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HKUST Undergraduates

Student Centric Education

HKUST takes pride in offering what we consider to be a “student-centered” education. The curriculum has been developed to give students the best education possible, both in terms of broadly educating the whole person and providing students with the specific skills and knowledge they need to succeed in pursuing their inspiration. The four pillars of our educational platform that accomplish these goals are: flexible based admission, a four-year curriculum, Common Core Education, and personal academic advisor scheme.

Flexible Based Admission

At HKUST, prospective undergraduate students have the great flexibility to choose whether they wish to be admitted into the Schools or into a specific program. At the application stage, students simply choose one of the Schools (Science/International Research Enrichment, Engineering, Business and Management). Students admitted under our flexible school-based admission will choose their majors in Year 1 or Year 2 to allow them to explore different majors and their own future inspiration through the 1st Year foundation curriculum and student advising.

Students who have undergone extensive career-planning and developed clear interests in specific programs, they could apply HKUST through program-specific routes. Under program-specific entry routes, students can apply the following programs:

  • Mathematics and Economics (MAEC)
  • Biotechnology and Business (BIBU)
  • Economics (ECON), Finance (FINA)
  • Global Business (GBUS)
  • Information Systems (IS)
  • Management (MGMT)
  • Marketing (MARK)
  • Operations Management (OM)
  • Professional Accounting (ACCT)
  • Quantitative Finance (QFIN)
  • Economics and Finance (ECOF)
  • Global China Studies (GCS)
  • Quantitative Social Analysis (QSA)
  • Environmental Management and Technology (EVMT)
  • Risk Management and Business Intelligence (RMBI) and
  • Dual Degree Program in Technology and Management (DDP)
Four-Year Curriculum
HKUST offers a four-year curriculum as the most common path for undergraduate education. Students must take a minimum of 120 credits as graduation requirement. A 4-year undergraduate degree structure gives students a broader and more diversified curriculum. Students will have exposure to a range of different disciplines and rich out-of-class learning experience, and ultimately to benefit more thoroughly.
Students can also enroll five-year Dual Degree Program in Engineering discipline or a Bachelor of Science, with a Bachelor of Business Administration. For more information please go to Interdisciplinary Programs Office.
Common Core Education
The “Common Core” courses at HKUST are a series of courses as part of student curriculum requirement. They include not only conventional courses, such as Technology and Social Sciences, but also cultural studies and courses from the arts, such as painting, music and poetry. The goal of common core education is to expose students to a full range of human endeavor, of natural and social sciences, and of the arts, thus providing our students with a holistic, well-rounded education. This kind of education also stimulates creativity, deepens one’s understanding of the problems facing the world, and expands one’s awareness of cultural diversity.
Academic Advising
Each School has its own academic advising scheme.  Academic advising scheme is supporting the students to maneuver their study and explore their career interests. In general, a new student will work with a dedicated advisor to help them plan for the study and choose a major according to student’s interests and career goal. A faculty advisor will continue providing in-depth, personal academic advising and assistance once the students have decided their majors.
School of Science
School of Engineering
School of Business and Management
School of Humanities and Social Science

Experiential Learning

HKUST is proud to offer its students a panorama of possibilities- from international exchange to undergraduate research, from internship to entrepreneurship training, and we encourage each and every student to experiment and explore. We want each student to find his/her passion, and then turn a dream into a reality.

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Student Exchange

HKUST consistently, continuously seeks to give students a global experience throughout their four years of university life. Currently, the University has exchange partnership with over 250 universities, many of them are world-renowned,…

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Internship

The University acknowledges that internship increasingly important for undergraduate students. Having practical skills are necessary in a real work environment and definitely provides the …

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Leadership

Providing quality education is the foremost responsibility of all universities. As such, HKUST endeavors to mobilize students to extend themselves into the community, …

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Entrepreneurship

HKUST has supported entrepreneurship from its earliest days. In 2000, it set up an entrepreneurship center (EC) to encourage and support the participation of all HKUST faculty, …

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Research

Leave the classroom and get hands-on experience! HKUST firmly believes that this is how a student learns most effectively. Therefore, we have created the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)…

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