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Student Stories

Student are the core of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Learn more on what it’s like to study in HKUST. Click below to see HKUST local and international students sharing their stories and student life in HKUST.

Aashi MORAKHIYA

BBA in Marketing, Year 3

When someone asks me where I am from, I often do not know how to answer them. I hold an Indian passport, I have lived in Thailand since I was a month old, but I am considered a Hong Kong local. You see my dilemma? Many people say that people like me have an identity...

Abhisheak MALL

School of Engineering, Year 2

Hall life is one of the most unique experiences in university. When I received my offer for a semester in Hall VII, I was keen to make it count. Hall VII has a thriving international community. During my year there, the Hall tutors regularly organized gatherings, serving snacks, ice-cream and cheesecake. In addition to delicious...

Alpha LAI J. S.

Class of 2017, BEng Logistics Management and Engineering

I have always considered myself creative and ambitious, with big dreams of one day becoming a dynamic leader. When it came time to select a university, I was determined to find a school that offers abundant opportunities to explore new frontiers and sharpen my leadership skills.   At the time, I already knew that HKUST...

Andrea HERNÁNDEZ REYES

BEng in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Year 3

Coming to HKUST has been a very eye-opening experience to me in terms of discovering my passions and interests. I was amazed to find so many opportunities to be part of programs that will give us an idea of what path we want to follow after university. After completing my first year, I was selected...

Ansh Naresh NASTA

BEng in Mechanical Engineering, Year 4

Coming to HKUST was a last minute decision for me. I had been admitted to NUS, NTU and HKU too, and most students would have opted to go to one of those three as they were ranked higher than HKUST at the time. However, I chose to go to HKUST because I wanted to go...

Asfandyar JADOON

BEng in Computer Engineering, Year 3

Not many recognize Asia as a destination for an international education; however, HKUST’s location adds unique elements to the university experience that wouldn’t be found elsewhere. Hong Kong, being the premiere Asian financial center that it is, provides students vast opportunities for breaking into that much sought-after industry. At the same time it has a...

Chew Meng THAM

BBA in Global Business, Year 3

As an HKUST student, you will never have to worry about being bored. Coming to HKUST has fulfilled my desire to be a well-rounded student. Apart from studying hard in the 24-hour Learning Common, students in HKUST always strive to be the best in whatever they do. When I was in year one, I founded...

Cindy LEE

BBA in Operations Management, Year 3

I still remember the day when I finally accepted the offer from HKUST. I have never spent so much effort in making a decision. As a Korean student who decided to transfer from studying biochemistry in Canada to business in Hong Kong, I really wanted to make the best decision for myself. Now looking back,...

Craig D’SOUZA

BEng in Computer Science, Year 3

If you’re one to listen to rumors, you might have heard about how intense everything at HKUST is. Our academics truly are top-notch; the brochures are right about that. And it is very true that students at HKUST are the perfect embodiment of the Work Hard, Play Hard ethic. But most outsiders only ever see...

Elfarouk HARB

BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics, Year 3

Coming to HKUST, I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew there would be a lot of opportunities to improve my academic skills but, still, part of me was always unsure whether I would “make” it in Hong Kong. So many questions were rushing through my head as I entered the campus. Will my...

Fernando GARCIA ALBERO

Class of 2020, BSc Global China Studies: Humanities and Social Science

大家好!我叫費爾南多。雖然我在西班牙出生,但是,機緣巧合下,香港科技大學成了我的選擇,環球中國研究專業更成為了我的生活。而我現在是二年級學生。 Ever since I was young, I have been very interested in Chinese language and culture. From the age of 12 onwards, I have been visiting China on a yearly basis in order to better understand it: this has given me the chance to learn Mandarin quite effectively by communicating with the locals. Global China...

Grace PARK

BEng in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Year 3

When I first came to HKUST, like many other students, I was not exactly sure which academic field I wanted to pursue. This uncertainty was not due to a lack of vision or dream but due to the range of my interest in multiple areas including engineering, science, consulting, and business. Within two years, HKUST...

Hanif NADHIF

BEng in Electronic Engineering, Year 3

I truly believe that the best thing about HKUST is its ability to turn academic and social aspirations into reality. In the pursuit of an electronics engineering degree, I wanted to delve further: I wanted to participate in a collaborative hands-on project that would allow me to extend what I have learned in class through...

Hanna Rae CHOI

School of Business and Management, Year 2

My life at HKUST has been very international and full of new experiences. I have encountered so many different cultures in my everyday life through friends from diverse backgrounds and through plethora of attractions that Hong Kong has to offer such as great motley of cuisines from different cultures. HKUST definitely has challenged me greatly...

Heng SU

BEng in Computer Science, Year 3

My favorite thing about HKUST is the fact that you’re surrounded by hardworking and passionate people who inspire you to go out of your comfort zone and explore the abundance of opportunities the school has to offer. It seems like every other week the University is hosting a Hackathon, career fair, research competition, case study...

Ivana SURADJA

BSc in Environmental Science (International Research Enrichment Track), Year 4

HKUST gives students opportunities to learn not only within the campus environment, but also out of campus and even out of Hong Kong. There are many different exchange programs that students can participate in to gain more experience in studying, working, and living abroad. In Spring 2017, I had the chance to go on academic...

Jane CHUAH

BBA in Professional Accounting, Year 3

I wonder how many of you reading this are like the “me” two years ago, agonizing over deciding which university to apply to or which offer to accept. Two years ago, I was particularly having trouble choosing between HKU and HKUST. Because now you’re reading this from HKUST, my choice was pretty obvious. If you...

Jeff CHEN Haoran

Class of 2015, BEng Mechanical Engineering and BBA General Business Management

Everybody has at least one ‘life-changing moment’ where they learned something, met someone or made a decision that altered the course of their lives.   If I had to pinpoint that moment, it would probably be an exchange trip to Harvard University in 2013.   It was during that trip that I found myself biking...

Jeffry WICAKSANA

BEng in Electronic Engineering, Year 4

“One HKUST-Infinite possibilities.” What someone can do and achieve in HKUST is only limited by their imagination since HKUST provides tons of support and eye-opening opportunities. Being globally exposed to the world is one of the perks one gets by studying in HKUST. Last summer (2016), I was selected by the University to become one...

Jhalak SRIVASTAVA

BBA in Marketing, Year 2

Deciding to study at HKUST has been one of my best decisions. Within a year, I have started seeing a fundamental transformation in myself in terms of professionalism, independence and responsibility. This university has given me numerous opportunities to discover my hidden talents, to meet amazing people from across the world, and to make a...

Jingyin CHIA

School of Business and Management, Year 2

As a vibrant city with beautiful culture, and as one of the world’s most significant financial centers, Hong Kong is definitely the right place for someone who loves challenges and city life. In Hong Kong, you will be amazed not only by the concrete jungles, but also by the beauty of mother nature. One of...

Johnny KIM

BBA in Information Systems, Year 3

The years since I entered HKUST have been exciting for me. At first, it was not easy adapting to a new environment, especially near the sea. Plus, academically, I found that it’s all about self-study; either you learn to study on your own or you will be destroyed in such a prestigious university full of...

Julia KANG

BBA in Economics and Finance, Year 3

Hi, I’m Julia. Although I’m Korean, I’ve been moving around. I’ve lived in Korea, the States, Taiwan, Japan, and now Hong Kong. When I was in Japan choosing my university, at first I didn’t consider Asia as a destination. Like most of my friends, I was planning to study in the U.S. But choosing one’s...

Jun Young CHA

Class of 2016, BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

One emotion that constantly seeped into me throughout my undergraduate years was anxiety. Will I make it? Is my major right for me? Is there some other area, that I am even more passionate about, one that I have not yet discovered? But HKUST didn’t let me stay lost for too long. One of the...

Kamila ABDRASSILOVA

Class of 2020, BSc Biotechnology and Business

Once upon a time people looked up, and saw birds flying gracefully above. Many dreamed of being able to soar like the birds in the sky, but only a few questioned how it was done, and acted upon the desire to create “human wings.” This is how the airplane came to be.   These curious...

Kevin PRATAMA

School of Engineering, Year 2

One of the wildest experiences you can have in life is studying at a young, international, and creative university – HKUST. Personally I feel that HKUST is a hidden gem among the top universities in the world. Aside from boasting a lot of activities, it gives you the freedom to pursue your passion and learn...

Kriti GUPTA

BEng in Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, Year 2

A year back, when I got my acceptance for HKUST, I was thrilled beyond measure, thinking about the mammoth opportunities awaiting me. One decision that I made at the time was to not limit my university life to just academics. Therefore, in my first semester here, I volunteered for the annual TEDxHKUST event. This proved...

Leo KURNIAWAN

BSc in Mathematics and Economics, Year 3

On Clear Water Bay peninsula, there exists a magical university named HKUST which possesses the ability to transform impossibilities into possibilities. Ever since I arrived at HKUST, I have been exposed to memorable opportunities to accomplish what I previously thought was only imaginary. One example is when I participated in a program called “HeadStart”. In...

Leonardus KEVIN

School of Business and Management, Year 2

Initially, when I was applying for universities, I was very confused of which university to apply to. I only knew that I wanted to stay in Asia and study Business. Hong Kong was an obvious choice since it is one of Asia’s economic strongholds; intuitively, I chose HKUST. One of the features that HKUST offers...

Liz HAN

School of Business and Management, Year 2

Hello, all! This is Liz, who is currently studying in HKUST. I am an international student from South Korea and have studied in Canada, Seoul and on Jeju Island. As you can tell, I have been through a broad spectrum of cultures. Being so fond of new and astonishing experiences, I had always dreamed of...

Meghana VERMA

BBA in Marketing, Year 3

Coming to Hong Kong and HKUST was the best decision I have made. Living in this metropolitan area has led me to being able to network with people from all over the world. One of the best things I have done at HKUST is joining the English Debate Team. It has given me so many...

Min Li YEOH

BEng in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Year 3

I still remember the moment I stepped onto the land of San Francisco, CA. It was my first time to the States, my first international exposure, and my first international competition. I couldn’t believe that I would have this opportunity to be one of the first representatives of a university, HKUST, to participate in the...

Noa NEDERPELT

BBA in Global Business, Year 3

When I first stepped out of flight KL681 onto Hong Kong soil the very first thing I noticed was the grandeur of the airport and the very apparent fusion of East and West which I was excited to experience in the years to come. Who am I kidding–obviously the very first thing I noticed was...

Ray LIEW Wen Jie

Class of 2017, BBA Global Business and Information Systems

My high school days in Singapore were no doubt some of the best days of my life. It was tough, but my friends and teachers made it worthwhile. In this sense, I always felt that the university I chose would have big shoes to fill. Now that I am completing my final year at HKUST,...

Richard WONG

BEng in Mechanical Engineering, Year 3

Hello there! I am Richard, year 3 student at HKUST studying Mechanical Engineering. After spending some years in England, I thought it would be a great challenge to fit into a school in Hong Kong, but it turned out to be no problem at all. HKUST offers many and various opportunities for students to make...

Shane SIM

BEng in Logistics Management and Engineering and BBA in General Business Management, Year 2

Before entering HKUST, I knew that, at university, I wanted to pursue my passion in financial trading. Never did I think that I would have the opportunity to establish a new society for it. Traders@UST is the brainchild of Jeff, who, after several years at HKUST, saw the lack of a proper platform for students...

Shlok JAIN

BEng in Chemical Engineering, Year 2

Hi! I am Shlok Jain, and I just started my journey at HKUST in the fall of 2016. In this, like all journeys, the destination—now somewhat blurry– matters less than the time spent travelling to reach it. For me, who is a quarter of his way through university, I believe that if this journey were...

Steven SUNTOSO

School of Business and Management, Year 2

A year ago, I had to make a decision that would shape my future: I had to choose a university. It was not easy as I had to choose between schools that I have never even seen physically. However, after tons of researches and careful thought, I decided to go to HKUST. Looking back, I...

Tanay ROHATGI

BEng in Computer Science and BBA in General Business Management, Year 2

I was born and brought up in a very small part of India so coming to Hong Kong was a very big decision for both me and my parents. Now that I have been here for a year, I think that coming to HKUST is the best decision that I could have made. What attracted...

Thomas Rohit NARAYANA SWAMY

BSc in Individualized Interdisciplinary Major (Bionics), Year 2

Firstly, why HKUST? To be honest it wasn’t really my first choice personally, but my parents thought that it would be a wonderful experience for me, discovering a new culture, new place and so far they have not been wrong. I’m currently studying BSc in Bionics. What is bionics? Bionics or bio-mechatronics is a very...

Weng Siang KOH

BBA in Professional Accounting and Finance, Year 4

My journey in Hong Kong has been very fulfilling and rewarding thus far. In particular, the pace of the city has, to a certain extent, kept propelling me forward, in the direction of my future aspiration. Truthfully, I am fortunate that I made the right choice to HKUST three years ago. Opportunity is the best...

Yasmine BACHRAOUI

BEng in Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, Year 3

Throughout my two years in HKUST, I have had the opportunity to take part in different activities ranging from academic activities to art-related workshops and service learning trips. I strongly believe that finding the right balance between academics and extra-curricular activities is important in shaping someone’s personality and life. And having the opportunity to experience...