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.
University JUPAS Scholarships
To recognize the academic achievements of students, HKUST awards new entrants with outstanding performance, up from one HKDSE subject result in 5* by offering full spectrum of admissions scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to a full scholarship of tuition fee plus living allowance of $55,000 a year. Some scholarships are renewable annually subject to satisfactory academic performance.
Top-up Scholarships by Schools/Office
On top of the JUPAS Scholarships offered by the University, our Schools and Program Office offer top-up scholarships for students admitted to the corresponding programs.
Non-Academic Scholarships and Admission Scheme
Student Athletes Admissions Scheme (SAAS) is set up to recognize student athletes with outstanding achievements in sports. Successful applicants may receive favorable admissions consideration and tuition scholarships, living allowance, academic accommodation such as study period extension, study load, examination schedule and class attendance adjustment as well as full support by the Advisory Committee that is formed by our faculty and sports specialists.
The new Beyond Academic Admissions Scholarship (BAAS) acknowledges students with diversified talents in different areas, including but not limited to creativity and innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, arts, music, performance arts and multi-media, sustainability and community services, sports and e-sports, etc. Successful applicants may be offered with favorable admissions consideration and one-off scholarship to further achieve their fullest potential while receiving quality education at HKUST.
- International Exchange
Student exchange and study abroad program at HKUST is one of the most comprehensive in the world. The University offers more than 240 exchange programs worldwide as well as virtual exchange programs to all students.
- Research Opportunities
HKUST is creating outstanding impacts through excellent research. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) provide undergraduate students a chance to get the first taste of research and immerse in a wide variety of individual or group research projects work and other scholarly activities, under a close supervision by world-class researchers.
Since 2005, thousands of undergraduate students have participated in UROP. Armed with strong research experiences, many of them explore a possible career in the research field and were admitted into world's leading PhD Programs with full scholarship.
- Entrepreneurial Spirit
HKUST Entrepreneurship Center runs activities and funds to foster an entrepreneurial campus and cultivate a risk-taking value-creation mindset. The signature - Dream Builder Program supports the HKUST community to make big dreams and build them. The program also equips interested parties from knowledge acquisition (workshops and seminars), ideation (networking events and industry visits), prototyping to commercialization (competitions, accelerator funds and co-working space 'The BASE').
Minor in Entrepreneurship
The Entrepreneurship Minor Program is a credit-bearing program jointly offered by School of Science, School of Engineering and School of Business and Management to provide structured training for students interested in entrepreneurship and starting their own ventures.
- Internships & Career Development
Our Career Center provides pre-internship training and internship placement inside and outside Hong Kong. Over 180 recruitment talks are organized for students annually to provide students with up-to-date information in industries and an early career immersion.
HeadStart@HKUST carries the mission to offer our first- and second-year undergraduate students a “head start” in this increasingly global, competitive, and dynamic society through 3 main components “Internship”, “Mentorship”, and “Fellowship”. The components offer participated students a holistic experience of workplace training and an early career immersion.
Organized by Career Center, Career Mosaic is our campus-wide bi-annual weeklong job fair, participated by over 200 companies and organizations every year. The fair offers a highly effective platform for students to reach out to employers for internship and graduate employment opportunities.
- 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 which would increase their civic awareness and motivate them to learn, serve and lead.
Smart Sustainable Campus
The HKUST Sustainable Smart Campus as a Living Lab (SSC) is an effort to transform our campus into one where the campus itself is a platform for learning, experimenting, and showcasing new ideas and approaches. On-going projects such as facial recognition for library services, indoor navigation, smart lunch kiosks, blockcerts and many more ideas are funded by the initiative to enhance the campus and demonstrate HKUST’s leadership in constructing a sustainable and smart pathway into the future.
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.
The Changemaker Pathway is a self-paced discovery experience for anyone who wish to unlock their potentials to create positive changes in the community. Students will find insights, tools and people who will help them empathize, lead, and collaborate with others to solve real needs in the world. Progressive programs will be offered to challenge, build, and transform student's mindset and skills at their own pace.
Leadership starts with self-leadership. SELF Leadership is a learning and development program for students to discover, embrace and empower themselves to thrive as a self-leader. Through a series of workshops and one-on-one coaching, students will be able to uncover their inner spark, to articulate their version of success, and to motivate themselves to make unique contribution to the community. This program is a springboard for the expedition into their university and future life.
Having a great conversation can kick-start a transformation! Learners' Circle is an avenue for students across cohorts to have meaningful discussions. Students can share their views, ask questions, and listen to different perspectives on a learning theme that sparks deep exchanges and passion for learning. Each Circle with a theme meets 3 to 4 times, so there will be space for students to make friends. The LC facilitator is also available to have one-on-one chats to support students' individualized development.
- Academic Advising
A comprehensive academic advising scheme is put in place in each School to assist students in identifying and achieving their academic, professional, and personal goals.
It is a "walk-with-you" journey, which dedicated mentors will assist students to acquire valuable learning experiences. Students may seek advice from Faculty Advisors, Counselors, peer mentors at different stages of their studies.
- Counseling and Wellness Center
The Counseling and Wellness Center is here to support students in gaining self-understanding, emotional resilience and personal insights into any challenges they may experience throughout their university years. The Center provides high quality counseling and evidence-based psychological service that help students to put into effect real changes, unleash their personal potentials, as well as to enhance their psychological well-being.
- Societies and Clubs
There are over 110 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 or club at HKUST.
- Shaw Auditorium
The new Shaw Auditorium is home to HKUST's vibrant and flourishing arts and cultural activities, and a new landmark of the University for large scale events. Bringing new experience and possibilities for young talents, the auditorium can house up to 1,300 audiences and to be used as a concert hall, theater for performances and lectures, as well as venue for exhibitions, events, and ceremonies. There are also supportive facilities offering space for seminars, rehearsals, small performances, and gatherings both indoors and outdoors, like learning rooms, hang-out spaces, and café area.
- Residential Halls
There are nine on-campus and one off-campus (HKUST Jockey Club Hall in Tseung Kwan O) undergraduate halls of residence to offer 4,500+ hall places. 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 and activities to the 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.
Funded by the Government, 4 halls of 8-storey on the Lee Shau Kee Campus are targeted to be built by year 2023 providing more than 1,500 additional bed spaces for undergraduate students. On completion of the project, the University expects more than 60% of our undergraduate students can experience hostel life.
- Sports Facilities
In addition to 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, Tsang Shiu Tim Sports Center is opened in 2019. The 3-storey Center is not only in close proximity to the student halls, a 50-meter outdoor pool and a 25-meter indoor pool, an athletic field with an artificial all-weather turf soccer pitch and a Water Sports Center, but its waterfront location also creates an inviting environment that encourages students to participate in physical activities.
- Lee Shau Kee Library
The 5-storey HKUST library offers an effective and cutting-edge learning environment with an abundant collection of printed materials and electronic resources such as books, periodicals, microfilms, electronic collections as well as multimedia materials that supports the academic and research priorities of the University. Students can access library information, research support services, user engagement tools, and resources from any location at any time.
- Creative Media Zone and Learning Commons
Creative Media Zone 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.