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  • Locations: Hong Kong, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 17
Language of Instruction: Cantonese, English Academic Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Biology, Business Administration, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Economics and International Affairs, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Aerospace Engineering, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Housing Type: On-Campus Residence Hall
Advisor: Meg Sonstroem International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
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Location Information

Fall semester:  late August – late December
Spring semester:  early February – late May
Academic Year:  late August – late May

This university is located in Hong Kong, China. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:

Opened in 1991, HKUST is dedicated to the advancement of learning and scholarship, with special emphasis on research, postgraduate education, and close collaboration with business and industry. To complement the schools and their constituent academic departments, the University has set up interdisciplinary research institutes to facilitate collaboration among the different schools as well as partnerships between the University and the public and private sector. There is approximately 1 faculty member for every 12 students, all of which are PhDs and established academics. While 35 countries are represented among the faculty members, a majority of them are from North America. HKUST has been ranked as the No. 17 technological university in the world and No. 53 in the world overall. In addition, its Business School is ranked #1 in Asia.

  • on-campus dormitories
HKUST arranges for exchange students to have an on-campus room in the one of the Undergraduate (UG) Halls. In the UG Halls, most of the rooms are doubles and residents share hall showers and bathrooms. The rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with a bed, desk, closet, and bookshelf. There is a lounge, a refrigerator, sink and microwave on each floor. The entire campus, including the dorms, offer wifi. You'll have the option of sharing a room with another exchange student or with a local student. We recommend that you live with a local student so that you'll have more of an immersive experience, but the choice is yours.

  • no meal plan
  • on-campus dining
There are several places to eat on campus, including two cafeterias, a western-style restaurant, and a late night noodle shop. Food is relatively inexpensive on campus, but you should expect to pay a bit more for meals in the western-style eateries. here are several restaurants in nearby Saikung, which you can reach easily by public transportation. 
  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0 (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time semesters of study at GT 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info
HKUST's course catalog

For additional information of Engineering courses, click here and navigate to the individual departmental pages.  You may be able to find more detail on certain Business Administration courses by clicking here.  You may be able to find more detail on certain Sciences courses by clicking here.

Some ISYE courses (IELM) are very small which can make them difficult for exchange students to get into if the course is even being offered that semester. Two courses that are like this are IELM 3410 and IELM 3450. 

Note that finalized course offerings for Fall semester are announced in late June and finalized course offerings for Spring semester are announced in late December.  For information about which classes are offered which semester, please click here.

Most courses at HKUST are taught in English. Some courses are offered in Cantonese, mainly among the Social Science and Humanities electives, but there are enough taught in English that you shouldn't have a problem finding enough interesting courses to fill up your schedule.

Students may be eligible to take some classes that are taught in Cantonese. There is no proficiency test on Cantonese, but students who want to take courses that are conducted in Cantonese must understand Cantonese. Courses which require Cantonese are marked with [Ca] next to the course title. The notation [C] indicates that some reading materials written in Chinese will be used for that course. Sometimes these materials can be replaced by English materials if the student talks to the course instructor.

HKUST offers beginner's courses in Putonghua for non-Chinese students. These courses come in a pair, offered in the Fall and Spring - respectively LANG113 and LANG114. These courses are part of HKUST's curriculum, so students do not have to pay for them. 

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

1 HKUST credit = 1 GT credit

HKUST Grade = US Grade
A+, A, A- = A
B+, B, B-= B
C+, C, C-= C
D = D
F = F
  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
As a University Exchange Student, you will need a valid visa. HKUST will send you the visa paperwork and will assist you in getting your visa. 
Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.
Advisor Information
Meg Sonstroem