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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Internship Available: No Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite Housing Options: Independent Housing, Residence Hall
Click here for a definition of this term On-Site Language Course Required: No Click here for a definition of this term Credits: 15 +, 3, 6, 9
Program Advisor: Haruka Fesi Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art, Art History, Art Studio, Asian Studies, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Engineering, Economics, Engineering, English, Film, History, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Musical Theory & Composition, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religion
Minimum GPA: 2.3
Program Description:
Hong Kong Skyscrapers

Hong Kong University
of Science & Technology

Why Attend HKUST?

  • Hong Kong is a vibrant, modern, and visitor-friendly city.
  • Hong Kong's metro system (MTR) is efficient, inexpensive, and easy to navigate.
  • HKUST classes are taught in English (even for Chinese students).
  • HKUST has compelling Liberal Arts courses that will transfer back to CUA.
  • HKUST is a globally-minded institution that welcomes international exchange students.


The Catholic University of America (CUA) offers a student exchange program with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Through the exchange program, qualified CUA students may spend a semester taking social science and humanities courses at HKUST, or pursue up to 9 credits in science and engineering over the summer.

The City

Hong Kong is a dynamic and prosperous metropolitan city with a population of about 7 million. Though it became a part of the People's Republic of of China in 1997, the region still maintains its own currency, legal system, and political system. Described as a place where east meets west, the region is rich in ancient Chinese tradition but heavily influenced by the history of British colonization.


The HKUST campus is located on the Clear Water Bay peninsula on the east coast of Hong Kong. The campus covers approximately 150 acres adjacent to the Cross Harbour Tunnel, and is about 30 minutes from Central Hong Kong.

Studios, workshops, music rooms, television and game rooms, meeting rooms, common rooms, and office space for student societies are all part of the main academic complex. Athletic facilities include a multi-purpose sports hall, an athletic field with all weather turf, modern running tracks, playing fields, tennis courts, squash courts, an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, and an indoor swimming pool.


The HKUST exchange program is for undergraduate students interested in taking Humanities, Social Science, and Asian Studies courses while abroad. Nearly all courses are taught in English at HKUST, thereby requiring no Chinese language proficiency. A majority of courses taken must be from the schools of Humanities or Social Sciences.

Students enroll in a full course load of 12-15 credits. Other restrictions may apply. View HKUST course selection information for more details and a link to the HKUST course catalog. Syllabi can be found on the course websites for the individual schools, and credit values can be found in the course catalog.


Students may register for on-campus housing in the university residence halls. Rooms are typically doubles or triples. Meal plans are not available, but there are many options for dining both on and near campus.

Exchange Scholars

Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students.  This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide.  Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.

Photo by HK Arun

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
Rolling Admission 01/27/2020 05/29/2020
NOTE: Dates are tentative. Please speak with the study abroad advisor before booking flights.
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants 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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