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  • Locations: Hong Kong, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cruz, Peter Program Director: Cruz, Peter
Housing Options: On Campus Cumulative GPA: 3
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Chinese, English
Sponsor: Iowa State Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: International Summer Program

Program Features

ChinaWhy Hong Kong?

The HKUST International Summer Exchange Program (ISP) welcomes all students to study at HKUST in the summer. The program aims to create a rewarding exchange experience for students from around the world. It comprises high-quality courses taught by HKUST’s top-notch academics, enhancing students’ understanding in their respective areas of study, and chances to participate in local excursions that enable students to gain insight into the Asian culture. ISP is centrally organized by the Office of the Dean of Students, bringing together all incoming exchange students in the Summer Term, allowing students from different disciplines to mingle and interact more closely with each other.




With a rich Chinese heritage going back thousands of years, and some 150 years of British administration until its return to China in 1997, Hong Kong has a unique East-West perspective that created a cosmopolitan society of 7 million people and a dynamic city with a 24/7 lifestyle and an electrifying energy all of its own.

From the lively nightlife of Lan Kwai Fong on Hong Kong Island, to the long distance walking trails in the hills of the New Territories, to the lively Chinese festivals celebrated around the city, Hong Kong offers students an exciting mix of activities to choose from.

Throughout the year, many colorful Chinese festivals are celebrated, drawing you into a culture stretching back 5,000 years. The lion dances and fireworks of Chinese New Year, races and rice dumplings of Dragon Boat Festival, and mooncakes and lanterns of Mid-Autumn Festival are just some of the traditional events waiting for you to explore.

There is also a lively arts scene and a wide selection of clubs, concerts, and creative events that keep Hong Kong going. International arts and film festivals draw top names from around the world, while major sports events such as the world-renowned Rugby Sevens attract stars and visitors to the city. You can well be taking in a Chinese folk dance one week, Jose Carreras the next, and Disneyland thereafter.

For those who prefer some peace and quiet, country parks and scenic walks are widely available in Hong Kong.



ChinaWhat courses?

Class Enrollment
ISP participants are required to study at least 1 regular undergraduate course offered by HKUST. Courses normally bear 3 credits unless otherwise specified. The maximum course load is 9 credits. Students will make a study plan and submit it to the ISP Team in the offer acceptance stage.

Students can refer to the following when designing their study plan: ISP Course List. Courses on this list are planned to be offered in the summer. If you include these courses in your study plan, the ISP Team will pre-register you into these courses before the class enrollment period. You can make changes on your own during the class enrollment period via the HKUST Student Information System.

You can add these courses on your own during the class enrollment period via the HKUST Student Information System.

You are eligible to apply for the International Summer Exchange Program if you are:
• An undergraduate or postgraduate* student currently studying in one of HKUST’s partner institutions
• Supported by the program advisor of your home institution to study at HKUST as an exchange student
• Proficient in English (applicants from institutions whose major medium of instruction is not English are expected to meet one of the following English language requirements:
?(i) IELTS overall band 6.0; (ii) TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) 550; (iii) TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) 213; or (iv) TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) 80)

*ISP participants are expected to enroll in undergraduate level courses only. Postgraduate students should take note of any course restrictions and consult your program advisor before submitting the application.

Admission Cycle
The ISP2014_Admission_Cycle_Flowchart.pdf gives you an idea on what to expect from application to arrival at HKUST. Please refer to it for the next steps after you have submitted your application.


Cost and Scholarships

ChinaHow much?

ISU tuition and mandatory fees, study abroad administrative fee, plus you are required to pay for on-campus accommodation, travel insurance and the student visa application.

Hong Kong Dollar Equivalent in USD (all amounts are estimates):
(1 USD = 7.7 HKD)

HKUST Tuition - -
Accommodation^ 5,000 (TBC) 650 (TBC)
Student Visa 450 58
Travel Insurance 330 (60 days) 43
Local Tours (optional) range from 250 – 500 (TBC) range from 32 – 65 (TBC)

*The accommodation fee includes room charge with air-conditioning for a double room in a student hall on campus for the program duration. Meals are not included. The fee is normally charged at a later stage of the admission cycle. Students can settle the charge after arriving HKUST at the designated bank on campus.

Local Tours will be arranged exclusively for ISP participants. Information and sign-up methods will be announced to students at a later stage. Students can choose to join the different tours at cost. Exact tour fees to be confirmed.

Living expenses is estimated at about HKD 4000 (USD 520) per month. Other than the fees mentioned above, participants should also budget for the air ticket. In addition, you will need to cover cost of textbooks, local travel, meals, and other personal needs. You should also check whether your home institutions require any other fees to be paid.



ChinaWhere will I live?

The accommodation fee includes room charge with air-conditioning for a double room in a student hall on campus for the program duration.

Living expenses is estimated at about HKD 4000 (USD 520) per month.


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

Student Visa
Non-local students (except holders of the Hong Kong Identity Card) are required by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to obtain a student visa in order to study in Hong Kong.

The Student Visa Application Instruction Sheet will guide you through the visa application process. You are advised to start preparing your application as early as possible or when you receive our email notification of your admittance to ISP.

Arrival and Life at HKUST
Before leaving your home country, you should read through the following information so you know what to expect during your stay in Hong Kong. The ISP Team will also provide support to participants to help them settle into the new environment.

Preparation for Your Arrival
What to Bring
Getting to HKUST
Guide to Getting Settled In Hong Kong
Hong Kong Weather Observatory

Facilities in HKUST campus
Sports Facilities and Amenities
Supermarket and shops

Student Support and Services
Global Student Programs
Student Affairs Office