Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer
Hong Kong SAR, China
- UI student with 3.0 GPA or above
- No language requirement
- Fall Semester - 3/10
- Spring Semester - 9/15
- Summer - 2/5
- Standard UI Tuition
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Stunning Campus View
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Engineering Exchange program is designed specifically for engineering and computer science students and is intended as either a semester or academic year program (although a separate summer program does also exist). HKUST is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in both Asia and in the world, and this program offers UI students an incredible opportunity to study there while paying normal UI tuition.
HKUST is truly an international, modern, excellent institution comprised of around 13,000 students from all over the globe. If you're into science, engineering, and/or computer science, you definitely need to check this out.
Want to study here?
The School of Engineering has six academic departments, all of which exchange students are able to access. Exchange students must choose a single engineering department that best matches their UI focus, and they are then assigned to that department to be their home department while at HKUST. Check out the Course Catalog for the School of Engineering and see what's offered.
On average, exchange students take five courses per term, adding up to approximately 15 credits. Students can choose a combination of courses across different disciplines to fulfill their academic needs, provided that they fulfill the prerequisites of the respective course(s) and meet all enrollment conditions. It is also important to note that the credit received from HKUST will be treated as transfer credit. Make an appointment with the Study Abroad advisor for more information on credit transfer.
HKUST hosts an International Summer Exchange Program and operates in a similar way as a regular term exchange. The program is 8 weeks long and students will be able to take up to 9 s.h. of courses while participating in various local excursions and cultural activities.
This is a fantastic way for Engineering students to fulfill some Engineering requirements by taking incredible courses taught in English by distinguished faculty (some might even be pre-approved major requirments). It's also an incredible place to be - by the sea! The summer option is great for those who can't get away for a an entire semester.
Before applying directly to HKUST for the summer program, students must apply via the University of Iowa's online study abroad application. This is part of our exchange program with HKUST. Please make an appointment with the Study Abroad advisor (call 319-335-0353) for further details.
Sunset over campus!
Students will be required to attend an orientation session for incoming exchange students where they will become familiarized with Hong Kong and HKUST's learning environment. There are many other activities that take place during the semester and can be found on the School of Engineering's International Student Community Website, and also on the Global Student Programs Office Website.
Fall Semesters are typically from late August/early September through mid-December.
Spring Semesters are typically from late January/early February through late May/early June.
Summer Program is typically from late June through mid-August.
If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5).
Study Abroad Advisor & Program Coordinator
Tel: +1 319-335-0353
The HKUST Atrium on Campus
HKUST School of Engineering was opened in 1991. It is currently ranked at #19 in the world for Engineering and Technology, and is a leader in international research. The campus itself is stunning as it looks out over Clear Water Bay and is less than 30 minutes from downtown Hong Kong. There are around 13,000 students on campus, with around 40% of the student body being students in the School of Engineering.
HKUST is located in one of the world's largest, most metropolitan cities: Hong Kong. About seven million people live on the collection of islands and mainland branch of this financial capital. Once a British territory, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. China now classifies Hong Kong as a special administrative region (SAR). The city was allowed to retain its currency, legal system, and political system, making it a drastically different place than the rest of mainland China. The Cantonese dialect is the most widely spoken language, but English and Mandarin Chinese are also quite common.
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Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
Depending on space, exchange students will be placed in one of various living halls. Students will be placed in shared rooms (either double or triple). Rent typically runs anywhere from $550-$1000 per semester. Details of student housing can be found on their Student Affairs Office Housing Website.
Students are advised NOT to purchase airline tickets until they receive acceptance confirmation from both UI and HKUST. If you have questions and/or concerns about this, please contact the study abroad advisor at 319-335-0353.
Students are expected to find their own flights to Hong Kong, though Study Abroad can assist by providing advice on airfare. Students are expected to make their own arrangements to get to HKUST once they arrive in Hong Kong. Please see HKUST's directions website for further information.
Students will be living on campus, will have easy access to all of HKUST's facilities, and will be within walking distance of everything. Unfortunately, HKUST is located outside of the Hong Kong Subway System, but students can easily take a bus to a metro station or a cheap taxi into town. The Hong Kong subway system is very user friendly, with everything in English, and is modeled after the Tube in London (instead of an Oyster card like you have in London, you'll get an Octopus card in HK).
For more information on local transportation options and some very helpful, must-read information before you go, please look at Hong Kong's Wikitravel page.
This program is open to all UI Engineering and Computer Science students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Courses are taught in English - no Chinese language experience necessary.
The number of participants is limited by reciprocity in the numbers to be exchanged. Meeting the minimum requirements for eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The final decision on admissions rests with HKUST.
It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.
In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.
These documents outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.
After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date (this is in addition to any fees already paid to HKUST)||$500|
|Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date (this is in addition to any fees already paid to HKUST)||$1000|
|Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date (this is in addition to any fees already paid to HKUST)||$2000|
|Less than 14 days before the program start date (this is in addition to any fees already paid to HKUST)||100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees
Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.
Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.
The online application will be available for the:
Spring Session from 8/1 to 9/15
Fall/Academic Year Session from 1/1 to 3/10
Summer Session from 12/15 to 2/5
Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.
Click here for UI's online study abroad application.
Note: students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out HKUST's online application. BEFORE applying to HKUST using their online system, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.
Once you have been accepted as a nominee by University of Iowa, you must confirm your participation. Please print and complete the following documents. Completed documents for summer semester participation should be turned in to Study Abroad, 1111 UCC by April 7, 2017.
In addition, students should read the following:Iowa Regents CISI health insurance
Students are also encouraged to fill out the Medical Self-Assessment formand use it to determine if a follow-up visit to your physician or to Student Health & Wellness would be beneficial to help you prepare for this trip. DO NOT turn this form into Study Abroad.
Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until both your and the program's status is confirmed.
If you are invited to apply to HKUST, you will receive an email from them with instructions on how to apply via their online application. The current deadline to complete their online application is March 31, 2017 (for fall session).
Students will be required to complete the International Programs mandatory online "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. Students will also be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the Study Abroad office. Details of the orientation will be provided to accepted students.
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