.
16. How much are the living expenses?
Non-local students should be aware of the high cost of living in Hong Kong. Apart from tuition fee and hall fees, academic expenses (excluding computer and related expenses) for full-time students are likely to be in the region of HK$7,000 – HK$10,000 for most disciplines* and around HK$30,000 for design programmes. Basic meal charges at campus catering outlets are likely to be about HK$40,000 per annum (excluding summer terms).
Living expenses vary for individuals, students may wish to allow funds for personal items, entertainment, overseas travel, medical expenses, etc. The Student Halls of Residence charged a reasonable rent of HK$12,356 in academic year 2018-19 (from September to May). For hall fee details, please click here. Non-local students are reminded to secure sufficient funds for the accommodation cost in their 3rd year of study onwards, before embarking on studies at PolyU.
* Specific disciplines may have higher academic expenses.
17. How can I get a scholarship?
PolyU recognises outstanding local and non-local students admitted to its full-time undergraduate programmes by granting scholarships of various amounts on the basis of academic merit, non-academic achievements (e.g. prizes/awards received in internationally recognised competitions) and interview performance. Outstanding international applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships should fill in the application form for scholarship via eAdmission. Applicants awarded scholarships will be informed when they are offered admission.
18. Are non-local students eligible for hall residence?
Non-local undergraduate students will be given an opportunity to stay in the University-managed Accommodation (including the Student Halls and off-campus housing), normally for their first two years of study (including the period of joining Work-integrated Education/internship and/or outbound exchange progamme, if any) and subject to the availability of residential places. For hall admission policies, please visit www.polyu.edu.hk/hall/index.php/hall-admission/admission-policy-ug.
Post-Secondary Qualifications & Transfer of Study
19. Will I be granted credit transfer from my previous studies from other universities?
Applications for credit transfer are normally not accepted until your initial enrolment on the programme or before the end of the add/drop period of the first semester of your first year of study in our university. It is at that stage that you should support your application with relevant documents, e.g. transcript of study, syllabus. (For students whose tuition fees are charged by credits, a credit transfer fee will be charged.)
For programmes which specify acceptance of certain advanced qualification, e.g. Higher Diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, you may automatically be considered for credit transfer. You may also write a statement about your wish to be considered for credit transfer, but it will be up to departments to make decision on this. If you are required to take fewer credits than the normal requirement, you will learn about it at the Notice of Offer.
Normally, no more than 50 percent of the credits that are usually required can be transferred from other post-secondary institutions for your PolyU award.
The validity period of subject credits earned is eight years from the year of attainment, i.e. the year in which the subject is completed, unless otherwise specified by the department responsible for the content of the subject. Grades may or may not be given for the transferred credits.
20. Can I apply for a transfer from the first year of a full-time government-funded degree programme in another local university to the first year of such a programme at PolyU?
Repeating of government-funded study across institutions is generally discouraged, irrespective of whether there is a change of programme or discipline, and only cases with very good reasons will be exceptionally considered on a case-by-case basis.
21. How should I submit my application?
Please submit your application online via our eAdmission System.
22. Can I submit more than one application?
For our full-time Bachelor's Degree programmes, you are allowed to submit only one online application, with up to two choices.
23. How can I get my application number?
An application number (e.g. 19XXXXXXX) will be automatically generated once you have submitted your application successfully.
24. Can I apply if my examination results have not yet been released before the application deadline?
Yes, you can still apply for admission if you can provide the examination results to meet the general entrance requirement before 18 August. In the meantime, please upload your latest results, e.g. transcript of your high school study, via eAdmission. Alternatively, you may ask your school / institution to send us the transcripts / predicted public examination results (e.g. IB or GCEAL) by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by post (Academic Secretariat, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong) for our preliminary assessment. A conditional offer will be given to applicants who are considered having the potential to be eligible for admission.
25. How can I know my application result?
You will be notified by email if you are shortlisted for interview/test. If you are given an offer or a conditional offer, you will be informed via email/SMS. You may also log into your eAdmission account from time to time to check the progress of your application.
If you are applying for admission to year 1 of government-funded Bachelor’s Degree programmes and want to be notified of your result earlier, please submit your application for earlier consideration according to the processing rounds here.
If there is no news by late June, you may assume that your application is unsuccessful. No separate notification will be sent for unsuccessful cases.
26. What should I do to accept an offer or a conditional offer?
- indicate your acceptance and settle the initial fee before the "last day for payment" displayed in the first debit note of your Notice of Offer;
- ask your school to send us direct an official transcript or official letter stating your final results of your qualifications mentioned in/attached to your application by mail (Academic Secretariat, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong) for verification;
- settle the remaining tuition fee before the "last day for payment" displayed in the second debit note of your Notice of Offer; and
- register at PolyU on the programme registration date as indicated on the Notice of Offer. (For conditional offer, you need to complete the procedures for meeting the conditions stated in the Notice of Offer before you come to register.)
Otherwise your place will be offered to another applicant.
27. How can I update my application data?
Once you have submitted your application, you are not allowed to change your programme choice(s) and other data you have entered, except the results that have previously not been available ONCE on or before the “Update Result Date” you have provided and some of your personal particulars/work experience.
28. How can I verify my application data?
Please log into your eAdmission account to verify your application data. If you cannot find your application data, you should contact us immediately (please quote your application number in all your correspondences with PolyU).
As the information you entered in the online application form will form the basis on which your application will be considered, you should make sure that it is complete and accurate. Otherwise, your chance of admission may be affected, and any offer made will also be withdrawn if it is based on incomplete and inaccurate application data.
29. Should I submit documents to academic departments direct?
No, except for materials that cannot be uploaded, e.g. design portfolio. Please upload the documents to your online application and departments will be able to read them together with your application data.
30. What should I do if I want to submit additional/supporting documents after application submission?
You are not allowed to submit further documents after application submission, except for documents which are not yet available at the time you submit your application. Please scan the documents and log into your eAdmission account to upload them.
Uploaded documents should be
- in black and white
- in A4 size
- with low quality high compression (e.g. 300dpi)
- less than 2 MB per file or 5 MB in total
- pdf or jpg files
You should not submit any documents to departments direct except for materials that cannot be uploaded, e.g. design portfolio.
31. My academic documents are not in English. What should I do?
Please provide officially translated copies of the documents certified by your Institutions, Ministry of Education or legal authorities in addition to copies of the original documents, otherwise your application may not be considered.
32. If my high school does not offer official transcripts to students, what should I do?
In this case, please request your school to send us direct an official letter stating your final results by mail (Academic Secretariat, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong) or email to email@example.com. Your full name and application number must be clearly included in it.
33. Who should I contact if I have questions concerning the admission arrangements for international students?
Please contact us on (852) 2333 0600 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.