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Hong Kong Polytechnic University- International Summer School

Program Location Hong Kong, China
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20134
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
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Hong Kong Polytechnic University- International Summer School
Exciting, vibrant Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating cities in the world and it is literally a gateway to the Chinese mainland. Beyond the glass and steel of Hong Kong’s commercial persona, the city boasts a vibrant cultural scene that features the eclectic influences of its Chinese roots, colonial connections and a wondrous pool of homegrown talent. Here, you’re just as likely to find yourself applauding at Asia’s top film festival as joining in dawn taichi or reading the couplets of a local poet to the drumbeat of a dragon boat. Culture could also mean indie music under the stars, a classy art walk, your first Cantonese opera – not to mention the exhibitions and events staged year-round at the many museums and concert halls.

As a study abroad destination, Hong Kong is one of the best!  This dynamic cosmopolitan city has been rated the 5th in the QS Best Student Cities in 2015.

Strategically located in Hung Hom, the heart of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is the largest publicly-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong in terms of student population. With the mission to nurture graduates to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, innovative problem solvers, lifelong learners and ethical leaders, the university offers a wide range of academic programs to meet the industrial, commercial and community needs of the city and the region.

PolyU has been ranked:

  • 8th in the QS "50 Under 50" list of world's top young universities 2014/15
  • 9th in the world and 1st in Hong Kong in engineering research disciplines, according to the Best Global Universities Rankings 2015 by the U.S. News and World Report
  • 15th in the 2014 Ranking of Top Universities in Greater China (RTUGC) by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • 27th in the QS Asian University Rankings 2015


The PolyU International Summer School is designed to combine theory with practical experience. It consists of courses in the form of classroom lectures and small group seminars, extracurricular activities and an optional field trip to mainland China to complement and maximize the learning experience.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Hong Kong Polytechnic University- International Summer School
HK is a shopper's paradise!

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [Krannert School of Management][Polytechnic Institute]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The PolyU International Summer School welcomes both local students and students from all over the world for an enriching international exchange experience.  Students can participate in either term 1, term 2 or both.  They can choose from a wide range of intellectually stimulating subjects, each worth 3 credits (39 contact hours). The classes will be scheduled either from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm or from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm on weekdays.

HK PolyU summer program courses fall under one of three tracks.

1.  Chinese Language, Culture and Society

2.  Design, Innovation and Technology

3.  Business, Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership

Click here for information about the courses offered in each track under each term.  Students are not restricted to taking only classes within a track.

NOTE:  Students are put into their selected courses on a first-come, first-served basis.  Apply early if it is crucial that you get into a specific course!


The educational field trips in and around Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland are taken after the first summer term or before the second.

There are 4 field trips scheduled for Summer 2018.  Click here for the itinerary.

Participants will be housed at the Hung Hom Halls of Residence.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2017

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Books and Supplies$50.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $1,000.00 -$2,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Feb 1

Returnees Information
Hong Kong Polytechnic University- International Summer School
Hong will delight foodies!

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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