University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Spring 2022: EXCHANGE Hong Kong Polytechnic

Program Dates January 10, 2022 - May 11, 2022 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed.

Program Overview Note: This program requires the even exchange of students between UD and the partner institution abroad. Therefore the number of exchange spots available to outbound UD students is dependent on the number of inbound students sent to UD by the partner institution. If parity is not achieved, the exchange cannot take place.

If you do not have a current passport, you should be aware that COVID-19 has delayed passport processing times significantly. The U.S. State Department has announced that it now takes an average of 18 weeks (4.5 months) to process a passport.

Given the circumstances, if you want to study abroad in 2022, you need to apply for or renew your passport NOW - even if you’re not 100% sure about your study abroad plans yet. We recommend expediting both the processing time and the shipping time for your passport.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

The Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies, in partnership with the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) offers apparel design and fashion merchandising students the opportunity to study abroad in Hong Kong during the fall or spring semester. HKPU is a world-class institution with comprehensive education in fashion technology, fashion and textile design, fashion and textile marketing and merchandising, and fashion retailing. They have excellent facilities and close ties with industry.

General Info / Student Life

The University: HkPU has programs in fashion technology, fashion and textile design, fashion and textile marketing and merchandising, and fashion retailing. The school has 11,500 full-time and 5,000 part-time undergraduate students. It has student exchange agreements with over 120 institutions in more than 18 countries and hundreds of international students study at HKPU every year.

Language: English.

Calendar: Fall (first) semester runs from late August through mid-December. Spring (second) semester runs mid-January through mid-May. (See online calendar here.)

Visas and Passports: Both are required for U.S. citizens. HKPU applies for the appropriate visa on behalf of exchange students. Students therefore do not need to apply for a visa at the Chinese consulate in their home country.

Transportation: Hong Kong has an extensive bus and subway system and students may purchase a monthly pass for unlimited travel within the city.

Housing: Student residence halls located near the campus are available to UD exchange students. Fees vary, but students can estimate spending approximately HK$6,500 for residence hall housing.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: All students must enroll in the 0-credit course UNIV 550 (placeholder for this travel study experience) and UNIV 372 (Discovery Learning marker). Courses are taught in English and can vary from semester to semester. The course offerings include some courses that can be substituted for apparel design or fashion merchandising required courses, and a variety of other courses that can be taken as electives. See the Department of Fashion & Apparel or your advisor for more information about courses. Courses completed with the equivalent grade of “C” or better will transfer back to UD.

Before committing to the program students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to ensure that credits earned on the program will facilitate their progress towards graduation. It is the student's responsibility to secure the necessary UD transfer credit permissions prior to departure according to UD's standard transfer credit procedures, and to have an official transcript from the host institution sent to UD upon the conclusion of the exchange semester.
UNIV 372-013: Study Abroad - EXCHANGE Hong Kong Polytechnic (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$6,490.00$17,420.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$6,490.00$17,420.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

Contact Information:
Katya Roelse
Faculty Director
Fashion and Apparel Studies
302 Alison Hall West

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 10, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 10, 2021

Interest Meetings:

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.