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  • Locations: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Year
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Credit Available For: M&T, SEAS, Wharton
Other Eligibility Requirements: 1 Area Studies Course in Language or Culture (Recommended) Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Application Deadline: Fall/Year: March 1, Spring: September 10
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BHT LogoHong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is located in Kowloon on the northern end of Clear Water Bay Peninsula, approximately an hour away from downtown Hong Kong. 

Established in 1991, the HKUST Business School is recognized as one of the youngest and most respected in Asia. The School boasts a faculty of about 150 scholars drawn from the world’s leading business schools and an annual enrollment of about 2,300 undergraduate students. 

HKUST’s Engineering School is the largest school within the university, with over 2,300 undergraduates and more than 1,500 postgraduates. It consists of six departments: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

For additional information, visit the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Engineering School website and Business School website
The City of Hong Kong

The vibrant city of Hong Kong is a territory located on China’s south coast, bordering Guangdong in the north and the South China Sea in the east, west, and south. Along with Macau, Hong Kong is one of two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China. Hong Kong was a dependent territory of the United Kingdom from 1842 until the transfer of its sovereignty to the People’s Republic of China in 1997.  The population is 7.15 million, of which people of Chinese descent comprise the vast majority (foreign nationals comprise 8%).  The official languages are English and Chinese.

Did you know…?

Hong Kong may be famous for its towering skyscrapers, but 40 percent of the territory is actually country park and nature reserve.



The program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is for Engineering and Wharton students.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: No previous study required.
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of 1 Area Studies course in language or culture by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure recommended, but not required.

Other Requirements: Completion of at least two full years of undergraduate study by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required.  


Language of Instruction



A full course load at HKUST consists of four to five classes per semester.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

HKUST Academic Calendar
HKUST Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Final course grades are often based on class participation, projects, case analysis, mid-term and final exams. Some courses are graded on a curve.

Special Features

BHT Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by HKUST prior to the start of each semester.  More information on HKUST’s orientation activities can be found here.

SBM Buddy Program (Wharton Students Only)

Students taking classes at the HKUST Business School will be assigned an SBM Business buddy. This buddy is a local business school student who has gone and/or will go on exchange. The buddy will assist the exchange student with airport reception, settling in on-campus, and various other matters to help students adapt to their new environment during the semester.

GSO Buddy Program (All Students)
BHT Special Features
Besides the SBM buddy, exchange students can also join a second Buddy Program offered by the Global Students Office (GSO). For participating business students, GSO will assign a non-business buddy.

Student Associations

Penn students studying at HKUST have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. Information regarding the International Students Association can be found here.  More information on HKUST student organizations can be found here.


BHT CampusParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Exchange students are required to live in on-campus dormitories in double occupancy student halls.  Students have the option of selecting a Chinese roommate or another exchange student. The rooms are air-conditioned and fully furnished with desks, chairs, bookshelves, beds (no bedding) and wardrobes in each room. All rooms have internet access. Common facilities include shower, toilets, common rooms with TVs, pantries and telephones, coin-operated washing machines and dryers, and microwave ovens.

Housing applications and other related issues are managed by the Student Housing Office (SHO).

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation. 

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Hong Kong, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.