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Why PolyU?

PolyU is a place where dreams take flight and become reality. We welcome students who want 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, which aims to nurture all-round students with high levels of professional competence, a strong sense of social responsibility and a global outlook.


  • #6 QS 2021 Top 50 Under 50 Rankings
  • #24 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2020
  • #75 QS World University Rankings 2021


PolyU offers over 150 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with distinguished disciplines including Hospitality and Tourism Management, Fashion and Textiles, Design, Optometry, Environment and Sustainable Development, Maritime Studies, Aviation, Nursing and Physiotherapy.

  • #1 in Hospitality and Tourism Management (ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020)
  • #1 in research performance and citation impact in the field of Textiles and Clothing (survey conducted by Thomson Reuters)
  • #6 in Management (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020)
  • #7 in Transportation Science and Technology (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020)
  • #15 in Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
  • #19 in Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
  • #20 in Engineering (Best Global Universities Rankings 2020 by U.S. News & World Report)
  • #22 in Architecture / Built Environment (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
  • #31 in Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
  • #40 in Computer Science (Best Global Universities Rankings 2020 by U.S. News & World Report)
  • #45 in Linguistics (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)

Eight Faculties and Schools

PolyU programmes are supported by more than 1,200 faculty members, with 30 academic units grouped under six Faculties and two Schools. Please visit the following 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 students by providing a 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.

Excellent 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 develop students’ professional knowledge and hone their skills. At the same time, a wide array of "Out-of-classroom" learning activities, such as mentorship programmes, industry-based student projects and study tours, are also available for students to equip themselves for 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 provides opportunities for outstanding student-athletes to pursue tertiary education at PolyU. Participants in prominent international competitions or members of the Hong Kong Teams /Junior Teams are welcome to apply for the Scheme.

With a focus on multidisciplinary collaboration, PolyU fosters innovative research to expand human knowledge, address societal needs and make a positive impact on the world. Students have plenty of opportunities to engage in research programmes that are widely supported by the government and research organisations.

PolyU has an outstanding record in knowledge and technology transfer, transforming innovations and research breakthroughs into real-world industry solutions and social advances. The University also fosters innovation and a "Do Well, Do Good" entrepreneurial culture through seed funding to support student and alumni startup ventures.

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 was the first institution in Hong Kong to launch a credit-bearing Service-Learning programme, which combines professional knowledge, service and practical social experience in order to cultivate students to become global citizens and leaders with a strong sense of social responsibility.

In addition, PolyU offers credit-bearing courses on leadership and interpersonal development to more than 2,000 students every year with a view to equipping them as future leaders.

Another unique feature of PolyU’s undergraduate curriculum is the 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 given a new momentum to the University’s effort to internationalise and broaden our students’ outlook. Additionally, PolyU has a solid presence in Mainland China, with six regional bases established in Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Sichuan and Xi’an. The University will also make good use of the new opportunities brought about by the Greater Bay Area (GBA) development and enhance collaborations with institutions in other GBA cities, thereby fostering talent development in the region.

We have established strategic partnerships with universities, other 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 for study in 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.