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International Qualifications


Mainland JEE

Post Secondary


Advanced Credit

The University may grant the credits for applicants who have attained advanced qualifications prior to their admission to HKUST. The number of credits be granted would base on the equivalency of applicants’ pre-tertiary qualifications to HKUST courses. Students admitted to the 4-year curriculum may be granted up to 30 such transfer credits, all of which will count towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

  • 9 University Common Core credits
  • 9 University Common Core credits;
  • 12 unassigned free credits
  • 9 University Common Core credits;
  • 12 unassigned free credits
Students with subject attainments in pre-tertiary public examinations or post-secondary qualifications may be granted transfer credits if the examinations are accredited in the University Course Equivalence Database. Students would have to apply for credit transfers to the HKUST’s Academic Regulations and Records Office upon their enrollment. For further details, please visit
Pre-tertiary public examinations
Local Institutions
Non-local institutions
Language Proficiency
English QualificationsCriteriaNumber of Advanced Credit Granted
IELTS7.0 or above (with no sub-score lower than 6.5)6 University Common Core English Communication credits
TOEFL Paper-based600 or above, and 5 or above on TWE
TOEFL Internet-based100 or above, and 24 or above on Writing
HKDSE5* or above (with no sub-score lower than 5)
Certificate in Advanced EnglishB or above
AP English Lang and Comp/Lit & Comp4 or above
IB English A (HL/SL)4 or above
IB English B (HL/SL)6 or above
GCEOL/GCSE/IGCSE English (First Language)A*
GCE AL & AS EnglishA

Preparing for Hong Kong & HKUST

Feeling anxious about getting to Hong Kong and to HKUST? Wondering what university life will be like? No worries! HKUST is designed to help new students make themselves at home in this university. Here should give you all the information you need to put your worries to rest. For Non-local students, you may find out a lot of useful tips here for helping you with pre-arrival and settling in HKUST.