The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), a young and dynamic university founded in 1991, has in its short history established a global reputation for excellence. The School of Business and Management of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, also known as HKUST Business School, was the first business school in Asia to be awarded accreditation by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). In less than two decades, HKUST Business School has rapidly risen in the global academic arena. While the School "doesn't live for rankings," recent international recognition testifies to the institution's dedication to teaching and research. Below is a summary of the university's impressive achievements and recent rankings:
#1 Global EMBA Rankings in QS Global Joint EMBA Rankings 2017
#1 Global EMBA Ranking in Financial Times Global EMBA Rankings 2016
#2 Research Excellence in Asia Pacific in QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017
#8 Employability in Asia Pacific in QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017
#15 Global MBA Ranking in Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2017
#17 World's Top 200 Universities in Accounting & Finance (No.1 in Asia) in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
#19 World's Top 500 Universities in Computer Science & Information Systems (No. 1 in Hong Kong) in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
#20 World's Top 200 Universities in Business & Management (No. 2 in Asia) in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
#23 Top MBAs for Entrepreneurship (No. 1 in Asia) in Financial Times Top MBAs for Entrepreneurship 2016
#24 World's Top 300 Universities in Economics and Econometrics (No. 1 in Greater China) in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
#26 World's Top 200 Universities in Statistics & Operational Research (No. 3 in Greater China) in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
#26 Top 100 Business School Research Rankings (No.1 in Asia) in UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings 2017
HKUST offers comprehensive business studies with a global perspective and an international outlook. HKUST is a highly internationalized research university, and all of its courses are taught in English. To broaden students' international perspective and promote overseas exchange programs, each year, the school sends out 450 exchange students. HKUST welcomes incoming exchange students from more than 100 institutions in 30 countries. Past participants say it is also easy to meet locals in class.
HKUST is located just 30-45 minutes outside of Hong Kong's downtown center. The University is 20 minutes from the shopping district of Kowloon and offers a campus environment with breathtaking ocean views.
The city of Hong Kong is almost like a gigantic but living, breathing organism -- a multitude of separate parts and systems that work to the common purpose of the city itself. In Hong Kong, the modern stands side-by-side with the traditional. It's a city that boasts many seemingly contradictory titles. One of these, the East-meets-West cultural aspect, is enduringly interesting. Whatever your level of exposure to the culture of Hong Kong, as a student living abroad there, you'll be astonished at the opportunities you have to expose yourself to the people, life, and history surrounding you.
Hong Kong is one of the best places to study business. Hong Kong is the perfect entry point to the exciting Chinese mainland. It is a land of vast opportunities and strong degree of economic competitiveness. The city is characterized by its high degree of internationalization, business-friendly environment, rule of law, free trade and free flow of information, open and fair competition, well-established and comprehensive financial networks, superb transport and communications infrastructure, sophisticated support services, and well-educated workforce complemented by a pool of efficient and energetic entrepreneurs. Added to these are substantial foreign exchange reserves, a fully convertible and stable currency, and a simple tax system that attracts a number of foreign companies.
Hong Kong is an international financial center in which many multinational financial institutions have set up operations. It is also the premier trading hub between mainland China and the rest of the world.
Another simple thing that living abroad in Hong Kong has going for it is its proximity to other cities and places -- you can travel by train to mainland China. Hong Kong is also a perfect homebase for exploring other countries in Asia. Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, South Korea, and other countries are just a couple hours -- and a direct flight -- away.
HKUST is the second-largest university in Hong Kong in terms of campus size. The campus located in Clear Water Bay. With a 60-hectares campus, the university is proud to offer safe, clean and attractive environment and academic facilities, library, sport facilities and student accommodation for our university members.
HKUST boasts world-class facilities, including modern classrooms and computer labs, residence halls, libraries, canteens and food courts, art galleries, performance halls, and sports and recreational facilities.
Active participation in campus life is an important component of the experience of studying at HKUST. Incoming exchange students are encouraged to participate in the governance of the University through various means, from serving as members on University Committees to conveying student's opinions and suggestions to staff members in a formal or informal manner. Students are also encouraged to organize student societies and participate in student activities for enjoyment and personal development. There are over 100 student societies affiliated with the Students' Union that meet the diverse interests of students in sports, community service, arts and culture as well as academic affairs. For more information about student life at HKUST, visit HKUST's Student Life website: https://sao.ust.hk/studentlife/index.html.
International exchange students at HKUST also benefit from participating in the buddy programs the university offers. Business students are assigned a Business (SBM) buddy. This buddy is a local business school student who has gone and/or will go on exchange. The buddy will assist the exchange student with airport reception, settling in on-campus, and various other matters to help students adapt to their new environment during the semester. Besides the SBM buddy, exchange students can opt to also join a second Buddy Program offered by the Global Students Programs.
HKUST follows a calendar similar to the U.S. academic calendar. The Fall semester runs from late August or early September to December. The Spring semester runs from January to May.
Ranking and Rigor
#20 in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
#17 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that courses at HKUST are generally more difficult than courses at Tulane.
On this exchange program, students directly enroll in courses in English with local students and other international exchange students. All courses are taught by HKUST Business School faculty.
HKUST offers comprehensive undergraduate business programs in English. For a list of sample course offerings and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, see the HKUST's Undergraduate Course Catalog.
The program at HKUST also offers students the opportunity to enroll in Mandarin language classes. Language classes are free-of-charge and credit-bearing.
Past participants recommend that future students login to the registration system as soon as they receive their HKUST username (email) and password. Do not wait until orientation to check your schedule. By that time, some classes will be full and you may have a difficult time getting into other courses.
In general exchange students have the same freedom -- and restrictions -- in course selections as regular students. They can select any courses which are offered during their exchange semester as long as they meet the prerequisite requirements and if there are vacancies available. Some courses may require professor approval for enrollment. Past participants say it is fairly difficult to make changes to your schedule after you register.
English is the medium of instruction for the Business School. Class formats vary. Lectures and case analyses are common. Student work is typically assessed on a combination of attendance, presentations, papers, projects and exams. Class attendance is mandatory until the last day of classes. Class participation is part of the student’s final grade in most courses. Students typically enroll in 4 - 5 courses per semester. Normally there are 30 – 40 students enrolled in 2000 - 4000 level courses.
Teaching and learning styles in Hong Kong may be somewhat different from what you are accustomed to at Freeman. Many professors use the teaching format of lecture only with little interaction between student and professor; the tutorial will serve usually as a platform for student/teacher interaction. Expect these differences. As is the case in any institution, some professors are more creative/innovative than others and will do their best to make the classroom experience both interesting and stimulating. The Chinese classroom is usually a one-way street with the professor giving and the students receiving (this is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and tradition). Take up the challenge of this different classroom culture. Make it one of your goals to adapt and function successfully in a different environment.
Expect language differences and difficulties. Many of the classes in which you enroll will be taught by Chinese professors who will use English as the medium of instruction. Remember that English is often not their first language and sometimes pronunciations and ease of communication is not as efficient as it might be if they were using their first language. The same is true for the local Hong Kong students; their first language is Chinese. They will be communicating with you in English, their second/third language. You will need to be patient and flexible when it comes to communication. A helpful reminder: Suppose it were you attempting to express yourself in Cantonese or Mandarin.
Final course grades are often based on class participation, projects, case analyses, mid-term and final exams. As a general rule, professors grade on a curve.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
The Hong Kong grading system is similar to the U.S. grading system. Please note that unlike Tulane University, however, most professors in Hong Kong grade on a curve. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at HKUST:
HKUST is a highly-ranked university and many Freeman students report that it is a challenging academic experience. With hard work and determination, however, most international students do well. Remember that you are participating in a short-term academic/cultural exchange program. While your fascination with the city and culture of Hong Kong will tempt you to put academia aside for the semester, you must remember that your academic performance will be transferred to your home institutions via your academic transcript and will become a part of your permanent record. Most international students do well.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the HKUST's Factsheet for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet.
All business exchange students have university-arranged accommodations. HKUST has halls on-campus and one hall off-campus. Exchange students are accommodated on-campus in double occupancy student halls. Past participants recommend the dorms for convenience and price (living on campus is easiest and cheapest). Hall assignments are all decided by the housing office. Please note that hall preferences will not be entertained due to limited capacity. However, students can indicate a preference in roommate on the housing form, if they wish to. For more details the possible halls students can be assigned to, please refer to http://shrl.ust.hk/eng/index.php or email the housing office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A combination of students live in the dormitories. Rooms are shared and there is one communal floor bathroom. Residence halls boast an ocean-front location! Students should expect a four-elevator "commute" to class.