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Programmes Leading to PolyU-SPEED Awards

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Bilingual Studies

Programme Code


Awarding Institution

School of Professional Education and Executive Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Programme Starting Date

02 Sep 2019

Aims and Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Bilingual Studies aims to build on the linguistic knowledge and skills of graduates from relevant Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes, producing knowledgeable Chinese-English bilinguals with a broad linguistic base who can approach language and related cultural issues intellectually, contribute/ apply their expertise to the development of bilingual studies and related professions in Hong Kong and other cosmopolitan Chinese communities.

Normal Duration

2 years (Full-time mode)

Medium of Instruction

English and Chinese

Programme Leader


Deputy Programme Leader


Students & Graduates Sharing

Credits Required for Graduation

60 - 69 credits

Programme Structure

There are different award requirements for students from different background.  An option for exit award is also available.  For details, please click HERE

Study schedule

Students are normally required to study 15 credits in each semester. For most of the full-time programmes, students may enjoy a summer break after two semesters in an academic year.

Under the normal study load, the number of class contact hours per week is about 15.

Most of the classes will be held during daytime while some may be arranged in the evening.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

Teaching is usually conducted through lectures, tutorials and seminars. Depending on the contents and requirements of individual subject, classes may also be supplemented by laboratory and practical sessions. Online learning platform is also available through which students and teachers are encouraged to interact outside classrooms.

To enable students to demonstrate that they have met the intended learning outcomes of the academic programmes and fulfilled the requirements of each subject, appropriate methods of assessment will be employed. These methods usually include assignment, projects, tests and examinations.

Entry Requirements

A recognised Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification* in a relevant discipline.

Those who do not possess the above-mentioned qualfications but have reached the age of 25 before 1 September, in the year in which they seek admission, may apply as mature applicants.  Mature applicants should possess relevant working experience in senior positions and have completed prior studies in related fields. They will also be required to pass an admission test and demonstrate to the Admission Interview Panel their ability to complete the programme.

*The main medium of instruction of the study programmes concerned should be English.  Applicants who have completed programmes with other languages as the main medium of instruction are required to attain the following English Language requirement:

 IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 (paper based); 80 (Internet based)





Free of charge


HK$2,400 per credit for 2018/19 academic year (subject to review for 2019/20 academic Year)

The tuition fee is charged on a semester basis.

Successful applicants will be required to pay a registration fee of HK$5,000 (being part of the tuition fee for the first semester of study) by the date as specified on the notice of offer/ conditional offer (normally within 10 days from the issue date of the notice of offer/ conditional offer). 

Balance of tuition fee for the first semester of study will be due for payment in mid-July 2019.

Tuition fees paid are normally neither refundable nor transferable.

Caution Money:

HK$390 (A one-off caution money will be charged at student's first registration)


Financial Assistance

Local full-time students enrolled in PolyU-SPEED award programmes are eligible to apply for means-tested Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) or Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) offered by the Government's Student Finance Office (SFO). If you wish to know more about FASP and NLSPS, please visit the SFO website at

Some subjects which form part of a programme have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.  Details about CEF are available at website

Students are not allowed to apply for both FASP and CEF for the same programme in the same academic year.









Reimbursable courses/programmes (either all or some of the modules within a programme) under Continuing Education Fund

Application Status

Not yet open


Academic Matters

Programme Leader

Dr K H CHEUNG (Tel: 3746 0774; Email:

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Val CHEN (Tel: 3746 0084; Email:

Administrative Matters

Programme Officer

Ms Elsa HO (Tel: 3746 0070; Email:

Administrative Assistant

Ms Cecilia LAI (Tel: 3746 0069)


General Hotline: 3400 2828


Fax: 2363 0540

Supporting Facilities

Most of the classes will be held on PolyU Hung Hom Bay (HHB) Campus and PolyU West Kowloon (WK) Campus. Both PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus and PolyU West Kowloon Campus are equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. All students are entitled to access the library, computing and sports facilities at both campuses. Full-time students are also entitled to the health and dental services offerd by the School.

On top of the facilities at HHB and WK campuses, all students can also access the library and sports facilities at PolyU main campus.

Career Opportunities

This programme equips students to enter various professions such as communication, administration, public relations, editing, translation, marketing, promotion and the like in both public and private sectors.