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Study science and technology courses with Chinese and international students at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) located on a beautiful peninsula in Kowloon, Hong Kong! The school of science offers a whole spectrum of programs in biological science, physical science and mathematical science and also offers research opportunities for students.
Situated on the southern tip of China and in the heart of Asia, charismatic Hong Kong captivates all who study, live and work here. With its Chinese heritage stretching over thousands of years and some 150 years of British administration until its return to China in 1997, Hong Kong's unique East-West perspective has created a cosmopolitan city with a 24/7 lifestyle and an energy all of its own.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (commonly known as Hong Kong) is home to over 6.9 million people. Literally translated as "fragrant harbour", its name traces to the 18th century when fragrant wood products and incense were traded.
Located on the southeastern coast of China and bordering Guangdong Province in the North, it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world today. Hong Kong may be famous for its urban landscape, but most of the land is rural. Due to its compact size, one can plunge into breathtaking natural landscapes, explore marine parks and return to the bustling city within minutes.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Hong Kong but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa. IAP will provide you with visa information.
OrientationIAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
HousingIn order to experience HKUST life to the fullest, overseas full-time students are offered on-campus accommodations in student residence halls. There are six undergraduate halls, most rooms are shared, air-conditioned, and furnished.
Resources are available for students who would like to find their own off-campus apartment.
Excursions and Activities
There are many student societies on campus for students with all different interests, ranging from Chinese orchestra to Shaolin martial arts, dragon boating to debating, volleyball to film. Hong Kong is an exciting and diverse city with something interesting for everyone. Browse through the street markets and practice bargaining skills or visit museums and heritage trails.
Try the local cuisine and explore the traditional villages in the New Territories and Outlying Islands. Have fun at the theme parks, beaches, and hang out at Lan Kwai Fong and Soho by nightfall. Attend a concert, or watch a sports event with friends. Hongkongers are health conscious, and hiking is a popular pastime for people of all ages.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
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How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
HKUST Application (School of Engineering)
HKUST Application Form (School of Science)
HKUST Transcript Release Form
Letter of Recommendation (no form required)
Passport Scan (Color)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
Students can directly enroll in a variety of courses within the School of Science at HKUST. The school offers a great variety of courses in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
Engineering students will find a variety of courses available in the School of Engineering.
Founded in 1991, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a young, dynamic and internationally renowned research university. It is comprised of four Schools: Science, Engineering, Business and Management, and Humanities and Social Science. It is home to 8,800 students, both Chinese and international.
Housed on a hillside with a waterfront complex overlooking Port Shelter on the Clear Water Bay peninsula, students can receive a quality science education and top-notch research experience in this English-language university.
Program Web Page(s)
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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