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HKUST Undergraduates

Student Centric Education

HKUST takes pride in offering a “student-centered” education. The curriculum has been developed to give students the best education possible, both in terms of educating the whole person and acquiring the specific skills and knowledge needed to succeed in pursuing their aspirations. The four pillars of the HKUST education are: flexible admission, a four-year curriculum, Common Core Education, and personal academic advisor scheme.

Flexible Admission

At HKUST, prospective undergraduate students have the flexibility to choose whether they wish to be admitted into the Schools or into a specific program. At the application stage, students may choose one of the Schools (Science/International Research Enrichment, Engineering, Business and Management). Students admitted via school-based admission will choose their majors in Year 1 or Year 2 so they would have time to explore different majors through the 1st Year foundation curriculum and student advising.

Students who have undergone extensive career-planning and developed clear interests in specific programs, may choose to apply HKUST through program-specific routes. These are the program choices:

  • Mathematics and Economics (MAEC)
  • Biotechnology and Business (BIBU)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Finance (FINA)
  • Global Business (GBUS)
  • Information Systems (IS)
  • Integrated Systems and Design
  • 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 well-structured four-year curriculum. Students could choose courses from a wide range of disciplines and get rich out-of-class learning experience. All UG students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits in order to graduate.

Students also have the option to take a five-year Dual Degree Program in Technology and Business, graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering or a Bachelor of Science, and a Bachelor of Business Administration. For more information please go to Interdisciplinary Programs Office.

Common Core Education
The “Common Core” courses are part of the UG curriculum requirements. They include conventional courses, such as Technology and Social Sciences, some related to cultural studies and art courses such as painting, music and poetry. The objective of Common Core education is to expose students to a full range of human endeavors, of natural and social sciences, and of arts, in order to provide students with a 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. These schemes support students to plan their study and explore their career interests. In general, a new student will work with a designated advisor to help him/her plan for the study and choose a major according to student’s interests and career goal. A faculty advisor walks with the student throughout the whole 4-year journey 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 provide students with abundant opportunities- from international exchange to undergraduate research, from internship to entrepreneurship training, and we encourage each and every student to experiment and explore. We want our students to find their passion, and realize their dreams.

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Student Exchange

At HKUST, we strive to provide students a global experience. Currently, the University has exchange partnership with over 250 world-renowned universities. Every year about 1,000 of our students would go for exchange…

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Internship

The University acknowledges that internship is an increasingly important part of undergraduate education. Practical skills are necessary in a real work environment. Graduates acquired with the skills would be more employable…

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Leadership

Providing quality education is the foremost responsibility of all universities. As such, HKUST endeavors to encourage students to reach out, put their knowledge into practice and explore what is needed…

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Entrepreneurship

HKUST started to support entrepreneurship from its earliest days. In 2000, the Entrepreneurship Center (EC) was established to encourage and support HKUST faculty, students and staff in the commercialization…

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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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