Info For Exchange-in Students

Application Procedures

Students from partner schools should submit your application to the exchange coordinator of your home institution.

Nominated students will receive our email in early October, which includes a link to our online application system. You are expected to complete the online application by the end of October. 

Student Visa Application

As governed by the Hong Kong Immigration Regulations, overseas exchange-in students must obtain a student visa before coming to Hong Kong for the purpose of study at HKUST. While HKUST will provide assistance, to the admitted exchange students, in the application of the student visa in Hong Kong, HKUST bears no responsibility with regard to the issuance of the student visa.

Incoming students should submit the completed visa application form together with the following supporting documents by late November:

  1. The completed visa application form (ID995A) with ALL PAGES signed physically by the applicant.
  2. A copy of page(s) of applicant's passport with personal particulars and signature.
  3. Proof of financial support, e.g. bank statements, savings account passbooks that shows:
  •   FULL name of account holder
  •   Name of bank
  •   Ending balance with currency

If the financial support is not in English, a translation will be required. For students who are financially supported by parents/guardian, a letter of consent from them stating they will financially support your stay in Hong Kong is required.  

  1. A copy of the admission offer letter (available after the online application is completed)

The fee for student visa / entry permit application via HKUST is HK$550. This is a non-refundable cost-recovery fee which includes the visa / permit application fee charged by the HKSAR Immigration Department and the cost of forwarding the visa / permit label to students. It normally takes 8-10 weeks for the visa to be processed.


Exchange-in students MUST subscribe to the insurance plan, as required by HKUST. More information can be found in here.


Students are expected to arrive one week before the start of the Spring term for program registration. 


Due to limited supply of on-campus housing, exchange-in students have to arrange off-campus accommodation by themselves. Students are strongly advised to look for off-campus accommodation early. 

The Off-Campus Housing Section of Student Housing Office provides general assistance for students who are looking for off-campus accommodation.

Residential areas near HKUST (Information for reference only. Rental market situation various from time to time.)

 1) Tai Po Tsai (大埔仔)

  • Village houses which are generally 3-storey high, with flats of 350-700 sq. ft.
  • Rental Range from $7,500 - $13,000
  • Within walking distance from campus
  • Very limited shopping facilities

  2) Tseng Lan Shue (井欄樹)

  • Village houses which are generally 3-storey high, with flats of 350-700 sq. ft.
  • Rental ranges from $7,000 - $14,000 per month
  • Bus and minibus services available to and from HKUST
  • Very limited shopping facilities

  3) Clear Water Bay and Sai Kung (清水灣 及 西貢)

  • Village-type developments normally with flats of 700 sq. ft., and townhouses of 1,500 to 2,000 sq. ft.
  • Village flats are fairly moderately priced: a 700 sq. ft. flat in a village development would normally cost $9,000 to $16,000 to rent per month depending on factors such as the environment, location, view, and accessibility to public transportation
  • Townhouses are relatively more expensive, ranging from $30,000 upwards
  • Bus service available in some areas to and from HKUST
  • Shopping facilities available

   4) Tseung Kwan O (將軍澳)

  • A satellite town close to the University covering the areas of Po Lam (寶琳), Hang Hau (坑口) and Tiu Keng Leng (調景嶺)
  • Flats at Metro City (新都城), East Point City (東港城) and Tseung Kwan O Centre (將軍澳中心) are popular
  • Flat sizes range from around 500 sq. ft. to 900 sq. ft. and rental ranges from $8,000 to $18,000 per month
  • MTR Tseung Kwan O Line and bus services provide easy connection to places in central Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, and the New Territories
  • Bus and minibus services available to and from HKUST
  • A lot of shopping facilities

   5) Lam Tin (藍田)

  • Flats at Sceneway Garden (滙景花園) and Laguna City (麗港城) are popular
  • Flat sizes range from around 650 sq. ft. to 930 sq. ft.
  • Rental ranges from $10,000 to $20,000 per month
  • MTR Kwun Tong Line and bus servies provide easy connection to places including Tseung Kwan O, central Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, and the New Territories
  • Convenient shopping facilities