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A&M ENGR Only Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, China
Hong Kong, China (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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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
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 02/01/2018 05/29/2018

** 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:
Academic College: College of Engineering Academic Department: Aerospace Engineering, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Industrial Distribution, Industrial Education, Industrial Engineeirng, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Marine Engineering Technology, Maritime Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Radiological Health Engineering, Safety Engineering, University Studies Engineering
Minimum GPA:
Language of instruction:
Program Advisor:
Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz, Leslie Donaway
Housing: Dormitory
Open to non-majors:
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 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.

The HKUST School of Engineering  (SENG) enrolls almost 40% of the university’s student body. SENG has a strong international reputation and is globally recognized in research excellence. In the 2014-2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings in Engineering and Technology, HKUST was ranked first in Greater China and 21st globally. The School comprises six departments – Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Check out the video to learn more about the SENG exchange programs, and how it has benefitted both the exchange students and HKUST as a whole!



The HKUST campus 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 College of Engineering.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Obtain a student visa if needed
  • 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)
As part of the exchange program at HKUST, students are open to any course the university offers. Additionally, all courses in the School of Engineering are instructed in English. 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!

Accommodations for exchange students are on-campus in double or triple 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.

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 and Fees $5,600
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Fees Paid Directly to HKUST:
Accommodations $1,220 (depends on room type)
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $1,500
Meals $1,600
Misc. Expenses, Books, & Supplies $790
Personal Spending $1,000+
Texas A&M Semester Cost Comparison $13,636+

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office “Funding” webpage.

Helpful Links

HKUST Homepage
HKUST School of Engineering
HKUST Engineering Exchange Program
HKUST Exchange Student webpage
HKUST Course Catalog
HKUST International Student Guidebook
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
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding Options
Hong Kong City Guide
China Travel Guide

Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Reciprocal Exchange Program Participant

For detailed information about the exchange program at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, students should contact Leslie Donaway  in the Dwight College of Engineering’s International Programs Office.
For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz.