The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Academic Advising at PolyU
The 4-year undergraduate curriculum prepares students for success in their chosen professions and nurtures them to be all-rounded global citizens. Under the 4-year undergraduate curriculum, students are required to complete subjects in their major study as well as the 30-credit General University Requirements (GUR) to develop professional competence and strengthen holistic development. To empower students to fulfil the academic requirements, PolyU adopts a two-tier academic advising system:
- In the Faculty/department: Academic Advisors in the Faculty/department advise students on Major/Minor study and Free Elective selection
- At Student Affairs Office (SAO): Academic Advising Officers advise students primarily on GUR study and university life
Students will be assigned to both a Faculty/Department Academic Advisor and an Academic Advisor Officer in SAO after admission. The Advisors/Academic Advising Officers will meet with their advisees periodically. To learn more about academic advising, please visit the Counselling and Wellness Section of SAO (https://www.polyu.edu.hk/sao/cws/).
Academic Support Services
Sophisticated learning resources and tailor-made activities help students to further develop their all-roundedness, achieve academic excellence and gain professional competencies. These include:
- Chinese language training
- English language training
- General education
- Industrial practical experience
The Careers and Placement Section (CPS), Students Affairs Office, through guiding, facilitating and supporting students’ career planning and development, helps the University realise its vision in relation to the provision of “the best holistic education for the benefit of Hong Kong, the nation and the world”. The career services we provide to PolyU students include but not limited to:
- Career development and training programmes that help students identify career interests, prepare for the real-life working environment, and hone their job-search skills.
- One-to-one / small group career advising sessions that optimise students’ career development.
- International, mainland and local Work-Integrated Education (WIE) internship opportunities for students’ fulfilment of WIE requirements.
- Recruitment talks, career fairs, senior executive sharing, and mentorship programmes that provide opportunities for students to meet, network with, and solicit jobs from prospective employers.
- PolyU Job Board and Joint Institutions Job Information System (JIJIS) that are job searching platforms where students can find part-time / graduate job and internship opportunities.
For further information, please visit CPS’s website at www.polyu.edu.hk/sao/cps.
Health Care Services
Services available to full-time students include medical consultations, emergency care, minor operative treatments, immunisation' certification on health examinations, nursing care and subsidised primary dental care etc. The UHS Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic offers general Chinese medicine clinical consultations, acupuncture, bone-setting and one-stop-shop herbal medicine dispensing service to full-time students.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Scholarships and prizes are available. Applicants who have attained outstanding public examination results or have non-academic achievements at the international level will have the chance to be awarded entry scholarships upon admission.
Moreover, eligible students can apply for financial assistance administrated by the Government of the HKSAR and PolyU.
For details, please visit our webpages:
- Entry Scholarships for Outstanding Admittees (will be announced later)
- Financial Assistance
Student Activities and Services
Student Affairs Office (SAO) is committed to offer a wide range of co-curricular activities that aim to enhance students’ holistic development and nurture all-round graduates. The following are some examples:
- Wellness-in-Action Programme
- Extra-Curricular Enrichment for Lifelong Learners (EXCELL) Programme
- Global Student Ambassador Programme
- Inclusion Awareness Campaign
- Student Integration and Cultural Exchange Activities
- Athletic Sports Skill Training
- Student Athlete Development Programme
- External Activities and Competitions
Student Counselling is a self-discovery journey. Having conversation with counsellors allows you a genuine space to approach, to process and to work through your concerns from different angles and perspectives. Our passionate counsellors will walk along side with you to find your strengths, resources and potentials for personal growth and actualisation.
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Services for Students with Special Needs
PolyU provides a wide range of services and facilities for students with disability/ special needs. Once admitted, students with disability/ special needs are advised to contact the Student Resources and Support Section (SRSS) of Student Affairs Office (2766 6800) or their academic departments to discuss their needs so that tailor-made services can be arranged.
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students' Union (HKPUSU) carries the spirit of democracy and fair judgement into representing full-time undergraduate students. Although independent of PolyU, the HKPUSU participates in the running of the University, with student representatives on various committees.
The HKPUSU organises sports, recreational, academic, social and cultural functions, with orientation week and annual dinner amongst the highlights. It also provides regular welfare such as daily photocopying and other stationery retailing services; members can buy stationeries and snacks in the Welfare Shop and enjoy photocopying and binding services in the Photocopying Centre located on the first floor of the Shaw Amenities Building. HKPUSU also provides other welfare for its members such as special offers from shops and organisations. Students can join by subscription and the payment of an annual membership fee.
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PolyU has a range of facilities aimed at making campus life convenient and pleasurable.
- Catering outlets
- Communal facilities
- IT facilities
- Student lockers
- Bank, bookshop and convenience store
The Jockey Club Auditorium and Chiang Chen Studio Theatre are the cultural hubs for our students and staff. We organise a wide variety of programmes each year, including dance, theatre, visual arts, film and video, orchestral music, literary arts, talks, workshops, the Artist-in-Residence programme and many others.
As the learning hub of the University, the Pao Yue-kong Library offers a dynamic learning environment with a multitude of resources and spaces for students in all disciplines at PolyU. With a collection exceeding 5.5 million items, students can access a wide variety of books, course readings, as well as journals, video and audio resources in both print and digital formats for university and self-learning. Modern technology-equipped learning spaces are offered for group learning and individual study. Students can also make use of the facilities at the Library’s i-Space, Multimedia Commons, One Button Studio and Digital Studio to learn and create knowledge, and bring emerging technologies to their disciplinary work.
To promote healthy and active lifestyles, the campus features a variety of sports facilities, including the Shaw Sports Complex, Fong Shu Chuen Hall, the Kwong On Jubilee Sports Centre, Block X Sports Centre and the Michael Clinton Swimming Pool. Also available is an off-campus sports centre – the Joint Sports Centre at Kowloon Tong.
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PolyU student halls offer abundant opportunities for students’ personal growth and all-around development through immersive social, cultural and intellectual interactions with hall-mates from all different backgrounds under one roof.
The halls are situated at two locations – Hunghom and Homantin. Both halls are fully equipped with sports, leisure and catering facilities. All rooms are air-conditioned and include refrigerators and Internet access. Toilet and shower facilities are shared between adjacent rooms or among rooms in the same suite.
Other Facilities / Projects
Campus Expansion at Ho Man Tin Slope
The Campus Expansion at Ho Man Tin Slope will provide more than 1,200 hostel places and over 10,000m2 net floor area of academic space. On top of the funding secured for the hostel portion, CDO has recently received funding approval by the Financial Committee of the Legislative Council in June 2020 for the academic portion. The foundation works are scheduled for commencement in the 4th quarter of 2020 and the project is targeted for completion by 2026.
Library Extension and Revitalization Project
Upon receiving approval of project funding by the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council in July 2020, site works readily commenced within the same month. Whilst the new extension on 6/F would be targeted for completion within 2022, revitalization works on existing floors will be carried out by phases during summer holidays to minimize nuisance, with overall completion date scheduled by end of 2023. On top of planned measures to mitigate noise disturbance during the construction period, alternative study space outside library building will be provided on an as-needed basis.
Student Hostel at Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong
The Government has earmarked a site at Kowloon Tong for hostel development of the University. The project will provide 1,680 hostel places as well as supporting amenities including communal, social, recreational and dining facilities, carparks and outdoor recreational space for the University. The project is targeted for completion by early 2028.