Hong Kong Polytechnic University

- Hong Kong


After World War II, the School became the Hong Kong Technical College in 1947, offering both full-time and part-time courses. In 1956, backed by a $1 million donation from the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association, the Government provided a similar sum and a site in Kowloon to support the construction of a new building for the College.  Officially opened in 1957 by Sir Alexander Grantham, the then Governor of Hong Kong, the college in Hung Hom started off a new phase of techincal education in Hong Kong.

Following the Government’s acceptance of the Committee’s Final Report, the Hong Kong Polytechnic Ordinance came into force on 24 March 1972, and the first Board of Directors of the Polytechnic (renamed “Polytechnic Council” in 1978) was formed under the chairmanship of Dr Chung. Upon the invitation of the Board, the Governor Sir Murray MacLehose agreed to be the first President of the Polytechnic. Mr Charles Old was appointed the Polytechnic’s first Director.

With most of the College’s courses at technician and craft levels already transferred to the Morrison Hill Technical Institute established in 1969, the new Polytechnic started off focusing on achieving teaching standards appropriate to a Polytechnic. Since then, the Polytechnic has undergone extensive development and rapid expansion. The Institution launched its first five degree programmes in 1983, and introduced its first MPhil and PhD programmes in 1986 and 1989 respectively.

With approval from the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee for self-accreditation of degree programmes, the Institution assumed full university status on 25 November 1994, changing its name to “The Hong Kong Polytechnic University”.


Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles

Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology

Department of Applied Mathematics

Department of Applied Physics

Institute of Textiles and Clothing

Faculty of Construction and Environment

Department of Building and Real Estate

Department of Building Services Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Department of Applied Social Sciences

Department of Health Technology and Informatics

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

School of Nursing

School of Optometry

School of Design

College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE)

Hong Kong Community College (HKCC)

School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED)

English Requirements


Financial Assistance 
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.

Entry Scholarships for Outstanding Admittees 
PolyU accords recognition to outstanding students admitted to its full-time undergraduate programmes by granting them scholarships of various amounts offered by the University, HKSAR Government or donors on the basis of academic merit or non-academic achievements (e.g. prizes/awards received in internationally recognised competitions). 

University scholarships, either full or partial, are available for outstanding international applicants. These scholarships, subject to meeting the academic requirements of the University, are mostly tenable for the normal duration of the students' study.

Outstanding international applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships should fill in the application form for scholarship via eAdmission. Those who are awarded scholarships will be informed when they are offered admission.

Post-entry Scholarships and Prizes 
Post-entry scholarships and prizes, normally ranging in value from around HK$5,000 to HK$80,000 each, are also available to full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships and prizes are normally awarded on academic merit and/or according to other specific conditions as stipulated by the donors. Some are specifically intended for travel so that students can broaden their professional knowledge and widen their personal horizons.

Most scholarship and prize candidates are nominated by the Heads of academic departments, but some scholarships and prizes are open to competition. 

Tution Fee

Government-funded Programmes

The following tuition fees are charged for full-time government-funded Bachelor's Degree programmes in the 2014-15 academic year:

  • HK$120,000 (approximately US$15,585) per academic year payable by two equal instalments before the start of the first and second semesters of the academic year.
  • Sandwich year/internship (optional): The tuition fee for a sandwich year or an additional one-year internship is one-fifth of the annual tuition fee of a programme.

New students in government-funded full-time Bachelor's Degree programmes are required to pay a registration fee of HK$15,000 when they take up their offer. The registration fee, which is non-refundable and non-transferable, will be converted to form part of the first semester tuition fee. The remainder must then be paid on or before the payment deadline specified on the debit note.

Tuition fees are non-refundable, except in the case of programme cancellation. However, if a new student has submitted application for withdrawal or has been approved for deferment of study by the relevant department before the start of the first semester, then the tuition fee paid for the semester, after deducting the registration fee, will be refunded in cash.