HKUST is ranked No.1 in Hong Kong (globally 23rd) in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 by Subject: Engineering & Technology.
Engineering Exchange Program
World-Class Engineering School

Making a significant contribution on a global scale has always been a priority for the School of Engineering. Ever since the QS/Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings were first released in 2004, HKUST has been placed in the world's top 30 in the Engineering and Technology field every year. For a full list of our international rankings and achievements, please visit SENG Rankings and Awards, Honors and Achievements.


The Student Exchange Program

Launched in 1996/97 with a handful of exchange students traveling in both directions, the School of Engineering exchange program has enjoyed steady growth in the intervening years. Currently, the School has more than 100 overseas exchange partner institutions stretching across over 20 countries/regions in the US, Canada, UK, Continental Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

Exchange Studies at HKUST Engineering

The School of Engineering has six academic departments, all of which offer undergraduate programs, and graduate programs. Exchange students are assigned to an engineering department that best matches their home major department.

Curricula at HKUST are credit-based. Undergraduate programs in the School of Engineering lead to the degree for the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc).  On average, exchange students take five courses per term, adding up to approximately 15 credits. Students can choose a combination of courses across different disciplines to fulfill their academic needs, provided that they fulfill the prerequisites of the respective course(s) and meet all enrolment conditions.

Students can choose a combination of courses from the full-time postgraduate disciplinary engineering programs, Bioengineering Program and Environmental Engineering Program, provided that they can meet the course prerequisites.

All HKUST's approved courses can be found in the Program and Course Catalogue. The language of instruction is English, except for some humanities and social science courses.

Exchange Period

The academic year at HKUST consists of 2 regular terms in Fall and Spring, and 2 shorter terms in Winter and Summer.  Each regular term lasts for 13 teaching weeks to be followed by a final examination period of about 1 to 2 weeks. Exchange students can choose to study at the School of Engineering for either one term (in either Fall or Spring), or for full year (from Fall to Spring or from Fall to Summer). The Fall Term usually runs from early September to late December and the Spring Term from late January/early February to the end of May. Below are the term dates:

Fall Term 2018/19 3 September - 20 December 2018
Spring Term 2018/19 30 January - 29 May 2019

Fall Term 2019/20

2 September - 19 December 2019
Spring Term 2019/20 3 February - 28 May 2020