Outbound Global Virtual Exchange Program


The Virtual Exchange Alliance

HKUST has entered into a Virtual Exchange Alliance consisting of top universities from around the world. As a member of the Alliance, HKUST recognizes the quality of the online courses, including MOOCs (massive open online course), offered by the member universities. HKUST undergraduate students are able to apply and enroll in a selected number of online courses and apply for HKUST credit transfer upon successful course completion.

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)

Courses for Fall 2020

The list of course available in Fall 2020 is outlined below:

Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology (UD9007)
Offered by Delft University of Technology

    • Course Description | Sneak Preview on edX
    • Course dates: 12 November 2020 - 28 February 2021 (Self-paced MOOC)
    • HKUST Quota: 5
    • May require sitting a final exam proctored at HKUST
    • HKUST course equivalence: 1 credit counted towards the H or S&T area of the Common Core

** For real-time interactive virtual courses, please refer to Outbound Virtual Exchange Program. **


These courses are open to HKUST full-time undergraduate students who are:

  • At Year 2 or above when the course is in session; and
  • Not in their final term at HKUST when the course is in session; and
  • Of satisfactory academic performance with CGA 2.5 or above; and
  • Who has obtained endorsement from the major department for enrolling in the desired course.
  • This is not open to inbound exchange students or HKUST students on outbound exchange program or study leave in the term when the course is in session.

Application Deadline

18 September 2020

To Apply

Application Procedures at HKUST

You must first obtain endorsement from your major department and submit an application to HKUST. If successful, HKUST will nominate you to the partner institution. To apply:

  • Review the course descriptions and requirements and select your desired course(s);
  • Complete the endorsement form, discuss with your major department and obtain their signed endorsement
  • Submit an online application on the HKUST MyStudyAbroad system and upload the signed endorsement form to the system
  • You will receive an email informing you to check for the application decision on the MyStudyAbroad system when it is available

HKUST Selection

  • Should the demand for places exceed the available quota, students will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis according to the time of application submission on the MyStudyAbroad system

Enrollment Procedures at the Partner Institution

  • The partner institution may contact you directly to inform you of the procedures for enrolling in their course. It is important that you watch for their emails and following their instructions and timelines.

Points to Note

About Fees

  • When you enroll in these courses nominated by HKUST, you are not required to pay tuition fee to the partner institution. You continue to be a registered HKUST student. If a course has additional fees required for items such as textbooks, these will be detailed in the course outline from the partner.

About Course Load

  • HKUST students are required to discuss and obtain endorsement from your major department for enrolling in these courses. This ensures compliance with course load requirements and assists students in clearing major program requirements.

About Pre-requisites

  • The course outlines from the partners would indicate the level of the course and whether there are any pre-requisites.

About Course Drop

  • Deadline, procedures and consequences of dropping course(s) are determined by the host institution. Students who wish to withdraw or drop the course(s) should inform HKUST Office of Global Learning by email at study.abroad@ust.hk first.

About Coursework and Exams

  • Virtual exchange students are not required to be physically present at the host institution to complete the coursework and examination requirements.
  • You should specifically note the exam arrangement as detailed by the host institution, if any. Examinations will be conducted online. Some host institutions require students to register for taking a course exam, and students are responsible to make such arrangements with the host institution. For ensuring the equity, the exam times are standardized for all enrolled students 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 HKUST. Students should only enroll in the course if you are able to meet the exam arrangements.

About Credit Transfer

  • Upon successful course completion, the host institution will issue an academic transcript listing the course taken and the grade obtained. Note that it may take host institutions 1-2 months to get the transcript sent to you. To apply for credit transfer, you should submit an online application to ARO for approval. According to University regulations, credit transfer applications must be submitted no later than one month after the course completion.
  • After ARO processes the credit transfer, these will be reflected on your HKUST transcript. Credits obtained can be transferred, while grades obtained at the host institution are not transferred to HKUST. The transferred grade is a “T” grade. The grade does not count towards your CGA or GGA at HKUST.
  • For details, visit the ARO website.

Past Course Offerings

Spring 2020


Office of Global Learning
Email: study.abroad@ust.hk

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