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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a direct-enrollment program offered during the fall, spring, or academic year. HKUST is a research university that focuses on science, technology, and business complemented by a range of humanities and social sciences offerings. The program is available if you are focused on science, technology or engineering academics. Throughout the semester, you live on campus in residence halls.

Academic Program

Over 6,000 undergraduates and almost 4,000 postgraduates study with 500+ faculty, the majority of whom have their degrees from American, Canadian, and British universities.

The exchange is based at HKUST's School of Science and Columbia students have access to an array of courses in the departments of life sciences, chemistry, math, and physics. Enrolling in courses outside of the School of Science may be possible but it is subject to availability and additional approvals.

While having some background in Chinese is helpful, it is not required. All courses are taught in English.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • Clearance applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis or reviewed soon after the application deadline. If eligible, you will be nominated as an exchange student. If nominated, you will be provided further information about next steps in the nomination process. You will be required to submit additional materials to be formally admitted to the university.