The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
HKUST is not accepting exchange students for the Spring 2021 term.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) was established in 1991 as a research university, and quickly gained a global reputation. The faculty consists of 130 scholars from 35 countries with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The university strives to set the pace in the scientific, technological and business fields that drive development in today’s knowledge economy. Its four schools, Science, Engineering, Business and Management, and Humanities and Social Science provide a comprehensive range of program options to equip students with the well-rounded skills needed to be leaders in the workplace and play an active role in society. HKUST’s location in Hong Kong means it has strong links through exchanges and collaborations with leading universities and institutions around the country.
With a population of seven million, Hong Kong is the world’s eleventh largest trading economy and has the second busiest container port globally. It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city where Chinese traditions coexist with the latest world trends. Chinese art and culture are available alongside western performing and visual arts, including Chinese and Western films, international pop tours, and clubs. Colorful Chinese festivals provide insight into some of the traditions of China’s 500-year-old culture. Returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, the flow of people, goods and vehicles between Hong Kong and Mainland China have been expanding rapidly.
Students of HKUST enjoy a beautiful campus, in a genuinely green environment with sweeping views over the sea. On campus, students will find numerous food options, a coffee shop, snack shop, bank, postal service, a supermarket, hair salon, bookshop, co-op shop, souvenir shop and self-service photocopiers. A health center is available with medical and dental clinics. There are a variety of recreational facilities, including but not limited to swimming pools, fitness facilities, climbing wall, tennis courts, and music rooms. HKUST prides itself on a close-knit student community, complete with special activities to help facilitate interaction among students. The city is bustling with students ready to find an adventure at just about any time. Some popular activities include karaoke, hiking, cycling, and weekend trips to nearby islands. Students are sure to spend much of their time going out for tea, coffee and visiting the small streets with hidden Cantonese restaurants.
Full-time international students are offered on-campus accommodation. There are six undergraduate residence halls. Most rooms are dual occupancy, and are air-conditioned and furnished. Common features include bathrooms, lounges with TVs, pantries, microwaves, telephones, and coin-operated laundry facilities.
Hong Kong’s fast and cost-effective public transportation system provides easy access to beautiful beaches and countryside. For travel to China, Asia and the world, Hong Kong’s award-winning, ultra-modern Chek Lap Kok airport serves 40 cities in China and over 100 destinations worldwide. Most major Asian locations are within a four-hour flight and half the world’s population is within five hours by air. Beijing’s Forbidden City and the Xian Terracotta Warriors are both just three hours away.