Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) offers affordable access to quality coursework taught in English. Most UC students have benefited from regular degree coursework in the Schools of Business and Management, Science, Engineering, Interdisciplinary Programs, Humanities and Social Science.
Situated on a lovely seaside campus above Clear Water Bay in the New Territories, the HKUST campus provides state-of-the-art academic, student life, and sports facilities for daily student needs. HKUST is located just 45 minutes away from Hong Kong’s downtown center.
Check out this video created by HKUST for a peek into student life in Hong Kong.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Some courses in Humanities and Social Science are taught in Putonghua or Cantonese.
language instruction is available from beginning to advanced levels. You may take one Chinese language course per semester. Beginning Chinese language study is recommended.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late August to late December
late August to late May
You are encouraged to extend your UCEAP participation from the fall to the year.
You will reside in a student dormitory conveniently located on campus with local and international students. You also have the option of living off campus. More information on housing
Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by HKUST. Immerse yourself into HKUST student life by participating in a student club or recreational sport. Examples include dragon boat racing, choir, hockey, photography, dance, magic, and martial arts. An exchange buddy system is available to those with questions about life at HKUST and in Hong Kong.
Volunteer through HKUST Connect and teach English to children from immigrant and low income families.
You will also find many opportunities for hiking, nature walks, and camping around Hong Kong.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Once abroad, a host university faculty or staff member representing UCEAP will be your first point of contact for all matters. Among other things, the designated person provides support with academic matters, program logistics, and personal issues. At HKUST, designated EAP Liaison Officers and program administrators oversee UCEAP students and will assist you with various needs, including academic advising.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Academic life at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is largely based within its academic schools and program offices.
UCEAP students will take the majority of their courses in the HKUST school or program into which they are admitted based on their UC major: Business and Management, Engineering, Science, or Humanities and Social Science. Other, elective courses may then be taken from different HKUST schools or programs.
Interdisciplinary Programs offer coursework across disciplines and departments. Current programs include technology and management, risk management and business intelligence, and environmental management and technology.
Business, economics, science, and engineering courses are all taught in English. Some social science and humanities courses are taught in English, while some are taught in Chinese.
Use the following resources to learn more:
Courses recommended by previous UC students include a very interesting Business Negotiations class, as well as a class about Contemporary China.
You are required to take a full time course of study while abroad. 21 quarter/14 semester UC units per semester minimum; four or five courses. Maximum 25.5 quarter/17 semester UC units allowed.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Research and independent study courses are offered by HKUST. These courses are usually numbered in the 4900s in the HKUST Course Catalog. Most students must meet with the faculty after arrival for approval.
Internships for academic credit are not possible for exchange (UCEAP) students in Hong Kong due to immigration policy.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The mission of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is to advance knowledge in science, technology, engineering, business, and management, and to assist the economic and social development of Hong Kong. Its ultramodern, futuristic-looking campus is located on 150 acres terraced hillsides overlooking Clear Water Bay.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- UC fees
- Tuition at partner institution
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
- Mandatory Host Country Health Insurance
- On-site orientation
- Predeparture expenses (visas, etc.)
- Room and Board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Round-trip transportation from California
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: A UC minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Students will be placed in the HKUST Schools of Business and Economics, Engineering, Sciences, Humanities and Social Science, or Interdisciplinary Programs based on their UC major. HKUST is intended for undergraduates advanced in their respective fields of study. Students should be prepared to take lower-level courses if their academic background does not meet the prerequisites for upper-division courses. Students are expected to take the majority of courses in the school in which they are placed.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: