Interested students should submit an online application form and upload all supporting documents by the application deadline. Applications will be processed upon successful payment of the application fee. Please note that only online applications are accepted; paper applications will not be reviewed.
Applicants must be completing Secondary 4 or Secondary 5 (or equivalent) at the time of application. Please refer to the Eligibility page for details.
Non-local students are welcome to apply. However, a study visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department is required. Please refer to the Eligibility section for details.
2. Admission Requirements
Applicants will be evaluated based on their academic performance in their two most recent terms.
The minimum attendance requirement of the program is 70% (i.e., 5 out of 7 classes). Each course adopts a separate assessment method and attendance might be part of the assessment scheme. Note that there might also be in-class quizzes or tests that will be counted towards the final grades, therefore we strongly advise students to attend all classes. Students are required to inform the HKUST Summer Institute should they need to be absent from class.
A variety of enrichment activities will be available for students to participate in in the afternoon. Details and sign-up procedures will be made available to students after they are enrolled to the program.
Students who have completed the HKUST Summer Institute program might have a higher chance to be invited for interviews and/or activities during the admission process for certain HKUST undergraduate program(s). Should there be applicants with comparable HKDSE scores, special considerations might also be given to those who have participated in HKUST Summer Institute programs before. The immediate fore-mentioned arrangements are applicable to individual department(s) or program(s) only. The department(s) or program(s) reserves the final right to amend the aforementioned arrangements.
● Getting a head start on the university journey and a taste of university life
● Discovering your strengths and interests through interactive classes
● Gaining university credits that can be used towards your undergraduate studies at HKUST in the future
● Receiving recognition from HKUST with official transcript, attendance and award certificates
Students can enroll in one course for the whole program.
No prior knowledge of any course materials is required; however, applicants should be competent in English as classes are taught in English.
The courses are adjusted to suit the levels of Secondary 4 and 5 students so that they can understand the topics discussed easily.
All lectures are in English.
Yes, every course carries one HKUST credit. Credits earned in the HKUST Summer Institute program can be counted towards future undergraduate degree requirements at HKUST.
Students who have joined HKUST Summer Institute twice would be entitled to a maximum of 6 university credits that can be counted towards their undergraduate studies at HKUST in the future.
Upon completion of a course, students will receive a letter grade based on their performance. Official transcripts will be sent out to students by October 2019.
The fee for each course is HK$3,200.
The course fee includes:
2. Lecture materials and hand-outs
3. Laboratory sessions and materials/ supplies/ equipment*
4. Use of certain campus facilities
*Students may bring their own lab equipment (e.g., safety goggles, lab coats, etc.) if personal hygiene is a concern.
Yes, students are required to pay a mandatory fee of HK$500 for the enrichment activities and graduation, even if they do not attend these events.
6. Refund Policy
No, the application fee is non-refundable. It serves as an administrative fee in the application screening process.
The course fee is only refundable in the event of the course being cancelled by HKUST Summer Institute.
The hall fee is only refundable in the event of the course/ accommodation being cancelled by HKUST Summer Institute.
No, the visa application fee is non-refundable. It serves as an administrative fee in the application screening process. Non-HKID holders should read the “Note for non-HKID holders” on the Eligibility page for further details before applying to HKUST Summer Institute.
7. Transcript & Certificate
Upon completion of the HKUST Summer Institute program, every participant will receive one free copy of the official transcript. The transcript will contain the student’s letter grades obtained for the courses taken and the credits earned.
You can apply for additional copies of the official transcript online (click here). Please note that a fee of HK$50 is charged for each copy of the official transcript plus HK$15.5 for each registered mail (the fees are subject to change without prior notice). The online application system accepts payment by HKUST Card e-Purse or Visa/MasterCard only.
An attendance certificate will be awarded to students who satisfy the minimum attendance requirement.
We generally will not re-issue free copies of the official transcript or any program certificates unless under the following circumstances:
1. the information on the documents are incorrect, for which HKUST will re-issue a copy with the correct information free of charge;
2. the documents are lost or damaged due to delivery problems caused by the post office, for which a bounce-back mail of the documents must be received by HKUST in order for HKUST to re-issue a free copy.
Other than the circumstances mentioned above, students will need to apply for an additional copy of the documents at a cost.