Where You Will Study
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.
Opened in 1991 and publicly funded, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a leading international research university dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge in science, engineering, business, humanities and social science, and the education of tomorrow's leaders. The university campus occupies a stunning 150-acre (60-hectare) site overlooking Clear Water Bay, and is less than a 30 minute drive from central Hong Kong.
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
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
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Course Catalog
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 on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit our page on Credit Conversion
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.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
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, 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges, and 1 quarter of UW tuition for the HKUST summer exchange program). 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 fee
are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad.
HKUST charges a separate exchange fee to cover the cost of on-campus accommodation and visa processing. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit UW Study Abroad Finances
To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
Under the list of questionnaires is a link labeled “Affiliated Program Application Instructions.” 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 “Affiliated Program Application Instructions,” enter the current date in the date field at the bottom of the page, and click Submit. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to HKUST. The secondary application requires the submission of a UW transcript. Additional information and instructions for the secondary application will be sent by email after the UW application is submitted. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.
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for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
for UW program withdrawal policies.