The Catholic University of America

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong, China

Dates  |  Introduction  |  City  |  Facilities  |  Academics  |  Accommodation  |  Costs  |  Eligibility  |  How to Apply

 Why go to HKUST?

  • Hong Kong is a vibrant, modern and visitor-friendly city.
  • Hong Kong has great shopping and great low prices.
  • Hong Kong is safe and alive 24/7.
  • Hong Kong metro system (MTR) is efficient, inexpensive and easy to navigate.
  • HKUST is a beautiful and student-friendly campus.
  • HKUST classes are taught in English (even for Chinese students).
  • HKUST has great Liberal Arts courses which will transfer back to CUA.
  • HKUST is very globally-minded and welcomes exchange students.


Spring 2014:
Orientation: January 30 -31
Other dates TBA


The School of Arts and Sciences of the Catholic University of America (CUA) has established a student exchange program with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Through the established student exchange program, qualified Arts and Sciences students at CUA may take a semester of social science and humanities courses at HKUST


The City

Hong Kong is a dynamic and prosperous metropolitan city with a population of about 7 million. Though it became a part of the People's Republic of of China in 1997, the region still maintains its own currency, legal system, and political system. Described as a place where east meets west, as the region is rich in ancient Chinese tradition but heavily influenced by the history of British colonization.


The HKUST campus is located on the Clear Water Bay peninsula on the east coast of Hong Kong. The campus covers approximately 150 acres adjacent to the Cross Harbour Tunnel, and is about 30 minutes from Central Hong Kong.

Studios, workshops, music rooms, television and game rooms, meeting rooms, common rooms, and office space for student societies are all part of the main academic complex.  Athletic facilities include a multi-purpose sports hall, an athletic field with all weather turf, modern running tracks, playing fields, tennis courts, squash courts, an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, and an indoor swimming pool.


Academics and Curriculum

The CUA-HKUST exchange program is for undergraduate students interested in taking Humanities, Social Science, and Chinese Studies courses while abroad. Students will be enrolled in a full course load (the equivalent of 15 CUA credit hours) for the education abroad semester. Nearly all courses are taught in English at HKUST, thereby requiring no Chinese language proficiency. Students, however are encouraged to take some beginning Chinese language courses before going abroad.  For course listings, please visit the Humanities and Social Science Divisions of the HKUST website.  You may also browse the course catalog, but the majority of your courses must be from the Humanities or Social Sciences.

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be provided with either on-campus or off-campus housing. Meals are not included, but there are many options for dining both on and around campus.


Program Costs

Application Fee: $100 non-refundable, due at the time of application

Program Cost: Full-time CUA tuition and a $2,500 program fee to cover most overseas expenses. 
  • A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance and applicable toward the program fee.
  • CUA tuition and the balance of the program fee is charged to the student's CUA account.
What's included
• Tuition
• HKUST on-site staff support
• On-site orientation and all pre-departure advising and services in the US
• International health & emergency evacuation insurance


Round-trip airfare, housing, passport, airport reception, meals, HKUST travel insurance, and personal expenses are not included. Contact CUAbroad for an estimated cost breakdown sheet.

View the CUAbroad Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

CUAbroad reserves the right to make changes and raise the program cost in light of currency fluctuations or any other unforeseen circumstance.



For eligibility requirements, please see the general eligibility citeria.

There is no Chinese language pre-requisite, but Chinese 101 prior to the program is recommended.


How to Apply

All applicants must follow the CUAbroad How to Apply guidelines, and also submit the additional applications materials below.

  1. HKUST application form
  2. Resume
  3. A written statement in English about 300 words outlining your research interest and proposed subject of research/study.
  4. One academic letter of recommendation from a professor whom you have had in class within the last year. He/She should evaluate your overall academic work. Hardcopy recommendations should be written on departmental letterhead, placed in a sealed envelope, and signed across the flap. They should be returned to you to include with your application. Alternatively, recommendations may be emailed to CUAbroad directly by the professor.

See the HKUST website for more details about the application materials.

After acceptance, students will receive an official welcoming package from HKUST that includes all the required forms, including the visa application form, address form, and request for routing.  Copies of these forms are included here for your reference, but the most up-to-date will always be sent to you directly from HKUST.  Visa processing will take a minimum of 4-6 weeks, and the visa label will be sent directly to the address you provide.

  1. Visa application form
  2. Proof of Financial Support, which should be a bank document with evidence of HK$24,000 or more in your holding each semester. The document must contain the name of the bank, name of account holder, and balance of the account. It must be an original document; an online printout will not be accepted.  If the student is not the account holder, a letter of confirmation of financial support must also be provided.
  3. Address form
  4. Request for Routing form Currently the visa application fee is HK$400 and is subject to revision without advance notice. The visa fee is non-refundable after being paid to the Hong Kong Immigration Department.
  5. Two additional passport-sized photos (3 total)


After Acceptance

Students should bring a passport-sized photograph with them to Hong Kong for their residence hall ID. Dorm access will not be granted until the ID card has been issued.

 Students are not allowed to work on a Hong Kong student Visa


111 McMahon Hall


Information Session

Education Abroad 101

Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays

4 p.m. McMahon 111


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester:

  • March 1

Spring Semester:

  • October 1


Student Blogs

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