Inbound 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 2020 is outlined below:

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

Have you ever wondered what technologies go into your mobile phone or a WiFi hotspot? Through hands on work with a communication system, students will understand the basic engineering tools used and tradeoffs encountered in the design of these systems. The course covers communication over a point-to-point link, over a shared link, and over a network.

  • Credits: 4 HKUST credits
  • Course period: 9 September to 22 December 2020
  • Instructors: Professor Bert Shi, Professor S.H. Song
  • 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

Microelectronic Devices and Technology (ELEC 3500)

As a topic of study, semiconductor devices offer a unique challenge due to the complex mathematics involved. This course takes an intuitive approach to operational principles of semiconductor devices. Part 1 covers PN junction diodes, optical sensors, solar cells, LEDs, and Bipolar Junction Transistors. Part 2 covers MOS capacitors, charge coupled devices, classical MOSFETs, transistor scaling, short channel MOSFET, and nano-CMOS transistors.

  • Credits: 4 HKUST credits
  • Course period: 9 September to 22 December 2020
  • Instructor: Professor Mansun Chan
  • Prerequisites: Semiconductor; Basic chemistry, some knowledge on electronic circuits
  • Assessment: Written final exam
  • Sneak Preview on edX: Part 1 | Part 2

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 2020

7 September to 22 December 2020
2 August 2020
9 August 2020
17 September 2020

Course Add/Drop

Students are allowed to submit their course enrollment plan once. Based on the course enrollment plan, students will be pre-enrolled into the course(s) given there are seats remain. The course enrollment result will be announced one week before the term starts.

If students wish to drop a course, ‘drop’ request should be submitted to before the drop deadline aforementioned. Late ‘drop’ requests will be considered as withdrawal and subject to instructor’s approval. If the withdrawal request is approved, a “Withdrawal without Penalty (W)” grade will be recorded as the course grade on your transcript.

Coursework and Exam

Virtual exchange students are not required to be physically present at HKUST to complete the coursework and examination requirements. Online exams and alternative assessments will be arranged.

For courses that required exams, the exam times might be standardized for all enrolled students to ensure the equity although they could be located in different time zones. As such, students need to be prepared that the exam times may not be what you are accustomed to normally at your home institution.

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.

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