Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: Hong Kong

Undergraduate Global Immersion in China

Fall semester: early September to mid December

Spring semester: early February to late May

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

HKUST Slideshow

Students outside welcome sign

HKUST Welcome Sign

Students in HKUST Cafeteria

Students in HKUST Cafeteria

Dorms at HKUST


Victoria's Peak

Victoria's Peak

Skyline at nighttime

Night Skyline

Giant Buddha Statue

Big Buddha Statue

Campus View

View of Campus

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.
Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. YOU MUST APPLY THROUGH THE CARLSON SCHOOL TO BE ACCEPTED ON AN EXCHANGE PROGRAM. DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE HOST SCHOOL.You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Students of non-Chinese citizenship are given priority in selection
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Location details

Hong Kong leads the rapidly growing Chinese economy, far outpacing all other Chinese cities and some Western nations in GDP, and many multinational corporations have strategic headquarters there. The bustling business environment is the ideal exposure for students preparing to enter careers in international business with a focus on emerging markets in the Far East.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is committed to providing a comprehensive business education focusing on developing a global perspective. Hong Kong remains one of the least restricted economies in the world. Commonly seen as the historic meeting of East and West, students will gain a unique insight into culture and the nature of business.

HKUST offers on-campus dorm living for undergraduate exchange students, arranged by the student affairs office at HKUST and awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Dorms are apartment-style with four single bedrooms, sitting room, bathroom, and kitchenette. Computer access to the university network is available and students may dine in campus facilities or prepare meals at home.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for exchange students.

Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.

Courses are offered in English at HKUST, and students work together with peers from the island, mainland China, and all over the world. Courses are available in:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management of Organizations
  • Marketing, Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Global Business
  • Students also have access to non-business courses

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2105
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1500
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)$56
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board$7000
Essential Daily Living Expenses$1500
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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