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The Virtual Exchange Alliance

HKUST has entered into a Virtual Exchange Alliance consisting of top universities from around the world. As a member of the Alliance, HKUST recognizes the quality of the online courses, including MOOCs (massive open online course), offered by the member universities. HKUST undergraduate students are able to apply and enroll in a selected number of online courses and apply for HKUST credit transfer upon successful course completion.

Participating Universities:

  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Australian National University (Australia)
  • Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)
  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Leiden University (The Netherlands)
  • Rice University (USA)
  • University of Adelaide (Australia)
  • University of Queensland (Australia)
  • Wageningen University and Research (The Netherlands)

Courses for Spring 2018

Applications for Spring 2018 course enrollment are now invited from interested HKUST students. The application deadline is 8 Jan 2018. The list of courses available in Spring 2018 is outlined below:

Astrophysics (ASTR1001)
Offered by Australian National University

  • Course description
  • Course begins: 20 Feb 2018
  • Host application deadline: 20 Jan 2018
  • HKUST Quota: 5-10
  • Requires sitting an in-person final exam proctored at HKUST
  • HKUST course equivalence: 4 credits counted towards the S&T area of the Common Core

Data Analysis: Take It to the Max (UD9004)
Offered by TU Delft

  • Course Description | Sneak Preview on edX
  • Course dates: A self-paced MOOC. Required study period: March-May 2018
  • Host application deadline: 15 Jan 2018
  • HKUST Quota: 15
  • HKUST course equivalence: 3 credits counted towards the QR area of the Common Core

Solar Energy (UD9002)
Offered by TU Delft

  • Course Description | Sneak Preview on edX
  • Course dates: A self-paced MOOC. Required study period: March-May 2018
  • Host application deadline: 15 Jan 2018
  • HKUST Quota: 15
  • Requires sitting an in-person final exam proctored at HKUST
  • HKUST course equivalence: 1 credit; can be counted towards PHYS 3000-level elective

Eligibility

These courses are open to HKUST full-time undergraduate students who are:

  • At Year 2 or above when the course is in session; and
  • Of satisfactory academic performance with CGA 2.5 or above; and
  • Who has obtained endorsement from the major department for enrolling in the desired course.
  • This is not open to inbound exchange students or HKUST students on outbound exchange program or study leave in the term when the course is in session.

To Apply

Application Procedures at HKUST

You must first obtain endorsement from your major department and submit an application to HKUST. If successful, HKUST will nominate you to the partner institution. To apply:

  • Review the course descriptions and requirements and select your desired course(s);
  • Complete the endorsement form, discuss with your major department and obtain their signed endorsement
  • Submit an online application on the HKUST MyStudyAbroad system and upload the signed endorsement form to the system
  • You will receive an email informing you to check for the application decision on the MyStudyAbroad system when it is available

HKUST Selection

  • Should the demand for places exceed the available quota, students will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis according to the time of application submission on the MyStudyAbroad system

Enrollment Procedures at the Partner Institution

  • The partner institution may contact you directly to inform you of the procedures for enrolling in their course. It is important that you watch for their emails and following their instructions and timelines.

Points to Note

About Fees

  • When you enrol in these courses nominated by HKUST, you are not required to pay tuition fee to the partner institution. You continue to be a registered HKUST student. If a course has additional fees required for items such as textbooks, these will be detailed in the course outline from the partner.

About Course Load

  • HKUST students are required to discuss and obtain endorsement from your major department for enrolling in these courses. This ensures compliance with course load requirements and assists students in clearing major program requirements.
  • Students should also note the University policy that a maximum of 6 credits earned from online courses can be counted towards graduation requirement of an undergraduate degree program.

About Pre-requisites

  • The course outlines from the partners would indicate the level of the course and whether there are any pre-requisites.

About Add/Drop

  • Add/drop dates and the procedures are determined by the partner institution. You should check with the host institution on the consequences of course drop decisions.

About Exams

  • You should specifically note the exam arrangement as detailed by the partner institution. Some of these courses would require sitting a proctored exam (physically) at HKUST. For ensuring the equity, the exam times are standardized for all enrolled students although they could be located in different timezones. As such, students need to be prepared that the exam times may not be what you are accustomed to normally at HKUST. Students should only enroll in the course if you are able to meet the exam arrangements.

About Credit Transfer

  • Upon successful course completion, the host institution will issue an academic transcript listing the course taken and the grade obtained. You should then complete the HKUST credit transfer application form and submit it to ARO for approval. According to University regulations, credit transfer applications must be submitted no later than one month after the course completion.
  • After ARO processes the credit transfer, these will be reflected on your HKUST transcript. Credits obtained can be transferred, while grades obtained at the host institution are not transferred to HKUST. The transferred grade is a “T” grade. The grade does not count towards your CGA or GGA at HKUST.
  • Students should also note the University policy that a maximum of 6 credits earned from online courses can be counted towards graduation requirement of an undergraduate degree program.
  • For details, visit the ARO website
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Enquiries

Global Student Programs Office
Email: gspo@ust.hk

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