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Engineering -- The Viterbi Exchange Program with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Undergraduate students in the Viterbi School of Engineering are encouraged to study at a partner institution through the Viterbi Undergraduate International Exchange Program.
November 24, 2008

USC Viterbi School of Engineering


The Hong Kong Univeristy of Science and Technology was founded in 1991 and has quickly become a top university in Asia. In 2011, HKUST had over 6,000 undergraduate students enrolled in either science, engineering, business, or interdisclinplinary programs. Each year, over 500 international undergradute exchange students attend HKUST.

The School of Engineering (SENG) is the largest of the five schools within HKUST, composed of over 2,300 undergraduates. The SENG has six departments: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Civil and Enviromental Engineering; Industrial Engineering and Logistics Managment; and Mechnical Engineering.


Exchange students are required to take between 12 and 18 credits (units) per semester. It is recommended you take around 15 credits. Most courses are 3 credits.You can choose a combination of courses from different disciplines, as long as you meet the prerequisities for the courses and there is space available in the course.
HKUST offers courses in the following areas that might be applicable to your degree requirements:
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Chemistry, Civil & Enviornmental Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electronic & Computer Engineering
Industrial Engineering & Logistics Management
Information Systems, Business Statistics & Operations Management
Mechanical Engineering
Refer the HKUST course catalog for course descriptions. Undergraduate coures are 1000- to 4000-level. You need to consult with your USC academic advisor in order to determine the appropriate course equivalences for your degree requirements.
Not all courses are offered every term. Exchange students are advised to consult the previous course offering list on the HKUST exchange website for planning purposes.
Semester Dates
The fall semester is from September to December. The spring semester is from February to May.
Exchange students may apply for on-campus housing as long as space permits. Details about student housing are available online. You are responsible for paying your housing costs to HKUST.
Living Expenses
Estimated living expense for one semester, including housing, are HK$24,400 to HK$27,400 ($3,200 USD to $3,520 USD). Be sure to check current exchange rates to determine the costs in U.S. dollars.
Medical Coverage
All exchange students are required to have the HKUST Compulsory Travel Insurance. You are also required to be covered by the USC Overseas Health Insurance plan. Both are mandatory and neither can be waived, no exceptions.
More Information
For more detailed information, please view the HKUST fact sheet or vist their website.
Visa Requirements
All exchange students must obtain a student visa unless they have the right of abode in Hong Kong. HKUST will assist you obtaining your visa. You are responsible for paying all costs associated with obtaining your visa.

More information available at the following websites:
Viterbi School of Engineering Overseas & Exchange

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, International Undergraduate Studies