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 220 top institutions worldwide. Over 50% 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 2005, thousands of 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.
- 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.
Redbird Leadership Community
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
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has risen one place to rank 12th worldwide and No.1 in Greater China in the high-profile annual Global Employability University Ranking 2017. HKUST graduates have been constantly ranked the world’s top 20 most employable and the most employable in Greater China since 2013.
Internship is important for undergraduate students. Besides obtaining an insider's view to possible career paths, networking opportunities, and polishing students’ 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 students annually to provide students with up-to-date information in industries.
HKUST offers a full spectrum of admission scholarships for JUPAS students. Eligible students, attaining Level 5* or above in one Category A subject or Mathematics Extended Module, will automatically receive various level of scholarships under the University’s scheme and/or top-up schemes offered by Schools/Program Office. With support from the dedicated donors, WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) Scholarship is available for female JUPAS students with strong interests and talents in science or engineering. Our scholarships, up to full tuition fee plus living allowance of $50,000 per year, are either offered on one-off basis or renewable annually subject to satisfactory academic performance.
JUPAS students are also encouraged to apply for various non-academic scholarships in recognition of their special talents, achievements or demonstrated potentials in various areas such as Sports, Community Leadership and Engagement, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.
- 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 100 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. Students are always welcome to start a new society and club at HKUST.
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 on-campus and one off-campus 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. The HKUST Jockey Club Hall is the newest hall, a 9-storey student hall, located outside HKUST campus in Tseung Kwan O that could accommodate up to 500 students. Shuttle bus services is provided for students to travel between student hall and campus.
- 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. An entirely new indoor sports hall and a water sports center are under construction at seafront area which will be soon ready to serve the HKUST community.
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.