Pre-departure Preparation


Program Costs

HKUST does not charge any tuition fees from exchange students. However, you are required to pay for on-campus accommodation, travel insurance and the student visa application.

  Hong Kong Dollar Equivalent in USD
(1 USD = 7.7 HKD)
HKUST Tuition - -
Accommodation^ Double room: 3,630
Triple room: 2,720
Double room: 471
Triple room: 353
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 or triple 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.


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.


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 2014 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 your most desired course before the class enrollment period. You can make changes on your own during the class enrollment period via the HKUST Student Information System.
  • HKUST Course Catalog – Courses that are not on the ISP 2014 Course List might not be offered in the upcoming Summer Term. Confirmed course offering and schedule will be available in April. You can add these courses on your own during the class enrollment period via the HKUST Student Information System.

Courses offered last summer (2012-13 Summer Term) can be found here.