Which programmes are inviting applications?
The Master of Design (MDes) has five specialisms: Practices, Strategies, Interaction, International Design & Business Management (ID&BM) and Urban Environments. All are inviting applications for September 2019 intake, but their focus and requirements differ somewhat. Please visit our website at http://www.polyudesign.com/mdes for specific information.
When is the application period? What is First Round Review?
PolyU is accepting applications for September 2019 entry from 27 Sep 2018 to 30 Apr 2019. The School will carry out First Round Review starting 14 Dec 2018 and arrange interviews for shortlisted applicants shortly after. Completed applications will be considered and reviewed as they arrive. Admissions will be offered on a rolling basis after First Round Review.
What defines an applicant as a non-local student?
Peopleâs Republic of China and foreign nationals may join study programmes in Hong Kong offered in full-time mode of study. They are considered non-locals and will require a student visa. Holders of dependant visa and IANG however, are considered as non-locals but do not need a student visa when taking full-time or part-time study. Holders of a valid employment permit may join our part-time programme (Design Strategies) as locals. But if their employment permit expires, they will need a student visa, hence are considered as non-locals.
What is to be expected after submitting an application?
Once you submit your application, an application number and a bill number will be generated from eAdmission. Save these for your records and quote these number when requested, for example, settling the application fee or making an enquiry. You can also check the application and fee payment status on eAdmission. When the payment status changes to âpaidâ, the Universityâs Academic Secretariat will release your file to MDes programme team. Although the team will notify applicants periodically if any required document is found missing, it is in applicantsâ own interest to ensure their file contains all required documents and an application form with all relevant fields filled out. Incomplete applications cannot be processed promptly. If you experience trouble submitting your required documents, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting entrance requirement determines whether the application is to be considered or not. After submitting a complete application, you can expect a review to be conducted within four weeks. If the admission committee decides to process your application further, we will reach out to you and inform you about the interview arrangement 3 to 5 working days prior to the meeting. In other cases, your application is either not successful, or you are on the waiting list. On the waiting list means that we have more highly qualified applicants than we can invite to the interview for the moment. The decision to process your application further may come later.
What causes a delay in reviewing an application?
Incomplete applications or applications with a pending application fee cannot be processed timely. The decision to call for an interview will be delayed.
How much is the application fee and how can it be settled?
The application fee is HK$450 (for non-local students) and HK$350 (for local students) and it is non-refundable. If you are not in Hong Kong, please send a bank draft payable to "The Hong Kong Polytechnic University", or settle the fee by Visa/ MasterCard (worldwide acceptance) or UnionPay (issued by banks in China). Personal cheques and cash are not acceptable. For details, please refer to Finance Office website at: https://polyu.hk/qDjNx.
How and when will applicants be informed about the interview arrangements?
All admissions must go through the interview process. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in person (for local applicants) or over internet video calls (for non-local applicants). Invitations are usually sent 3 to 5 working days prior to the meeting.
When do I expect to hear from you after attending an interview?
The processing time usually takes about two weeks. Applicants are able to see their application status on eAdmission. Successful applicants will receive an email/ SMS notification. Note that the emails from the University might be delivered to your spam folder due to the email service setting. If the status is shown as âbeing consideredâ, it means the admission committee has not come to a definite conclusion for your admission and you are on the waitlist. We will re-evaluate all candidates on the waitlist on a regular basis and inform you when to expect a final answer.
When and how will the result be announced?
Admission offers for September 2019 entry will be announced, via eAdmission and by email/ SMS, starting early February 2019. You can also check your application status online at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/admission from time to time. Admission offers will be sent no later than mid-June. If there is no news by then, you may assume that your application is not successful.
What is âInitial Programme Feeâ?
You can see the Initial Programme Fee as a kind of prepayment of your tuition. At the time of admission, you will be asked to confirm your acceptance of an admission offer by settling a non-refundable Initial Programme Fee (an amount of 4 credits or 10 credits for local and non-local students respectively): Local students: 4 credits x HK$4,500 per credit = HK$18,000 Non-local students: 10 credits x HK$5,100 per credit = HK$51,000 After the add/drop period in the first semester, students will receive a debit note for the remaining fee. The remaining fee is the tuition based on the number of credits enrolled minus the Initial Programme Fee. For example, if you have enrolled 15 credits for the first semester and you had settled the Initial Programme Fee of 10 credits, the remaining fee will be 5 credits.
How and when to apply for a student visa?
The Entry Visa Application team in Academic Secretariat will help you in the process of applying for a student visa. As it may take 8 to 10 weeks for the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to process your student visa application, you are strongly advised to submit it as soon as you have accepted a conditional or a firm admission offer from PolyU and settled the Initial Programme Fee. For details, please refer to âNotes to Self-financed Taught Postgraduate Non-local Studentsâ at: https://goo.gl/NSXYFR. To learn about the status of your visa application, please contact the Entry Visa Application team by email at email@example.com.
Is there a maximum number for student intake?
There is a limit to the number of admission places for each programme, early applications are advantaged.