HKPU Summer School - Schulich only

Located in the heart of Hong Kong, near Victoria Harbor and Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong Polytechnic University has over 30,000 students and is a top ten 50 under 50 School.

Learn about the culture of Hong Kong and China while participating in one of the affordable field trip options.

Key information





Program type


Application information

Application status


Summer 2020 applications


University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 2021 applications

Open Fall 2020

Program details

Areas of Study: Students can take up to two 3-credit subjects (equivalent to 6 units/3 HCEs at UCalgary). Classes are held from 9-12pm or 2-5pm on weekdays.

Courses are all designed for undergrad students except two Masters courses in Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics and Advanced Research Methodology for Language Sciences (open to 4th year undergrads of or Graduate students in Linguistics, Psychology, Neurolinguistics, CRDS, etc.)

See all courses on offer!

There are 3 tracks for this program:

  • Chinese Language, Culture and Society
  • Design, Innovation & Technology
  • Business, Entrepreneurship & Global Leadership.

Students take two 3-credit classes per session - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Schulich students can take certain pre-approved courses at HKPU Summer program and use them as COST option courses toward the Engineering degree, please contact Ling Li ( at the Engineering Student Centre for detailed course list. 

  1. Not all the courses that HKPU summer program offers can be used as COST options courses.
  2. Schulich students HAVE TO obtain an APPROVED ‘Letter of Permission’ before they go on any Study Abroad trip, otherwise, no transfer credit will be guaranteed. 

The 2019 program runs from July 4th to August 9th. There will be optional field trips to China, Taiwan, and around Hong Kong from July 4-10, and classes from July 11 - August 14

The optional field trip will be an additional cost (field trip cost varies by destination chosen).

    • In 2019 there are 5 field trip options (see Field trip link for itinerary/cost details):
      • 3 day tour of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
      • 5 day tour of Kaohsiung (Southern Taiwan)
      • 3 day tour of Macau & Zhuhai (Macau and Southern China)
      • 5 day tour of Taichung (Western Taiwan)
      • 5 day tour of Xi'an (Shaanxi Province, central China)


HKPU covers the cost of housing for accepted students, as well as providing affordable field trip options.

Exchange students pay their tuition for two Schulich courses and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

Also, don't forget to include things like flights to/from Calgary, visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning. 

Estimated costs include:

Expense Low est. High est.
Flights YYC to HKG, return 1132 1850
Tuition for 2 courses (domestic rates) 1340 1340
Admin Fee for Visa 95 95
(Optional) Field Trip (including travel) 110 485
Note: Meals & Insurance not included    
Total estimate in CAD: $2677 $3770


The cost of travel/flights on the optional field trip is also included in the above estimate. Typical cafeteria meals are about $5 CAD ($30 HK), textbooks range in costs but previous students have spent around $30 CAD for each. Laundry is about 85 cents to $1.25 CAD per load. 

Student Tip: "Get an Octopus Card. You can use it to pay for EVERYTHING."


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?   
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Hong Kong Poly Summer Funding 2019
1 internally nominated student may receive $2000 USD (Roughly $2660 CAD) to help offset costs for this program. This award will be nominated based on a variety of factors including financial need, GPA, and application. Funding is not guaranteed for future programs, but this will be updated by February if funding is offered.

International Study Travel Grant
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Accommodation at Hung Hom Halls of Residence is guaranteed for the summer program, and the accommodation fee is waived for incoming exchange students. See more info on how to get there here, and information on visiting hours, and other facility info here.

Hung Hom Halls, built in 2002, contain a dining hall/canteen, 25-metre swimming pool, Games room with TV/Xbox/Massage Chair, printing room, Dance room, two Fitness rooms, Activity room with screen & projector, Snooker room with billards, Table tennis court for ping pong games, Meditation room, piano room, study rooms, and laundry rooms.

All bedrooms come with LAN ports and wifi. All rooms are double-occupancy, equipped with furniture (desk/bed), with communal kitchens on each floor. Toilet/Shower facilities are shared between 4 students. 

Student Tips: "There is a Skywalk through the MTR (Train) station to PolyU – Takes about 10 mins walk. Skywalk is protected from most rain and sun, but does not have Air conditioning. The app MyObservatory is a weather app that gives constant updates on weather, as well as the current temperature and typhoon level at the moment. It’s [been] pretty handy in letting me know when and how hard it’s going to rain." Android Link  Apple Link

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in Schulich School of Engineering at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-) or permission of the exchange advisor.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

What's unique about this program?

In addition to a selection of affordable field trip, HKPU has organized a variety of incredible activities

What's special about Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is one of the world's most recognizable global metropolitan areas and provides a contrast between East and Western culture that is reflected in its rich culinary scene. The city holds records for having the most skyscrapers in the world, the world's longest life expectancy (at 86.7 years on average), the tallest outdoor bronze Buddha, the world's only exclusively double-decker tram system, and the largest permanent light & sound show - "A Symphony of Lights", to name a few. It's also ranked as the #1 student city to live in, in the world!

Student Experience: "Go out and try different things – especially the food. There are many common Cantonese dishes you cannot try in Calgary! Or very hard to find. Like Decent Egg Tarts!"

All university campuses in Hong Kong prohibit smoking on campuses in accordance with Hong Kong law. 

What supports or services are available on the HKPU Summer program?

HKPU offers an orientation program for incoming students on the summer program. The HKPU campus also runs two canteens (cafeterias) where you can buy affordable meals/snacks, a dim sum house, gyms, and a swimming pool. The summer school also runs a variety of events, including cooking classes, an Eco-walk through a local park, tai chi, tea and calligraphy sessions, etc. 

Student Experience: "There was an orientation meeting, where we were assigned to group and given a general tour of Campus. It was helpful in meeting people and learning where I could get to certain buildings."

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.