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Hong Kong, China

program description


The City

Consequent to the expiration of the British lease on the New Territories, Hong Kong is today a special administrative region of China. With a population of 7 million miraculously squeezed into an area half the size of Rhode Island, Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. Located on the southern coast of China, it is one of the largest ports in the world and ranks as one of the fastest growing economies. Despite its modernity and 140 years of British rule, Hong Kong retains its proud Chinese heritage through its architecture, arts, cuisine, festivals, and religious traditions.

The University

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) opened in October 1991 and is considered one of the top Asian institutions for science, technology, and business. The university occupies an impressive 60 hectar site on the Northern end of Clear Water Bay Peninsula in Kowloon. There are approximately 9,000 students within the four schools of the university: science, engineering, business and management, and humanities and social sciences.
The HKUST School of Business and Management’s mission is to train future managers and business leaders to participate actively in Hong Kong’s transition from a labor-intensive to a technology-based and service-oriented economy. The school boasts a faculty of about 130 scholars drawn from the world’s leading business schools.

University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is the city's oldest tertiary institution. Ranked among the top twenty-five universities in the world and first in Asia, HKU is a public institution with a multinational student body of over 22,0000. With English as its official language of instruction, course offerings include the humanities as well as natural and social sciences.

The Program

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

BC students can enroll in courses in the areas of accounting, economics, finance, global business, information & systems management, management of organizations, and marketing. Students who wish to take classes outside of the Business School can enroll in all regular university courses, provided that course requirements are met and space is available. Many courses are taught in English and are in the format of lectures, case studies, class presentations and papers/projects.

University of Hong Kong

The program is suitable for most students, especially those concentrating in the humanities and sciences. Participants reside in university of housing in an urban setting.

Orientation/Academic support

Students participate in various orientation activities upon arrival in Hong Kong. The International Students Services helps students to settle in and to learn about the campus and different aspects of life in Hong Kong. Academic advising is also available from the exchange program coordinator and the director of the School of Business & Management.


BC students live in modern HKUST dorms, which are the center of campus life.


Students are encouraged to take advantage of HKUST’s world-class sports facilities and wide array of activities. Special activities for visiting international students include a welcome barbeque, cultural night, and visits to television broadcasts, the stock exchange, and government institutions. The International Students Services organizes extracurricular activities with the help of student organizations.