|Location||Hong Kong, China|
|Academic Term||Summer Quarter|
|Autumn Semester / Spring Semester|
|Credits||Varies; see "Academics"|
|Eligibility||Sophomore standing or above by time of departure; min. 2.7 GPA|
|Language||Instruction in English; Chinese language courses are available|
|Program Manager||Mike Engh | email@example.com|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 31 (Summer Quarter / Autumn Semester)
Spring Semester Priority Deadline
|May 15 (Spring Semester)|
|General||Earn science and engineering credit through a variety of courses at a leading technical university in one of Asia’s most vibrant and unique cities.|
HKUST is actively creating the knowledge and advanced technologies that will sustain local, regional and international development in the 21st century. Research facilities that are unique in the region include an environmental wind/wave tunnel and a geotechnical centrifuge. Other state-of-the-art facilities are available for conducting research in leading areas, such as microsystems, energy and thermal systems, logistics and supply chain management, multimedia technology, pharmaceutical products and processing, optoelectronics and display, advanced construction materials, electronic packaging, advanced manufacturing, internet technology, nanoscience and technology, among others.
Learn more on the HKUST program webpages for the semester and summer exchanges.
Lying at the heart of Asia and the southern tip of China, Hong Kong is not only one of the world's major business and financial centers, but a unique place where ancient Chinese traditions are interwoven with a fast-paced, cosmopolitan, 21st-century lifestyle that incorporates the latest technological and trend-setting advances. Within the Chinese empire for more than 2,000 years and with 150 years of British colonial influence, the city offers a rich heritage and a diversity that few other places in the world can rival.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of Sophomore standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above.
3 - 9 UW credits for Summer Quarters
12 - 18 UW credits per semester
The School of Engineering has six academic departments: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CMBE), Civil and Environmental Engineering (CIVL), Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE), Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management (IELM), and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). Exchange students are assigned to an engineering department that best matches their home major department.
During the semester exchange, you will take at least 4 courses during the 15-week term. You can choose a combination of courses across different disciplines to fulfill your academic needs, provided that you fulfill the prerequisites of the respective course(s) and meet all enrollment conditions.
The summer quarter exchange program lasts for 8 weeks. Students enrolled during this period will take at least 3 courses from a specially-curated list of course offerings. In addition to engineering courses, courses typically offered during the summer exchange program include math, chemistry, and physics.
The typical course assessment is based on a combination of items, which may include class participation, projects, labs, mid-terms and final exams. A final examination takes place at the end of course. Exam schedules are normally announced in the middle of the term. The format of the exams will vary from course to course. The language of instruction is English, except for some humanities and social science courses.
You can begin your search for courses here:
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Course Catalog (Autumn/Spring Semester)
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Course Catalog (Summer Quarter)
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
Undergraduate exchange students are guaranteed accommodation in on-campus university housing. This is highly recommended since off-campus housing is not available within in the vicinity of the HKUST campus. You will be assigned to a double or triple room in a student hall on campus for the program duration.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
To apply to a College of Engineering partner program:
1) Submit a UW Study Abroad application. This application includes a set of electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad.
Under the list of questionnaires is a link labeled “Partner Program Application.” For College of Engineering partner programs, this step is not necessary because students will receive instructions on how to submit their applications to the program provider after submitting the UW Study Abroad application. In order to ensure that your UW Study Abroad application is considered complete, click on the link labeled “Partner Program Application,” select, and click Submit. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
2) Submit the College of Engineering Summer Study Abroad Partner Program Supplemental Application. This application requires you to submit a personal statement and unofficial transcript. For competitive programs in which more applications are received than available spots, the personal statement will be the primary means for selection. Personal statements will be assessed based on how well the student's personal interests and goals match with the program. This application should be submitted by the UW application deadline.
3) After the UW application deadline, selected students will be notified of their nomination to the partner program and will receive instructions to submit the partner program application directly to the program coordinators. Students should receive confirmation from the program coordinators regarding acceptance into the program. Notification dates will vary by program.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.