Frequently Asked Questions

 

General

 

1. When is the application period?
2. How do I get information on programmes and admission?
3. Can I apply through JUPAS as well as to PolyU direct?
4. Who are "non-local" applicants?
5. Can I be considered as a mature applicant?
6. Who should apply for senior year Admission?
7. What are Top-up degree programmes?
8. Can I apply for re-admission if I have withdrawn from a programme of study at PolyU in the previous academic year?
9. When will the offer of a programme marked with "subject to approval" be confirmed?
10. What if the programme I have applied for is cancelled?

 

Admission Requirements

 

11. What are the entrance requirements?
12. What are the English Language requirements?
13. What are the PolyU codes for IB, TOEFL and SAT/AP?
14. Do you accept applications from applicants with non-local qualifications? What non-local qualifications do you consider for admission to undergraduate programmes?

Fees and Financial Assistance

 

15. How much is the application fee?
16. Am I eligible for the financial assistance scheme?
17. Is the tuition fee paid refundable?

Online Application

 

18. How should I submit my application?
19. Can I submit more than one application?
20. How can I verify my application data?
21. How can I update my application data?
22. How can I know my application result?
23. What should I do to accept an offer or a conditional offer?
24. Will I be given offers by more than one programme choices for my application?
25. Can I decline an offer in order to be reconsidered by another programme choice?

Documents Submission

 

26. Should I submit documents to academic departments directly?
27. What should I do if I want to submit additional/supporting documents after application submission?
28. What should I do if my academic documents are not in English?

Transfer of study/Credits

 

29. Will I be granted credit transfer from my previous studies?
30. Can I apply for a transfer from the first year of a full-time government-funded degree programme to the first year of a full-time government-funded degree programme at PolyU?
31. I am studying at PolyU and wish to transfer to another programme within PolyU, should I apply via the non-JUPAS route?

Non-Academic Achievements

 

32. Will my Non-academic Achievements be considered?
33. What is the Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Scheme (OSRS)?

 


 

General

 

 

1.      When is the application period?

 

Please click here to check the application period. Departments will consider applications on a rolling basis until places are filled. 

 


 

 

2.      How do I get information on programmes and admission?

 

Please click the individual programme entry here to check the programme information, application deadlines and other details. 

 


 

 

3.      Can I apply through JUPAS as well as to PolyU direct? 

 

If you have obtained HKDSE results as well as other qualifications, either of which alone is sufficient to qualify you for consideration for admission to our programmes, you can apply either through JUPAS on the basis of HKDSE results or directly to PolyU on the basis of other qualifications. However, you can only choose to apply through one of these two routes for programmes offered under JUPAS in the same academic year. If you apply through JUPAS and to PolyU concurrently, your direct application to PolyU will NOT be considered. Please however observe UGC's guidelines on inter-institutional transfer of students irrespective of the routes you choose.

 

If you have obtained HKDSE results only, you should apply through JUPAS. Please refer to the JUPAS website for details.  

  

 


 

 

4.      Who are "non-local" applicants? 

 

Please click here for the definition of non-local applicants.

 

Local and non-local applicants are considered under different admission 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 have submitted 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. 

 

 


 

 

5.      Can I be considered as a mature applicant?  

 

Those who have reached the age of 25 before 1 September in the year in which they seek admission are categorised as mature applicants automatically for consideration of Department. Mature applicants without the stipulated entrance qualifications may only be admitted on an individual and exceptional basis, and they must demonstrate sufficient motivation, knowledge and potential to indicate a high probability of being able to complete the programme successfully. It is not necessary for applicants to apply as a Mature Applicant. We will automatically take this into consideration.  

 

 


 

 

6.      Who should apply for senior year Admission?

 

Associate Degree / Higher Diploma final year students or graduates should apply for Senior Year admission for full-time degree programmes. They should select the programmes specified for senior year admission via our eAdmission. If you would also like to be considered for admission to the first year of the 4-year degree programmes in case your senior year applications are not successful, please indicate such intention in your application. 

 


 

 

7.      What are Top-up degree programmes?

 

Top-up degree programmes are designed for Associate Degree / Higher Diploma holders. Normal duration of our top-up degree programmes is usually 2 years. You may read the details here. Associate Degree / Higher Diploma final year students or graduates looking for articulation opportunities could also apply for admission to these programmes. 

 


 

 

8.    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 will not be considered for re-admission to the same programme in this academic year. If you apply to the same programme, you shall be disqualified and your application will not be further processed. Fees paid will not be refunded. You are however still eligible to apply for admission to other programmes.  

 


 

 

9.    When will the offer of a programme marked with "subject to approval" be confirmed?

 

You can assume that the offer is confirmed unless you are separately notified of its non-approval. 

 


 

 

10.    What if the programme I have applied for is cancelled?

 

In that case, both the tuition fee and application fee (if you have only one programme choice) paid will be refunded to you. 

 

 


 

Entrance Requirements

 

 

11.    What are the entrance requirements? 

 

Please click here to read the General Entrance Requirements. 

 


 

 

12.    What are the English Language requirements? 

 

Please click here to read the English Language Requirements:

 


 

 

13.    What are the PolyU codes for IB, TOEFL and SAT/AP?

 

PolyU’s Institution codes are as follows:

 

IB

00251

SAT / AP

7261

TOEFL

0732

To allow academic departments to receive your latest results for consideration of your applications, you should add PolyU as one of your score report recipients through the TOEFL iBT® online registration system. For IB students, you should make a request to send your results directly to PolyU either via your programme coordinator of the school or via the IB website. 

 


 

 

14.    Do you accept applications from applicants with non-local qualifications? What non-local qualifications do you consider for admission to

         undergraduate programmes?

 

PolyU welcomes applications from quality candidates from around the world. Please check the guidelines on non-local qualification. 

 


 

Fees and Financial Assistance

 

 

15.    How much is the application fee? 

 

A non-refundable fee of HK$350 will be charged for each application. 

 


 

 

16.    Am I eligible for the financial assistance scheme?

 

Full-time local students on government-funded programmes are eligible for the Local Student Finance Scheme (LSFS) and the PolyU Financial Assistance Scheme. You may also apply for the Non-means Tested Loan Scheme (NLS) if necessary. Please approach our Centre STARS at 3400 3764 or stars.fa@polyu.edu.hk for assistance. 

 


 

 

17.    Is the tuition fee paid refundable?

 

All fees paid will not be refunded except in the case of programme cancellation. However, for new students who are admitted to government-funded programmes and apply for withdrawal of study before the start of a semester, exceptional arrangement will be made to refund the tuition fee paid after deducting the initial fee. 

 


 

Online Application

 

 

18.    How should I submit my application?

 

Please submit your application online via our eAdmission. 

 


 

 

19.    Can I submit more than one application?

 

For our full-time bachelor's degree programmes, you can submit only one application, with up to two choices. 

 


 

 

20.    How can I verify my application data?

 

Please log into your eAdmission account to verify your application data. If you find any discrepancy between your entry and our record, 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. Any offer made will also be withdrawn if the decision is based on incomplete and inaccurate application data. 

 


 

 

21.    How can I update my application data?

 

Once you have submitted your application, you are not allowed to change the programme choice(s) you selected earlier. But, you would still be able to update additional educational details / qualifications and upload relevant supporting documents to the online portal.

 


 

 

22.    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 do not receive any notifications by early September, you can assume that your application is unsuccessful. No separate notification will be sent for unsuccessful cases. 

 


 

 

23.    What should I do to accept an offer or a conditional offer?

 

You should

 

indicate your acceptance and settle the initial fee before the "last day for payment" shown in the first debit note of your Notice of Offer;

settle the remaining tuition fee before the "last day for payment" shown 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, you will be considered as having given up your study place which will be offered to another applicant. 

 


 

 

24.    Will I be given offers by more than one programme choices for my application? 

 

No. Each suitable applicant will receive only ONE offer for his/her application. 

 


 

 

25.    Can I decline an offer in order to be reconsidered by another programme choice?

 

No. If you have received an offer from one of your programme choices, your application to the other programme choices will NOT be further considered no matter you accept the offer or not. 

 


 

Documents Submission

 

 

26.    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.

 

You NEED NOT submit more documents than required as non-required documents will not be considered by departments. Please check the supporting documents specifically required by individual programmes.

 


 

 

27.    What should I do if I want to submit additional/supporting documents after application submission?

 

You should upload all the supporting and relevant documents when you submit your application, except for documents which are not yet available at the time you submit your application. Please scan the additional 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 5 MB per file
  • pdf or jpg files

 

You should not submit any documents to departments direct except for materials that cannot be uploaded, e.g. design portfolio.

 


 

 

28.    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. 

 


 

Transfer of Study / Credits

 

 

29.    Will I be granted credit transfer from my previous studies?

 

If you are admitted on the basis of IB or A-Level qualifications, you may be given credit transfer from 12 credits to a maximum of 25% of the award requirements, depending on your previous study and grade attainments.  If you are a holder of Associate Degree/Higher Diploma and admitted to Year 1 study, you may be granted credit transfer up to a maximum of 25% of the credit requirements of our 4-year full-time undergraduate degree programmes.

 

Departments will consider if your previous studies are relevant to your chosen programme to decide if you will be granted credit transfer or exemption from some programme requirements.  Each case will be considered on individual merits and you will be informed of the number of transferred credits given in the Notice of Offer.

 

If you are not given credit transfer at the admission stage, you may consider submitting an application for credit transfer after enrolment on the programme together with relevant supporting documents, e.g. transcript of study and subject syllabus to your programme offering departments before the end of the add/drop period of the first semester of your first year of study for departments’ consideration.

 


 

 

30.    Can I apply for a transfer from the first year of a full-time government-funded degree programme to the first year of a full-time government-

         funded degree programme at PolyU?

 

Repeating of government-funded study across institutions, irrespective of whether there is a change of programme or discipline, is generally discouraged, and only cases with very good reasons will be exceptionally considered on a case-by-case basis. 

 


 

 

31.    I am studying at PolyU. If I wish to transfer to another programme within PolyU, should I apply via the non-JUPAS route?

 

It is the University’s policy that new students will not be considered for transfer to another programme offered in the same mode of study during their first semester of registration.

 

If you are studying a government-funded programme of PolyU and wish to transfer to another PolyU government-funded programme of the same level of award, you should submit an application for transfer of study instead of a new application in the non-JUPAS application period. Current Higher Diploma students applying for degree level of study and have submitted an application via JUPAS are not allowed to submit a further application for transfer of study within PolyU. 

 


 

Non-Academic Achievements

 

 

32.    Will my non-academic achievements be considered?  

 

PolyU supports the all-round development of students and gives due recognition to the non-academic achievements of applicants in the admission selection process. Applicants with very outstanding non-academic achievements (e.g. with awards/prizes attained in prominent international competitions) will be favourably considered for admission in the selection process.

 

Applicants concerned should provide relevant information and documents in their applications within the application period and will only be considered by their first programme choice. We, however, still require applicants to be admitted on the basis of outstanding non-academic achievements to meet the minimum entrance requirements of the programmes before they are eligible for consideration. 

 


 

 

33.    What is the Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Scheme (OSRS)?

 

We introduced OSRS in 1998 to give due recognition to sports achievements of applicants in our selection process. Applicants who have participated in prominent international competitions, or are members of the Hong Kong Team/Junior Team, can participate in OSRS.

 

Applicants must be nominated by an appropriate sports organisation/body. The first programme choice departments will take into consideration the applicants’ academic score, level of sports achievements, interview/test performance, if any, and other appropriate information in deciding their suitability for admission. It is, however, necessary for applicants to meet the minimum entrance requirements of programmes before they are eligible for final consideration. To know more about the Scheme, please click here.