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      Student Exchange Programmes

      PolyU full-time students will have the opportunity to take part in the Student Exchange Programme, both to experience a different culture and to enhance their language ability.

      In 2017/18, over 650 PolyU students spent one or two semesters at one of the University’s 230 exchange partner institutions across 37 countries. The University also welcomed over 650 students from more than 50 countries and regions. The campus has been enriched by the students’ diverse cultures. In addition, some 85 PolyU students went on exchanges in the Chinese mainland and Taiwan and the University received nearly 240 students from these places.

      PolyU offers financial assistance to needy students which can cover up to 50% of the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs so that every student who wants to study one term or even an academic year at a non-local university has the opportunity to do so.

      Latest information about the exchange programmes is available from the website of:

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      Work Placement Programmes

      Work-integrated Education

      With the emphasis on practical training and connecting classroom theory with workplace applications, PolyU is well recognized for providing professional education to meet the needs of society. This explains why the University’s graduates are extremely popular with employers, as reaffirmed by independent surveys over the years.

      We place top priority on nurturing all-round students with professional competence. All students taking undergraduate degree programmes are required to complete a mandatory Work-Integrated Education (WIE) component as part of the curriculum requirement. And PolyU is the only university in Hong Kong which implements this WIE requirement starting from 2005/06.

      Students can choose from a number of programmes to fulfill the WIE requirements. The Office of Careers and Placement Services (CAPS) also offers different placement opportunities for students to obtain valuable working experience before graduation.

      Work-Integrated Education: offshore placements

      YearNo. of students
      2018 1,347
      2017 1,339
      2016 1,200
      2015 1,145
      2014 926
      2013 684
      2012 576

      PolyU Exchange, Internship and Placement Programmes


      With the objective of "where innovation meets application", the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is dedicated to bridging members of the university with the community we are in. Through a wide range of PolyU exchange, internship or placement programmes, students can benefit from gaining exposure to overseas culture and real business environment. We believe that partnership with different sectors is essential to bring betterment to Hong Kong and the nations of the world.

      PolyU Exchange Programme - Weaving a worldwide network

      In PolyU, we believe that building strong regional and global connections will bring mutual benefits to education and research development. In the hope of sparking more profound knowledge and cultural exchange, the PolyU exchange programme has been launched. PolyU has student exchange agreements with over 260 renowned institutions. These universities span from Asia to other continents, covering mainland China and other 38 countries. Examples of PolyU exchange partners are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Students from partner universities can spend one or two semesters in PolyU programmes that are available at the time of visit. With the convenient location of PolyU, which is situated amid the city of Hong Kong, exchange students can experience the vibrant city life after school. The stunning and dynamic metropolitan will certainly broaden their horizons.

      PolyU Internship and Placement Programmes

      PolyU has always been a university with vision to excel in professional education and nurture graduates who are critical thinkers, effective communicators, innovative problem solvers, lifelong learners and ethical leaders. We have been striving for new improvements in our current education programme, seeking for new chances to push the boundaries. In 2005, being the first among all the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, PolyU introduced the mandatory Work-Integrated Education (WIE) component as part of our curriculum requirement. The WIE programme allows students to gain actual working experience through internship or placement programmes before graduation. Apart from the HKSAR Government and other local private business, students can undertake their internship or placement programmes in mainland China and other worldwide destinations. Recently, there has been an increasing number of students opting for offshore placement programmes. By the year of 2016, there were 1,200 students who fulfilled their WIE requirements in overseas organisations. Possible destinations are well developed Asian countries such as Singapore, Japan and Korea. Other countries like the UK, Australia, Spain, the US and Sweden are also available for international WIE. On the other hand, the fast growing business market in China is gradually becoming a sought after destination for WIE. Students can gain exposure to the prosperous and thriving economy in cities like Xi'an, Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. Apart from acquiring working experience through the internship programmes, students can also enjoy the vibrant and exciting city life in China. Through the internship and placement programmes of WIE, PolyU is well recognized for providing professional education that matches the needs of society and thus our graduates are extremely popular among employers.