UMD: A Globally Connected University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (direct enroll)
This program is not running during spring 2020 and is unavailable for fall 2020 until further notice.
Established in 1991, Hong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has quickly established itself as a world leader in higher education. With over 8,000 undergraduates and almost 4,000 graduates, HKUST is ranked among the best universities in the world. The University is housed in a hillside and waterfront complex overlooking Port Shelter on the Clear Water Bay peninsula, less than 30 minutes driving time from central Hong Kong. The School of Engineering, which houses the Department of Computer Science, at HKUST, is ranked #15 among the world’s top 500 engineering and technology universities by QS University Rankings, 2017. Overall, HKUST is ranked #30 in the world by QS World University Rankings and #44 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Hong Kong is a vibrant city imbued with international outlook, cosmopolitan lifestyle, and Chinese culture. As a special administrative region of China, Hong Kong allows students to witness a culture where “East meets West.” Situated on China's south coast on the South China Sea, the city is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor. It's a leading financial center and one of the most densely populated cities in the world. This lack of space has caused city planners and architects to build up, which makes the city the most vertical in the world with its notorious skyline and modern architecture. Although the majority of city residents are ethnically Chinese, English is widely spoken. World-renowned for its intersection of Western technology and education and Eastern tradition, Hong Kong is an exciting destination for study abroad.
Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:
- Pre-Departure Course Selection & Approval
- Finalizing Course Enrollment Abroad
- Transcripts and Credits on your UMD Record
Browse UMD course evaluations in the Study Abroad Course Database:
There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:
|HKUST Credit||UMD Credit|
|1 HKUST credit||1 UMD credit|
|3 HKUST credits||3 UMD credits|
The chart above was last approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on April 24, 2014.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|HKUST Grade||UMD Grade|
Costs for Other Approved Programs are outlined on the Costs of Study Abroad page.
To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:
- Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
- Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.
After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.