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Why PolyU?

PolyU is a place where dreams take flight and become reality. We welcome students to be part of this exciting journey.

We are committed to opening the minds of the next generation so that young people can create positive change in the world and help shape a brighter future.

We pioneer new ways of delivering higher education. PolyU’s four-year undergraduate academic curriculum offers a flexible, student-centred and holistic professional education, with an aim to nurture all-round students with high levels of professional competence, a strong sense of social responsibility and a global outlook.


  • #91 QS World University Rankings 2020
  • #7 QS Top 50 under 50  2019
  • #20 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2019
  • #31 QS Asia University Rankings 2019


PolyU offers over 170 postgraduate, undergraduate and sub-degree programmes supported by more than 1,300 faculty members from different parts of the world. PolyU is also Hong Kong’s sole provider of full-time Bachelor's degree or Higher Diploma programmes in the following areas: Design, Engineering Physics, Environment and Sustainable Development, Fashion and Textiles, Geomatics, Optometry, Physiotherapy and Transportation Systems Engineering.

  • #1 in Hospitality and Tourism Management (ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019)
  • #1 in research performance and citation impact in the field of Textiles and Clothing (a survey conducted by Thomson Reuters)
  • #10 in Management (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019)
  • #15 in Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • #16 in Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • #16 in Engineering (Best Global Universities Rankings 2019 by the U.S. News and World Report)
  • #19 in Transportation Science and Technology (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019)
  • #20 in Architecture / Built Environment (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • #31 in Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • #34 in Computer Science (Best Global Universities Rankings 2019 by the U.S. News and World Report)

Eight Faculties and Schools

Our teaching units are grouped under the following six faculties and two schools. Please visit the faculties/schools’ websites to find out the wide range of professional programmes offered.

Academic Structure

The four-year undergraduate degree programme is designed to benefit PolyU's students by providing a more flexible, student-centred, holistic professional education that is consistent with PolyU's goals and mission. The overall credit requirements are as follows:

Minimum credit requirement for graduation

120 credits

General University Requirements (GUR)

30 credits

Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR)

66 - 102 credits

Undergraduate students are required to achieve 30 credits in subjects under the General University Requirements, with the objective of broadening their horizons and promoting their holistic development. Students are also required to fulfill Discipline-Specific Requirements (66-102 credits) to develop fundamental discipline-specific knowledge and skills, so as to prepare them to become professionals in their chosen field.

Infinite Opportunities

Students of PolyU will be exposed to countless learning opportunities both inside and outside classroom, allowing them to specialise in their interests and follow their dreams.

Vigorous classroom learning is designed to build up students’ professional knowledge and hone their skills. A wide array of "Out-of-classroom" learning activities, such as mentorship programmes, industry-based student projects and study tours, are also made available for students to equip themselves and explore possible career paths. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are offered to accommodate different interests and needs, and for the all-round development of students.

The Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Scheme has been launched to provide opportunities for outstanding student-athletes to pursue tertiary education at PolyU. Participants of prominent international competitions or members of Hong Kong Team/Junior Team are welcome to apply for the scheme.

With a focus on multidisciplinary collaboration, PolyU fosters innovative research to meet the changing needs of society and advance technology frontiers. Students have vast opportunities in engaging in research projects.

PolyU has outstanding performance in knowledge transfer, contributing to the advancement of businesses and industries. The University also fosters innovation and the "Do Well, Do Good" entrepreneurial culture through seed funding to support startup ventures of students and alumni. Many innovative ideas have been turned into reality, bringing positive impact to the world.

Unique Curriculum

To nurture bright minds to become leaders of tomorrow, PolyU puts strong emphasis on Service-Learning, Leadership Training and Work-Integrated Education.

PolyU is the first institution in Hong Kong to launch the credit-bearing Service-Learning programme, which connects professional education with societal needs, providing opportunities for students to apply their knowledge to improve the lives of those less fortunate.

In addition, PolyU provides students with a wide variety of leadership development programmes in mainland China as well as overseas countries and regions through its Global Youth Leadership and Service-Learning Institute, aiming to nurture the mindset, knowledge and skills needed to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Another unique feature of PolyU’s undergraduate programme is our mandatory Work-Integrated Education (WIE) programme that requires students to engage in authentic projects or work as interns in an organisational context. With a variety of local and offshore intern opportunities offered in Hong Kong, mainland China as well as overseas countries and regions, WIE enables our students to attain workplace readiness before graduation, thus enhancing their competitiveness.

Global and Mainland Exposure

PolyU’s extensive global connections help broaden the international perspectives of future generations. The Belt and Road Initiative has further given a new momentum to the University’s effort to internationalise and broaden students’ outlook. Also, PolyU has a solid presence in mainland China, with six regional bases established in Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Beijing and Shanghai.

We have established strategic partnerships with universities, institutions, industries and corporations all over the world to offer study, exchange, internship and Service-Learning opportunities for students to learn without borders and unleash their talents in different cultures.

In particular, our Student Exchange Programme offers the opportunity to study in over 230 renowned universities across 37 countries and regions. Every year, some 700 PolyU students go on exchange and a similar number of inbound exchange students come to the University.