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Carlson School Exchange in China: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology ("HKUST")

Graduate Global Immersion

Program Dates:

The academic calendar at HKUST will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.

Fall Semester 2023: Students may either study at HKUST for the full semester or for a partial semester

Mandatory Orientation: mid-August 2023

Classes: September 1 - December 19, 2023

Spring Semester 2024: Students may either study at HKUST for the full semester or for a partial semester

Mandatory Orientation: Late January 2024

Classes: January 31 - May 29, 2024

The priority deadline for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 is February 1st, 2023 at noon.

The University of Minnesota has been closely monitoring the protesting and civil unrest in Hong Kong.  We will continue to monitor the situation and are currently accepting applications for semester exchange programs at Hong Kong institutions for the 2023-24 academic year.

 

View of Campus
HKUST Welcome Sign
Students in HKUST Cafeteria
Dorms
Victoria's Peak
Night Skyline
Big Buddha Statue
View of Campus
HKUST Welcome Sign
Students in HKUST Cafeteria
Dorms
Victoria's Peak
Night Skyline
Big Buddha Statue

Program Details

    What is a business exchange program?

    • Successful exchange students demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and services will be different from a US university
    • You are enrolled as an exchange student at a host university and take business courses in English
    • You take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
    • You attend the host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
    • A small group of Carlson students are selected to study at each partner university per semester and are fully immersed in another country, culture, and education system
    • You will work closely with both Carlson School advisers and advisers from the host university for support pre-departure and during your semester abroad
    • Hong Kong is situated in the heart of Asia. You will enjoy quality living in an international, cosmopolitan city, that also happens to be one of the safest. You will find rich heritage and diversity, as well as one of the world's freest economies. 
    • Population: 7.2 million people
    • 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.
    • The Carlson Global Institute strongly encourages students to live in the on-campus housing options as those are affiliated with and vetted by the partner institutions.
    • Students should check the host university website and fact sheet for specific accommodations information including on-campus and off-campus options, application process and deadline, and cost information.
    • On-campus housing is not guaranteed for exchange students, off-campus housing is highly recommended
    • More information on arranging off-campus housing is shared on the HKUST website and sent out directly to accepted students
    • The MBA office at HKUST is able to give references for property agents and connect exchange students looking for roommates
    • Graduate exchange students take courses in the MBA program.
    • Graduate exchange students must enroll in the minimum number of credits outlined by the host university.  The UMN does not have a minimum course requirement for graduate students on semester exchange
    • Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcripts
    • Business courses taught in English are available to exchange students
    • Please note that Hong Kong University of Science and Technology does accept Chinese nationals (mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau) as international exchange students
    • Currently enrolled in a Carlson School graduate program
    • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • 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

    Visa and Passport

    • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
    • All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if required by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute will not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs and are not visa experts.
    • The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well.

    To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on the Apply page. 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 2023 and Spring 2024 is February 1, 2023 at noon. Applications will open during the Fall 2020 semester.    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.  Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.

    Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. Carlson School graduate students are eligible for Education Abroad Fellowships. Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Fellowships" for more information.

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.​

The below cost table includes estimated expenses based on a partial and a full semester. 

Estimated HKUST Expenses 2023-2024 Partial Semester
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account) UMN Per-credit rate (varies by credit load and UMN degree program)
Airfare (to and from program site) $1,100
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization, additional health insurance) $250
Books and Materials $400
Accommodations & Meals $3,761
Essential Daily Living Expenses $1,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $7,011 + tuition costs
Estimated HKUST Expenses 2023-2024 Full Semester
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account) UMN Per-credit rate (varies by credit load and UMN degree program)
Airfare (to and from program site) $1,100
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization, additional health insurance) $250
Books and Materials $800
Accommodations & Meals $7,522
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $12,172 + tuition costs
Estimated HKUST Expenses 2023-2024 Full Semester

Details:

Staff
Grade & Credit Conversion Chart
Academic term(s)
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Partial Semester (Grad only)
Degree level
Graduate
Region
Asia
Country
China
City
Hong Kong
Host School
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)
Office
Carlson Global Institute (CGI)
Program Model
Partner University Business Exchange