HKUST Inbound Virtual Study Abroad

HKUST offers quality real-time interactive virtual courses for students from participating exchange partners.


Participating Exchange Partners 

  • Rice University (USA)


Course offering varies from term to term. Click here to review the Course List for Fall 2020.

All courses are online interactive classes, not pre-recorded. Students are required to attend the online class at the scheduled time. Attendance will be marked.

Application Procedure

Interested students from participating exchange partners 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
14 August 2020
20 August 2020
17 September 2020

Course Add/Drop

Virtual exchange students are allowed to submit their course enrollment plan once with maximum three Undergraduate courses. Based on the course enrollment plan, students will be pre-enrolled into the course(s) given:

  1. You are eligible to enroll the course,
  2. All course prerequisites are met,
  3. There are seats remain, AND
  4. There are completely no time conflict in your class schedule.

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 require exams, the exam times might be standardized for all enrolled students to ensure 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.


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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