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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Program Location Hong Kong, China
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20135
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
2018-19 Academic Year 08/29/18 to 05/29/19
Past Dates
Fall 2017 08/25/17 to 12/19/17

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Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

ATTENTION:  Students interested in applying to HKUST for the Spring 2019 Study Abroad term must have a serious second choice.  Exchange places for this program is very limited.  If you are not selected, you will be considered to your second-choice program instead.

Founded in 1991, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has developed into one of the world's preeminent institutions of higher education.  HKUST is comprised of four schools: Science; Engineering; Business and Management; Humanities and Social Science.  

Hong Kong offers a unique East-West perspective with a culture based on thousands of years of Chinese heritage followed by 150 years of British administration and the return to China in 1997.

Additional information about this program can be found in the Global Programs in Engineering (GEP) website.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Engineering][Krannert School of Management][College of Science][Polytechnic Institute]
Specifically from: PHYS (SCI)

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: English

Semester Course Load: 12 Purdue credits

Agriculture, Engineering, and Polytechnic students attend the School of Engineering at HKUST

Management students attend the HKUST Business School.


HKUST helps facilitate housing for exchange students.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2018

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,800.00
Local Transportation$150.00
Books and Supplies$150.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Note that participants in this program are eligible to apply for the Freeman-Asia award program.  Link here for more information about this program.  Awards range from $3,000 for summer programs to $7,000 for academic year programs.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin