Drexel in Hong Kong: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - Engineering (HKUST)
Lying at the heart of Asia and the southern tip of China, Hong Kong is not only one of the world's major business and financial centers, but a unique place where ancient Chinese traditions are interwoven with a fast-paced and cosmopolitan lifestyle that incorporates the latest technological and trend-setting advances. Within the Chinese empire for more than 2,000 years and with 150 years of British colonial influence, the city offers rich heritage and diversity. Hong Kong is home to over 6.9 million people. Located on the southeastern coast of China and bordering Guangdong Province in the North, it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world today.
Most of Hong Kong's ethnic Chinese residents speak the Cantonese dialect. English also is widely used, as Hong Kong was a British Colony from 1842 - 1997.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is coeducational, with a total enrollment of approximately 9,100 students. It is located a half hour by public transit from Hong Kong island and sits along the coast. Despite its short history, HKUST has been consistently ranked among the top 25 technology universities in the world by the UK Times Higher Education Supplement every year ever since the survey was first done in 2004.
For more information visit HKUST's engineering exchange student page.
Please note: The Exchange program with HKUST is often limited in spots, and is very popular. Students applying to this program are strongly encouraged to have an alternate program as a second choice.
- 3.25 minimum GPA
- CoE, CCI, BMES majors only
- No language requirement
Use the Course Catalog
to search coursework offered at HKUST. Although all coursework is offered in English at HKUST, Drexel students are encouraged to take Chin 101 in order to get a sense of Chinese culture as well as Mandarin, the official language of mainland China.
is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at HKUST before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.The courses on the pre-approval spreadsheet are not for the summer program.
Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take at HKUST if the course is not on the course equivalency spreadsheet (linked above). For example, if you want to take a marketing course at HKUST for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be approved by the Marketing Department at Drexel.
Students are taught and graded by Hong Kong faculty at HKUST. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. Students must be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel.
HKUST operates on a semester calendar. Click here for the academic calendar
. Drexel students will need to work closely with the Study Abroad Office, their academic advisor and the co-op office to determine how best plan their study abroad experience. The Study Abroad Office urges you to begin planning 12-18 months in advance.
Fall Term Dates and Itinerary
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Students must leave spring/summer co-op a few weeks early.
Spring Term Dates and Itinerary
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Students must leave fall/winter co-op early about 2 months early.
Check out the Summer Program tab up top for more info about Summer Term at HKUST.
Exchange students can be accommodated on-campus in double occupancy rooms. More information about HKUST Student Housing can be found on the Student Housing & Residential Life
Anyone without the right of abode in Hong Kong must obtain a student visa to study in Hong Kong. The most efficient way to apply to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for a visa is via HKUST. HKUST will send a visa application form to each student with the admission package. After receiving the completed application form from the student, HKUST will process the application on the student's behalf.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.