FAQ
International Qualifications
  • Question
    What are the admissions requirements?
    Answer

    HKUST considers a wide range of academic qualifications. Please check out our admissions page for the detailed requirements for your qualifications.

    Students applying with international qualifications are expected to fulfill the General Admission Requirements, School/Program-specific Requirements and English Language Requirement.

  • Question
    Do I need to submit TOEFL or IELTS?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    I'm an IB student. Are SL and HL subjects both considered as 'senior level' subjects?
    Answer

    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'.

  • Question
    Am I a local or a non-local applicant?
    Answer

    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.

    Note: Education Bureau in November 2018 reviewed and redefined its definition of dependent visa/entry permit for non-local students, applicable to all applicants, as students holding dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Immigration Department of the HKSAR.

     

    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.

  • Question
    Does HKUST accept students for Spring Admissions?
    Answer

    Currently, HKUST does not offer Spring Admissions. All students shall start their term in fall term in September.

  • Question
    Who should I contact for further questions on undergraduate admissions?
    Answer

    You may find us through email, phone, social media, Live Chat and Unibuddy on this website:

    - Email: ugenquiry@ust.hk

    - Tel: +852 2623 1118

    - Follow us on hkustadmissions (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter)

  • Question
    Does HKUST have any education agencies as their representatives?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    How do I apply to HKUST?
    Answer

    If you are a student taking international qualifications, you should submit your online application via our online application system.

  • Question
    When should I submit my application?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    Can I submit more than one application?
    Answer

    Applicants can submit only one application for undergraduate admission to HKUST in each admission 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 admission 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.

  • Question
    I can only begin my studies one or two years later, is it possible to defer my studies?
    Answer

    If you plan to study with us at a later time, we recommend you to apply for the admission year when you could join HKUST.

  • Question
    I am taking more than one curriculum. Should I include them all in the application?
    Answer

    Yes. If you have extra qualifications, you may include them in your application profile. It will supplement your application.

  • Question
    What should I write in my personal statement?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    What documents do I need to include in my application?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    How do I know if my application has been successfully submitted?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    Can I apply for both early admission and regular admission?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    How do I create an account?
    Answer

    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 admission year.

  • Question
    When should I upload my personal statement onto the system?
    Answer

    The Personal Statement should be uploaded before you submit your online application.

  • Question
    Do I need to mail my supporting documents to HKUST?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    Can I still submit supporting documents after the deadline?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    Why am I not able to upload my Personal Statement/supporting documents?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    I realize that my documents exceeded the uploading space limits. Can I get extra space?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    What should I do if I do not have my documents/have not yet taken my exams when I submit my application?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    Do my documents need to be certified true copies?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    My documents are not in English or Chinese. Should I translate it?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    My high school does not give the official transcripts to students. How should I submit my transcripts?
    Answer

    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 ugenquiry@ust.hk. Please indicate your full name and application number in the document(s) or email correspondence.

  • Question
    I would like to send an official transcript of my IB/SAT/AP/TOEFL/ACT. What is HKUST's institution code?
    Answer

    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) 01700-00, ACT 6986.

  • Question
    Can I make changes to my application after I submit it?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    What is an academic reference?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    Who should be my referee?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    How many academic references should I submit?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    How do I submit the academic references?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    How do I submit the predicted grade report?
    Answer

    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. 

  • Question
    If I am offered admission, am I still free to apply to other universities?
    Answer

    Yes. Your application to HKUST is independent from those to other universities. An offer of admission (or conditional admission) does not mean you are bound to join HKUST.

  • Question
    Will I get an invitation for an interview from HKUST?
    Answer

    An admission interview may be arranged, but is not a mandatory procedure of the admission exercise except for Dual Degree in Technology and Management, Global Business, Quantitative Finance, 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.

  • Question
    I got an interview invitation. What kind of questions should I expect?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    Do I need to travel to Hong Kong to attend the Interview?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    When will I get my application results back?
    Answer

    The admission exercise is done on a rolling basis. This means that applicants will receive an admission 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.

  • Question
    How do I know the status of my application?
    Answer

    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 admission office for status update because our staff is only able to provide the same status as shown on the system.

  • Question
    What happens if I don't pay the deposit by deadline?
    Answer

    We will assume that you do not accept our offer and the place for admission may be given to the next eligible candidate. Thus please be reminded of your deadline.

  • Question
    Can I get refund for the deposit?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    How much is the deposit?
    Answer

    The deposit will be HK$20,000 and you can pay it online via Visa or MasterCard.

  • Question
    Will HKUST withdraw its admission offer after I have accepted it?
    Answer

    No. If admission 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.

  • Question
    How do I accept my offer?
    Answer

    To ensure that your place is held, you are required to pay an acceptance deposit of HK$20,000 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.

  • Question
    How do I get to HKUST from the airport?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    What are the requirements for student insurance? How do I purchase the student insurance?
    Answer

    Non-local students MUST sign up for the Compulsory Medical Insurance Scheme. Further details can be found here.

  • Question
    Is there any pick up service for non-local new students?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    How do I open bank account in Hong Kong?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    What do I have to do after I accept my offer?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    How do I apply for student visa?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    What documents should I bring to HKUST?
    Answer

    You should bring your admission 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.

  • Question
    Where can I find information about orientation schedule?
    Answer

    Please visit here.

  • Question
    Can I get advanced credit for my qualification?
    Answer

    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.

  • Question
    Can I apply for credit transfer? How do I know how many credits I can get?
    Answer

    HKUST recognizes that a number of applicants may have taken advanced courses prior to their admission to university, eligible applicants may receive an admission 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.