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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Spend the semester at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a dynamic university that embraces a global outlook and an innovative spirit.

Program Overview


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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is a dynamic and forward-thinking university that embraces a truly global outlook and an innovative spirit. Founded in 1991, the University has been rapidly established as a top global institution and built a respectable reputation in the region by aligning world-class educational resources with the growth momentum of Asia. The University has developed a unique East-West educational ethos centered on the core values of excellence, diversity, and open-minded curiosity. As the leading Global Business School in the region, our vision and ambitions distinguish us from the rest.

By becoming an exchange student at HKUST Business School, you will enter an exciting chapter in your life. The University campus occupies a 60-hectare (150-acre) site of sweeping natural beauty on the Clear Water Bay peninsula in East Kowloon. Our mission is to provide a holistic academic experience, developing the intellectual & personal strengths of our students. Our Exchange Programs, with 135 partners globally, is an integral part of the experience and international students add a dimension of cultural vitality to campus life.


Term Dates

HKUST offers IBEX opportunities in the fall and spring semesters, as well as a summer semester program.

  • Fall semester: late-August to late-December
  • Spring semester: mid-January to late-May
  • Summer Program: late June to mid-August (see details below - jump link)

Dates are approximate and may be subject to change.


Housing and Living Costs

  • Housing: You will be given university-provided accommodations either on-campus or in the off-campus Jockey Club Hall. You will need to indicate your preference on the application form. All rooms are double-occupancy and include utilities except for electricity expenses due to air conditioning use. 
  • Exchange student fee: Roughly HK$14,400/semester for the fall or spring semester (see fees for the Summer Program below - jump link). This fee includes university-provided housing of roughly HK$13,000/semester, student visa fees of HK$800, and mandatory HKUST insurance of HK$1200/semester.
  • Food (no meal plan available): approximately HK$35/meal on campus
  • Books and class materials: approximately HK$1,500/semester
  • Local transportation and personal expenses: approximately HK$12,000/semester

HK$ = Hong Kong dollar

Find out more about IBEX tuition, housing, and other logistics. 


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Student Services

The student services available to exchange students include:

  • Academic advising: Your HKUST academic advisor is the Business Schools’ Exchange Program Coordinator.
  • Buddy program: You will automatically be enrolled in HKUST’s one-on-one business buddy program, with the hope you will easily adapt to HKUST. Buddies may also provide airport reception and a buddy activity is organized on the first Saturday after the Orientation. Students can also opt into a secondary buddy program through HKUST’s Global Students Programs Office (GSPO).
  • Global Students Programs Office (GSPO): HKUST’s Global Students Program Office supports incoming and outgoing study abroad programs. They also handle student visas and arrange activities for you! 
  • Computer services: You will be given access to the online University’s Student Information System (SIS) and an email account after official registration. 
  • On-campus sports and recreation facilities: You will be given a student identity card, which will give you access to sports and amenities facilities on campus including the indoor/outdoor swimming pool, track field, rock-climbing wall, soccer field, seafront BBQ pits, and more.

HKUST Summer Program Overview

HKUST offers an eight-week International Summer Exchange Program from the end of June until mid-August. You can take between 3 to 9 credits at HKUST which will transfer back as the same amount for your Stern degree (pending course approval by Stern). Local excursions and cultural activities will be arranged and there will be ample activities and events for you to interact with other students, including local HKUST students.

Find out more about IBEX tuition, housing, and other logistics.


Term Dates

  • Summer Program: late-June to mid-August


Housing and Living Costs 

NYU summer tuition applies to this program on a per credit basis, ranging from approximately $4,158 USD (for 3 credits) to $12,474 USD (for 9 credits). This is in addition to HKUST program fee of HK$7,650 (approx. $994 USD) for housing, visa, and insurance fees. You should also expect additional expenses for transportation, books and personal expenses—similar to the expenses outlined above for the semester program.

Academic Information

If you are accepted to IBEX, you will attend two individual advising meetings to plan and revise your schedule: one with NYU Stern Academic Advising and one with the NYU Stern International Programs team. As you build your academic schedule for your semester abroad, carefully review and consider the following course information.


IBEX Course Information

  • You may take a full semester of business classes while abroad on IBEX.
  • Leave room for at least two general electives in your schedule. This allows you to:
    • Take interesting, location-specific courses not offered at Stern, and
    • Have more flexibility during the course registration process.
  • Reference the IBEX Course Guide: What you can or cannot take.
    • You can take a maximum of two classes per concentration.
    • Accounting courses cannot be taken for credit toward the Accounting or CPA majors/concentrations.
    • All IBEX grades will transfer back to NYU Stern as Pass/Fail.


Previously Approved Courses

  • Listed below are courses that were taken previously by Stern IBEX students and have already been approved for a specific NYU equivalent.
  • There is no guarantee that the courses listed here will be offered during the specific semester you study abroad. It is important to be flexible. Have a Plan A and Plan B and the space to take some electives.
  • If a course is already listed below as approved, it does not need to be reviewed again, unless you want to see if it will count towards a new requirement.


Finding New Courses

  • You are not limited to only taking the courses listed on this page.
  •  If you see a course on HKUST’s website (syllabi available here) that you would like to take, but is not listed below, you must submit the syllabus to Stern’s International Programs team for approval.
  • Once HKUST publishes its confirmed courses for the semester you will be attending, you can revise your list as needed based on what is being offered.


List of Approved Fall and Spring Semester Courses

List of Approved Courses
*Please note that any pre-approved business course can also come back as a General Stern Elective
Course Title AbroadNYU CreditsCourse Equivalent at NYUSemester Taken
HUMA 3630 - Community and Cultural Identity3Cultures and ContextsFall 2022
SOSC 1350 Contemporary China: Continuity and Change3Cultures and Contexts or Advanced Global Business electiveFall 2018, Spring 2019
HUMA 1440 Modern China3Cultures and ContextsFall 2018
HUMA 2588 Nazism and German Society, 1914-19453Cultures and ContextsFall 2018

HUMA1000G Cultures and Values: Love, Death and Human Nature

3Texts and IdeasSpring 2024

HUMA2340 Between Old and New: Chinese Stories and Their Reinventions

3Texts and IdeasSpring 2024

HUMA1000B Cultures and Values: Righteousness, Destiny and Well‐being

3Texts and Ideas OR General Non-Stern ElectiveFall 2022, 2023
HUMA 1000E Cultures and Values: Freedom, Justice, and the Good3Texts and IdeasFall 2019
Questions of Humanity in World Literature3Texts and IdeasSpring 2018
CHEM 1004 Chemistry in Everyday Life3Natural ScienceSpring 2018
LIFS 1020 Biology of Human Health3Natural ScienceSpring 2018
ENVR 2010 Environmental Science Fundamentals4Natural ScienceSpring 2019

CENG1800 Introduction to Food Science and Technology


 General Non-Stern Elective 

Spring 2024
LANG1130 - Cantonese for Non Chinese Language Background Students
3General Non-Stern ElectiveFall 2023
SUST1000 - Sustainability Fundamentals
3General Non-Stern ElectiveFall 2023

HUMA1156 Exploration of Chinese Calligraphy


 General Non-Stern Elective 

Fall 2023
OCES 1030 - Environmental Science3General Non-Stern ElectiveFall 2022
CHIN9511 Cantonese as a Foreign Language I3General Non-Stern ElectiveFall 2020
HART 1042 Ink & Color - Experiencing Chinese Painting1General Non-Stern ElectiveFall 2019
LANG 1133 Cantonese for Chinese Language Background Students I3General Non-Stern ElectiveFall 2019
COMP1022P Introduction to Computing with Java3General Non-Stern ElectiveSpring 2019
LANG 1120 Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students I3General Non-Stern ElectiveSpring 2018
ENVR 3210 Environmental Technology4General Non-Stern ElectiveSpring 2016
Energy Resources and Usage3Sustainable Business Elective (Issue Area)Fall 2023
ENVR 1080 The Smart Consumer - Uncovering the Hidden History of Product Label3Sustainable Business Elective (Issue Area)Fall 2023
ENVR 3310 Green Business Strategy3Sustainable Business Elective (Discipline)Fall 2023
ENVR 2060 From Trash to Treasure: Managing Waste to Resources3Sustainable Business Elective (Issue Area)Fall 2023
ENVR 4000P - Governing Green Finance: National and International Perspectives and Approaches 3Sustainable Business Elective (Discipline)Fall 2022
ECON 4999X Green Finance and Sustainability 4General Stern ElectiveSpring 2023
MARK 1230 Consumerism and Happiness3General Stern ElectiveSpring 2019
SOSC 3110 Innovation & Technology in Hong Kong3General Stern Elective Fall 2017
COMP 4332 Advanced data mining3Computing and Data Science ElectiveSpring 2019
COMP 211 Fundamentals of AI3Computing and Data Science ElectiveSpring 2019
COMP 3370 Big Data Technologies3Computing and Data Science ElectiveSpring 2019
COMP 4211 Machine Learning3TECH-UB.57 Data Mining for Business AnalyticsFall 2018
ISOM 3360 Data Mining for Business Analytics3TECH-UB.57 - Data Mining for Business AnalyticsSpring 2019

ISOM4520 Statistics for Financial Risk Management

4Advanced Finance ElectiveSpring 2024

ECON4374 - International Macroeconomics and Finance


 Advanced Finance Elective

Fall 2023
ECON4334: Money and Banking3Advanced Finance ElectiveFall 2022
FINA 3103 - Intermediate Investments3Advanced Finance ElectiveFall 2022
FINA 3033 Intermediate Corporate Finance 3Advanced Finance ElectiveFall 2022
ACCT 4020 Financial Statement Analysis3Advanced Finance ElectiveSpring 2020
FINA 4203 Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Restructurings3FINC-UB 50 Mergers, Acquisitions and RestructuringsFall 2019
FINA 4503 Banking and Financial Intermediation3MULT-UB 27 The Financial SystemFall 2018
FINA 3203 Derivative Securities3FINC-UB 43 DerivativesFall 2018
FINA 4603 Venture Capital Financing3Advanced Finance Elective OR General Stern ElectiveSpring 2018
FINA 4929J Behavioral Finance3Advanced Finance ElectiveFall 2017
FINA 4304 Fixed Income Securities4FINC-UB 26 Debt Instruments & MarketsSpring 2016
FINA 4403 International Finance3Advanced Finance ElectiveFall 2016
FINA 3104 Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management4Advanced Finance ElectiveSpring 2016
ECON 3334 Introduction of Econometrics4Business Economics ElectiveSpring 2016
SOSC1400 Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area3Advanced Global Business ElectiveSpring 2023
GBUS 3040 Doing Business in Asia and Emerging Markets2Advanced Global Business ElectiveSpring 2023
HUMA 1231 Popular Culture of East Asia3Advanced Global Business ElectiveSpring 2016

 ISOM4540 Time Series Analysis and Forecasting

3Advanced Statistics ElectiveSpring 2024
ISOM 1500 Insightful Decisions3Advanced Statistics ElectiveFall 2017
MGMT 4000 Doing Business in Emerging Markets4Advanced Management ElectiveFall 2019
MGMT 3140 Negotiations4Advanced Management ElectiveFall 2016, Fall 2017
MGMT 1110 Introduction to Management4MGMT-UB 1 Management & OrganizationsFall 2016
ISOM 2700 Operations Management3OPMG-UB 1 Operations ManagementFall 2023
MARK 3520 Competitive Positioning4Advanced Marketing ElectiveFall 2019
MARK 4290D Customer Acquisition and Retention4Advanced Marketing ElectiveFall 2019
MARK 4290 Leveraging the Power of Media in Customer Acquisition & Retention4Advanced Marketing ElectiveFall 2019
MARK 4450 Brand Management4Advanced Marketing ElectiveFall 2019
Business Ethics & the Individual2SOIM-UB 12 Professional Responsibility & Leadership (PRL)Fall 2023
MGMT 2130 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility2SOIM-UB 12 Professional Responsibility and Leadership (PRL)Fall 2022

List of Approved Summer Semester Courses

List of Approved Courses
Course Title AbroadNYU CreditsCourse Equivalent at NYUSemester Taken
ISOM 1380 Technology and Innovation: Social and Business Perspectives4General Stern ElectiveSummer
ISOM 1090 Social Media: Collective Intelligence & Creativity3General Stern ElectiveSummer
ISOM 3310 E-Commerce & E-Business Management3Advanced Management ElectiveSummer
LIFS 1030 Environmental Science3Natural Science EquivalentSummer
MARK 2120 Marketing Management3MKTG-UB 1 Introduction to MarketingSummer
MGMT 1110 Introduction to Management3MGMT-UB 1 Management & OrganizationsSummer