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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, commonly referred to as PolyU, was founded in 1937. The university’s faculties, which enroll approximately 30,000 students, are highly ranked and its Business School enjoys the prestige of triple accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA). PolyU’s campus is located in the heart of Hong Kong (Kowloon Peninsula) with easy access to key districts and major attractions. Hong Kong is a fascinating city and a gateway to the Chinese mainland. Studying at PolyU will give students the opportunity to travel to China as well as other Asian countries.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

Hong Kong skyline across the water

From a sleepy fishing village 6,000 years ago to British colonial rule and its final return to China in 1997 – modern Hong Kong presents an ever-changing kaleidoscope of culture and traditions. With a land mass of 426 square miles and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. A city with many stories to tell, the varied museums, architecture, cuisine and local community will ensure visitors get a taste of the city’s fascinating heritage. To escape the bustle of the city, guest may visit Hong Kong’s numerous country parks and hiking trails that offer amazing scenery. Hong Kong is a very compact place so getting around is extremely easy. The city has a well-developed public transportation network and bilingual signage makes it easy to travel anywhere in the city with the highest efficiency and convenience.

Student Life

Stanley Ho Building on Hong Kong Polytechnic campus, China

PolyU is located in the heart of the city and the university has many amenities on campus, such as convenience stores, banks, bookshops, student canteens and cafes offering an array of cuisines at affordable prices. Students have Wi-Fi access across the campus, and may use computing labs as well as an extensive library which houses more than 1.82 million items, the largest collection of scientific, engineering and business materials in East Asia. With an Olympic standard swimming pool, natural grass soccer field, squash and tennis courts, modern gymnasiums and even a golf practice area, it’s easy to stay in shape. In addition, every year approximately 280 courses are offered for students to develop skills in 20 different sport activities. MISS, the Mainland and International Student Services Office provides a plethora of services, special events and support for exchange students.

Two young men at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, China

Term Dates

Fall Semester
September to December

Spring Semester
Mid-January to May

Courses Available

PolyU offers a wide variety of courses in multiple disciplines, and students are free to choose from multiple disciplines. However, UF students are required to take at least half of the courses in their semester schedule from the business department. Please consult the course offerings available in HKPU’s Schools of Accounting and Finance and the Department of Management and Marketing.

Use our course equivalency database to find out which courses at PolyU can apply to your UF degree. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in English. Chinese language classes are available for credit.

Grade Conversion

Grades are reported in the same manner as UF.

Credit Conversion

PolyU’s credit system parallels UF’s credit system. For example, if you take a 3-credit course at PolyU, you will receive 3 hours of credit at UF.

Students are expected to take 12 credits of coursework (generally 4 classes) to maintain full time status.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense ComparisonSemester at UFSemester at PolyU
UF Tuition$3,190$3,190
UFIC Admin. Fee-$425
Health Insurance-$154
Housing / Utilities$2,995$1,200
Internet / Cable$585$250


Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).


Students may stay at the Student Halls of Residence. It is probably the largest block of student dormitories in the world and houses over 3,000 student residents. All rooms are fully furnished with a shared bathroom between two adjacent rooms. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with broadband Internet access. A wide range of activities like workshops and cultural events showcasing different interests such as cooking, languages, music, and dance encourage students to broaden their international outlook and enhance their appreciation of different cultures. These activities allow students to meet new friends and participate in a variety of fun activities.

Travel Opportunities

Forbidden City in Beijing, China

Hong Kong’s fast and cost-effective public transportation system provides easy access to beautiful beaches and countryside. For travel to China, Asia and the world, Hong Kong’s award-winning, ultra-modern Chek Lap Kok airport serves 40 cities in China and over 100 destinations worldwide. Most major Asian locations are within a four-hour flight and half the world’s population is within five hours by air. Beijing’s Forbidden City and the Xian Terracotta Warriors are both just three hours away.

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