International Exchange Program

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Exchange Students at School of Science

The School of Science comprises 5 academic units that offer a wide variety of courses and programs in biological science, chemical science, mathematical science, ocean science and physical science.

Being an exchange student at the School of Science, you may choose to study at HKUST for either a term (Fall or Spring), or for a full academic year (Fall & Spring). 

You are free to take a combination of courses across different disciplines, with priority in taking courses offered by the School of Science. Credits earned at HKUST are transferrable to your home institution.

Application Procedures

Information Sheet 2024-25 (Click here)


You are eligible to apply for our Exchange Program if you are:

  • An undergraduate student from our partner institutions
  • A postgraduate student from our partner institutions (you are advised to consult the Exchange Program Office of your home institutions and take note of the course restrictions before submitting your application)
  • Proficient in English, as our courses are mainly conducted in English

Application Procedures

  1. If you are eligible and interested to join our Exchange Program, please approach the Exchange Program Office of your home institution and seek for nomination
  2. Once your home institution nominates you to us, you will be given the access right to our online system to create your own profile and submit your application with the following supporting documents:
    • Official academic transcript (with English translation if necessary)
    • Photocopy of the photo page of the national passport
    • Photocopy of Hong Kong ID Card (if any)
  3. Offer letter and admission package will be made available on the online system 3 to 4 weeks after the application deadline if your application is successfully accepted by us

Above all, please consult your Exchange Program Office to see if there is other application procedure set by your home institution.

Application Deadlines

Fall (September to December) 31 March
Spring (February to May) 30 September
Summer Program and application details will be made available in the
International Summer Exchange Program when ready


‘I love the outdoors, nature, and photography. Luckily Hong Kong delivers chances for all of them in fairly close distance. I also like the ability to travel freely and change destinations with ease. It is a great experience to not know what the next day will bring or who you will meet.’

REESE Thomas, Mathematics, Spring 2013
from Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

‘Best experience of my life! Bet every expectation imaginable! I've met great people and made best friends! I've seen so much and done things I could have only ever dreamed of! Living the dream!’

DEANE Alice, Life Science, Spring 2013
from National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

‘My semester of HKUST has given me a new outlook on life. I have created new life-long friendship, both with locals and other exchange students. The academic aspect of the exchange has been fruitful, and I might want to come back for research later.’

SALOMONSEN Martine, Life Science, Spring 2012
from University of Bergen, Norway