Admission process overview

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 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 2018. 

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?

People’s 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 “paid”, the University’s 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 applicants’ 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 

Meeting entrance requirement determines whether the application is to be accepted for review. After review, interview invitations will be sent to shortlisted candidates 3 to 5 working days prior to the meeting.

What causes delay in reviewing an application?

Incomplete applications or applications with a pending application fee cannot be processed timely.

For some cases, a review cannot be made without a satisfactory English test score, and 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:

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 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 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 “Initial Programme Fee”?

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$4,000 per credit = HK$16,000
Non-local students: 10 credits x HK$4,400 per credit = HK$44,000

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 student visa?

Upon admission, PolyU Academic Secretariat will help you to apply 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 received either a conditional or a firm admission offer from PolyU.  

For details, please refer to “Notes to Self-financed Taught Postgraduate Non-local Students” at:

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.

Application and entrance requirements

How to apply to the MDes Programmes? What supporting documents are required for the application?

To apply to any MDes specialism, you must submit an application online only via eAdmission at You may update your application data after you create an account, check application status and result on eAdmission.

Here are some required documents to include in your application, for instance, Letter of Intent, Portfolio, three Letters of Recommendation (academic/ profession), Full Official Transcripts, Degree Certificates, TOEFL/ IELTS report, etc.

Documents not originally issued in English should be accompanied by certified, literal English translations. Please do not send original certificates, transcripts or English test reports. Readable scans of original documents will suffice during the application stage.

Please also refer to previous question on “How and when will applicants be informed about the interview arrangements?”

What does a complete application include?

A complete application includes:
- Application form (via eAdmission)
- Letter of intent
- Three Letters of Recommendation (academic/ profession) ~
- Evidence of academic qualification, i.e. Official Full Transcripts and Degree Certificates ^
- Portfolio #
- IELTS/ TOEFL report*

~ Design Strategies applicants need to provide an employment proof for meeting entrance requirements.
^ For holders of academic qualification from Mainland China, evidence of academic qualification must include Degree Certificate, Academic Credential, official proofs of GPA and GPA to Percentile Conversion Table. 
# Except applications for Design Strategies
* If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose: A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Application forms without all relevant fields filled out will also be considered incomplete. We encourage applicants to provide full details of their post-secondary qualification and previous and/or current employment. Information and corresponding evidence submitted on eAdmission will be used to assess applications in meeting entrance requirements.

Incomplete applications cannot be processed promptly.

What is the minimum score required to meet the University’s English Language Requirement?

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test, or an overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

What English tests are not acceptable for meeting the University’s English Language Requirements?

English tests other than TOEFL iBT, TOEFL paper-based test, or IELTS Academic tests. Tests such as TOEFL ITP, IELTS General Training, CET4 and CET6 are not acceptable.  

Should I submit an official letter from my institution to prove English as a medium of instruction (EMI)?

Yes, especially if your programme or department uses a different language as a medium of instruction than the university. The official letter must be issued by office of international affairs, academic secretariat, or related authority, printed on letterhead, signed and stamped.

What are the entrance requirements?

In terms of academic qualification, normally a Bachelor’s degree in Design or the equivalent in a related discipline is required; except for Design Strategies and International Design and Business Management specialism, a Bachelor’s degree from other disciplines is also welcomed. Besides, some specialisms may prefer candidates with some professional experience in a design related field. Please refer to programme webpages or programme brochure for details.

Do I need to take Postgraduate Admission Exam in order to apply to MDes scheme?

No, we are independent from the postgraduate education system under the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

Will my application be considered if I do not have a formal training in Design?

Yes – you may apply to the Design Strategies specialism. This MDes specialism is not a studio-based programme as the purpose is academic – to deepen design understanding and integrate design in its business and technological context through reading, thinking, discussing, and writing. 

If your Bachelor’s study is in Business, Engineering or Technology, you can consider the International Design and Business Management specialism. This specialism is structured with some studio subjects, putting together multi-disciplinary teams to think and act creatively, to cross-pollinate among disciplines in order to prepare our graduates to lead in highly competitive businesses.

Will my application be considered if I hold other tertiary qualifications with years of professional experience?

Applications from those who hold other tertiary qualifications complemented by substantial, relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications considered on a case-by-case basis usually require additional documents for evaluation and approval process, as a result, a longer process time must be expected.

Additional documents may include, but are not limited to: 
- For both local and non-local academic credentials: IELTS/ TOEFL test report;
- For local academic credentials: proof of course registration under Education Bureau’s Qualification Framework; 
- For non-local academic credentials: evidence supporting the national recognition of the awarding institution of the academic qualification, and qualification assessment by Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. 

Documents not written in English must be accompanied by certified, literal English translations. Readable scans of original documents in local language must be provided as well.

We suggest you to contact the MDes programme team in advance. Please refer to the question on “What are the contacts for further information/ enquiries?”


What should be in my portfolio?

In general, the content of your portfolio may include the most advanced design you have done. We are interested in the process of the concept development in self-initiated, experimental and commercial works. Support samples of work with succinct descriptions where needed. If you would like to include group projects, you must clearly specify your role in the creative process. The organization and appearance of your portfolio, as an important part of your application, should be presented in professional quality. 

We expect the portfolio to be structured as a purposeful document tailored for applying to a specific programme in mind. Appropriate portfolios should include related projects, to demonstrate your skills and approaches as a designer and as a communicator and that you would make a suitable candidate for the programme applied.

What are the portfolio requirements?

Portfolio can will be reviewed once. Acceptable formats include Digital Copy and Online Portfolio/ Personal Website. 

Digital Copy: should be limited to a file size of 10MB or below. Files must be submitted via an online platform at Note that you will need an application number to login to this platform. This application number is generated automatically after an application is submitted via PolyU eAdmission System. After that, details of the online application cannot be changed. Therefore, do not submit your online application if you know there will be further changes.

Online Portfolio: You can indicate the URL of your “Personal Website” in the online application. The URL should enable reviewers to access and view a portfolio online without needing to download. Online portfolio sites (e.g. Coroflot, Behance) or online services (e.g. ISSUU) that allow realistic and customizable viewing of digitally uploaded materials are acceptable, as long as the requirements are met. 

We do not accept CDs, DVDs or file transfer links/ attachments in emails.

Portfolio must be in English.

Specialism-specific Requirements for Design Practices: (a) A minimum of six projects is required. (b) Completion dates (month and year) of the projects must be indicated. (c) Three most representative projects must be stated, in order of self-assessed success rate. (d) Among the projects presented, two of them have to be undertaken professionally.

What if I do not have a portfolio?

Some specialisms require a portfolio, but the Design Strategies specialism accepts students based on both academic qualification and professional experience.  If you do not have a portfolio related to design, we suggest you focus more on the interview process to describe your background and career interests.

Learning environments – about PolyU MDes and HKG

What is the language of instruction?

All programmes are taught in English. 

What is the duration of MDes programmes?

Practices, Interaction and ID&BM specialisms can be completed in 1 year full-time; Urban Environments takes 1.5 years full-time; whereas Strategies specialism normally take 2 years part-time or not more than 1.5 years full-time, as most classes are held mostly during the weekends.

What is the average size of a class?

It varies - some classes are large when various specialisms combine; some are small devoted to special topics. There are many tutorial opportunities.

What are the advantages of full-time study mode?

To non-local students, our intensive 1-year full-time programmes are popular due to the fact that their financial and career considerations are addressed – the tuition fee is the most competitive among the top d-schools list; the 1-year study period will make a sabbatical plan possible when professionals only have a short period of time to be taken out of their career to seek a different experience or to broaden their horizons away from home. 

Some local students choose a full-time study mode as they see it as potential rapid career advancement.

Overall, the strong social learning context is very much appreciated by our full-time MDes students. They enjoy the intensive experience throughout the learning and interaction process.

Should I consider an MDes degree?

There is a wide spectrum of design functioning from operational to strategic levels which is well recognized as essential for companies to stay competitive. Consequently, senior designers, managers and professionals in design or related fields need to advance themselves with new visions, updated theories and methodologies and learn to create value through design. 

Design Strategies has been broadening the horizons of students with proven success. On the other hand, the studio-based programmes such as Design Practices, Interaction Design, International Design & Business Management and Urban Environments specialisms, welcome design practitioners to deepen their knowledge and innovation abilities in respective areas and prepare them to be leaders of the field.

What kind of facilities are available for students?

PolyU Design has relocated to the Jockey Club Innovation Tower in 2013 which is built to further drive the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia, and provide additional space to facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration. The home of PolyU Design provides advanced facilities for teaching and learning, as well as ample exhibition and collaboration spaces that are positioned to attract deserved attention to our students’ work. The Innovation Tower is the first permanent architectural work in Hong Kong of Ms Zaha Hadid, one of the most influential figures in the world of modern architecture.

Workshops and studios are where design students study and nurture their creativity. The School has fully equipped modelling workshops that allow students to have conceptual and physical space to investigate and experiment with materials, tools, processes and ideas. 

School of Design’s workshops and labs: Digital Print Shop (Large-format Poster Printing, Book Printing/Binding, Color/B&W Copying, Paper Cutting), Production Workshop (Wood Workshop, Metal Workshop, Computer Numerical Control, 3D Prototyping, Fused Deposition Modeling, Laser Cutting), Audio Video Workshop (Editing Lab, Audio Mixing Room, Audio Recording Booth, Stop Motion Lab, Hand-drawing Lab and the Production Studio), Sound Studio, and Photographic Studio.

Full-time students have their dedicated studio space.  The studios feature custom-built hardware that accommodates high-end graphics and multimedia content development. 

The Material Resource Centre (MRC) is central to the School’s learning infrastructure. As a place for leading trends in design, material research and production, MRC brings together thousands of new and innovative materials from all over the world. 

Apart from PolyU’s academic library, Pao Yue-kong Library, that is linked with all public and university library services in Hong Kong and PolyU’s technical library Industrial Centre, students have access to a number of sports and communal student facilities: Outdoor swimming pool, 25-metre all-weather indoor swimming pool, 5-a-side indoor football pitch, Indoor gymnasium, Sports Complex (sports hall, tennis courts, table tennis rooms, golf practice room, fitness room, activity rooms) and Sports Centre (sports hall, squash courts, activity rooms).

Are there any collaborations with other institutions?

PolyU Design collaborates with design schools around the world to offer opportunities within and alongside the curriculum that benefit students’ learning and growth in their desired areas. The collaborations are in the form of exchange programme, double degree arrangement, shared studio subjects, international workshops and international guest lectures. Examples of international academic collaboration include: Parsons School of Design, Royal College of Art (RCA), Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), University of New South Wales, (UNSW), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), National University of Singapore (NUS), Northumbria University, Politecnico di Milano (MIP), etc.

What are the differences between MDes, MFA, MSc, and MPhil programmes?

All of these are postgraduate programmes vary somewhat.  MDes is a taught professional degree for design practitioners. MFA is a terminal graduate degree in an area of performing arts requiring at least two years of study for completion. MSc is a basic degree type in most subjects. MPhil is a research degree, requiring the completion of a thesis; it is also considered the gateway for the PhD.

What does current students say about choosing Hong Kong to study Design?

You can read about students’ firsthand experiences through their blogs at:

Find out more from Designers Inbetween (, a documentary created by two in-bound exchange students of PolyU Design, about the strategic advantages and challenges international designers face in one of the world’s financial capitals and how the industry is generically different from the West and the rest of Asia.

What are the contacts for further information/ enquiries?

Prospective applicants reaching out to us at an early stage is important. This way, we can better support you to navigate the application procedures, and more importantly to know you better. Feel free to contact us should you have further questions on application or academic matters.

You can contact the MDes programme team by tel. at +852 3400 3440 / 2766 5474, or by email at /

Tuition and financing your study

How much does various specialism cost?

Tuition fees are calculated based on the number of credit required for graduation (36 credits for all MDes specialisms). Tuition per credit is HK$4,400 (local) / HK$5,100 (non-local) and the programme tuition fee is HK$162,000 (local) / HK$183,600 (non-local).

What is the tuition payment schedule?

The remaining tuition fee, after settling the Initial Programme Fee, is to be settled in accordance with the number of subjects enrolled in Semester 1, Semester 2 and the Summer Semester, usually after their corresponding Add/ Drop period.

What are the means of payment?

Local payment by: ATM, PPS, Internet Banking (incl. credit card), cheque or cash
Overseas payment by: Bank Draft and Telegraphic Transfer

For details, please refer to the payment methods here:

Are there scholarships for non-local students?

No scholarship is available for 2019/20 admissions. Non-local students, may instead, seek financial resources from their home country's education bureau or non-profit organisations that support aspiring individuals to study internationally.

How about scholarships for Hong Kong students?

A couple of post-entry scholarships# (in value around HK$30,000) may be available for HK students studying in our full-time programmes. These scholarships are normally awarded on academic merit and other selection criteria specified by donors.

#PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw scholarships at anytime. In case of any dispute/ disagreement, PolyU's decision is final.

What financial assistance is available for local students?

Continuing Education Fund (CEF) and Extended Non-means-Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS).

Some subjects in MDes scheme are included in the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable courses for local residents (  Eligible students enrolled in the listed subjects may apply for subsidies. Please refer to the Continuing Education Fund website at for information.

Local residents are eligible to apply for the HKSAR Government's Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS). The scheme offers interest-bearing loans to eligible students for covering tuition fees. An administrative fee and a relatively higher interest rate are charged once the loan is drawn down until it is fully repaid. Applications are non-means tested, which means that there is no assessment of family's income and assets. For details of the scheme, please refer to the Government's website at

What are the financial considerations when non-local students planning the year abroad?

When you budget your expenses, it is important to clarify your funding at an early stage and for the entire period of study. Also, consider to make your budget flexible by reserving a fund set aside for any unforeseen circumstances, such as possible fluctuations in currency value, price inflation, emergencies, travel, etc.

When applying for the student visa after obtaining an admission offer, you are required to produce a financial resource statement issued by your bank which prove the availability of enough funds to cover the tuition and living expenses for your first year of study in Hong Kong.

Can holders of student visa work in Hong Kong while studying?

Holders of student visa are permitted to take up part-time on-campus employment for not more than 20 hours per week during the semester; and employment during the summer months (1 Jun to 30 Aug) without any limit in relation to nature of work, work hours and location. Please refer to Immigration Department of HK SAR for detail:

On-campus employment opportunities include Work-on-Campus Scheme through University’s Office of Careers and Placement Services (CAPS) (Job board: and PolyU research/ project posts (Listing:

Student visa

Do I need a student visa if I stay/ work in Hong Kong under IANG Scheme (Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates)?

If you are staying in Hong Kong under the "Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates" (IANG), you do not need to apply for a student visa to study in Hong Kong.  But once your IANG expires, you will need to apply for a student visa. In both cases, you will be applying as non-locals.

What are the eligibility criteria for applying student visa?

In general, an application for a visa/entry permit to enter the HKSAR for study may be favourably considered if: the applicant holds a school acceptance letter to confirm that he or she has been accepted to a full-time programme; and he or she is able to meet the fees for the programme, the living expenses for his/her maintenance and accommodation without working and without recourse to public funds. 

For details, please refer to the Immigration Department’s website at:

Are there nationals that the Immigration Department may not accept for applying student visa?

Please note that the Immigration Department may not accept student visa applications from certain nationals. For details, please refer to the Immigration Department’s website at:

When and how to apply student visa?

Upon admission, the University will help you to apply for a student visa. You will be informed of the details of visa applications, immigration regulations, health care, cost of living and other non-academic matters of concern to non-local students if you are offered admission to one of our programmes.

What type of student visa should I apply for if I am based outside Hong Kong and will be making travel arrangements to attend classes on Friday evenings/ weekends?

Non-local students taking up part-time postgraduate studies at PolyU will likely be issued a short-term multiple-entry student visa. To apply this type of visa, students will need to submit a study plan.

Do I wait until the admission condition is met to apply for student visa?

You are strongly advised to submit an application for student visa as soon as you have received either a conditional or a firm admission offer from PolyU. 

Living in Hong Kong - non-locals

What are the living costs like in Hong Kong?

The living costs will depend on one's lifestyle. These costs involve the following major expenses: accommodation, food, local transport, telecommunications, books, etc. Accommodation makes the biggest expenses. 

As PolyU is located in the city centre and very accessible by public transport, accommodation options are off-campus and non-hall housing: private properties, hostels/ guesthouse, serviced apartment, short-term accommodation. Based on their priorities, some students choose to live in a student accommodation offered by accommodation service providers; some prefer first to group together and then rent a privately-owned flat or service apartment, while others prefer to live on their own.

An estimate of around HK$120,000 - HK$140,000 a year per person would be basic for students sharing a flat with one or two students.

You may get an idea of the living costs in Hong Kong if you visit related sites on cost of living, for example, Numbeo (, Expatism (, or online supermarkets (, etc.

What is the culture of Hong Kong like?

Hong Kong is a vibrant international city and yet one of the safest cities in the world. Given its very cosmopolitan outlook, its unique blend of Chinese and Western cultures, students from around the world can easily adapt to the new environment. Its highly quoted “East-meets-West” is the best term to describe the city – where religion, food, architecture, population, entertainment, festivals, etc. span the globe. 

The proximity of Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland and Southeast Asia also attracts many international students from design and business fields to explore these emerging markets. With increasing socioeconomic integration of Hong Kong with the Chinese mainland, efficient cross boundary transportation network enables “1-hour living circle” and that connects the fast growing Pearl River Delta region. This region is the world’s most important manufacturing location that is also emerging as an R&D hub of ICT, automotive, steel and petrochemical industries. This provides ample opportunities to cultivate students’ intercultural awareness and perspective.

The city hosts all kinds of international events around the year for arts and culture, music, films, sports, and food enthusiast. Visit the following sites for more information about Hong Kong culture - and

Also see the brief guide to Non-Local Postgraduate Students prepared by our Student Affairs Office -

What are the accommodation arrangements for non-local students?

Taught postgraduate students arrange their own accommodation on a self-financing basis. Main accommodation options may include:

(a) Self-arranged accommodations offered by PolyU recognised providers. Please visit PolyU’s Mainland and International Students Service Centre (MISS) website for details at:

(b) Others (e.g. student housing offered by other service providers or renting an apartment with flat-mates in the private market).

In 2018, monthly rent for (a) may be ranged from HKD4,500 for a double-shared room to HKD7,000+ for a standard single room, and to HKD19,000+ for the entire apartment for 1 to 3 persons. 

The payment terms usually include: (i) reservation fee (rent and utility prepayment for first two months) within two working days upon the issuance of the contract; (ii) rent and prepaid utility deposit and (iii) security deposit (refundable) within 15 working days after move-in.

The actual terms will vary, depending on the type of accommodation and the practice of the landlord or the service provider. It is very important to be clear about the terms and to know your rights and responsibilities before signing any agreement. 

For those who plan to rent a privately-owned apartment, you may also need to clarify with the landlord about the followings: rules about subletting/ transferring, security deposit, and whether the rent includes duty fees, commission fees (if using a property agent), management fees, government rates, government rents, and utility bill payment, etc.

Non-local students may approach the University's Non-local Student Services Team (NLSST) for one-stop advisory services:

Location: ST302, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building
Tel: 3400 2608
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 09:00 – 18:00
Contact person: Ms. Carrie Lui and Ms. Iris Wong

MISS also provide useful information, resources and assistance to help non-local students to settle in. Find out more at:

What is the student life in Hong Kong like?

You can read about students’ firsthand experiences through their blogs at:

Arrival, registration and settling-in

When should students arrive in Hong Kong?

The academic year runs from early September through mid-August. Students should arrive before the end of August.

Allow at least two or three weeks for searching and identifying the suitable accommodation. Before securing a place live, you are suggested to arrange for your temporary accommodation. 

What documents are needed for attending registration?

You must bring the following to attend the registration: personal identity document (HKID/ Passport/ Mainland ID) used in your application, originals of all academic award certificates, relevant transcripts, professional certificates mentioned in or attached to your application, payment record of your initial programme fee (e.g. payment receipt issued by the bank or the hard copy print out for electronic payment). 

For most updated information, please refer to the Notice of Offer. You can view your Notice of Offer on eAdmission at:

What can I do if I am unable to register in person?

You can authorise a representative to complete the procedures for you. 

Apart from the required documents mentioned in the Notice of Offer (under Registration Procedures), your representative will also need to bring an authorisation letter ( signed by you and a copy of your Hong Kong Identity Card/Passport, which will be returned to your representative after verification.

What can I find information to get started in PolyU?

The non-local student handbook can be downloaded here (pdf):

What kind of insurance and health care are provided for full-time students?

The University Health Service (UHS) provides a comprehensive range of primary health care for all full-time students (URL: For emergency consultation when the clinic is closed, you may reach the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the nearest public hospital, for assistance. 

The University has already prepared a basic insurance coverage (Group Personal Accident Insurance) for students joining PolyU activities during their stay in Hong Kong. However, student are strongly encouraged to arrange for appropriate insurance scheme (e.g. insurance coverage against illnesses, accidents and public liability) for better protection that covers their entire study period. If students have trouble getting insurance coverage in their hometown, they may also consider to getting it in Hong Kong via local banks or insurance brokers. You should compare plan features, coverage, major exclusions, policy terms and condition before making a decision.

The Non-local Student Services Team may also help students to enrol for the Group Medical (GM) and/or Public Liability (PL) insurance schemes via the University’s Finance Office. The GM Insurance covers hospitalisation medical expenses due to accidental bodily injuries but out-patient consultations will not be covered. The PL insurance covers legal liability for accidental third-party property damage (tangible property) and/or accidental third-party bodily injury in connection with the Insured’s business. The annual (1 September 2018 – 31 August 2019) premium amounts for the GM and PL insurance schemes for non-local students are HK$274.20 and HK$175.10 respectively. 

What are the banking services available on campus?

There are two banks in the Shaw Amenities Building on campus: Hang Seng Bank and Bank of East Asia. Their business hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mondays to Fridays). Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are also available there and you will find it convenient to use an ATM card to withdraw money, pay bills, transfer funds at any time.

When opening a bank account, the local banks will normally ask you to produce the Hong Kong Identity Card, PolyU Student ID card, passport/ travel document(s), proof of permanent address, etc. In addition, the banks require a minimum deposit which varies for different banks.