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FOFAC Discount

Students studying abroad on a GW Exchange for the Fall Semester are eligible to receive an automatic $1500 tuition award if they join the Focus on Fall Abroad Community!

Learn More About the GW Exchange Program Scholarship!

The GW Exchange Program Scholarship provides up to $1,500 for semester study for GW-exchange or GW Chile Study Program. Interested students can submit an application to be considered for the GW Exchange Program Scholarship through their GW Exchange or GW Chile application. 

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Exchange Programs in Asia

About the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology  

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a leading international research university dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge in science and engineering. The university campus occupies a stunning 150-acre site overlooking Clear Water Bay. GW's exchange with HKUST is for students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science only.

Learning at HKUST

The School of Engineering has six academic departments:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management
  • Mechanical Engineering

Exchange students are assigned to the department that best matches their engineering major department at GW. On average, exchange students at the undergraduate level or equivalent take five courses per semester, typically totaling 15 credits. Courses are taught in English.

Life at HKUST

HKUST enrolls approximately 9,000 students. The campus is located on Clear Water Bay and has many opportunities for student involvement. Exchange students are encouraged to join any of the hundreds of performance, sport, academic, and interest societies. The campus offers many services, including dining facilities, a grocery store, a gym, and even a hair salon. Students can learn more about life at HKUST here. 


The university offers on-campus housing in state-of-the-art dormitories and university apartments. Students can choose to live with local students or other exchange students. There are also living and learning communities to which exchange students may apply. These include an international house living-learning community and a community focused on sustainability.

GW students apply for their accommodation upon acceptance to the university and pay all housing fees directly to HKUST.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester:                                    Late September to mid-December
Spring semester:                               Early February to late May
Academic year:                                  Late September to late May

HKUST Deadlines

Fall/Academic Year: March 1st
Spring: September 1st

How to Apply for a GW Exchange Program

Students can begin a GW Exchange program application at anytime by searching for their program of choice on GW Passport. Students must meet with their study abroad advisor prior to the GW Exchange program deadline for their applications to be considered.  Please refer to our Advising Services page to find the appropriate study abroad advisor for your school.

HKUST International Summer Program

The HKUST International Summer Program (ISP) is a well-structured program that aims to create a rewarding summer experience for students from around the world. It comprises high-quality education and enriching cultural activities, allowing students to learn from academic achievers outside of their home institutions while gaining insight into the Asian culture.