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UMD Exchange: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (CMSC) (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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Discover HKUST, an international research university ranked #1 among Asia Young Universities, focused on experiential teaching, research, and learning. 

Host Institution
Established in 1991, Hong Kong 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.

Host City
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.

Take an aerial tour of campus! Explore what your study abroad experience could be!

All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be a Computer Science major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


The full list of courses can be found online on the HKUST website. Not all courses are offered every term. The courses offered and class timetables are usually confirmed the week before course registration begins. Undergraduate courses are numbered 1000-level to 4000-level. Courses at the 5000-level or above are graduate courses. 

Exchange students are excluded from courses earmarked for special programs. 

The language of instruction at HKUST is English except for some courses offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science. These courses are identified with a note next to the course title to specify the Chinese language requirement - (C), (Ca), or (Pu). 


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. Most courses at HKUST will be converted as follows:

HKUST Credit             UMD Credit          
1 HKUST credit 1 UMD credit
3 HKUST credits 3 UMD credits

The credit conversion listed above was 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         
C- C-

Exchange students do have the option to apply for university housing, although it is not guaranteed. If students want to live on-campus, you must indicate this in your application to HKUST. There are nine halls for undergraduates and most rooms are doubles or triples. The HKUST Student Housing & Residential Life website offers a good overview of undergraduate housing options. Living in the halls offers a good opportunity to meet local students and get involved with activities offered through residential life. The HKUST website has specific information for exchange students

The Global Student Programs Office provides support to exchange students. They provide airport pick-up and offer comprehensive orientation. Orientation includes compulsory activities as well as fun events such as a trip to IKEA, tour of Hong Kong, and cultural workshops such as learning how to make rice dumplings, calligraphy, or Shaolin martial arts. Exchange students can also take advantage of their buddy program. This program will match students with local buddies who offer information before arrival and help new students become familiar with the campus and Hong Kong. 

HKUST offers many recreational facilities and amenities. Student life at HKUST is vibrant and there are many ways to meet local students and get involved in campus activities. 

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
HKUST has over 100 student clubs and societies, and all are organized under the Students’ Union. 

International Welcome/Orientation
The Office of Global Learning at HKUST hosts a range of activities for exchange students.  They range from the welcome events happening in HKUST to touring in Hong Kong, from traditional Chinese sports and festive food tasting to experiencing the vibrant life of this amazing city.

Counseling & Health Services
All registered HKUST students are entitled to use the primary healthcare service available at the Medical Clinic. This facility provides free outpatient service to full-time students with their student ID cards. Through the Student Affairs Office, students can also access wellness counseling.

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities*

Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Identities*

*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Spring 2024 09/25/2023 09/29/2023