Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong, SAR China

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) was first established in 1937 as the Government Trade School and assumed full university status in 1994. The student population at PolyU is the largest among all publicly funded university in Hong Kong. English is the main language of instruction and courses are offered via six faculties and two schools

HKPU is ranked 75th in the QS World University Rankings 2021 and is renowned for its spirit of determination and for providing students with global perspectives and opportunities, keeping with a vision of ‘Opening Minds – Shaping the Future’.

Hong Kong itself is a unique destination, one of Asia Pacific’s leading design and innovation centres, an international financial centre, where Eastern and Western cultures meet. The city has fantastic transport links, scenic hiking trails, an energetic arts community and English is one of the official spoken languages.

Programmes of study

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – The nearest major airport is Hong Kong International Airport. It takes around 40 minutes and costs HK$75 to get to HKPU by train or by bus it takes approximately an hour and costs HK$33.
  • Accommodation – University-managed Accommodation (including the Student Halls and Off-campus Housing) is available for a twin-sharing room.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that meet Hong Kong immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in Hong Kong, and students are required to purchase their own policy. The insurance should cover but is not limited to travel, personal accidents, medical expenses (accident and non-accident), hospitalization and emergency evacuation/ repatriation.


Living costs in Hong Kong tend to be higher than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Hong Kong: