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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong SAR, China

Established in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world-class international research university dedicated to cutting-edge education and research. The University was founded with a mission to advance learning and knowledge through teaching and research, particularly in science, technology, engineering, management and business studies complemented by humanities and social sciences, and to assist Hong Kong’s socio-economic development. In just over 25 years, this young and high-achieving University has risen with miraculous speed to take its place among elite institutions, climbing to the peaks of international esteem and receiving numerous honors and accolades.

HKUST was ranked No.44 globally among 1,000 universities and No.1 in the world’s top 200 young universities by Times Higher Education (THE) in 2018. Our Schools also fly high individually. The School of Engineering is ranked No.18 in the THE World University Rankings by Subject – Engineering and Technology (2018) and No.2 in Greater China. HKUST Business School’s sought-after Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA (EMBA) program has also topped the Financial Times EMBA global rankings eight times in the past 11 years.

At HKUST, we are committed to achieving excellence in education and research and to ensuring we contribute to solving the great challenges of our time, including sustainability, energy, healthcare, and more. Our research culture nurtures and facilitates collaboration and innovation, which is why our campus is a magnet for some of the best and brightest minds. Researchers at the University are encouraged to take a multidisciplinary approach, to explore and collaborate across scientific and geographical frontiers, and to engage with decision-makers, industry, and the public in pursuit of improving people’s lives. The diverse discoveries made by our researchers across the Schools of Engineering, Science, Business and Management, and Humanities and Social Science have led to many ground-breaking additions to the global knowledge base as well as practical technologies and applications transferrable to the world. We frequently partner with leading industries, and support and facilitate entrepreneurship among our students and faculty.

Website: http://www.ust.hk/

VSE Season 3, 2021-22: Courses offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Application Deadline

Students must submit an application to the VSE Central Office before:
Apr 22, 2022 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)




Academic Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's academic requirements listed below:

Courses offered by HKUST are open to students from HKUST exchange partners only, i.e. not open to students from the following universities:

California Institute of Technology, Far Eastern Federal University, Nagoya University, Pusan National University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, Tongji University, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Universiti Malaya, University of Chile, University of Indonesia, University of Oregon, University of Science and Technology of China, University of the Philippines.

For more details, please contact the VSE coordinator at HKUST.




English Language Proficiency Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's English language proficiency requirements listed below:

Applicants whose first language is not English and/or studying in institutions where the primary medium of instruction is not English are required to meet or possess proficiency equivalent to one of the following English language requirements.

- IELTS overall band 6.0;

- TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) 550;

- TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) 213;

- TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) 80

For applicants who do not possess these test results, they should seek endorsement from their home institution to confirm their English language proficiency using the endorsement form .

Applicants are required upload their relevant test results or the signed endorsement form into their HKUST application.

For more details, please contact the VSE coordinator at HKUST.




Additional Application Requirements

After submitting an application to an academic course offered by HKUST on the VSE application system, applicants will be invited to complete and additional application form from HKUST. Applicants should check their email regularly for our updates. Further details could be found here.


Course Information

Course information posted on this page are provided by the course offering university and may be changed or updated anytime without prior notice.

Click on the course titles to reveal full course details:

Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry
Course TeacherTSANG, Ming Wai Emily
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 20, 2022
Last Day of ClassJul 15, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon, Wed, Fri 1400-1720
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course targets at students who have acquired more advanced knowledge in fundamental Chemistry in high school. Key topics include atomic structure and periodicity, bonding theories, chemical energy, and properties of gases, liquids and solids. Other topics such as chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium and organic molecules will be briefly reviewed.
Course OutlineCHEM 1020
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsPrerequisite(s): Level 3 or above in HKDSE 1x Chemistry, or equivalent. Please refer to HKUST UG Course Catalog for details (https://prog-crs.ust.hk/ugcourse/2021-22/CHEM).
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must be from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, or HKUST exchange partners.
Number of Credits1
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering
Course TeacherLAM, Gibson
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 20, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 13, 2022
Course ComponentLecture & Laboratory
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course introduces the C programming language. It is intended for students who already have some experience in computer programming but wish to learn how to apply those programming skills to the C language. The course covers basic programming topics, such as variables, control, loops, and functions, to more advanced topics. Students explore these by self-learning of course materials together with guided programming exercises. Graded P or F.
Course OutlineCOMP 1029C
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsPrerequisite(s): COMP 1021 OR COMP 1022P OR COMP 1022Q (prior to 2020-21) OR ISOM 3230 OR ISOM 3320, or equivalent. Please refer to HKUST UG Course Catalog for details (https://prog-crs.ust.hk/ugcourse/2021-22/COMP).
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must be from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, or HKUST exchange partners.
Number of Credits1
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering
Course TeacherLAM, Gibson
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 20, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 13, 2022
Course ComponentLecture & Laboratory
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course introduces the Java programming language. It is intended for students who already have some experience in computer programming but wish to learn how to apply those programming skills to the Java language. The course covers basic programming topics such as variables, control statements, loops, functions, and object-oriented programming concepts. Students explore these by self-learning of course materials together with guided programming exercises. Graded P or F.
Course OutlineCOMP 1029J
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsPrerequisite(s): COMP 1021 OR COMP 1022Q (prior to 2020-21) OR ISOM 3230, or equivalent. Please refer to HKUST UG Course Catalog for details (https://prog-crs.ust.hk/ugcourse/2021-22/COMP).
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must be from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, or HKUST exchange partners.
Number of Credits1
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering
Course TeacherLAM, Gibson
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 20, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 13, 2022
Course ComponentLecture & Laboratory
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course introduces the Python programming language. It is intended for students who already have some experience in computer programming but wish to learn how to apply those programming skills to the Python language. The course covers basic programming topics, such as variables, functions and loops, to more advanced topics. Students explore these by self-learning of course materials together with guided programming exercises. Graded P or F.
Course OutlineCOMP 1029P
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsPrerequisite(s): COMP 1022P OR COMP 1022Q (prior to 2020-21) OR ISOM 3230 OR ISOM 3320, or equivalent. Please refer to HKUST UG Course Catalog for details (https://prog-crs.ust.hk/ugcourse/2021-22/COMP).
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must be from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, or HKUST exchange partners.
Number of Credits1
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering
Course TeacherLAM, Gibson
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 20, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 13, 2022
Course ComponentLecture & Laboratory
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course introduces the VBA programming language, in the context of Microsoft Excel. It is intended for students who already have some experience in computer programming but wish to learn how to apply those programming skills to VBA, within Excel. The course covers basic programming topics, such as variables, functions and loops, to more advanced topics. Appropriate features of the Excel program are also covered. Students explore these by self-learning of course materials together with guided programming exercises. Graded P or F.
Course OutlineCOMP 1029V
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsPrerequisite(s): COMP 1021 OR COMP 1022P OR ISOM 3320, or equivalent. Please refer to HKUST UG Course Catalog for details (https://prog-crs.ust.hk/ugcourse/2021-22/COMP).
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must be from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, or HKUST exchange partners.
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering
Course TeacherLOCHOVSKY, Frederick Horst
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 20, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 13, 2022
Course ComponentLectureTutorialLaboratory
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Thu 1100-1220 & 1430-1550Tue, Thu 1600-1650TBC
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionPrinciples of database systems; conceptual modeling and data models; logical and physical database design; query languages and query processing; database services including concurrency, crash recovery, security and integrity. Hands-on DBMS experience.
Course OutlineCOMP 3311
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsPrerequisite(s): COMP 2011 OR COMP 2012 OR COMP 2012H, or equivalent. Please refer to HKUST UG Course Catalog for details (https://prog-crs.ust.hk/ugcourse/2021-22/COMP).
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must be from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, or HKUST exchange partners.
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Mathematics
Course TeacherKU, Yin Bon Albert
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 22, 2022
Last Day of ClassJul 22, 2022
Course ComponentLectureTutorial
Mode of TeachingSynchronousSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon, Wed, Fri 0900-1220Mon, Wed, Fri 1700-1750
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionSystems of linear equations; vector spaces; linear transformations; matrix representation of linear transformations; linear operators, eigenvalues and eigenvectors; similarity invariants and canonical forms.
Course OutlineMATH 2111
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsPrerequisite(s): A passing grade in AL Pure Mathematics / AL Applied Mathematics; OR MATH 1014 OR MATH 1020 OR MATH 1024, or equivalent. Please refer to HKUST UG Course Catalog for details (https://prog-crs.ust.hk/ugcourse/2021-22/MATH).
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must be from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, or HKUST exchange partners.
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Management
Course TeacherHO, Ching Ching Mary
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 20, 2022
Last Day of ClassJul 15, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon, Wed, Fri 0900-1220
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course will focus on specific CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) issues facing companies today. Along with changing attitudes, new global regulatory CSR requirements are increasingly putting firms under pressure to demonstrate positive social and environmental impacts, while maintaining their commitments to investors. Students will investigate how actual firms are managing these pressures while continuing to address the needs of their stakeholders. Incorporating aspects of the benchmark standards such as the GRI and various ESG (Environmental Social Governance) initiatives will help students to strengthen their own knowledge, skill, and attitudes in this area. The course has an embedded project, with direct links to one or more businesses, which will give students the necessary practical grounding for effectively understanding the challenges of CSR in the contemporary business environment.
Course OutlineMGMT 3170
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must be from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, or HKUST exchange partners.
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Ocean Science
Course TeacherKO, Ice Wai Ping ; LAM, Ka Sin Cindy
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 20, 2022
Last Day of ClassJul 15, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeMon, Wed, Fri 0900-1220
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionThis course introduces students to the general concepts of environment, natural resources, and sustainable development. The topics include pressing global, regional and local environmental changes; life-supporting systems of our planet; biodiversity and its conservation; atmosphere, water resources, and their pollutions; solid and hazardous waste management; environmental health and sustainable development. Throughout the course, students will gain a sufficient background and a better understanding of the root-causes of the upfront environmental issues. They will also become more aware of their role, as citizens, in environmental protection and sustainable development.
Course OutlineOCES 1030
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must be from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, or HKUST exchange partners.
Number of Credits3
Offering DepartmentDepartment of Physics
Course TeacherCHEN, Tian Wen
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassJun 20, 2022
Last Day of ClassAug 13, 2022
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue, Thu 1000-1220
Time ZoneUTC+8
Course DescriptionIntroduction to our Universe; observation in astronomy; origin of modern astronomy. Newton's law of motions; gravity; light, atoms and telescope. The Sun; stellar formation and evolution; white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. The Milky way Galaxy; Normal galaxies, active galaxies and supermassive black holes. Foundation of modern cosmology; dark matter, dark energy and the fate of the Universe; the beginning of time. For students with no physics background.
Course OutlinePHYS 1006
Course Prerequisites/RestrictionsN/A
Points to Note for StudentsStudents must be from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, or HKUST exchange partners.


Before Making an Application

Make sure you have thoroughly read the information on this page and the Academics page before making an application. If you have a question, email us at apru.vse@cuhk.edu.hk or contact the VSE Coordinators at your home university or course offering university,