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A&M MAYS Only Exchange: Hong Kong University Science and Technology Business, China
Hong Kong, China (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Business
Academic College: Mays Business School Academic Department: Accounting, Agribusiness, Business Administration, Business Honors, Finance, Management, Management Informations Systems, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Pre-requisites:
0
Language of instruction:
English
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano, Jye Shafer
Open to non-majors:
No Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Established in 1991, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a top tier public research university and one of the nine universities in Hong Kong. The university is especially famous for quality education in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School and is consistently rated as one of the best in Asia and the world. The aim of the university is to create an open environment for the exchange of knowledge, views, and innovative ideas between students, faulty, and staff. Active participation in the campus life is a large part of the university experience. There are over 100 different student societies, clubs and organizations that range from art to sports to community service and anything in between.

Location

HKUST is located on the water front of Clear Water Bay Peninsula roughly thirty minutes away from central downtown Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is internationally known for its skyline and natural harbor. Hong Kong is also one of the most densely populated regions of the world with seven million people in one city. It is also one of the leading international financial centers. It is an interesting mix of the traditional Chinese culture, influences from its time as a British colony, and the ever increasing westernization. There is so much to see, do, learn and explore you’ll never tire from living so close to downtown Hong Kong!
 
Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is limited to students in the Mays Business School
  • Have upper-level classification by the beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Must obtain a student visa
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended  

Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (September to December; arrival by late-August)
  • Spring Semester (February to May; arrival by late-January)
  • Academic Year (September to May)
Courses

All courses in the Business School are instructed in English. As part of the exchange program, students are open to any course that the university offers including areas such as accounting, economics, finance, global business, information systems, operations management, management of organizations and marketing. Students just need to meet the prerequisite requirements. All students are limited to 4-5 classes and a maximum of 17 credit hours. Final exams are taken the last two weeks of school. Class attendance is mandatory with usually around 30-40 students per class.

There is a compulsory orientation on the last working day before the start of the semester. The Global Students Office will usually host a welcome reception after the orientation.

The university also offers an optional Exchange Buddy Program for all incoming exchange students. Your buddy will pick you up from the airport, take you around campus and the city, correspond with you before you even arrive so you know what to pack, and anything else you need!

Housing

Accommodations for exchange students are on-campus in double occupancy student halls with different types of housing available. All rooms come furnished with bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, bookshelves, a small refrigerator and internet access. There are single gender floors and mixed gender floors. All floors have a public bathroom and shower. Laundry equipment is available. Additionally, students will be charged a monthly electricity bill for air conditioning and laundry services.

There will be a housing application form with your acceptance letter. Those forms are submitted directly to the housing department. Deadlines for application and fees are strictly observed.

 
Costs

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
 
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $5,000
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Fees Paid Directly to HKUST
Accommodations $780  (depends on room type)
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $1,500
Meals $1,803
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $150
Personal Spending $1,800+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $11,333+
Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost $13,636+

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available.
  • Scholarships
    • CIBS Reciprocal Exchange Scholarship
    • ROTC and Corps Scholarships
    • The Study Abroad Fellowship
    • International Education Fee Scholarship
 
Additional information and applications can be found at the Mays Center for International Business “Scholarships & Financial Aid” page and the Study Abroad Programs Office “Funding Your Program” page.

 
Helpful Links

HKUST Homepage
HKUST Business School
HKUST Exchange Student webpage
HKUST International Student Guidebook
          -This is a great source to find out more information on:
           Hong Kong, academic environment, campus life, housing and other important information you 
           need to know before you begin studying at HKUST! 
HKUST Exchange Student Housing
HKUST Student Housing Types
HKUST Virtual Campus Tour
HKUST Estimated Living Expenses
HKUST Global Student Programs Office
HKUST Orientation
HKUST Exchange Buddy Program
HKUST Academic Calendar
HKUST Online Application
Mays Center for International Business Homepage
Mays Center for International Business REEP Webpage
Mays Center for International Business Scholarships and Financial Aid
Mays Center for International Business Certificate in International Business
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
China Travel Guide
Hong Kong City Guide

Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I would highly recommend studying abroad to anyone who has the opportunity to go. It has changed my life in so many different ways. I am much more independent, traveled, and cultured as a result of the fantastic experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
 
 Philip ’14 Finance, Spring 2013 Mays Reciprocal Exchange in Spain
 

Contacts 

For detailed information about the exchange program at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, students should contact Mr. Jye Shafer in the Mays School of Business. Students should contact the Mays Undergraduate Office or their departmental academic advisor for curriculum related issues.

For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Bianca Cusimano.