Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020


Kristen Grace

Housing Options:

Student Residence Hall

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning, Human Ecology

Off-campus partner:

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Program Website:

PolyU International


Opportunity Description

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Poly U) was founded in 1937, with the mission of providing high quality education of an applied nature to meet the needs of a changing society. They are committed to equipping students with professional competency as well as maintaining a strong partnership with the business and industrial sectors.

Poly U has the largest student community among publicly funded universities in Hong Kong, with approximately 11,500 full-time and 5,000 part-time students. Poly U is the sole provider of full-time honors degree programs in the following areas in Hong Kong: design, engineering physics, fashion and textiles, medical laboratory science, international shipping and transport logistics, occupational therapy, optometry, physiotherapy, radiography and geo-informatics.

With a population of over 7 million, Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic and prosperous metropolitan cities in Asia. Hong Kong is at the center of the fashion industry and represents its future. It has some of the best shopping in the world, from gleaming malls to lively stalls in markets and city streets. Besides famous tourist destinations, and the spectacular night view from Victoria Peak, you will also find hill and mountain trails, beautiful beaches, traditional villages and heritage sites.


Undergraduate students enrolled in FSAD and DEA may spend up to a year studying in partner programs at Hong Kong Polytechnic University that provides a leading international exchange student program.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design faculty is one of the most internationally mixed in the world. They conduct research in a specialized areas and bring these skills into the classroom. The School of Design encourages creativity and innovation supported by the most technologically advanced design tools. The design program has over 800 undergraduates.


You can truly immerse yourself into the lifestyle of a Poly U student by staying at the Student Halls of Residence which are modern and fully equipped with every amenity. All rooms are fully furnished with a shared bathroom between two adjacent rooms. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with broadband Internet access.

Living in residence offers you plenty of learning opportunities with various inter and intra hall events, also known as 'Hall Education Programs." A wide range of activities like workshops, cultural sharing covering different interests such as cooking, languages, music, dance and much more encourage students to broaden their international outlook and enhance their appreciation of different cultures.

How do I apply?

Applying to a CHE Exchange is a 2-Step process.  First, you must complete all steps for Cornell Approval in order to be nominated by your program advisor in Global Learning to the Exchange Partner University.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  2. Once Nominated by Cornell, complete an external application specifically for exchange students.  Schools typically admit the students nominated by exchange partners, but you must complete this process for them to review your application and offer you a place.

On the Global Learning website you will find a list of current returned students who have agreed to share contact information, stories from students in their own words, and selections of recommended programs in these categories: Cornell Global Programs, College Administered, Global Issues, STEM-focused, and Beyond Europe.

Returning Applicants