Requirements

Students applying to HKUST are expected to satisfy the following requirements prior to the start of the year of admission:



General Admission Requirements
International Curricula  
American Patterned
  • American Patterned
  • Australian Patterned
  • British Patterned (GCEAL)
  • Canadian Patterned
  • European Baccalaureate
  • French Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Post-Secondary Qualifications


American Patterned
General Admission Requirement(s)
  • Graduation from high school, and;
  • SAT Reasoning Test with a combined score of 1800 or above (in one sitting) or ACT plus Writing with a composite score of 27 or above (in one sitting), and;
  • i) Three SAT Subject Tests, each with a score of 600 or above, or;
  • ii) American College Board Advanced Placement in three subjects, each with score of grade 3 or above
Australian Patterned
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
One of the following:
  • ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales Higher School Certificate
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education
  • Queensland Senior Certificate (prior to 2008) or Queensland Certificate of Education (after 2008)
  • South Australian Certificate of Education
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education
  • Victoria Certificate of Education
  • Western Australia Certificate of Education
  • ATAR/UAI/ENTER of 95 or above, or
  • OP Band score between 1 and 8 (25-band scale)
British Patterned (GCEAL)
General Admission Requirement(s)
One of the following:
  • Passes in at least three AL subjects in the GCEAL examinations, or;
  • Obtains a Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, or;
  • Obtains a BTEC Extended Diploma

Applicants may present Cambridge Pre-U Principal courses in place of AL subjects
Canadian Patterned
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
Alberta, NWT, Nunavut
  • Graduation from high school, and;
  • English Language Art 30-1 or English 30, and;
  • Four additional Grade 12 courses

British Columbia, Yukon
  • Graduation from high school, and;
  • English 12, and;
  • Three additional Grade 12 courses

Manitoba
  • Graduation from high school, and;
  • English 40S, and;
  • Four additional Grade 12 courses

New Brunswick
  • Graduation from high school, and;
  • English 121 or English 122, and;
  • Four additional Grade 12 courses

Newfoundland, Labrador
  • Graduation from high school, and;
  • English 3201, and;
  • Four additional Grade 12 courses

Nova Scotia
  • Graduation from high school, and;
  • English 12, and;
  • Four additional Grade 12 courses

Ontario
  • Graduation from high school, and;
  • English 4U (ENG4U), and;
  • Five additional Grade 12 U or M courses

Prince Edward Island
  • Graduation from high school, and;
  • Academic English (ENG611) or Academic English (ENG621), and;
  • Four additional Grade 12 courses

Québec
  • Obtainment of the Diplôme d'études collégiales

Saskatchewan
  • Graduation from high school, and;
  • English A30 and B30, and;
  • Three additional Grade 12 courses numbered 30
  • Overall average of 85% or above
European Baccalaureate
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Completion of the European Baccalaureate
  • Overall average of 80% or above
French Baccalaureate
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • baccalauréat général or baccalauréat général (option internationale)

    All sections - S (scientifique), L (littéraire), and ES (économique et sociale) are eligible for consideration
  • Overall score of 15 or above on a 20-point scale
International Baccalaureate
General Admission Requirement(s)
  • IB Diploma
Post-Secondary Qualifications
General Admission Requirement(s)
  • Completion of an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma from a post-secondary institution recognized by HKUST; or
  • Completion of one year of full-time undergraduate studies in a post-secondary institution recognized by HKUST

Normally, a GPA above B+/80% is expected in your post-secondary studies. In addition, results from any high school exams taken in the past should be at the standard that HKUST expects from this year's high school senior applicants.

Students from Mainland China who have JEE results and currently enrolled in university may apply for admission to HKUST on the following basis:

  1. Your JEE scores are above HKUST's JEE admission interview cut-off for your JEE examination year and province/city; and
  2. Your current GPA in university is above B+/80%

 

Regional / National Curricula  
Austria
  • Austria
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mauritius
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam
  • Other high school qualifications
  • 港澳台僑高考


Austria
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Reifezeugnis/Matura from academic stream
  • Overall average of 1.0 to 1.5 on a 5-point scale
Belgium
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, or;
  • Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur
  • Overall average of 8.0 or above on a 10-point scale
Chile
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Licencia de Enseñanza Media (Certificate of Secondary Education)
  • Overall average of 5.5 or above on a 7-point scale
Czech Republic
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Maturitni Zkouška, or;
  • Maturita
  • Overall average of 1.0 to 1.5 on a 5-point scale
Denmark
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Studentereksamen
  • Overall average of 10 or above on a 12-point scale
Finland
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Lukionpaastotodistus (School-leaving Certificate), and;
  • Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamensbetyg (National Matriculation Examination)
  • School-leaving Certificate: 8.5 or above on a 10-point scale
  • Matriculation Examination: Minimum of 4 subjects with scores at least at magna cum laude approbatur (very good), or 5.0 on a 7-point scale
Germany
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife (German Abitur)
  • Total marks between 1.0 and 2.0 on a 6-point scale
Greece
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Apolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou
  • Overall average of 16 on a 20-point scale
India
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Pass Certificates obtained on completion of Standard X and Standard XII (State and National boards)
  • Overall average of 85% or above
Ireland
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Ardteistiméireacht (Leaving Certificate)
  • Grades of ABBBBB or above
Israel
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Bagrut
  • Overall average of 8 or above on a 10-point scale, or 80 or above on a 100-point scale
Italy
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Diploma di Stato
  • Overall average of 85 or above on a 100-point scale
Luxembourg
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires
  • Overall average of 48 (très bien) or above on a 60-point scale
Malaysia
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Completion of STPM with passes in at least 3 subjects, other than language subjects, or;
  • Completion of UEC (Senior Middle Level), with passes in at least 6 subjects
Competitive Score Range
  • Overall average of B+ or above in the STPM; or;
  • Overall average of B3 or above in the UEC (Senior Middle Level) examinations

  • Additional Requirements
  • Passes in 7 or more subjects in the SPM or the UEC (Junior Middle Level) examination
Mexico
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Mexican bachillerato
  • Overall average of 8.0 or above on a 10-point scale
Netherlands
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
  • Overall average of 7.0 on a 10-point scale
New Zealand
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level Three
  • A minimum of 56 credits at Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects; and;
  • Grades of Merit (M) or Excellent (E) in majority of the subjects
Norway
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (generell studiekompetanse)
  • Overall average of 4.5 or above on a 6-point scale
Poland
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Matura with 3 subjects at extended level
  • Overall average of 80% or above
Portugal
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários (previously Certidáo do Décimo Segundo Ano)
  • Overall score of 17 or above on a 20-point scale
Romania
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Diploma de Bacalaureat
  • Overall average of 8.0 or above on a 10-point scale
Singapore
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Passes in at least three H2 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCEAL, or;
  • An acceptable Diploma obtained from one of the following 5 polytechnics in Singapore:
    ‣ Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
    ‣ Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)
    ‣ Republic Polytechnic (RP)
    ‣ Singapore Polytechnic (SP)
    ‣ Temasek Polytechnic (TP)
Competitive Score Range
  • Grade ABB or above in three H2 subjects in the Singapore-Cambridge GCEAL examinations

Additional Requirement
  • Passes in 7 subjects or more in the GCEOL/IGCSE/GCSE, or;
  • Completion of the Integrated Program (IP)
South Africa
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Post 2009: National Senior Certificate
  • Prior to 2009: Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
  • National Senior Certificate: Overall rating of 6 or above on a 7-point scale, or;
  • Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement: Overall average of 70% or above
Spain
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Titulo de Bachillerato, and;
  • Prueba de Aptitud para Acceso a la Universidad (PAU - University Entrance Exam)
  • Overall score of 8.5 or above on a 10-point scale, in the combined Bachillerato and PAU
Sweden
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskolan
  • Overall average of Vãl Godkänd (VG), or 4.5 on a 5-point scale
Switzerland
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
    One of the following:
  • Maturitätszeugnis (Federal Maturity Certificate)
  • Certificat De Maturité
  • Baccalauréat
  • Attestato Di Maturità
  • Eidgenössisch Anerkanntes Kantonales Maturitätszeugnis
  • Certificat De Maturité Cantonal Reconnu Par La Confédération
  • Attestato Di Maturità Cantonale Riconosciuto Dalla Confederazione
  • Cantonal Maturity Certificate
  • Overall average of 5.0 or above on a 6-point scale
Taiwan
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) / 學科能力測驗
  • Total score (on a 75 point scale) should fall within the top 15% in the cohort
  • Score in each of the 5 subjects should be at or above 'average standard (均標)' in the cohort
Tunisia
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Baccalauréat
  • Overall average of 14 or above on a 20-point scale
Vietnam
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Upper Secondary Graduation Certificate, and;
  • Satisfactory performance in a university entrance exam for admission in a Vietnam university recognized by HKUST
  • Overall average of 8.0 or above on a 10-point scale
Other High School Qualifications
General Admission Requirement(s)
  • Completion of high school graduation requirements, and;
  • Completion of any school-leaving public examinations, and;
  • You are also encouraged to submit SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Test and/or AP score results if available
Chinese Mainland System (for Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan students) 港澳台僑高考
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • JEE for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan students (港澳台僑高考)
  • Minimum score of 600 out of 750
Indonesia
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Completion of SMA Ujian Sekolah, and;
  • Completion of SMA Ujian Nasional
  • Overall average of 85% or above
Iran
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Pre-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe)
  • Pre-University Certificate: 16 or above on a 20-point scale
  • Kunkur (National Entrance Examination): 80% or above
Bangladesh
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Higher Secondary Certificate
  • Overall average of 85% or above
Bulgaria
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Secondary Education)
  • Overall score of 5.0 or above on a 6-point scale
Cameroon
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Passes in at least 3 subjects in the Cameroon GCE A Levels, or;
  • Cameroon Baccalauréat
  • Average of Grade B or above in the Cameroon GCE A Levels, and passes in 7 Cameroon GCEOL subjects, or;
  • Overall score of 14 or above on a 20-point scale in the Cameroon Baccalauréat
Croatia
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Maturalna Svjedodzba (Matriculation Certificate)
  • Overall average of 4.5 or above on a 5-point scale
El Salvador
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Bachillerato/Bachiller (School Leaving Certificate)
  • Overall average of 80% or above in the Bachillerato, and;
  • Applicants should normally have results for the Preuba de Aptitudes para Egresados de Educacion Media (University Entrance Examiniation), with an overall average of 8.0 or above in a 10-point scale
Estonia
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), and;
  • Riigieksamitunnistus (State Examination Certificate)
  • Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus: Overall average of 4.5 or above on a 5 point scale, and;
  • Riigieksamid (National State Examination): Overall average of 80% or above
Hungary
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Erettsegi/Matura (Secondary Leaving Certificate)
  • School subjects: Overall average of 4.5 or above on a 5-point scale, and;
  • Matura examinations: Overall average of 85% or above
Iceland
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Stúdentspróf (Matriculation Examination)
  • Overall average of 8.0 or above on a 10-point scale
Japan
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
  • Overall score of 4.5 or above on a 5-point scale
Liechtenstein
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Maturazeugnis (Matura Certificate)
  • Overall score of 5.0 or above on a 6-point scale
Lithuania
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Brandos Atestatas (Certificate of Maturity) with Matura examinations
  • School subjects: Overall score of 8.0 or above on a 10-point scale, and;
  • Matura examinations: Overall score of 85% or above
Mauritius
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate with passes in three or more A Level subjects
  • Average of Grade B or above in the Certificate, and;
  • Passes in 7 subjects in the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate
Moldova
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Diplomã de Bacalaureat
  • Overall score of 8.0 or above on a 10-point scale
Pakistan
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)
  • Total HSSC marks of at least 935 (out of 1,100) or 85%
Scotland
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers (in combinations of 4 to 5 Highers and 2 to 3 Advanced Highers)
  • Average of Grade B or above
Slovakia
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
  • Overall average of 1.0-1.5 on a 5-point scale, with the majority of subjects at velmi dobr'y (very good) and v'yborn'y (excellent)
Slovenia
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Spricevalo o splosni maturi (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), and;
  • Matura
  • Overall average of 4.5 or above on a 5-point scale
South Korea
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Ilbankye Kodung Hakkyo (General High School Diploma)
  • Majority of subjects with wu (excellent), or overall average of 80% or above
Sri Lanka
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Sri Lanka Advanced Level examinations with passes in 3 subjects
Competitive Score Range
  • Grade B or above in the Sri Lanka Advanced Level examinations

Additional Requirement
  • Passes in 7 subjects in the Sri Lanka Ordinary Level examinations
Thailand
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Mathayom Suksa 6 (M6)
  • Overall average of 3.0 or above on a 4-point scale
Turkey
General Admission Requirement(s) Competitive Score Range and/or additional
requirements usually required for entrants
  • Anadolu Lisesi (Anatolian High School Diploma), or;
  • Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School Diploma), or;
  • Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (Private High School Diploma)
  • Overall average of 4.0 on a 5-point scale

 

School-Specific Requirements

Depending on the program you apply for, there may be addition subject requirements by the respective School that you should meet in addition to the General Admission Requirements.

School International Curricula
School of Science One Senior Level subject from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
School of Engineering Senior Level Mathematics, and One Senior Level subject from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Studies, Statistics
School of Business and Management See General Admission Requirements
School of Humanities and Social Science See General Admission Requirements

 

English Language Admission Requirement

English is the language of instruction at HKUST. All applicants must demonstrate their competence in the English language prior to admission. Applicants seeking admission to undergraduate programs with non-local qualifications may satisfy the English language admission requirement through one of the following ways. Other evidence of English proficiency may be considered on individual basis.

  1. Achieve the competence standard indicated by one of these English language proficiency tests. The test scores must be obtained in the most recent two years before the application for admission.

    Test Minimum Attainment
    IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band: 6.0
    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    HKUST Institution Code: 0170-00
    Option 1: Paper-based test (PBT) Score: 550
    Option 2: Internet-based test (iBT) Score: 80
    Option 3 : Computer-based test (CBT) Score: 213
    CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) Grade C
    MUET (Malaysian University English Test) Band 4 (Aggregated Score: 180-219)

  2. SAT Reasoning Test: Essay score of 8 or above

  3. College Board AP English Language and Composition, or AP Literature and Composition: 4 or above

  4. IGCSE/GCSE/GCE O-Level English: C or above

  5. GCE AS or A-Level English: E or above

  6. SPM English Language 1119: GCE O-Level grade of C or above

  7. International Baccalaureate
    1. English A: 4 or above
    2. English B (Higher Level): 4 or above
    3. English B (Standard Level): 5 or above

  8. Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Examination: 80% or above in Grade 12 English

  9. Achieve at least 70% in one of the following Canadian courses:
    1. English 4U (Ontario)
    2. English 12 (British Columbia, Yukon and Nova Scotia)
    3. English Language Arts 30-1 or English 30 (Alberta, NWT, Nunavut)
    4. English 40S (Manitoba)
    5. English A30 and English B30 (Saskatchewan)
    6. English 121 or 122 (New Brunswick)
    7. English 3201 (Newfoundland and Labrador)
    8. Academic English ENG611 or ENG621 (Prince Edward Island)

  10. All India Senior School Certificate or Indian School Certificate: 75% or above in Standard XII English

  11. Achieve a standard of "Achieved" (A) in a minimum of 8 credits at level 2 or higher in English on the National Qualifications Framework of New Zealand; 4 credits must be in Reading and 4 credits must be in Writing. Literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards

  12. French Baccalauréat (OIB-British, American Options) English subject: 12 or above (20-point scale)

  13. Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts: Grace C or above

  14. Taiwan General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT): Achieve score in the top 13 percentile of the cohort (頂標) in English subject (out of 15)

  15. Holders of AD or HD from a recognized tertiary institution in HK:
    1. HKCEE English (Syllabus A or B) - Grade E or above
    2. HKCEE English (from 2007 sitting) - Level 2 or above



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