The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Student Development and Enrichment Opportunities
Students at HKUST have ample opportunities to participate in a variety of enrichment programs to develop themselves as future leaders.
- International Exchange
Student exchange program at HKUST is one of the most comprehensive in the world. HKUST partners with over 250 top institutions worldwide. Over 45% of our undergraduate students participate in exchange for at least one semester (4-6 months).
- Undergraduate Research
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides undergraduate students a chance to work closely with faculty members, on a one-on-one basis, on research projects and other scholarly activities.
Since 2004, more than 2,300 undergraduate students have participated in UROP. Armed with strong research experiences, many of them were admitted into PhD Programs by the world's leading universities with full scholarship.
The university-wide International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) aims to broaden our students' research experiences and overseas exposure by giving them an opportunity to conduct academic research in top-notch universities around the globe. Partnerships have been formed with the University of Cambridge, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
- Learn, Serve, Lead
HKUST is dedicated to nurturing our students as responsible global citizens and future leaders. Students are encouraged to participate in community services to expend their civic awareness and motivate them to serve. The leadership training aims to enhance students’ sense of responsibility.
We offer HKUST Connect, REDbird Program, HKUST Service Learning Day, and many more “Serve and Learn” opportunities.
HKUST Connect is a community engagement initiative to raise civic awareness and develop sustainable connections with the wider community to deepen students’ learning and promote a benevolent world.
This is a holistic student development program that aims to foster the participants' desirable attributes of Respectful, Energetic, Diverse, bright, innovative, responsive, and diligent and dependable. REDbird members will be given a systematic and flexible pathway to engage in action-learning. They are also exposed to numerous opportunities to grow through training, service, internship, and learning trips.
HKUST Service Learning Day
Coinciding with Global Youth Service Day, it is a joint effort of all University members to engage with the community. Students, faculty, staff and alumni will fan out into the local community over the weekend to engage in various meaningful community services and address their needs.
- Internships & Career Development
Over 70% of our students have internship experience.
Internship has increasingly become important for undergraduate students. Besides obtaining an insider's view to possible career paths, networking opportunities, and polishing your soft skills, internships could also lead to a full-time position in the company and enhance students' employability.
Our Internship Learning Scheme provides pre-internship training and summer internship placement inside and outside Hong Kong. Over 200 recruitment talks are organized for around 15,000 students annually to provide students with up-to-date information in industries.
HKUST has a full spectrum of recruitment scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to a full scholarship of tuition fee plus living allowance of $50,000 a year, for new entrants with outstanding academic performance. Some scholarships are renewable annually subject to satisfactory academic performance.
JUPAS students who have other talents or non-academic achievements may apply for HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship.
- Aesthetics & Culture
Recognizing aesthetics and culture as an integral part of students' well-rounded development, we introduce a wide array of art and cultural programs through the Center for the Arts and the Co-curricular Programs. Through these activities, we hope to expose students to different forms of art, heighten their aesthetic sensitivity, broaden their horizons, and encourage them to explore essentially what makes life beautiful.
- Societies and Clubs
There are over 120 student societies providing various social, interest development and sports opportunities. We have student bodies for different disciplines, interest groups, sports associations and halls of residence. The Students' Union, which is independent and self-governing, plays a key role in promoting and coordinating activities of these societies.
HKUST has been purpose-built with state-of-the-art facilities to create the best environment for those who study here:
- Lee Shau Kee Library
The 5-storey library offers a learning environment with an abundant collection of printed materials and electronic resources such as books, periodicals, microfilms, electronic collections as well as multimedia materials. Students can access to library information, services, tools and resources from any location at any time.
- Creative Media Zone and Learning Commons
It covers a self-access Graphics Workshop, a multi-function Media Production Studio, an AV Control Room, Editing Suites, and a dressing room. The facilities support studio photography, video recording and post-production, as well as giant poster or banner plotting.
Learning Commons is an active place for learning. It provides an environment for intellectual exchanges and is a center for accessing academic resources and services as well as a hub of technology that supports learning tasks.
- Residential Halls
There are nine undergraduate halls of residence. Each student hall is under the care of a Residence Master who is assisted by a Residential Life Officer and a team of Hall Tutors in providing hall life education activities to residents. All local students will have a chance to reside in our student halls for at least one term during their first year of study in HKUST.
- Sports and wellness
The University provides a variety of sports and recreation facilities for the enhancement and promotion of students’ total well-beings.
We have a large indoor sports hall of 1,600 square meters floor space for activities and other space set aside for squash, fencing, dance, indoor archery and martial arts.
Outdoor sport facilities include an artificial turf soccer pitch, a 50-meter outdoor pool and a 25-meter indoor pool are available for swimming and other aquatic activities.