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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.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

Overlooking Hong Kong

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.

Student Life

HKUST campus overlooks the water in Hong Kong

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.

Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Hong Kong, China

Term Dates

UF Fall
September to mid-December

UF Spring
Late January to May

Courses Available

HKUST offers a wide variety of English-taught courses in multiple disciplines.

Use our course equivalency database to find out which courses at HKUST can apply to your UF degree.

Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in English. Foreign language courses are available for credit.

Grade Conversion

Grades are reported in the same manner as UF.

Credit Conversion

HKUST’s credit system parallels UF’s credit system. For example, if you take a 3-credit course at HKUST, you will receive 3 hours of credit at UF.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense ComparisonSemester at UFSemester at HKUST
UF Tuition$3,190$3,190
UFIC Admin. Fee-$425
Health Insurance-$154
Housing / Utilities$2,995$1,650
Internet / Cable$585$250


Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).


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.

Travel Opportunities

Overlooking the water from Dragon's Back trail on Hong Kong Island

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.

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