image Although Hong Kong is probably as global as you can get in East Asia, surprisingly, there aren’t that many international students studying in Hong Kong. Occasionally, I get emails from prospect students who look for information about studying in Hong Kong and come across my blog, asking me what my impressions are about studying in Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Following are some quick notes about things you might want to think about or consider about studying as an international student in Hong Kong. Please note that my perspective is limited to my studies as a post-grad PhD student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and only reflects my impressions and experience after a single semester.


HKUST entrance to campus


All studies are conducted in English and English is almost always used for academic and administrative interactions, even when no international students or scholars are present. With that said, the language barrier becomes more noticeable in places like the cafeteria and I’ve already been in a seminar or two in other universities (like CHKU) that had a few sessions in Mandarin due to the visiting speaker’s request. Some general university events and lectures are held in Cantonese or Mandarin, but that is always explained in the notices about the event and is directed especially at the local or mainland audiences.


HKUST has one of the most impressive bureaucracies I’ve seen anywhere and from what I’ve heard this is generally the case for other HK universities as well. The administrative staff is always helpful, very efficient and has so far replied to all my queries and requests with unprecedented curtsey, speed and professionalism.


HKUST seaside view


The Hong Kong Universities collaborate with each other on a number of areas. You can easily order and transfer books between the libraries of the Hong Kong universities, students are invited to events and conferences in other universities, every university has open courses for students from other universities with full credit transfer and there alot of academic collaborations between scholars and students of all universities. Although the universities compete with each other to some degree, I have yet to come across any politics or ego in how the universities work together and from where I’m sitting it’s looking like good synergy.


While getting a scholarship for an undergraduate degree might be a bit of a challenge, all MPhil and PhD post-graduate students are on a scholarship from the Hong Kong government. The stipend is essentially 13000HK$ (/13400HK$ after the exams) per month for 10 months of the year and the other two months are usually taken care of by the department (either the Dean’s office or a mentoring professor). The scholarship can not be supplemented by additional work of any kind, including academic research assistance. To give you a sense of costs, tuition fee is around 22,000HK$ per semester, the most expensive on-campus dorms are about 2800HK$/month, and an average meal in an on-campus cafeteria is 20-40HK$. All in all, for the single student the studentship should be enough to take care of most of your needs and a bit more. If you want to live off-campus and eat out or party every once in a while, you might wanna consider planning your finances. There is new scheme announced by the HK government to attract world class scholars and students, so if your grades and record are good enough you can apply for a 20,000HK$/month scholarship which comes with a 10,000HK$/semester research travel expense account. Ask the HK university you’re applying to about that, they’ll give you further details.


HKUST from the sea - panorama


The faculty academic level that I’ve seen so far has exceeded my prior expectations. The department faculty is world class, the visiting professors I’ve had the last semester were terrific (1 from Harvard, 1 from Berkeley, and 1 from Lugano) and at most times there is an interesting interaction in class even though I sometimes find it slightly more quiet and polite than I’m used to. The structure of the PhD program consists of 2 years of courses (36 credits) followed by a comprehensive qualifying exam. The courses have been intense, and at the most busy period we had mandatory readings for class of over 25 academic articles and a few more casual assignments. Students are encouraged to work with faculty on research projects in their chosen topics of interest, either micro-OB, macro-OB or strategy, which I find essential and refreshing in contrast to prior academic experiences.


From the little I know about the undergrad degree from my friends at the university, competition is intense. The university has a "curve policy" to normalize grades to follow normal distribution and since the mainlanders who are accepted to the HK universities are said to be top of the best in the tens of millions of Chinese students looking for high quality education the result is – mainlanders are usually top of the class, followed by the locals and trailed by the international students, some of them struggling to pass. Although undergrads have an active society-club or hall life, they do spend long hours studying, far more than I’ve seen anywhere else I’ve studied before (Taiwan included). Interaction in class varies, and the university is attempting to encourage attendance and participation by means of a curious electronic device (called PRS – Personal Response System, find overview here) assigned to each student to vote on class discussions and "participation cards" that give you participation points or bonuses that affect your final score. After acting as a judge on a few competitions at the business school I can generally say that I was very impressed with the level of creativity, delivery and overall professionalism of the projects by the teams that has surpassed previous events I’ve sat on before.


HKUST entrance from above


Generally, the 3 groups of mainlanders, HKese and international students tend to socialize mainly within themselves and occasionally there are some interesting tensions between the groups. Though the groups do mingle and spend time together it doesn’t happen often as I thought it would. The general interest locals have had in me as a foreigner in other countries I’ve lived in has not replicated itself here in Hong Kong and I wonder about that sometimes. In my department, out of maybe 12-15 students there are 3 international students, myself included, all male BTW, and most of the students are mainlanders, and interestingly – mostly female. I wonder about that sometimes as well.


Got any other questions about HK universities, HKUST, or studying in Hong Kong as an international student? Let me know.

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62 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. tammy truong - Gravatar

    tammy truong  |  September 2nd, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    i wanna do business in hongkong after i graduate! LOL
    i think that is a nice place!

  2. Mai - Gravatar

    Mai  |  September 2nd, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Hi Fili, glad to know you are doing fine in HK. Thank u very much for ur useful information about studying there. Take care

  3. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  September 2nd, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    Tammy – That sounds great. Let me know if you need any help with that.

    Mai – :) Thanks. Glad to hear from you.

  4. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  October 4th, 2009 at 6:20 am #

    Thanks Lily. I bet being away from the boyfriend ain't easy.
    You wouldn't be able to stay with him when you visit?

    If you can't, there aren't that many good options. I updated my HK accommodation post with some info about HKUST at the end. Check it out, hope that helps :

    If you need anything else in regards to HK, let me know.
    My regards to your MBA boyfriend. Since we're from the same school, will probably meet him at some point.

  5. Lily - Gravatar

    Lily  |  October 4th, 2009 at 5:33 am #

    I thought your description of life as a student at HKUST was really thorough and matches what I've heard from my boyfriend who is studying for his MBA there.

    Also, would you know of a guesthouse in Clear Water Bay, a room for rent?
    Planning to visit soon.

    Have a good school year ahead..


  6. Murtaza Jabalpurwala - Gravatar

    Murtaza Jabalpurwala  |  October 27th, 2009 at 5:14 am #

    It is indeed vividly described & insightful for a person like me. You are very enthusiastic. Looking forward to meet you personally during my visit.

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  8. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  March 8th, 2010 at 2:00 am #

    Rebecca – hey… nice to hear from you. Not that many international female post-grads in HKUST outside the MBA program. What will you be studying?

    Let me know if you have any questions or need any help. I would be happy to help. When you get here, let me know – first round'o beers at the UniBar's on me 😉

  9. Rebecca - Gravatar

    Rebecca  |  March 7th, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    Hey! I'll be joining HKUST as an international graduate student in Fall 2010. I am very excited. It's great to read your blog as an impression of what to expect.Hey! I'll be joining HKUST as an international graduate student in Fall 2010. I am very excited. It's great to read your blog as an impression of what to expect.

  10. Max Hsu - Gravatar

    Max Hsu  |  July 16th, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    Hi Fili ! I'm so glad I came across your blog, I'm definitely bookmarking it!
    I'm heading over to HKUST next month actually for college, yup I'm and undergrad! Oh, I'll be an international student by the way. would you recommend me getting a single room or a double room?

    I've been to the campus twice and it looks great. I hope you're having a good time there

  11. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  July 26th, 2010 at 3:39 am #

    Hi Max – Welcome to UST. Personally, I prefer my own room, though the single room university apartments are much more quiet and less lively than the undergrad shared halls. I suggest you browse through the various hall websites, see what they're about and use that to decide. If you have any more questions, try and find me online (MSN/Gtalk).

  12. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  August 31st, 2010 at 11:21 pm #

    Vaniaxliu – not too sure about the numbers, but there are a few full time international students from North American. What I am sure of is that there are massive numbers of North American exchange students coming every semester from top schools in the US, which you could also exchange to from UST if you wanted to. For formal statistics I suggest you look at the QS world rankings for HKUST ( in the statistics section.

  13. Vaniaxliu - Gravatar

    Vaniaxliu  |  August 31st, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I’m considering to apply to HKUST as an undergrad international student. I was wondering how many international students are from America, and if the acceptance rate would be high or low. Thanks!

  14. magyargyerek - Gravatar

    magyargyerek  |  September 7th, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    I was wondering if you knew anything about how hard is it to get into HKU or HKUST as an international undergraduate. I want to study business there. I live in the United States btw.

  15. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  September 8th, 2010 at 2:11 am #

    Magyargyerek – it’s generally competitive, but they do have slightly different standards for international students. You might want to search for forums discussing this question online. Here’s an example – ; ;

    If you find anything else or have any other more specific questions, let me know.

  16. guest - Gravatar

    guest  |  October 30th, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    hey there i’m one of the students who is going to this school and well i’m not from hongkong.
    this is now my third year, and my experience? bad.
    not only was i stuck in a major with the least number of international students, plus least number of people with the same gender, this probably was the worst three years of my whole life.

    I’m just saying that for thoes who do come to HKUST, keep in mind that you’re experience will either be super amazing or super bad.

  17. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  October 30th, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    guest – :( thanks for sharing that. . I am really very sorry to hear that you feel this way, but I understand completely.
    I do know how distant this place can be for an international student, and the insane pressure they put on students here – especially undergrads. I do hope you can enjoy the time you still have left here.

  18. Nandakv4 - Gravatar

    Nandakv4  |  January 4th, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    hi fili,
    i was looking at the master’s program in computer science here..

    i see that you have only spoken about under-grad and phd courses..

    do u have any views on the master’s coursework program?

  19. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  January 6th, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Hi Nandakv4, I’m afraid I’m not too familiar with those programs. If you have more general questions about the university, I’d be happy to try and help.

  20. Asfandyarashraf - Gravatar

    Asfandyarashraf  |  February 3rd, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    i am planning to pursue my studies at hkust as an international student.
    I wanted to ask after undergrad education at hkust if i apply at USA universities do i have a good chance of getting admitted. After undergrads are there good job opportunities

  21. Cassis Juniel - Gravatar

    Cassis Juniel  |  March 31st, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    Do companies/businesses in Hong Kong/China tend to look for people with American degrees or HK degrees in terms of hiring someone?

  22. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  March 31st, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    Cassis – it’s very difficult to generalize, but companies in China definitely have preferences for local talent or locals with combined experience/education both locally and abroad. Language and culture understanding skills seem important. Probably less so in HK, but still – banking and trade do have a slightly different angle here. If you only have an American degree with little to no knowledge of the region, I’d say it might be more difficult. But that’s based more on intuition, not actual knowledge.

  23. Raphi - Gravatar

    Raphi  |  May 8th, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Hey, I was wondering how you were accepted into your program and how you would gauge enrollment rates. I visited the university and audited classes along with my brother in 2009 for two months and I was awed. Now I am looking to spend a semester as a visiting student (my home university does not have an exchange agreement with HKUST). I am a Political Economy major with a GPA of 3.847/4 and intend to take basic business courses at HKUST.

    I know this is probably not something of which you would have insight but maybe you’ve met other people from more diverse academic backgrounds that came to HKUST similarly.

  24. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  May 24th, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Raphi – it depends which program you want to enroll to. I would suggest writing to the specific department you’re interested in and ask them for the specific details.

  25. Otis - Gravatar

    Otis  |  June 24th, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Fili, for your information, the ‘curve policy’ may happen in some courses, but this doesn’t come from the university.

  26. Otis - Gravatar

    Otis  |  June 24th, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    And I have to say that this is a good article as you captures the situation quite accurately in such a short time at here.

  27. Martin - Gravatar

    Martin  |  September 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Hello Filli,
    I am a European student studying at a boarding school (high school) in India and, after visiting Hong Kong last summer (2010), I am considering going to Hong Kong for undergrad studies in business (possibly economics). Unlike you (according to your post, I enjoyed the business and hectic nature of the city at first — I find the efficiency and modern spirit of HK wonderful.

    I have been looking at rankings but I am having difficulty finding out whether HKUST or HKU is deemed superior in business and economics (not considering other areas) — you are a Ph.D. student and though you would have a real-life insight into this, in a different way than online rankings does. I would be very happy if you could give me an “insighters” perspective on this.

    Thanks in advance,

  28. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  September 22nd, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    @Martin – definitely HKUST when it comes to business/economics. I’d say that HKUST business school is the top one in Asia, both in terms of practicalities (MBA/EMBA, see the FT and Top-QS rankings) and research (publications, see UTDallas). Better catch that International PhD fellowship deadline in December. That’s a REALLY good scholarship opportunity, perhaps among the best ones in the world – courtesy of the generous HK government.

  29. Martin - Gravatar

    Martin  |  September 23rd, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Thank you so much for the quick response. I am currently a high school student, though, so would be doing undergrad studies.

  30. jenne. - Gravatar

    jenne.  |  April 26th, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    Hi Fili. it feels so great to read your posts about HKUST. I’m actually offered an admission to get into HKUST in school of engineering. What i really want to ask is:
    1. Is it possible to get a financial aid/ scholarship for my first year? I heard it’s so hard.
    2. I’m kind of afraid of adapting at there. I began to ask myself if HKUST is the best choice for me.

  31. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  April 27th, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    jenne – i’m glad you found this helpful. you might also want to read some of my replies to questions here –

    to answer your first question, i need more information. which degree?
    for the second one, we can talk more in private. contact me here –

    good luck.

  32. Archer - Gravatar

    Archer  |  May 9th, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Hi Fili, loved reading your article. Nice.

    I got admission for masters in City Univ HK. They say the college hostels are full, so I need to find accomodation by myself. How difficult is it to find accomodation near to the University? Also is there any hope that I can apply for some kind of scholarship, either from University or from the govt.

  33. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  May 11th, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Archer – thanks. you might also want to check out the answers i write on Its Hong Kong –

    It’s not easy, and it’s not affordable, especially in the center where CityU is. But CityU should be able to help you with that (our guide is here :

    If you’re doing a research masters, there should be scholarships. if not – chances for a scholarship are slim. if you’re an international students, chances are even slimmer.

    but the international students office in your university should be able to provide you with all needed information. contact them.

    oh, and welcome to HK ^^

  34. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  May 11th, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Asfandy – all good questions. there are no promises, but i can generally guess that the American universities would probably not be very familiar with the school, so there will be some explaining needed.
    as for job opportunities, that would depend where and students tend to experience some hardships , but i imagine that at the end most of our graduates do find decent jobs.

  35. Taiwo Ayodeji - Gravatar

    Taiwo Ayodeji  |  October 17th, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    wrong. American unis organize exchange programs with these schools so wat do u mean? U just said some of ur visiting profs were from harvard and berkeley!!!

  36. matt - Gravatar

    matt  |  June 15th, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    how hard is it to get in for an international student from the us

  37. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  June 15th, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    @matt – i really don’t think where you’re from has anything to do with it. it’s your qualifications that matter.

  38. Tiffany - Gravatar

    Tiffany  |  July 14th, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Hey c: just wondering how hard it will be for a scholarship for someone who lives in new zealand …do they pick them from each country or do they pick from all over the world combined? Thanks

  39. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  August 9th, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Tiffany – there are very few scholarships available to international students, unless you’re going for graduate school. For those that are available, the country of origin doesn’t mean much, it’s your academic credentials that matter.

  40. Gregory - Gravatar

    Gregory  |  August 14th, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Hello, I’m from Russia and i’m planning to go to University of hong kong, if it isn’t hard for you, can you tell me please do i need to pass SAT or IELTS or some other exams to get there?
    Thanks a lot

  41. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  August 14th, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Gregory – i’m afraid you’re asking the wrong person. you should be talking to the department you want to apply to, they’ll be able to give you exact details about the requirements. most departments in hk have those details posted on their websites.

    good luck.

  42. Chatty - Gravatar

    Chatty  |  August 22nd, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    Hey…Can you tell me about the future of Mphil in Computer science from HKUST?….As I am indian student and looking for coming back after my Master with depth knowledge and good opportunity…….is it going to worth to spend this much money…….

  43. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  August 22nd, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    chatty – i really can’t. no one can. but if you want some stats you should really get in touch with the relevant department at HKUST, they’d be happy to provide you with those.

  44. Chatty - Gravatar

    Chatty  |  August 22nd, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Ok…Thanks….But at least you can suggest is it going to worth to do MS from HKUST…Even I know it’s one of the world’s best University ….but I didn’t find any information on Master’s program of HKUST…….I will ask to the department of HKUST…but you know they will not say anything negative points…right

  45. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  August 26th, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    chatty – i’m afraid i don’t know much about department, but i can say with some confidence that it’s probably the best you can find in Asia.

  46. Kylica - Gravatar

    Kylica  |  October 2nd, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    Hi Fili, I think Hong Kong’s universities are getting more and more hard to get in as there are many top mainlander students looking for high quality education in Hong Kong. And I found something interesting that Hong Kong local students are trying to go oversea study but mainlander students are looking for study chance to get in Hong Kong.

  47. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  October 4th, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Kylica – yeah, perhaps you’re right. I think both mainlanders and HK try to go abroad for post graduate studies, but HK is the best education hub in Asia that allows them to stay close enough to home but far enough for some needed freedom.
    It is getting harder to get accepted and compete for the top scholarships, that’s for sure.

  48. Brandon - Gravatar

    Brandon  |  May 26th, 2014 at 11:50 am #


    I am somewhat new to all this, but I’m currently a student of International and Global Studies (focused mostly on France and China) in the U.S. I’m currently doing ESL work on the mainland but developed/ deepened an interest in Hong Kong during a recent visit. My hope is to study sociology there at the graduate level (either master’s or doctoral program; the first may be more expensive, the second more competitive as I understand it).

    Most of what I’ve read so far is from people in the science, tech, and business fields. However, my interests lie in the social dynamics of the city (including gender and sexuality), its history and politics, and its relationship to mainland China. Would CHKU or HKU be the best places to pursue these interests? Any word on how competitive this field is or what kind of aid I could expect from a master’s or doctoral program? My impression is that it’s pretty difficult to get all one’s ducks (financing, housing, and acceptance) lined up in Hong Kong.

    But I hope it’s doable. I’m in love with the city and its people already.

  49. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  May 26th, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    Brandon – Yeah, CUHK and HKU are definitely the top schools for that in HK. HKUST also has a social sciences department that might be of interest to you. Poly/City/Baptist are the second tier choices.

    I’d suggest doing a PhD directed program, which starts with an MPhil for 1-2 years and then turns into a PhD program. Those are usually supported by a HK government scholarship.

    I don’t think it’s all that competitive. Sadly, there just aren’t that many international students with a keen interest in studying in HK. I think it’s definitely doable. It would help to get in touch with the departments you wish to study with and make more specific inquiries.

    Good luck.

  50. Brandon - Gravatar

    Brandon  |  May 26th, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Would it be premature to contact them already? I’ve still got a couple years to go yet… Also, I’m reading on CUHK’s Web site that a Master’s degree is required for admission to their doctoral program. Am I misreading that? Is the government stipend enough to survive on without incurring too much additional debt? Or does it just depend?

  51. Fili - Gravatar

    Fili  |  May 26th, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Never premature. There are different programs, some require a masters, some provide an MPhil. Best to ask them everything you want to know.

    As for studying in HK and costs, I’ve answered a lot of similar questions here :

    Let me know if you have anything to ask beyond that.

  52. Brandon - Gravatar

    Brandon  |  June 4th, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi there! I’m the one who asked a little while back about the sociology programs at HKU and CUHK. Since then, I’ve heard back from one of them about finances, and your comments were really helpful. Now one of my primary concerns is housing. How can international students find lodging in such a densely packed, expensive city? I know that some metropolises in the U.S. like New York have tons of online resources for people looking for roommates, open to couch surfers, etc. What about HK? Is housing the silver bullet, or is it doable?

  53. Fili An - Gravatar

    Fili An  |  June 4th, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Hi, I’m glad it was helpful. I gave lots of advice on that on itshongkong –

    I think your best bet to find a flatmate is probably and the university housing offices take students to flat tours and try to match students if they want to – (HKUST example)

    But, for the start of your studies, I think the university should have something for you to get you started for a semester. like (HKUST example)

    Try and browse the itshongkong forums for more info.

    Hope that helps, good luck.

  54. Sudhakar - Gravatar

    Sudhakar  |  October 24th, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    Hello Fili, Nice to heard your experience in HKUST. I have also planning to do PHD from HKUST. I have some query..pls give me appropriate response.

    Is It necessary to show any publication related research during PHD admission in HKUST?. I do not have any research publication and i want to get admission in PHD (Management). Am i eligible for this admission or not ?


  55. Fili An - Gravatar

    Fili An  |  October 24th, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    Hi Sudhakar. Most applicants do not have any publications when they apply, but applicants are expected to know the area and the literature and to identify what topic they’d like to start working on and with which faculty.
    But, in any case, you shouldn’t be talking to an anonymous blogger on the net, you should be contacting the department and talking to a member of the recruiting committee. They should be able to answer any questions you have.

  56. Sudhakar - Gravatar

    Sudhakar  |  October 26th, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Thanks Fili

  57. kyla - Gravatar

    kyla  |  March 21st, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi im from india and i want to apply for engineering (undergrad) but the fee structure seems intense. How hard should one work for a scholarship :$ ??

  58. swatiiii - Gravatar

    swatiiii  |  March 30th, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    Hi i am from India and i am applying to hkust for cs engineering (undergrad)
    I want to know what are the chances for an international undergrad engineering student to get a scholarship (full or 75%+) ?
    And what all do I have to do in order to get one ?

  59. Fili An - Gravatar

    Fili An  |  March 31st, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    It would be best for you to contact HKUST and ask those questions directly than to get advice on a blog with a post from over 6 years ago. Good luck.

  60. Adedamola Onabanji - Gravatar

    Adedamola Onabanji  |  May 15th, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    Fill has no doubt highlighted the best you’d get at HKUST, however, the medium of instruction is English, I’d refer to it as chinglish. In my opinion research students at hkust would consider it a wonderful opportunity as they are on scholarship. I am rounding up my Msc program this May and I wouldn’t even refer to it as an okay program, I wouldn’t know about the other programs, the school doesn’t offer choices as you are compelled to accept what you are offered. form my experience; HKUST isn’t such a great place to study especially for international students from regions outside south east asia and perhaps regions similar to hong kong. The diversity is at it’s minimum.

  61. Fili An - Gravatar

    Fili An  |  May 15th, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    Thanks for sharing, I’m sorry to hear your experience didn’t meet your expectations. I agree about diversity, especially at graduate level. I was one of the few (if not only) Caucasian PhD student at the Business School, which is odd considering the diverse international faculty and how well they do with the MBA program.
    I’d say it’s best that people talk to others in the department before to learn what the student composition is to get a better sense.

    I think HKUST is as good as it gets in Asia, with possibly comparable internationalization as Singapore. Other than that, not many international students make their way for academic studies in Asia.

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