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Drexel in Hong Kong: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Dates &
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Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
3. Pre-Junior, 4. Junior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Academic Pre-Approval, Co-op Approval, Course Pre-Approval, See Brochure for details
Eligible Majors:
All Business Majors, All Engineering Majors
Type of Program:
Housing Options:
Apartment, Dormitory
Program Advisor:
Mary Hagenbach
Supplemental Application:
Program Description:

The Program HKUST

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Exchange program is for College of Engineering students and Lebow College of Business students.  HKUST 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.

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.

All classes at HKUST are in English. There is no language requirement for this program.

Please note: The Exchange program with Hong Kong University is often limited in spots, and is very popular.  Students applying to this program are strongly encouraged to select an alternate program.

The Academics

Course Catalog: Use this link to search coursework offered at HKUST.

Course Equivalents: This spreadsheet 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.

Course Approvals: 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 sociology course at HKUST for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.

Grading: 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.

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.


Program Calendar

HKUST operates on a semester calendar. Click here for the academic calendar.

Fall Term: HKUST campusLate August/early September - late December Students must leave spring/summer co-op a few weeks early.

Spring Term: Late January/early February - end of May
Students must leave  fall/winter co-op early about 2 months early.

Summer Term: Late June - mid August
Read the summer section below for more details.

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.

Summer Term Program

To attened HKUST during the summer term, you must be scheduled for summer classes.This opportunity is open to all majors and has no language pre-requisite.

2014 Program Dates: June 23 - August 15

Students take 3 courses at HKUST during their summer term. In order to maintain a full time summer course load, students must take a minimum of 12 Drexel credits. Students may choose to supplement HKUST course offerings with an Independent Study or Online Course to meet this requirement. The list of courses for summer is much more limited than the courses for fall and spring terms. This course list will become available during the winter term.

Summer students will live in on-campus dormitories and will take classes alongside other international students. To learn more, visit HKUST's summer program.

The Experience

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. 

HousingHong Kong festival: On campus, there are residence halls and university apartments. Application forms and detailed information on on-campus housing options can be found on the International Students Service's homepage.

Visa: 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.

For more information, visit HKUST's engineering or business exchange student page.

Cost & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during your term abroad. For program costs, please consult the budget sheet.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (after acceptance).

To seek additional funding, review the Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to the Financial Aid Office to see if additional funding may be available.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016 03/01/2016 TBA TBA
Summer 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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