COVID-19 and Suspended Programs

Updates on Study Abroad Programs



(Updated on 7 Jan 2021) Undergraduate exchange and study abroad programs (inbound and outbound) remain suspended through the end of 2020-21 Summer Term. The inbound program, 2021 International Summer Exchange Program (ISP), is cancelled.



(Updated on 18 Aug 2020) Undergraduate exchange and study abroad programs (inbound and outbound) remain suspended through the end of 2020-21 Spring Term.



(Updated on 6 Apr 2020) Undergraduate exchange and study abroad programs (inbound and outbound) remain suspended through the end of 2020-21 Fall Term.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose serious health risks for global communities. International travel remains restrictive and much of university teaching around the world continues the online arrangement. We do not yet see the conditions that assure us meaningful student experiences and student health and safety can be provided for. As students preparing for study abroad make arrangements many months in advance, in the best interest of students, the University announces the decision at this time. Exchange partners and affected students have been notified.

Affected HKUST students should contact their program organizing units for follow-up.

Inbound exchange students should contact their home universities for follow-up.



(Updated on 17 Mar 2020) HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards all overseas countries/territories



(Updated on 15 Mar 2020) HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States



(Updated on 13 Mar 2020) HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards Schengen countries

The Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Principality of Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.



(Updated on 11 Mar 2020) The University announced that with immediate effect, all university-supported travels to destinations outside of Hong Kong are suspended until further notice

The University advise UG exchange students to consider leaving their exchange programs and return home.
Funding applications for upcoming study abroad programs are on hold.



(Updated on 10 Mar 2020) UG exchange programs bound for the affected areas in France, Germany and Spain are suspended

On 10 Mar 2020, HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards France (Bourgogne-Franche-Comte and Grand Est regions), Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia region), and Spain (La Rioja, Madrid and Pais Vasco regions).



(Updated on 10 Mar 2020) All outbound student activities in 2019/20 Summer are suspended

On 6 Mar 2020, the HKSAR Government Department of Health issued advice for the public to consider delaying all non-essential travel outside of Hong Kong.
In response to the rapidly evolving global health situation surrounding COVID-19, and with the highest importance placed on the health, safety, and best interests of our students, on 10 Mar 2020, the University decided to suspend all outbound student activities to take place outside of Hong Kong during the Summer Term, whether the student participation is organized, nominated and/or funded by the University. Affected students should contact their program organizing units for follow-up.



(Updated on 6 Mar 2020) The inbound “International Summer Exchange Program” (ISP) for Summer 2020 is suspended

On 6 Mar 2020, The decision was made after considering the continuous development of COVID-19 across the globe and the increasing international travel restrictions imposed, which bring uncertainties to program delivery. For details, please refer to ISP website.

 

(Updated on 28 Feb 2020) UG exchange programs bound for Italy are suspended

On 28 Feb 2020, HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards Italy (Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto regions).



(Updated on 24 Feb 2020) UG exchange programs bound for South Korea are suspended

On 24 Feb 2020, HKSAR Government issued Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) towards Korea.



(Updated on 24 Feb 2020) UG exchange programs bound for Mainland China are suspended

On 24 Jan 2020, the University announced suspension of all outbound activities to Mainland China until further notice.



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