Prepare for Departure
Whether this is your first time to live overseas or not, there is much to plan and prepare before departing for the host country. The pages in this section provide an outline of the major items to help you with pre-departure planning.
Some partners offer university accommodation to exchange students. Make sure you read through the housing application procedures and deadlines as advised by the host institution carefully. In most cases, applications sent after the deadlines will not be considered.
Accommodation may not be guaranteed at some of our exchange partner institutions. It is your responsibility to make your own accommodation arrangements. Generally, partner institutions will provide instructions on searching for housing in host country.
Medicine and toiletries
Good walking shoes
Prescription medicine (with prescription copy)
Over-the-counter medicines (e.g. pain relievers)
Credit cards & Debit cards
Passport, visa(s) and photocopies
Official admission letter from host institution
A copy of HKUST grade report or official transcript
Medical / travel insurance certificates
Tickets and rail passes
International Student Identity Card
HKUST Student ID card
Day pack/small compressible knapsack
Stuff bags/plastic storage bags
Laundry soap and line
Luggage padlock and tags
Small padlocks - for backpacks
Adapter and voltage converter/appropriate plugs