Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - Haskayne only

HKUST occupies an architectural award winning campus, occupying a 60-hectare site at the northern part of Clear Water Bay Peninsula in Sai Kung District, overlooking beautiful Port Shelter in Tai Po Tsai.

Since its October 1991 opening, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has been leading the advance of science, technology, business and humanities, and is ranked #32 worldwide (QS 2020). 

Key information




Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status



20-21 applications

Priority deadline Jan. 8, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

21-22 applications

Opens Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

HKPU offers courses in :

  • Business Technology Management
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

Please see the HKPU factsheet for the available courses and outlines

Students are permitted a maximum total of 5 courses not more than 17 credits.

Exchange students have the same freedom in course selections as regular students. They can select any courses which are offered during their exchange semester as long as they meet the prerequisite requirements and if there are vacancies available. Some courses may require professor approval for enrollment. Please discuss transfer credit with the appropriate Haskayne Program Specialist.  A 3 credit course at HKUST is equivalent to a 1 HCE (3 unit) course at the University of Calgary.

Fall Semester typically commences the first week of September and ends the week of December 20th. Winter term commences the first week of January and concludes the last week of May.


Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

The Global Students Programs Office (GSPO) will charge an Exchange Student fee that includes these items (in HKD):

  • Student Visa Fee - $700
  • Insurance Fee - $300 semester
  • Accommodations - $8,400 semester

HKPU provides the following Break-Down of Costs per a Semester based on 2016/2017 for reference:
- Food (no meal plan, roughly HK$35/meal on-campus) $14,000 HKD
- Exchange Student Fee (Insurance, Visa, Housing) $10,000 HKD
- Books and Supplies $ 1,500 HKD
- Local Transportation, Personal and Incidental Expenses* $ 12,000 HKD

Total: $37,500 HKD (Approximately: $6300 CAD) 

*This category of expenses includes entertainment and shopping at a reasonable level on weekends. It does not include travel outside Hong Kong for holiday.

Also, remember to include things like visas, flights, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

Hong Kong cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here (note: student housing is much cheaper than standard rent in HK)


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

China International Study Travel Award: offered annually to continuing undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Calgary. See funding page for more details. 

All exchange students are accommodated in university-provided double occupancy student halls.

Hall assignments are all decided by the housing office. Except for the off-campus Jockey Club Hall, all other on-campus hall and roommate preferences will not be entertained due to limited capacity.

No bed linen/pillows/blankets, etc. are provided due to sanitary reasons. Students are also recommended to purchase a bed protector for the duration of their stay.

Types of Student Halls: http://shrl.ust.hk/eng/detail.php?catid=2&sid=13 Housing Office Inquiry Email: ughousing@ust.hk.

Details will be provided in the online ‘Welcome Notes’ on the system.

Please visit Haskayne's eligibility page for more information. 

SBM Buddy Program

Exchange students will be assigned a Business (SBM) buddy. This buddy is a local business school student who has gone and/or will go on exchange. The buddy will assist the exchange student with airport reception, settling in on-campus, and various other matters to help students adapt to their new environment during the semester.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is available from the Business School’s Exchange Programs Coordinator.

Student Counseling (SAO)

Counseling is available from a Student Counselor through the Student Affairs Office. The counselor can assist students with special cases. More information can be found by referring to the SAO Website: https://counsel.ust.hk/

Student Housing & Residential Life Office (SHRLO)

Housing applications and other related issues are managed by our Student Housing & Residential Life Office. More information on the Student Halls, Hall Life, can be found at the SHRLO website: http://shrl.ust.hk/eng/index.php.

Student Health & Wellness

There is a medical and dental clinic located on-campus. Students can visit these clinics for general consultations with their student ID cards free of charge:


All university campuses in Hong Kong prohibit smoking on campuses in accordance with Hong Kong law. 

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

HKUST has taken a proactive role in ensuring and cultivating a positive learning environment for all students, including those with disabilities and Special Educational Needs. More information can be found on the SEN website: http://sen.ust.hk/index.php

Global Students Programs Office (GSPO)

GSPO helps to the University’s incoming and outgoing study abroad programs. They also handle student visa and arrange activities for international students. . More information on this office can be found at: http://studyabroad.ust.hk/.

Computer Services (ITSC)

Each exchange student is given access to the online University’s Student Information System (SIS) and an e-mail account after she/he has officially registered into the program. For an overview of Information of the SIS system and Information Technology Services Center, please refer to this ITSC link: http://itsc.ust.hk/.

On-Campus Sports & Recreation Facilities

Exchange students will be given a student identity card before the semester starts. They can then have access to all kinds of facilities on campus. For a listing of on-campus sports & amenities, please refer to these links:



The exchange advisor for this program is: Erin Mizzoni

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.