Regular Exchange

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.

Application process

Exchange students can apply by following the steps below.

Step 1: Nomination by home institution

Seek the nomination by your home institution. Please check with your home institution for the application procedure, eligibility requirements and timeline. Normally, you should submit an application to your home institution, who would then forward their nominations to HKUST.

Step 2: HKUST application

If HKUST accepts the nomination, we will send login information to you to proceed to complete the HKUST application. Detailed instructions on the HKUST application can be downloaded here.

Below are the rough dates of the HKUST application period:

HKUST Undergraduate Student Exchange Program, for entering:
Application period for
Fall and Year-long (Fall+Spring) exchange Spring exchange
School of Science
January to March July to September
School of Engineering
January to March July to September
School of Business and Management
January to April July to September
School of Humanities and Social Science
January to mid-April August to September
Interdisciplinary Programs Office
January to mid-April August to September

Step 3: Post-application procedures

After you submit the application, HKUST will review it, and may contact you if more information is required. If everything is in order, you will receive a notification instructing you to log back into the system to complete the post-application procedures.

Supporting documents

As part of the HKUST application, you should have ready the supporting documents listed below.

Your academic transcript

Your academic transcript should be:

  • The most up-to-date version of your transcript detailing the courses taken and currently being taken, and the grades obtained
  • With an explanation of the grading system in your home institution
  • A translated copy together with the original transcript if the original is not in English

Your passport copy

Please ensure that your passport will still have at least six months’ validity from the day you plan to leave Hong Kong after your study ends. If not, please renew your passport as soon as possible and send us the copy of the renewed one once it is ready.

Evidence of language proficiency

English is the language of instruction at HKUST. If you are studying at an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the English language proficiency standard for studying at HKUST.

Other Procedures

Other procedures, such as those outlined below, should also be completed as part of the application. Details are provided when HKUST confirms your exchange placement.

  • University housing application
  • Student visa application
  • Other required forms

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