Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Exchange

  • City on the water

About This Program

  • Location: Hong Kong, China – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
  • Term: Fall Quarter, Winter/Spring Quarters, Full Year
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Eligibility: Open to NU students from all majors with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Program type: Exchange Program
  • Program credits: Minimum Credit Requirement

Application deadline:

  • For Fall Quarter and Full Year: January 15
  • For Winter/Spring Quarters: June 1

Program dates:

  • Fall Quarter: Late August - Mid/Late December 
  • Full Year: Late August - Late May
  • Winter/Spring Quarters: Late January - Late May

View the program budget sheet for available terms.

Fall 2017: $27,513

Full Year 2017-2018: $72,789

Winter/Spring Quarters 2018: $37,321

No program fee for summer research

Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities.

Students participating in this program are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.


In this exchange program, students enroll directly at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in either the School of Science or the School of Engineering. Students are also able to combine research with courses in a wide range of fields. Northwestern students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or full academic year. Students pay Northwestern tuition and are responsible for travel and all other expenses (including room and board). Information about the visa process can be found through the Immigration Department of Hong Kong. HKUST will provide visa application guidance.

Host Institution

Founded in 1991, HKUST is a leading international research university in science, engineering, business, humanities, and social sciences. It is also well known for its state-of-the-art research facilities in fields such as microsystems, energy systems, multimedia technology, biotechnology, nanoscience, and optoelectronics. HKUST is an international university, but at the same time maintains strong ties to Chinese culture and institutions and offers an excellent program in Chinese Studies. The beautiful campus spans a 150-acre site overlooking Clear Water Bay and is an approximate 30-minute drive away from the city center.

Review the international exchange application processes for science and engineering.

Housing & Meals

Limited space is available on-campus in university residence halls. Meals are not provided, but are accessible in the cafes and restaurants on campus. Students who are not able to reserve a space on-campus will be responsible for finding their own housing off campus. HKUST provides resources to assist students with this process.


Students at HKUST may take classes in fields such as biomedical sciences, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering, business, economics, and finance. Courses in the humanities and social sciences, such as history, Chinese Studies and political science, are also offered — explore course offerings in in the course catalog.

Please note, students are expected to take the majority of their classes in the School of Engineering if they are admitted to that school. Students in the School of Science have more flexibility when choosing their courses. Students are able to take classes outside their "home" school as available. Students interested in Computer Science should be aware that there is a high demand for those classes and should be as flexible as possible when selecting courses.

Students will receive a transcript issued by HKUST, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the Credit Transfer Page for information on the “C” grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.