Frequently Asked Questions
Fees and Financial Assistance
|15.||How much is the application fee and how should I pay it?|
|16.||Am I eligible for the financial assistance scheme?|
|17.||Is the tuition fee paid refundable?|
Transfer of study/Credits
|33.||Will my Non-academic Achievements be considered?|
|34.||What is the Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Scheme (OSRS)?|
1. When is the application period?
Please visit this website to check the application period and application procedures. Departments will consider applications on a rolling basis until places are filled.
2. How do I get information on programmes and admission?
Please visit this website to check the programme information, application deadlines of individual programmes and details of any info seminars.
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?
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", then 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. Please click here to study the application/admission arrangements for non-local applicants.
If you hold a dependent visa, then you do not require a student visa and will be regarded as a local student. You should follow the application/admissions arrangements for local students.
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.
11. What are the entrance requirements?
You can find the entrance requirements from the respective programme entries at this website.
12. What are the English Language requirements?
All applicants applying for full-time Bachelor's degree programmes (except those with Higher Diploma or Associate Degree qualification) are required to meet any one of the following English language requirements:
- A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test or 550 or above for the paper-based test;
- An overall Band Score of 6 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
- Grade C or above in GCEOL English;
- Grade C / 4 or above in GCSE / IGCSE English;
- Grade 4 or above in English at International Baccalaureate (IB);
- Grade E or above in HKASLE Use of English.
HKDSE English is an acceptable alternative for meeting the English language requirements. For applicants applying for admission to Bachelor's Degree Programmes, an attainment at Level 3 or above is required. For those applying to Higher Diploma Programmes, an attainment at Level 2 or above is needed.
Individual cases will be considered on their own merits by the departments concerned. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.
13. What are the PolyU codes for IB, TOEFL and SAT/AP?
PolyU’s Institution codes are as follows:
SAT / AP
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
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 and how should I pay it?
A non-refundable fee will be charged for each application. Please click here for details.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 most of the data you have entered, including your programme choice(s). However, you may update the results that were previously not available, on or before the “Update Result Date” you have provided before receiving an offer. You may also update some of the data relating to your personal particulars or work experience.
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?
indicate your acceptance and settle the initial fee or tuition fee before the "last day for payment" shown in the 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
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.
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 need more upload capacity or an extra place to upload my additional/supporting documents?
Submitting excessive documents may unnecessarily prolong the time for assessing your application. Therefore, you should only upload your latest transcript and/or certificates and relevant documents which are specifically required by your applied programme(s) to your online application.
For instructions on uploading documents, please visit "Upload Supporting Documents" section via eAdmission > Help.
28. My academic documents are not in English. What should I do?
Please provide officially translated copies of the documents in addition to copies of the original documents. Otherwise, your application may not be considered.
29. 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 were not yet available at the time you submitted your application. Please scan the documents and log into your eAdmission account for uploading.
Please however note that 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.
Transfer of Study / Credits
30. 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 9 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.
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. 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.
34. 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.