The HKUST undergraduate student exchange program is partnered with 200 institutions from around the world. Every term, HKUST welcomes 400 exchange students from our partner institutions.
You are eligible to apply as an Exchange Student if:
- Your home institution is a HKUST exchange partner through a formal exchange agreement
- You are nominated for the program by the exchange coordinator at your home institution
If your home institution does not have a formal exchange agreement with HKUST, you can apply to study at HKUST as a Visiting Student. Visiting Student applications are handled by the Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. You may refer to this link for further information.
Academic year and term dates
The academic year runs from September to May, with the Fall and Spring terms being the major terms. Exchange students can choose to study at HKUST for one or both terms. Students interested in our Summer Exchange Program can visit this page for details.
2016-17 Academic Year
2017-18 Academic Year (Provisional)
Credits and contact hours
The Fall and Spring terms are each 13 weeks long. Most courses at HKUST are 3 credits, with three hours of lectures per week, totaling 39 lecture hours per term. The normal credit load is 15 credits (five courses) each term. The minimum credit load is 12 credits (four courses) and the maximum is 17–18 credits (six courses).
Course areas available
You can enroll in any undergraduate course as long as there are places available and you fulfill the course prerequisites and any other enrollment conditions prescribed for the course. Postgraduate level courses are usually not open for enrollment to undergraduate exchange students. A few areas have courses that have limited entry. More information will be provided closer to the time of course selection.
Before leaving home, it is good practice to check with your home institution on its policy regarding the transfer of credits and grades for the courses you plan to take at HKUST.
HKUST offers undergraduate courses in the following subject areas:
School of Science
- Environmental Science
- Life Science
School of Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Biomolecular Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Environmental Engineering (within Chemical Engineering)
- Environmental Engineering (within Civil Engineering)
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electronic Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Logistics Management
- Mechanical Engineering
School of Business and Management
- Global Business
- Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management
School of Humanities and Social Science
- Social Science
- Risk Management and Business Intelligence
- Technology and Management
Course offering will vary from term to term. You can take reference from the HKUST Course Catalog.
The typical course assessment is based on a combination of items, which may include class participation, projects, labs, mid-terms and final exams.
A two-week final examination period takes place at the end of the Fall and Spring terms. Exam schedules are normally announced in the middle of the term. The format of the exams will vary from course to course.
Grades, Transcript and Credit transfer
HKUST will produce transcripts detailing the courses taken and the grades obtained. The transcripts will be mailed to you and your home institution.
HKUST uses a 4.3 grading scale, with letter grades, with Grade D being a marginal pass. Visit this page for details.
Credit transfers are approved by students’ home institutions. You should check with your home institution on its policy regarding the transfer of grades and credits.
Undergraduate exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in on-campus university housing, subject to your submission of the housing application. You will be assigned to a double or triple room in a student hall on campus for the program duration. For more information, please visit the Pre-arrival section in this website.
Exchange students do not pay tuition fees to HKUST as this is covered by the exchange agreement between your home institution and HKUST. You should check with your home institution for any fees payable.
Living expenses vary depending on your lifestyle choices. The below costs are an estimate of what it would cost to study for one term as an exchange student at HKUST. These do not include airfare, any personal traveling, or costs involved with specific courses which may have specific equipment or material costs. Note that these may also change from year to year.
|HKD||Approx. in USD|
(1 USD=7.7 HKD)
|Approx. in EUR|
(1 EUR=8.5 HKD)
UG exchange fee
10,000 for semester-long exchange
20,000 for year-long exchange
1,299 for semester-long exchange
2,598 for year-long exchange
1,177 for semester-long exchange
2,353 for year-long exchange
|Food - approximately HKD35 per meal on campus||13,000||1,700||1,529|
|Books and supplies||1,500||200||176|
|Transportation and other personal expenses||8,000||1,040||940|
# not applicable to students who do not require a student visa to study in Hong Kong
* not applicable to students whose home institutions have obtained the institutional insurance waiver covering the exchange period; copies of the students’ insurance cards may be required for verification purposes.