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University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

Engineering, Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology  (HKUST)

Study Abroad Program Overview

​Study engineering abroad and pursue rigorous coursework taught in English in the School of Engineering at the high-tech Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Situated on a lovely seaside campus above Clear Water Bay in the New Territories, the campus provides state-of-the-art academic, student life, and sports facilities for daily student needs.

HKUST is located just 30 minutes away from Hong Kong’s downtown center.

Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction

Cantonese; English
Some courses in the Divisions of Humanities and Social Science are taught in Putonghua or Cantonese.​

Language Study

Chinese language instruction is available from beginning to advanced levels.  You may take one course in Chinese language instruction per semester. Beginning Chinese language is highly recommended.


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
late August to late December​

Year :  
late August to late May​







​You are encouraged to extend your EAP participation from the fall to the year.


You will reside on campus in a student dormitory or apartment with local students. You also have the option of living off campus.

Extracurricular Activities

Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by HKUST. Immerse yourself into HKUST student life by participating in one of the many student clubs and recreational sports. Examples include dragon boat racing, choir, hockey, photography, dance, magic, rugby, and martial arts.

Volunteer through HKUST Connect and teach English to children from immigrant and low income families.
In addition, you will find many opportunities for hiking, nature walks, and camping around Hong Kong.

On-site Support

EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. Once abroad, a host university faculty or staff member representing EAP 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, each school has a designated EAP Liaison Officer and program administrators who oversee EAP students and will assist you with various needs, including academic advising.
See the EAP 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.​

Course Opportunities

The majority of your courses are taken in the School of Engineering. All are taught in English.  The remainder of your courses may be from the other schools at HKUST, including the School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS). Some SHSS courses may require Chinese fluency.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:


Minimum 21 UC quarter/14 UC semester units per semester are required; four or five courses. Maximum 25.5 UC quarter/17.0 UC semester units allowed.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Research and independent study for academic credit may be possible in this program. Arrangements for either are made at the Study Center after arrival at HKUST.

Internships for academic credit are not possible for exchange students in Hong Kong due to immigration policy.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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 *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* 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 2013-14. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2013-14 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program.  Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at partner institution
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
  • Accident and medical insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Predeparture expenses (visas, etc.)
  • Room and Board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Round-trip transportation from California
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.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details  regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.


Class Level:

Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

Advanced undergraduates or graduates with a strong background in engineering.

Students must have a cumulative UC GPA of at least 3.0. Transfer GPAs will not be accepted for Hong Kong programs.

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

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 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Visit your Campus EAP website for program-specific deadlines: