- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Junior standing or above at the start of the program
- This exchange program is open to all students, but there are spaces reserved for students enrolled in the Penn State School of Hospitality Management
- Students studying at the PolyU School of Hotel and Tourism Management must successfully complete HM 201 at Penn State prior to the start of the semester abroad
Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) consists of 8 facilities and schools, offering programs covering applied science, business, construction, environment, engineering, social science, health, humanities, design, hotel, and tourism management. The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at PolyU is considered to be one of the top programs in the world.
Academic Year: late August - mid May
Fall: late August - late December
Spring: mid January - mid May
Refer to PolyU's website for the specific dates, if available.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University is located in the downtown area of Hong Kong, a city of approximately 7 million residents. Hong Kong is a vibrant city and one of the major financial centers in the world, serving as a "gateway" to the East.
The business of hospitality has shifted its center of gravity to Asia, with its welcoming cultures and attention to detail as a hallmark of service quality. The region's airlines, airports, attractions, and hotels rank among the world's best as voted by experienced travelers, infrastructure has been improved, sights and experiences have been better packaged, and marketing is now conducted on a global scale. Leading this is a new but firmly established group of Asia-based multinationals in the hospitality field.
No other part of the region is better situated to ride this Asian wave than Hong Kong. As a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong is enjoying its share of the country's phenomenal growth and prosperity. It has also held its position as Asia's most international city: multilingual, sophisticated, a preferred business and pleasure destination for travelers from both East and West. Where better to locate a seat of teaching and learning for the hospitality industry?
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Penn State Global website.