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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Candice Snowden Who Can Apply?: UMA Only
Fields of Study: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chinese Language & Literature, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Key Word Search: Asian Studies, Budget Friendly, Engineering Tech Elective
Host Institution: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Language(s) of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: 0 College-Level Semester Minimum GPA: 2.7
Program Type: Direct Enrollment, Exchange In Classes With: Mostly Host Country Students
Minimum Class Standing: 1st Semester Sophomore Housing: Residence Hall
Program Description:
A full range of Engineering courses taught in English for Engineering majors from UMass is the hallmark of this program.  The beautiful location on the ocean within 45 minutes of the Hong Kong island makes this an exciting program capable of both satisfying Engineering major requirements and allowing students to become familiar with the multi-cultural mix of Hong Kong and southern China.

HKUST campus facing BayThe School of Engineering at HKUST comprises six departments:

  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBME)
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CIVL)
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
  • Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management (IELM)
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering (MECH) 

HKUST is the only university in Hong Kong with a Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

For course descriptions by department go to:
In 2006, the School was ranked No.17 in the World's Top 100 Technology Universities league table, an advancement of 6 places from the No. 23 ranking in 2005. In 2004, it was ranked No.20 in the World's Top 100 Universities in Engineering and IT. These surveys were carried out by the Times Higher Education Supplement.
Many research breakthroughs and patents have been established in different engineering disciplines, and applications developed to assist Hong Kong, regional and international progress. These include: 

  • Nanotechnology-enabled applications, ranging from air purifiers to super-strong fibers for bullet-proof vests 
  • Air quality studies utilizing satellite remote-sensing data to develop new algorithms to gain specific air quality information at the neighborhood level
  • Some 22 wireless and related US patents awarded or in process since 1994
  • Development of fast-motion estimation algorithms recognized as the international standard MPEG-4
  • Optimal design for tall buildings computer software, subsequently employed in the design of many Hong Kong buildings, including the 88-story Two International Finance Centre
  • Development of products and materials from recycling, including glassphelt for road surfacing and coal-ash based building materials
  • Pearl River Estuary Pollution Project 

HKUST School of Engineering's leading research facilities include: 

  • The most advanced Wind/Wave Tunnel and Geotechnical Centrifuge in Asia-Pacific
  • The Nanoelectronics Fabrication Facility, the first microfabrication laboratory established at a tertiary institution in Hong Kong
  • A state-of-the-art Design and Manufacturing Services Facility for multidisciplinary research and development of applications
  • An Advanced Engineering Materials Facility

The School has a dynamic national presence and is continually strengthening ties with Mainland China. Faculty members are involved in many projects, including the Nansha IT Park and Zhejiang Advanced Manufacturing Institute. An increasing number of top Mainland students are also now studying at the School.
Growing international links are expanding the multinational composition of the School's student body. There is an extensive student exchange program, involving more than 35 partner institutions in the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Asia.


The campus is located on a hillside facing beautiful Port Shelter Bay providing gorgeous scenery and plenty of fresh sea air. Hong Kong Island is roughly 45 minutes away by bus and train, giving students access to the international business world of the island as well as the multi-cultural mix of shops, restaurants, museums and historic monuments. See the interactive campus map at:


UMass exchange students will normally enroll in 5 3-courses per semester, mostly in the Engineering departments, though some courses outside of engineering are available to exchange students. Pre-registration courses is only available for engineering majors in engineering courses. Students who are not engineering majors (computer science, math, etc) may also apply, but course registration is not guaranteed. 

Living Arrangements 

UMass exchange students are housed in double rooms with local Chinese students in dormitories on campus.  All students at HKUST are fluent in English.  All students pay out of pocket for meals at 10 cafeterias and restaurants on campus.  There is no meal plan.

Get a better feel for HKUST by watching their Engineering exchange youtube video produced in 2014.

For more details about life at HKUST, visit the following: 
HKUST Engineering Exchange Program:
HKUST Exchange Student Guide:

Applying to HKUST
The Asia Programs Advisor at IPO must nominate students to the School of Engineering at HKUST by March 15 for fall enrollment or September 15 for spring enrollment. Students will then receive login information for HKUST's online application system. Applications are due March 31 and September 30, respectively. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.