Study Abroad Program Overview
Enjoy a summer abroad at the International Summer School of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). With coursework in business and management, engineering, sciences, humanities and social science -- all taught in English, HKUST offers new perspective and distinct course offerings that may not be available at your home UC campus.
Students choose from a list of more than 30 courses. The program offers a special option for UC students with the opportunity to earn credit for a one-year sequence of calculus-based physics in just eight weeks.
Situated in a lovely seaside setting above Clear Water Bay in the New Territories, the intimate HKUST campus provides state-of-the-art academic, student life, and sports facilities for day-to-day student needs. HKUST is located just 30 minutes away from Hong Kong’s downtown center, plus Hong Kong is a perfect kick-off spot for travel following the program dates.
Check out this video
created by HKUST for a peek into student life in Hong Kong.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
language study is optional during the summer program.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-June to mid-August
Intensive Physics Program
The intensive, fast-paced physics track offers two four-week modules in the summer for the equivalent credit of a full year. The program requires a substantial time commitment: attending classes, participating in labs, as well as time spent outside of class studying and doing research or homework. Due to the intensive nature of the course it is not possible to make changes to timetables or reschedule assessments. If you find you are struggling during the program, talk to a faculty or associate tutor immediately. Because of the intensive nature of the course, it is important that you continue to keep up with any new material regardless.
If you want to learn physics during the summer earning one full year of credit, and are prepared to invest your time and effort, this is the program for you.
You will reside in a student dormitory conveniently located on campus with international students. More information on housing...
The International Summer Exchange Program offers program activities throughout the summer, including orientation lunch, welcome and farewell dinners, a Hong Kong tour, Chinese calligraphy writing and "Wing Chun." For a small fee, you can also participate in local and cultural tours that allow you to explore and learn more about the city.
You will also find many opportunities for shopping, sightseeing, hiking, nature walks, and camping in and 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.
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.
HKUST summer coursework is available in engineering, sciences, social sciences, business and humanities. See the link below for an idea of what classes they have offered in the past.
The special physics track is divided into two, four-week sessions. You enroll in one course and lab during each session; each course with lab is worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units. To determine readiness for this intensive physics program, you are encouraged to take these Math Readiness Tests
. See the eligibility tab for math prerequisite information.
Use the following resources to learn more:
Regular summer students: 9 to 13.5 quarter/6 to 9 UC semester units required; usually two or three courses. If you receive financial aid, you may be required to take 13.5 quarter/9 semester UC units as a requirement for UC summer funding; see your campus Financial Aid Office for details.
Physics track: 12 quarter/8 semester UC units; 2 courses and 2 labs; additional courses/credit are not available to students in this option. Check with your campus Financial Aid Office for details on your eligibility for UC summer funding.
UC quarter units are calculated by multiplying HKUST credits by 1.5. Most courses are 3 HKUST credits (4.5 UC quarter units). Some lab courses are 1 HKUST credit.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Opportunities for internships or independent research for academic credit are not available on this short term summer program.
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 of 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 *
|Summer||8||9 - 13.5||6 - 9||$4,875||$3,650|
* 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 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 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 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
- On-site orientation
- Predeparture expenses (visas, etc.)
- Room and Board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
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.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Summer Physics applicants are required to have taken two sequential courses of Single-Variable Calculus with a minimum grade according to their UC campus of enrollment. The titles for equivalent courses at UC campuses are: • UC Berkeley (C-): Math 1AB, Math 10AB, or Math 16AB • UC Davis (C): Math 16B, 17B, or 21B • UC Los Angeles (C-): Math 3AB, Math 31AB, or Life Sciences 30AB • UC Merced (C-): Math 012 or Math 022 • UC Santa Cruz (C): Mathematics 11AB or 19AB or 20AB or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 15AB • All other UC campuses (C or varies): Titles for equivalent courses vary.
The HKUST Summer Physics program is not open to UCI, UCSB, and UCSD students.
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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
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: