Global Virtual Exchange

HKUST has entered into a Virtual Exchange Alliance consisting of top universities from around the world. As a member of the Alliance, HKUST offers quality online course and MOOCs (massive open online course) for students from member universities.

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)


The list of course offering in Fall 2019 is outlined below:

A System View of Communications: from Signals to Packets (ELEC 1200)

This course gives students an understanding of the basic engineering tools used and the fundamental tradeoffs encountered in the design of modern communications systems.

  • Credits: 4 HKUST credits
  • Course period: 2 September to 19 December 2019
  • Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of programming, single variable calculus
  • Assessment: Written mid-term exam and final exam
  • Sneak Preview on edX: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Application process

Interested students from member universities can apply by following the steps below.

Step 1: Seek nomination from 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: Complete 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.

After you submitted the application, HKUST will review it, and may contact you if more information is required. If everything is in order, you will receive an email regarding the virtual course arrangement.

Important Dates

Fall 2019

2 September to 19 December 2019
16 June 2019
1 July 2019

Spring 2020

3 February to 28 May 2020
30 December 2019
6 January 2020

Grades, Transcript and Credit Transfer

HKUST will issue transcripts detailing the courses taken and the grades obtained. The transcripts will be mailed to 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.

Past Course Offerings

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

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