Apply to Hong Kong

Ready to apply to the Hong Kong program? Here’s how to get started.



  • Complete all required 20000 level FDM courses
  • A minimum 2.500 overall GPA is required, however selection is competitive and at least a 3.00 overall GPA is recommended
  • We only recommend this program for junior-level students as senior-level students will have a delayed graduation
  • This program is competitive. We select just five students each spring semester.


Please keep a note of the following deadlines. Sticking to these will help you get a place at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • Pre-approval application: September 15 - December 15
  • Program application: February 1
  • Deadline for your program fee deadline: July 1

How to apply

Steps 1-5

Step 1. Get advice:

  • Contact your academic advisor to check that you’re eligible to apply

Step 2. School of Fashion pre-approval application:

  • Complete the pre-approval application, which will be available from September 15 to December 15

Step 3- School of Fashion program application:

  • After we’ve approved your pre-approval application, we’ll send you the next steps to complete your program application. You’ll also need to submit a one-page resume and an essay on why you’d like to study away at your selected location. It’s very important you do this by the deadline above, or you’ll be dropped from the program. 

Step 4. Office of Global Education application:

  • After we’ve approved your pre-approval application, we’ll send you the next steps to complete your Kent State University Office of Global Education application, to be nominated as a guest student to Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Step 5. Hong Kong Polytechnic University application:

  • After you’ve been nominated to Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Office of Global Education will send you the Hong Kong Polytechnic University application. You’ll need to complete this application to be officially accepted to the program, and it’s important you meet the deadline to avoid getting dropped. 

Step 6. Pay the program fee:

  • Once your applications are complete, you’ll need to pay the program fee. You do this online with a credit card.

 The application forms and program fee must be submitted by the required deadlines. You will be dropped from the program if you do not submit the Hong Kong Polytechnic University application form and program fee by the deadline.

How to complete your Office of Global Education application

Here’s a quick run through of how the process works
  1. The Office of Global Education will send you an application link one your pre-approval application is approved. Alternatively, go to Terra Dotta and search for ‘Hong Kong Polytechnic University.’
  2. Click ‘Apply Now’ and follow the prompts to go through to the application page.
  3. Fill out the components of the application checklist – a check mark will appear when you complete each item. You can exit any time and finish your application at a later date.
  4. You’ll be asked for several documents, including:
    • Material Submissions: You must turn in physical or electronic copies of these documents to the Office of Global Education. When the Office receives your documents, a staff member will check off that material.
    • Signature Documents: You’ll need to acknowledge that you’ve read these documents with an e-signature. Please read these carefully. As you e-sign them, they’ll check off automatically.
    • Application Questionnaires: These online questionnaires ask for information from you or they may ask you to upload certain documents. They’ll be checked off once you submit the questionnaire.
  5. When all your items have check marks, your application is complete.
  6. You’ll continue to see new parts of the application open that will need to be completed. These may come up before, during and after your Study Away program.

How to complete the Hong Kong Polytechnic University application

The aim of this application is to get you a place on the Hong Kong Polytechnic University program. Here’s how the process works.

  1. The Office of Global Education let you know if you’ve been nominated within two weeks of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University application deadline. They’ll send you a link to the application.
  2. You’ll need to complete the application for the semester you plan to Study Away.
  3. If you’ve been accepted, you’ll receive official acceptance to the exchange program by Kent State University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Other steps you’ll need to take 


  • You need a passport to travel to Hong Kong. If you don’t have a passport, it’s important that you apply for one as soon as possible. You can do this through a Passport Application Center – visit the State Department’s website to find out which center is nearest to you. You’ll find more information on required documents for the passport application here.
  • If you already have a passport, please check its expiration date. It must be valid for at least six months after the date you’re due to return to the US. If this isn’t the case, you’ll need to renew it – you can find guidance on how to do this at the State Department’s website. You’ll also need to reapply for an adult passport if yours was issued when you were 16 years of age or younger. 


  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University will submit your visa application for you. They’ll send you the visa application form and a link to pay the fee (typically around $500HKD or $70USD). Once you’ve paid this, you’ll mail the visa application and two passport photos to Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Once ready, the visa will then be issued electronically.
  • You can find out more about immigration requirements at the Government of Hong Kong’s website. If you have questions about applying for a visa, please contact