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Programs : Budget Sheet

The following listing represents the Academic Year Budget Sheet for UMass: China: Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology.

Academic Year Budget Sheet for UMass: China: Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology
Budget Item In-State UMass Amherst Out-of-State UMass Amherst
Tuition & Fees *   $16,400.00 $25,000.00
Education Abroad Fee *   $850.00 $850.00
Education Abroad Application Fee *   $50.00 $50.00
Billable subtotal:  $17,300.00 $25,900.00
Airfare   $1,400.00 $1,400.00
Ground Transportation to Program Site   $100.00 $100.00
Visa/Residence Fees   $80.00 $80.00
Passport Fees   $135.00 $135.00
Health & Liability Insurance   $260.00 $260.00
Housing   $2,200.00 $2,200.00
Meals   $4,500.00 $4,500.00
Books/Study Materials   $400.00 $400.00
Educational Travel   $1,600.00 $1,600.00
Personal Expenses   $2,000.00 $2,000.00
Educational Excursion   $100.00 $100.00
Non-billable subtotal:  $12,775.00 $12,775.00
Total: $30,075.00 $38,675.00

Exchange Rate Used:  USD 1.00 = HK$7.70 Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Housing:  Students share a double or triple dormitory room and can request a local, non-local or exchange student roommate. This housing estimate does not include cost of laundry or air conditioning, and must be paid in full about 12 weeks in advance of the start of each semester.

Meals:  There is no meal plan; students pay out of pocket at campus cafeterias or at small eateries near campus.

Health & Liability Insurance:  HKUST requires students to purchase the HKUST Compulsory Travel Insurance, which does not cover pre-existing conditions. Payment for the insurance is due about 12 weeks in advance of the start of the term of study. In addition, you must stay enrolled in whatever health insurance plan you now carry when the semester ends, through your study abroad period, and until you re-enroll at UMass/Amherst after your return.  Please visit "Health & Safety" on the IPO website ( for information regarding health insurance including the UMass travel accident and emergency insurance policy.

Ground Transportation: This is an estimate for getting from the airport to campus upon arrival, and back to the airport upon departure.

Visa/Residence Fees: Students will apply directly to HKUST for their visas; not the Hong Kong Immigration Authority. The visa fee is about $80, and is due about 10 weeks before the start of the semester. As part of the visa application, students must show proof of funds available for the full semester of living expenses, about US$3500, via a recent bank statement. If the bank statement is in a parent or guardian's name, the account holder must also sign a "Confirmation of Financial Support" and provide a copy of his or her passport. A Hong Kong visa does not allow entry to mainland China; students wishing to visit mainland China should research the Chinese visa application process and consider applying in the US before departure to Hong Kong. 

Passport Fees:  This is for students who are applying for a passport for the first time.

Educational Travel: This is an estimate based on the amount past students have spent on personal travel outside of Hong Kong. 

Personal Expenses: This is HKUST's estimate for personal expenses including transportation travel around Hong Kong. 

Educational Excursion: HKUST offers an optional tour of Hong Kong for $100.  Students sign up and pay after arrival.

Dates of Terms (approximate):

  • Arrival: August 27
  • Orientation: August 29
  • Classes Start: September 1 
  • Classes End: November 30
  • Exams: December 7-19
  • Spring Classes Start: February 1 
  • Mid-term break: April 12- 18
  • Classes End: May 9
  • Exams: May 16-27
* Billable item