International Summer Exchange Program

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 2016, HKUST welcomed over 250 exchange students from our partner institutions.

ISP 2017: 19 June - 12 August 2017
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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 study abroad office at your home institution. Applications are normally invited from November 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.

2016/17 Academic Year

Summer term

19 June to 12 August 2017


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 'Arrival' section in this website.

Residential period for ISP 2017:

15 June to 12 August 2017, both nights inclusive

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.

  • School of Science
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Business and Management
  • School of Humanities and Social Science
  • Interdisciplinary Programs Office

Summer term course offering varies from year to year. Please take reference from the following:


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. Please visit here 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.

Program costs

Tuition fees

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.

Accommodation and other fees

ISP 2017HKDApprox. in USD
(1 USD=7.7 HKD)
Approx. in EUR
(1 EUR=8.5 HKD)

On-campus accommodation fee, student visa application and handling feeand HKUST compulsory travel insurance fee*

7,650 ~994 ~900
Optional tours 300-1,000 each ~39-130 each ~36-118 each

# 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 program period

Program Activities

ISP students are invited to a series of exclusive program activities. These include the orientation, campus and city tours, welcoming and farewell receptions, and various workshops on Hong Kong and Chinese culture. You will be given opportunities to mingle with other ISP students and HKUST students.

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