The HKUST International Summer Exchange Program (ISP) allows students from our partner institutions to study at HKUST during our summer term as exchange students. In Summer 2015, HKUST welcomed over 300 exchange students from our partner institutions.
ISP 2016: 20 June - 13 August 2016
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The HKUST International Summer Exchange Program (ISP) accepts applications from undergraduate students who are nominated by HKUST’s exchange partners as an exchange student* . If you are interested, please inquire and apply through the Exchange or International Office at your home institution. Applications are normally invited from December to March each year.
Applicants from institutions where the primary medium of instruction is not English are expected to meet one of the following English language requirements:
- IELTS overall band 6.0;
- TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) 550;
- TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) 213;
- TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) 80
* The supported student must satisfy the conditions or terms as outlined in the exchange agreement between the student’s home institution and HKUST. Students should check with their home institutions whether they are eligible to participate in ISP as an exchange student.
Academic year and term dates
The academic year runs from September to May, with the Summer Term running for eight weeks between late June to mid-August. Exchange students can choose to study at HKUST for any of these terms.
2015/16 Academic Year
2016/17 Academic Year
Credits and contact hours
The summer term is eight weeks long. Most summer term undergraduate courses at HKUST are 3 credits, unless otherwise specified. The minimum credit load is 3 credits and the maximum is 9 credits (no more than 3 courses). You should check with your home institution on credit transfer policies.
Course areas available
The same as regular term exchange, summer exchange courses are offered by HKUST’s Schools/Office. Courses are taught by HKUST faculty.
- School of Science
- School of Engineering
- School of Business and Management
- School of Humanities and Social Science
- Interdisciplinary Programs Office
Tentative course list for ISP 2016 is available here. This list is subject to change. Confirmed class schedules are expected to be available in April 2016.
The typical course assessment is based on a combination of items, which may include class participation, projects, labs, mid-terms and final exams. A final examination takes place at the end of course. 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.
On-campus accommodation is compulsory for ISP students. 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.
Residential period for ISP 2016: 16 June 2016 - 13 August 2016, both nights inclusive
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.
Program fee for Summer 2016
|HKD||Approx. in USD|
(1 USD=7.7 HKD)
|Approx. in EUR|
(1 EUR=8.5 HKD)
|Basic program fee(includes on-campus accommodation, program activities fee, and minor administrative fees)||6,700||~871||~789|
|Student visa application and handling fee#||600||~78||~71|
|HKUST Compulsory Travel Insurance*||350||~46||~42|
# 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 ISP 2016 period; copies of the students’ insurance cards are required for verification purposes
ISP students are invited to a series of exclusive program activities. These include the orientation, campus and city tours, welcoming and farewell dinners and various workshops on Hong Kong/Chinese culture (e.g. daily Cantonese, Chinese calligraphy, ‘Wing Chun’). You will be given opportunities to mingle with other ISP students, local HKUST students and the staff.