HKUST Summer Study Abroad
HKUST has pleasure to offer HKUST undergraduate students a wide range of study abroad programs for Summer 2017. You may choose to spend a summer as an exchange student at one of HKUST’s partner institutions or participate in one of the Partnership programs as a fee-paying student. The programs take place between June and August, and span from 2 weeks to 10 weeks.
Round 1: 18 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
Please CLICK HERE for the list of programs with details of the program duration and fees.
Round 2: 15 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
Round 3: 31 Mar 2017 - 9 Apr 2017
In order to meet the nomination deadlines as set by certain host institutions, HKUST may process certain applications in sequence. If quotas are filled after the Round 1 deadline, the program will not open for Round 2 applications. So, students are advised to apply early; preferably during Round 1.
You are eligible to apply for HKUST Summer Study Abroad if you fulfill the requirements listed below.
- HKUST full-time undergraduate students who will have completed Year 1 by the start of the program; and
- CGA 2.0 or above (Students with CGA below 2.0 may also apply. Offers may be given with special consideration.); and
- Students applying to programs with additional requirements set by the host institution must satisfy those requirements; and
- Have not been given an offer for HKUST Summer Study Abroad in any previous rounds. (Students who did not get an offer in Round 1 or 2 may apply in Round 3. Applications will be considered case-by-case. Please send your request to HKUST Global Student Programs Office.)
- All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Students who have participated in the HKUST Undergraduate Summer Study Abroad Program in 2016 may also apply. Priority will be given to students who have not participated in the program before.
- A placement in a study abroad program is a valuable opportunity offered by HKUST for HKUST students. It is a valuable resource which must be used effectively without wastage. You are expected to think carefully about your participation in such programs before you submit your application. There should be thorough consideration to the financial and time commitment involved. All program choices you select in your application, irrespective of their rank order, are assumed to be programs that you are prepared to take up. If there are programs that you would not participate in, even if an offer is issued, then please do not select that in your application. It is fine to not fill up all program choices.
- As such, GSPO will issue offers to any program that you select in your application. If you withdraw from the program any time after you have committed to the offer, you will lose your eligibility to apply again in the future.
- Students who are eligible to apply for summer exchange programs offered by the School of Science or the School of Engineering, please note:
- You are eligible to submit applications via the School and GSPO on MyStudyAbroad
- Offers will be issued for any or all successful applications
- You are restricted to commit to one offer only
- Please note the penalty details of the School and GSPO if you decide to decline an offer or withdraw from an offer after acceptance.
- For Round 1, an interview is required as part of the application process. Interviews are tentatively scheduled between 1-6 Dec 2016. You can state your availability when you submit your application form. If you are not available for interview during the interview period, you MUST submit a 2-5 minute video clip of a self-introduction as substitute for the interview. The detailed specifications and instructions are provided in the application. GSPO will confirm the interview timeslot with those students who have provided their availability. If you accept the interview but do not attend, you will not be considered and will lose your eligibility to apply again in the future.
- For the later rounds, you MUST submit a 2-5 minute video clip of a self-introduction as part of your application. The detailed specifications and instructions are provided in the application. Due to time constraints, interviews will not be arranged.
- Check the program list of what programs are available.
- Submit your application via MyStudyAbroad before the application deadline.
- Unless otherwise announced, no late applications will be accepted.
- Application decisions will be released on MyStudyAbroad (with email notification sent to your HKUST email account) on a rolling basis. You are advised to check email regularly.
- In order to meet the nomination deadlines as set by certain host institutions, HKUST may process certain applications in sequence.
- Where possible, decisions will be made after the CGA of the previous term is available.
- You should familiarize yourself with the host institution’s application deadline, procedures and requirements. There could be cases that you may need to submit your application to the host institution very shortly after you receive GSPO’s offer.
You MUST submit the following documents by the application deadline on MyStudyAbroad. It is not necessary to submit hard copies.
- HKUST official transcript or unofficial transcript downloaded from the Student Information System
- Personal statement
- English proficiency score report (e.g. TOEFL / IELTS). It is your responsibility to check the English language requirement via the host institution's website. Students applying for programs with specific TOEFL/IELTS requirements, but whom do not provide proof of meeting these requirements by the HKUST application deadline, will not be considered.
Note: Since the application deadlines set by the host institutions may be soon after HKUST's offer release, GSPO advises students to check for the supporting document requirements as requested by the host institutions and start preparing for them well in advance. In particular, students applying for programs which require academic reference letters should prepare for these as soon as possible.
Participation in these programs requires HKUST nomination. HKUST students must apply through the Global Student Programs Office. Individual direct application to the host institution will not be accepted.
To apply, click the “Apply Now” button on this page. The whole application process has two steps.
Step 1: Complete HKUST application form and submit supplementary documents.
Step 2: The Host Institution Application (You should familiarize yourself with the host institution's application deadline. There could be cases that you may need to submit your application to the host institution as soon as you receive GSPO's offer.)
If you are nominated, you will be notified to submit a formal host institution application. Detailed information and application instructions will be provided in due course.
Selection is made taking into account the following factors:
- Academic standing (CGA); and
- Information provided in your Personal Statement, Resume and in the section "Personal development, communication skills and community involvement"; and
- Performance at the interview or the self-introduction video
The results will be announced via MyStudyAbroad. The offer is a confirmation of HKUST’s nomination. The final admission decision rests with the host institution. The host institution also does not guarantee that you will be able to enroll into any specific courses, as course registration is, in most cases, a separate process. If you decide to take this offer and confirm your participation in this program, you must be prepared to be flexible with the follow-up arrangements, including, but not limited to, course selection.
If you do not commit to the offer by the deadline stated on your offer letter, we assume that you decline the offer. Declining an offer will result in losing your eligibility to apply to HKUST Summer Study Abroad again in the future.
Accepting the offer
To commit to the offer, you must:
- Follow the instructions in the MyStudyAbroad system to commit to the offer. This may require the signing of some forms online in the system.
- To commit to the offer, you are required to submit a deposit of HK$2,000 by the deadline stated on your offer letter. This deposit will be returned to you (i) upon successful completion of the study abroad program or upon submission of the official transcript issued by the host institution, and (ii) submission of study abroad report by the deadline. If you subsequently withdraw or fail to complete the program, the deposit will not be returned.
Declining the offer
- If you do not commit to the offer by the deadline stated on your offer letter, we assume that you decline the offer.
- If you withdraw from the program any time after you have committed to the offer, you will lose your eligibility to apply to HKUST Summer Study Abroad again in the future.
The HKUST Study Abroad Financial Assistance aims to help HKUST students with financing their study abroad programs. More details can be found at HKUST Study Abroad website.
Study Plan & Credit Transfer
Please visit HKUST Study Abroad website for details.
You will be responsible to ensure that you have the appropriate visa and documents for studying in the destination country. Please refer to the individual program page for more information.
Health insurance is mandatory for some institutions. Please refer to the individual program page for details.
HKUST students who take part in study abroad programs organized by the University will be covered by the University's Travel Insurance Plan. Please CLICK HERE for details.
On-campus accommodation is usually available. Separate application may be required. For details, please refer to the individual program page.