Engineering with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence (AI) is another school-based admission choice for students. In other words, there are 2 school-based choices offered by the HKUST School of Engineering –
- Engineering with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence
Similar to Engineering, students applying for Engineering with an Extended Major in AI are admitted to the School of Engineering instead of a particular major program, and they declare a major at the end of Year 1. This group of students are guaranteed studies in AI subjects, which will be incorporated into the curriculum of their engineering major program. The normative period of this program remains 4 years. Students are expected to take an additional course per term on average throughout the 4 years.
There is no fixed quota between JUPAS and Non-JUPAS students. Offers are made based on the academic standing of applicants. As long as an application presents a good profile, we’ll consider it.
Late Sep 2020
Early Round Application Closes
20 Nov 2020
Early Round Offer Announcements
Late Dec 2020 to Early Jan 2021
*Applicants who do not receive our offer will be considered in the main round with other applicants
Main Round Application Closes
14 Jan 2021
Main Round Offer Announcements
Feb 2021 onwards
Interviews (if needed)
Nov 2020 onwards
2021-22 Fall Term Commencement
1 Sep 2021 (provisional)
All students will be notified by our University’s Admissions Office. For better coordination, you are advised to contact them at email@example.com on all matters related to your application.
Whatever documents or information you feel can support your application are welcome. You can upload them onto our admission system after you start your application process. We consider all applicants and select the outstanding ones for award. Successful candidates will receive a notification from our online system.
The deposit paid will be refunded only upon presentation of result slips showing that the conditions of the offer are not met.
Classification is based on definition determined by the HKSAR Government, and is not at discretion of applicants or HKUST. If you are holding a HKID card and you have the right to abode / land in Hong Kong, you will be regarded as a local student. Some students holding a dependent visa and meet the HKSAR Government’s definition for local students will also be given the status of a local student, if admitted. For enquiries related to your status in Hong Kong, please contact the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
The University has approved a credit transfer framework for students (depending on their basis of admission) admitted to our bachelor’s degree programs. Students may be granted up to 30 transfer credits which will count towards the minimum graduation requirement of 120 credits.
There are 3 categories of credit transfer for new students:
- University Common Core credits – block transfer of 9 credits (only applicable to students admitted on basis of IBDP and GCE A-Level / International A-Level results)
- University Common Core English Communication credits – students must reach the required level of proficiency in specified examinations. Details are available here (go to “Advance Credit”).
- Course by course mapping – credits are granted for specific subjects taken in specified exams on condition that students have obtained the required grade / mark.
While the actual numbers of transfer credits granted vary from students to students depending on the admission basis, the subjects that have been taken, and the level of attainment, our experience shows that most students with GCEAL / IAL / IBDP / AP are granted more than 20 credits.
We don’t have preference for any of these qualifications. Applicants have to declare which qualification they are using for seeking admission right at the beginning. Students holding 2 complete sets of qualifications can choose either one of them as basis of admission, while the other will be treated as supplementary information to support their applications.
Math is a must. The other subject should be engineering-related, e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, etc.
Admission to engineering programs is not restricted to students taking Physics. Students taking physics, chemistry, biology or computer science will all be considered. In the first year of study, students will be advised to take the appropriate fundamental courses. These courses aim at bridging the gap between their secondary school education and the coursework at HKUST so that they can proceed smoothly to the subsequent years.
It’s difficult to tell as applicants’ quality varies from year to year. Interested students may refer to our University admission website.
Yes, you have to submit official English test scores. We accept a wide range of English tests – you can find it on our University admission website (go to “Entry Requirements”).
We don’t really waive it for the JUPAS students. All JUPAS students are required to obtain Level 3 in the HKDSE English exam.
The interviews to be held in late 2020 are only for JUPAS candidates. For non-JUPAS students, we will review the applications first. If we find interview helpful, we’ll contact you to set up an interview. For 2021 intake, we plan to conduct online interviews for applicants from overseas countries. Applicants will be contacted by our University’s central admission office if they are shortlisted. Exact details of interview arrangements will be announced by the University in due course.
Whatever documents or information you feel can support your application are welcome. You can upload them onto our admission system after you start your application process.
We’ll look at the information and it helps us to understand you better. Do let us know of your MAJOR interest and achievements, but be selective in your entry.
Anything about yourself that will enable us to understand you better, e.g. why you are interested in engineering.
Academic reference is an important source of information to enables our School to understand your strengths and interest. Therefore it is an important document to support your application. Normally 2 would be sufficient.
Of course you should apply. We will give students who do not yet have final results a conditional offer. The conditions will be specified very clearly on the admission offer letter. If you accept our offer, you pay the deposit and the place will be kept for you. When your final results are released, and you meet our conditions, the offer will be automatically converted into a firm offer. On the contrary, if you fail to meet the conditions, the offer will be withdrawn but the deposit will be refunded.
In general, no application is required for scholarships based on academic merits. We consider all applicants and select the outstanding ones for award. If you are selected for a scholarship, you will be notified at the same time when you receive an admission offer from us.
However, there are a few non-academic scholarships that are not based on academic merit, e.g. (a) HKUST Alumni Endowment Fund Sports Scholarships for New Undergraduate Students, (b) Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship Scholarships, (c) Community Leadership & Engagement Scholarship, etc. These scholarships are open for applications. Students who meet the eligibility requirements need to submit an application to HKUST. For more details of these scholarships, please visit Scholarships and Financial Aid Office.
IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program)
For admission to engineering programs, we accept any one of the following new IBDP Math subjects:
- Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL)
- Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL)
- Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (HL)
No, we accept any science or engineering-related subjects, including but not limited to chemistry, biology, and computer science. Also please see Q.10 above.
No, we accept both higher level and standard level for all science subjects – physics, chemistry, biology, etc.
SAT / AP are not required if you apply on strength of IBDP. But if you do well in the tests, you can supply the scores to us as supplementary information to support your application.
Basically, we need a full IB diploma for admission. But we can consider IB certificate on a case basis. If you do not have a full IB diploma, but have some other public exam results (such as SAT/AP, GCE A-Level), do send them in with your applications, and we will review it on a case basis.
HKUST has a scholarship for holders of IB Diploma program, up to full tuition plus living allowance of HK$55,000, tenable for the normal duration of the study program at HKUST. For details, please visit the University's Scholarships and Financial Aid Office.
Applicants may receive top-up scholarship from the School of Engineering based on academic merit.
Scholarship offers are issued at the same time when admission offers are issued.
GCE A-Level (GCEAL) / International A-Level (IAL)
Sorry, we require at least 3 subjects at Advanced Level. Subjects at the Cambridge Pre-U Program are also acceptable.
We require Math at Advanced Level since good mathematical skills and solid preparation are essential to engineering studies. While Further Math is not required, it can nevertheless be accepted as equivalent to Math or Pure Math in meeting our admission requirement.
Basically 3 subjects would be good enough if they are science and engineering-related subjects.
Yes, HKUST has a scholarship for students who obtain outstanding results in GCE A-Level or International A-Level exams, up to full tuition, tenable for the normal duration of the study program at HKUST.
For details, please visit the University’s Scholarships and Financial Aid Office.
Applicants may accept top-up scholarship from the School of Engineering based on academic merit.
Scholarship offers are issued at the same time when admission offers are issued.
SAT / AP
Redesigned SAT Test is also recognized, please refer to HKUST UG Admission website for more details.
Sorry, HKUST requires at least 3 SAT subjects or 3 AP subjects in addition to the SAT Test. However, if you hold other qualifications which you can use to apply for admission, you may use your SAT Test scores as a supplementary qualification on top of your admission basis.
Applications with either SAT Subjects and AP subjects will both be considered. However, as AP subjects are more advanced, candidates may obtain transfer credits for certain subjects if they reach the level of attainment required. There is no credit transfer for SAT subjects.
Yes, you can apply, though Math at a more advanced level is strongly preferred. We will review the overall profile of an application.
Cal AB is acceptable. We don’t have preference between AB and BC.
No, we don’t have any preference.
The University has no scheme for SAT / AP, but the School of Engineering does offer scholarships to individual applicants on grounds of academic merit.
Sub-degree and Other Post-secondary Qualifications Holders
Students who will have finished only the first year of an associate degree or higher diploma program by the end of the 2020-21 academic year should apply to the School for admission to Year 1. Those who will have finished the entire associate degree program or higher diploma program by the end of 2020-21 academic year should apply to Programs, and admission is normally to Year 2 (except for BSc in Integrative Systems and Design, which may consider admitting students to Year 1 depending on the academic background of the applicants).
- Associate Degree/Higher Diploma Program Year 1 students à apply to School of Engineering or Specific Engineering Programs (both for Year 1 entry)
- Associate Degree/Higher Diploma Program Year 2 students à apply to Specific Engineering Programs (for Year 2 entry) or BSc in Integrative Systems and Design (for Year 1 entry)
You can choose to apply through either route, but can’t take both routes at the same time. If you decide to apply through direct admission, make sure that you provide information of your associate degree program in your on-line application. This also applies to students who are enrolled in higher diploma programs.
No, for students who ae already in an associate degree program (or higher diploma program), they don’t have to present results in Chinese when applying for admission to HKUST if they apply to HKUST directly. However, if they apply through JUPAS again, then a minimum of Level 3 in Chinese Language is needed.
Associate Degree / Higher Diploma holders (i.e. students who will have completed the entire associate degree/higher diploma program prior to admission to HKUST) may be granted credit transfer up to 60 credits, which is equivalent to 2 years. Therefore, if the credits earned at the post-secondary institute fit really well to the requirements of the HKUST programs that students are admitted to, it is possible that these students can graduate in 2 years. However, please understand that the requirements vary from programs to programs. The exact number of credits to be transferred will be reviewed at the point of admission. You should discuss with the Department to which you are admitted regarding your study pathway after admission offer is received.