HKUST Study Abroad
HKUST Study Abroad
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HKUST occupies a stunning 150-acre site overlooking the pristine Clearwater Bay, located on the Sai Kung Peninsula. The area is often considered as one of Hong Kong’s havens for outdoor lovers.

People do not normally associate Hong Kong with nature. But the truth is that only around 25% of Hong Kong is the dense urban space that is so well known to the world. The other 75% is undeveloped, and comprises country parks and nature reserves. Of course, with the efficient public transport system, you are never far from urban areas. A 15-minute bus ride will take you from HKUST to the nearest subway station.

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HKUST is a publicly funded university that opened in 1991. It is a leading international research university dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in science, engineering, business, humanities and social science.

As a young university – just stepping into its third decade – HKUST’s achievements are remarkable. It has consistently gained top international rankings, a demonstration of the university’s high academic quality and the global recognition it has achieved.

- World’s Top 50 Young Universities Under 50, 2021 QS World University Rankings

- Global University Employability Ranking 2021 (No.2 in Greater China, No.1 in Hong Kong) in Emerging/Trendence, published by Times Higher Education

 - World’s Top 1500 Universities (No. 3 in Hong Kong), 2023 QS World University Rankings

You can also find the rankings achieved by our individual subject areas here.

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HKUST is coeducational, with a total enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. The university comprises five Schools: Science, Engineering, Business and Management, Humanities and Social Science, and the HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School. The undergraduate student body comprises 61% local students and 39% non-local students. In addition, with over 1000 exchange students passing through HKUST every year, you really can make friends with people from around the world.

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Exchange students normally arrive around 3 days before the start of term. This provides enough time to participate in orientation activities and to adapt to the new environment. Orientation sessions organized by the University and the Schools help you settle in Hong Kong and familiarize you with HKUST’s learning environment.


The HKUST library is a centrally located five-storey building that provides nearly 3,300 reader seats. In addition to over 720,000 print volumes and a large collection of media resources, it provides access to more than 120,000 electronic and print journals, a large number of e-books, databases and other digital information resources. The library and the Learning Commons provide many places for individual and group projects or studying.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is an unincorporated association formed by HKUST students. It operates independently from the University, and all undergraduate students are eligible to be a full member at the University.

Student societies and clubs

Joining a club is a great way to make new friends or pick up a new skill or passion. There are more than 100 student societies affiliated to the Students’ Union, covering sports, recreational, academic, religious, music and other themes. There are over 30 sports clubs. No matter what your interests are, there is something for you.

School societies, such as BSU (Business Students' Union), ESU (Engineering Students' Union), SSU (Science Students' Union), HSSU (Humanities and Social Science Students' Union) and IPSU (Interdisciplinary Programs Students' Union) provide a great opportunity to meet people in your School.

The International Students' Association (ISA) and the Mainland Students and Scholars Society also host a number of events throughout the term.

Sports and recreation facilities

There is a wide variety of sports and recreation facilities available for your use. All the facilities at the Indoor Sports complex are fully air-conditioned. We have a large indoor sports hall of 1,600 sq m for activities such as badminton, basketball, volleyball and handball. In addition, there are courts for squash and table tennis, and areas for fencing, dance, indoor archery, martial arts and weight training.

Outdoor sports facilities include an artificial turf soccer pitch, a 400-meter 8-lane track, a hard-surface mini-soccer pitch, a basketball court, a lawn area and tennis courts. We also have a 50-meter outdoor pool and a 25-meter indoor pool for aquatic activities.

Food on Campus

There are many eateries on campus. They are a great place to meet with friends.

China Garden
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Ground Floor, Academic Building

Dim sum lunch, Full-course Cantonese lunch and dinner

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Lower Ground 1 and 7, and LSK Building

Fast food, Chinese and western

Pacific Coffee
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LSK Building

Breakfast (Muffin and different types of pastry); Lunch and dinner (Panini, packed salad)

Ebeneezer's (Halal-certified)
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LSK Building

Kebabs, Indian curries, biryanis, pizza

LG7 Kitchen 3 (Vegetarian)
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Lower Ground 7

Salad, Chinese and western

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Academic concourse

Coffee, hot drinks, juice, baked goods, sandwiches, salads, pasta

American Diner
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Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

Hungry Korean
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A variety of authentic Korean food: Gimbap, hot soups

UniBistro & The UniBar
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University Center

Western breakfast, International lunch and dinner, alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks

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Conference Lodge

International dishes and local favorites, health-conscious meals, and vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free items

Seafront Cafeteria
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Ground Floor, UG Hall VI

McDonald's & McCafe
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Lower Ground 5

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Piazza (beside the bookstore)

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Ground Floor, CYT Building

Fusion (Supermarket)
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Lower Ground 7