Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Fact sheet

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Fall semester 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22

Application due to OIA by March 1, 2021

University: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Student body: Undergraduate: 10,148; Graduate: 5,906

International students at university: 5,990


Academic units:

The College’s agreement enables students to study in these two schools.

  • School of Science
  • School of Humanities and Social Science

Course load: IU students are expected to take 15 credits

Course catalog: View course catalog

Language of instruction: English

Grades + Transcripts: HKUST uses a grading system similar to IU's. HKUST will provide transcripts detailing the courses taken and the grades obtained. At the student’s request, the College will review courses to determine how they will apply to your degree. Please note that IU does not accept Pass/Fail.

Academic calendar:

Fall semester:  September 1 - December 18, 2021
[Academic Year: September 1, 2021- May 28, 2022]

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Traveling to & living in Hong Kong

Coronavirus updates

Student visa information: The HKUST Office of Global Learning will assist exchange students with the student visa application process. Detailed information will be provided upon acceptance.

Learn about immigration + travel

Air travel: Exchange students will be responsible for arranging and purchasing their own round-trip international airline tickets for dates appropriate for the term at the host university. Exchange students should only purchase tickets once HKUST has confirmed the dates of arrival. Students who are nominated for the exchange are eligible to apply for a travel grant from OIA.

Nearest international airport: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

Housing: There are nine on-campus halls and one off-campus hall for undergraduate students. Exchange students can choose between on-campus and off-campus accommodation and will be randomly assigned to a double room in one of these HKUST student halls.

Learn more about housing

Pre-departure orientation: The College OIA staff will provide an orientation the prior semester to help students prepare for their programs.

Departure preparation + arrival details: You may sign up for free airport pick-up on the designated arrival date. The HKUST Exchange Buddy Program pairs you up with a HKUST student (optional).

Learn more about packing information + departure details

Estimated costs per semester:

  • Tuition: IU Tuition
  • Undergraduate exchange student fee (university housing, administrative support, travel insurance): $1,560
  • Food: $2,600
  • Books and supplies: $200
  • Transportation and other expenses: $1,400
  • OVST administrative fee: $238
  • Plus insurance, visa, airfare

Application information

Student eligibility requirements:

  • Must be pursuing a degree within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have completed a minimum of one year at IUB prior to enrolling abroad
  • Must not be on exchange during final semester
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Have a passport by the time applications are due at the host university, valid at least 6 months after the anticipated return date

For this exchange program, students must be nominated by the College Office of International Affairs (OIA).

Deadline for student applications to OIA:

  • March 1, 2021

Application process:

  • If you would like to apply for this exchange, please visit http://go.iu.edu/ASPIREexchanges.
  • Complete the application form and upload a statement of intent.
  • Send the recommendation form link to the person who will supply a reference for you. It must be submitted by the application deadline.
  • OIA staff will conduct interviews with select students (semi-finalists) to determine their suitability and preparedness for the exchange. Students must come to the interview prepared with a list of prospective courses they might like to take abroad.
  • OIA will nominate finalists to HKUST. Upon acceptance, HKUST will contact students to invite them to apply for admission. An academic transcript and copy of your passport will be required at this point.

Have questions?

Questions can be directed to the College Office of International Affairs at collOIA@indiana.edu.

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