Admissions Portal for Non-local Students

Important: Please read through the New Student Checklist and complete all the steps below before your arrival at HKUST. 

Deadline:  Please refer to the date stipulated in the offer letter

  • A place in the program will be reserved for you subject to your acceptance of offer and the payment of deposit fee. This applies to both applicants with firm offer and conditional offer.
  • The paid deposit fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. It will be treated as part of the tuition fee for Fall 2019.  The refund could be arranged only if a student fails to meet our admission condition(s).
  • If you are unable to pay the deposit fee through the online application system by credit card, you may settle it via bank remittance. Please click here for detailed instructions.

Deadline:  Please refer to the date stipulated in the offer letter

  • If you receive a conditional offer, please upload the supporting documents confirming your fulfillment of the conditions set in the offer letter right after the release of examination results.
  • If you are requested to satisfy the University’s English Language Admissions Requirement, please refer to a list of the recognized English qualifications here.
  • For documents in any language other than English or Chinese, please provide a translation of the document in English certified by your school or an approving authority.

To pursue study in Hong Kong, non-local students are required to obtain a student visa issued by the Immigration Department of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  Please visit our Online Application System for Student Visa/ Entry Permit and follow the instructions accordingly.  If your application is approved, we will send the student visa label to you by courier in early / mid-August.


  • Please ensure that all supporting documents are appended with your application.
  • It normally takes at least 6-8 weeks to process the visa application.

Deadline:  Before student registration (for the first payment) and before the commencement of Spring Term (for the second payment)

  • Payment advice containing details of tuition fee and other fees will be sent to you together with the Program Registration Invitation email in July.
  • The tuition fee is HKD 140,000 (non-local students) per academic year. Payment will be made in two equal installments before the commencement of the Fall and Spring Term respectively.
  • Students with an admission scholarship from the University may visit here to see the arrangement regarding scholarship payment.

Hall Application Period: 3 – 12 July 2019

At HKUST, there are 9 on-campus and 1 off-campus residential halls with rooms ranging from single to triple occupancy. Application is expected to open in summer. If you need any further information, please contact The Student Housing and Residential Life Office (SHRLO) for more details.

Date: 1-2 weeks before commencement of term

Non-local students are normally required to arrive one to two weeks before the commencement of the term for registration and orientation.  Our Office of Global Learning takes care of the arrival arrangement of non-local students. More details will be forthcoming from July onwards.  Please visit the here for useful information to prepare your arrival and settlement in HKUST.

Registration date: 20 August for all International qualifications
(For Jun 2019 GCEAL/IAL candidates, registration date will be on 23 August 2019)

You are required to present the original copies of all academic documents that substantiate your qualifications on Registration day for our verification.  Your scanned copies submitted to the online application system or as email attachment are for reference only.  For details on which documents to bring, please click here.

Date: Early August and during the add/drop period at the beginning of the academic term

The academic advising team of your School will contact you prior to the arrival for course pre-enrollment.  You will be invited to attend the academic advising sessions in late August.  Our academic advisors will give you the advice on course selection and credit transfer arrangements (if applicable).

For advanced credit arrangement, you may be granted up to 30 credits and complete your studies one year early. You could visit The Academic Records and Registration (ARR) website for more details.

Event date: August

The University and student societies will organize a series of orientation activities for new students before the start of the academic year.  The New Student Orientation website ( is designed to help you make yourself at home in the University.  Details will be updated from time to time, so please visit this website regularly.

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Academic Contact Points

School of Science

Ms Shirley Pang (UG Student Admission):

Miss Tina Ko (Student Advising):

School of Engineering

Ms Violet Lee (for Local students): 

Miss Wing Ng (for Mainland China, Taiwan and Macao students):

Ms Burgitta Ho (for International students):

School of Business and Management

Miss Bowie Yu:

School of Humanities and Social Science

Ms Heidi Tsang:

Interdisciplinary Program Office

Ms Carrie Liew:

Academic Calendar

  1. Commencement of Fall Term

    September 2nd, 2019
  2. End of Fall Term

    December 19th, 2019
  3. Start of Winter Term

    January 2nd, 2019
  4. End of Winter Term

    January 30th, 2020
  5. Start of Spring Term

    February 3rd, 2020
  6. End of Spring Term

    May 28th, 2020
  7. Start of Summer Term

    June 22nd, 2020
  8. End of Summer Term

    August 15th, 2020