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Students applying with international qualifications are expected to fulfill the General Admissions Requirements, School/Program-specific Requirements and English Language Requirement.
TOEFL and IELTS can serve as proof of English language proficiency, but these tests are not necessary if you meet the requirements with any other recognized qualifications such as IB English and GCE AS/AL English. For details, please visit our admissions page.
Yes, both SL and HL subjects are considered as 'senior level' subjects.
However, if Math is one of the subject requirements, you may need to pay attention to the following information on the preferences on the new IB Math curriculum for different Schools/programs.
Math AA (HL)
Preferred by all Schools/programs requiring Math
Math AI (HL)
Preferred by all Schools/programs requiring Math
Math AA (SL)
Preferred by all Schools/programs requiring Math, except for 'Economics and Finance', 'Quantitative Finance', and 'Risk Management and Business Intelligence'
Math AI (SL)
Not preferred by School of Science, School of Engineering, 'Finance', 'Economics and Finance', 'Quantitative Finance', 'Mathematics and Economics', 'Biotechnology and Business', and 'Risk Management and Business Intelligence'.
You are considered as a non-local student if you are a holder of the following documents issued by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR:
- a student visa/entry permit; or
- a visa/entry permit under the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates; or
- a dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/entry permit by the Director of Immigration.
If you are offered admission into HKUST as a non-local student, you are required to pay tuition fees according to the fee schedule for non-local students.
Currently, HKUST does not offer Spring Admissions. All students shall start their term in fall term in September.
HKUST does not encourage students to entrust their application to any third party agents. The university does not currently authorize any agency to act on its behalf.
If you are a student taking international qualifications, you should submit your online application via our online application system.
Our online application system usually opens in Mid-September. You are strongly encouraged to submit an early round application on or before Mid-November for our early consideration. Otherwise, you can apply the main round application on or before early January. Please check out our admissions page for the important dates.
Applicants can submit only one application for undergraduate admissions to HKUST in each admissions year. On the application form, you can select up to two choices and the first choice will be considered as your highest priority. Depending on your program choice(s), you will be considered for your respective alternative choice(s) if you have indicated interest in application and are not admitted to your applied program(s). Research on the different admissions routes before selecting your program choices on your application form. Your program choice(s) and alternative program choice(s) will be final once you submit your application to the University.
If you plan to study with us at a later time, we recommend you to apply for the admissions year when you could join HKUST.
Yes. If you have extra qualifications, you may include them in your application profile. It will supplement your application.
The personal statement is all about YOU. We expect to find in your personal statement your strength, your passion, your interest, your future goals, or any information you feel will be of interest to the selection panel. There is no restriction on your personal statement with regards to its format, content, length and etc.
You are required to submit to HKUST your high school transcripts for the past three years, personal statement, academic reference and predicted grade. We welcome you to submit any other supporting documents that you wish to be taken into consideration. For details, please visit the application procedures for international qualification holders.
You will receive a HKUST Application Number to confirm receipt of your application through email. You may continue to upload additional documents to your account after submission of the application form. Keep your Application Number, as you will need to refer to this number in any and all future correspondence with HKUST.
If you apply in the early round and you have not received the results, you do not need to submit your application again. We will automatically consider your application during the main round.
You must complete your application to HKUST by yourself, instead of through a third party. The personal information and email address you used to create your account will be carried to your application form automatically. Since we communicate with you mainly by email, do not share your email address with another applicant. Please note that you can submit only one application to HKUST for the same admissions year.
The Personal Statement should be uploaded before you submit your online application.
No, you don't. All documents, including personal statements, school transcripts, official transcripts, academic references and all other supplementary documents are to be submitted online. It is not necessary to mail any document to HKUST unless requested.
Yes, you can. Supporting documents available at the point when the application is submitted should be uploaded to the system within two calendar weeks. Documents that are not yet available at the point when the application is submitted may be uploaded later. Please indicate the 'Expected Upload Date' in the Upload Documents Section. Please note that HKUST will only review applications with sufficient supporting documents.
It is likely that you have exceeded the file size limit or you have uploaded a file that is in an unacceptable format. We suggest you shrinking the file size before uploading if the file size exceeds the limit.
You are originally given 6MB of uploading space. We recommend all applicants to try to adhere to this limit. If necessary, you may request for an increase in uploading space by contacting us with your full name and application number.
You can upload the forthcoming supporting documents after submission of an application. If the document/exam results are forthcoming, please indicate the ‘Expected Upload Date’ in the Upload Documents Section.
Documents uploaded can either be scanned copy of the original documents or their certified true copies. Original documents and certified true copies should be sent to us only after you have an offer from us.
Yes. HKUST can only accept documents in English and Chinese. If your documents are in other languages than these two, please prepare an official English translation of the documents or an English translation endorsed by your school.
If the policy of your school is that transcripts should remain confidential, please request your school counselor to either send them by mail, or email to email@example.com. Please indicate your full name and application number in the document(s) or email correspondence.
Please note that official reports are not necessary if you have your transcripts on hand, you can upload the report under the ‘Supporting Documents’ section. HKUST' s institution codes are as follows: IB Diploma 00252, College Board (SAT, AP) 2787, ETS (TOEFL) 0170-00, ACT 6986.
You cannot make any changes after you submit your application. However, there is a save button where you can save all your application before submitting it. Please be reminded that saving does not mean submitting. So, make sure your application is submitted by the deadline and ensure all information including application choice(s) and alternative program choice(s) (if applicable) are correct before submitting.
An academic reference is a confidential document in which your nominated referee comments on your academic and non-academic abilities and traits. Through the academic reference, they give the University a better understanding of you.
The referee should be a person who knows you well, especially in terms of your academic capacity. You may invite your school counselor, principal or teacher to write the academic reference on your behalf.
You are required to submit one, but if you have more than that, you have the choice to provide additional references to us. The additional letters can be uploaded in the ‘Upload Documents’ section and will be taken into consideration.
In the application form, there is an Academic Reference section in which you can input the contact details of your referee. The application system will generate an email with a reference form to him or her. Your referee could then submit the references directly to us online. The email request will be sent after you submit the application form. We recommend that the referee respond to the request within two weeks.
If your referee misses the email request, or if you would like to replace your nominated referee, you may resend the referee request in the online application system.
If you have additional references, you can upload them in the “Upload Documents” section.
For students attempting IB or British Patterned examinations, a predicted grade report is required from their nominated IB Coordinator/Career Master. Please input the contact details of your IB Coordinator/Career Master in the lower part of the Academic Reference section. The application system will generate an email to him or her, with an online predicted grade form to be submitted directly online. The email request will be sent after you submit the application form. We recommend that the IB Coordinator/Career Master respond to the request within two weeks.
If your IB Coordinator/Career Master misses the email request, you may resend the request in the online application system.
Yes. Your application to HKUST is independent from those to other universities. An offer of admissions (or conditional admissions) does not mean you are bound to join HKUST.
An admissions interview may be arranged, but is not a mandatory procedure of the admissions exercise except for Dual Degree in Technology and Management, Global Business, International Research Enrichment Program, Integrative Systems and Design and Risk Management and Business Intelligence. When you are invited for an interview, our colleagues will contact you on the arrangements via email.
An interview is a chance for the University and students to understand each other better. It is best to just be your true self. Wear a smile and stay relaxed. Show us that you can communicate well in English; that you are passionate about learning; that you are an independent thinker, who observes, thinks and makes suggestions, etc.
Most interviews are conducted through electronic means such as Skype. Under certain circumstances, we may invite you to attend an in-person interview. Detailed arrangements will be confirmed by the University.
The admissions exercise is done on a rolling basis. This means that applicants will receive an admissions decision at different times. Applicants eligible for Early Decision will receive a decision by late-December. We will continue to release more application results until April.
All application results are updated on the application system. You will receive an email notification when the application status is updated. We do not recommend contacting the admissions office for status update because our staff is only able to provide the same status as shown on the system.
You may like to know that all selected program choices are considered individually and decision outcome for each choice may be released at different time with different acceptance deadlines. Once an application result is available, we will send you an email notification to view the status update online (https://join.ust.hk/apply/) accordingly.
Regardless of the ordering of your choices, if you are interested in studying the program you have been offered, you are encouraged to accept and pay the deposit online by the required deadline. An acceptance deposit is only required to be paid once for securing admissions place, if you are given offer for your other choice(s) later on, you are not required to pay another deposit again. Please note that the deposit serves as a main part of the process to secure your admissions place at HKUST.
You may re-prioritize your offered programs during the acceptance period if you are given multiple offers. Kindly note that the priority of your program choices will be confirmed as final once you accept your offer online.
We will assume that you do not accept our offer and the place for admissions may be given to the next eligible candidate. Thus please be reminded of your deadline.
The deposit is not refundable except in the case of a conditional offer and you do not meet the conditions. In this case we will fully refund your deposit without any administrative expenses.
The deposit will be HK$20,000 for international students, and HK$5,000 for local students. You are considered as a local student if it does not require you to apply for a student visa to study at HKUST. It can be paid online via Visa or MasterCard.
No. If admissions is offered to you, it will not be withdrawn by HKUST. However, if you miss the deadline for acceptance or not being granted for the student visa for studying in Hong Kong, you could lose your place.
To ensure that your place is held, you are required to pay an acceptance deposit by the acceptance deadline. The deposit payment is non-refundable and non-transferable, and will be applied to the tuition fee for the Fall Term.
There are multiple ways that you can get to HKUST from the Airport. You can either take a taxi right from the airport, which is about HK$300 to HK$400 for the entire journey, or take the Airport Express or Airport Bus and transit to taxi. The latter would cost you around HK$100 in total. For further details, please refer to here.
Non-local students MUST sign up for the Compulsory Medical Insurance Scheme. Further details can be found here.
We provide pick up services for new undergraduate non-local students. We will be sending out emails with sign-up sheets so if you are willing to get the service, please sign up for it here.
Three banks have branches on the HKUST campus: Bank of China (Hong Kong), Hang Seng Bank, and The Bank of East Asia. In general, when opening a new bank account, you need your passport/Travel document and the landing slip, HKUST Student Identity Card, proof of Hong Kong residential address (such as confirmation letter issued by the on-campus student hall, showing the hall address) and proof of permanent address. For details of the banking services, please refer to here.
If you receive a firm offer from HKUST, you will be notified for the program registration date and time by early-July. If you receive a conditional offer, you should upload and submit the relevant documents (as instructed in the offer letter) as soon as possible after you have your final results. You will be notified of the program registration date and time after your conditional offer has been confirmed.
After you are accepted by HKUST, our admissions officer will collaborate with the Immigration Department of Hong Kong to facilitate your student visa application. You will be advised what to do when the time comes. Please do not worry about the student visa application.
You should bring your admissions letter issued by HKUST, email or letter by HKUST confirming your student hall place, academic records, official transcripts and proof of tuition fee payment for registration.
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Students holding certain qualifications, such as IB Diploma and GCEAL/IAL, may be eligible for advanced credits granted at entry. On average, students with international qualifications can get 20 - 22 advanced credits. For more details, please refer to here.
HKUST recognizes that a number of applicants may have taken advanced courses prior to their admissions to university, eligible applicants may receive an admissions offer with credit transfer. You may be granted up to 30 credits which will count towards the 120 credits required for graduation. As HKUST assesses applications on a case by case basis, it is not possible to confirm the number of credit transfer at this point in time without reviewing your application. Detailed advanced credit arrangements are available at this link.