International Qualifications Applicants

1. Should I choose school-based admission (Business & Management) or specific major programs in my application choices? 

The Year 1 curricula of all business programs are identical. If you are interested in business study in general and would like to take time to explore your program interest and aspiration, you should choose Business & Management to enter the School first and select your desired major(s) by the end of the 3rd semester. About half of the program seats for each major are reserved for students admitted into Business & Management to enter the programs via the major selection exercises.

If, however, you have particular interest and understanding in a specific business major program (e.g. Marketing), you should put BBA Marketing as your 1st choice and Business & Management as your 2nd choice to maximize your chance to be admitted to HKUST Business School (given the smaller intake size of program-based admission versus that of school-based admission). 

2. Are there any specific subject requirements for the business programs? 

Except the quantitative-oriented programs listed below, other business programs do not require specific mathematic subject. Students from all subjects are welcome to apply.

BSc Economics and Finance
BSc Quantitative Finance
BSc Risk Management and Business Intelligence
  • IBDP: HL Mathematics
  • GCEAL: Further Mathematics
  • SAT / AP: SAT MATH II or AP Calculus BC
  • Other qualifications: Senior Level Mathematics
BBA Economics
BBA Finance
BSc Sustainable and Green Finance
  • IBDP: HL Mathematics or SL Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
  • GCEAL: Mathematics or Further Mathematics
  • SAT/AP: SAT MATH I or MATH II or AP Calculus AB or Calculus BC
  • Other qualifications: Mathematics

3. Will there be any interviews? 

Interview is compulsory for BBA Global Business, BSc Risk Management & Business Intelligence and BSc Sustainable and Green Finance. For other business programs, the majority of applicants may be invited for interview whereas some admission decisions may be made without an interview. 

4. I am now studying outside Hong Kong. Do I have to arrange a trip for the interview?

Online interviews may be arranged for applicants not living in Hong Kong. Interview invitations will be sent by email.

5. When will the offer decision be made? How will I be notified?

Complete applications (including supporting documents) received before the early round application deadline will be considered for early decision offers. Applicants who do not receive an early decision offer by end of December will automatically be considered in the main round.

Most of the main round offer decisions will be released from January to April. It is hard to say the exact date on which your offer will be made, and in some cases, offers will be made after this period so please be patient. You will be notified of your status by email or you can check your status from time to time online. 

6. What is the boundary score range?

Boundary score of some popular qualifications for admission to the HKUST Business School are given below for general reference. Applicants’ overall profiles are always holistically assessed. Those with strong academic/non-academic profiles but marginally miss the reference scores may also be considered. 

Boundary Scores

  • IBDP ≥34


  • SAT Reasoning ≥1320

7. Are there any scholarships?

Entrance scholarships will be awarded to eligible students automatically on a competitive basis in terms of renewable or one-off, full or half tuition waivers. Information on scholarship awards will be provided together with the admission offer. Applicants do not need to submit a separate scholarship application. For details, please refer to here.

HKUST Business School also offers top-up scholarships for eligible applicants.

8. Can I transfer some credits from my current study?

Students holding certain qualifications, such as IB Diploma and GCEAL/IAL, may be eligible for advanced credits granted at entry. On average, students with international qualifications can get 20 – 22 advanced credits. For more details, please refer to here.

9. Do I need TOEFL or IELTS to gain admission?

TOEFL and IELTS can serve as proof of English language proficiency, but these tests are not necessary if you meet the requirements with any other recognized qualifications such as IB English and GCE AS/AL English. For details, please see the University’s English Language requirements under the International Qualification section.

10. Where can I find information about student halls and how to apply?

Currently, HKUST has 10 Undergraduate Student Halls (9 on-campus halls and 1 off-campus), which 5 student halls with students’ associations, offering accommodations to both local and non-local students.

Local students are offered university-provided accommodation for one semester in their first year of study.

Non-local students are offered university-provided accommodation for the first 2 years of study. University-provided accommodation in their 3rd year or above is not guaranteed, and they are advised to plan ahead to arrange off-campus accommodation by themselves.

Following accepting an admission offer, you should refer to the Admissions Portal for updates on the application period and procedure for student housing.

You may visit here for further information.

11. Do I need to know Cantonese or Chinese to study at HKUST?

No. Applicants applying to HKUST are not required to know Cantonese. The medium of instruction at HKUST is English. All the lectures, course materials and work will be conducted in English except for language courses and a small number of courses which require Chinese usage.

12. Can students apply for the World Bachelor of Business (WBB) program?

WBB is a self-financed program jointly offered with University of Southern California (USA) and Bocconi University (Italy). Students may submit a separate WBB application via USC’s Common Application in addition to their HKUST application.

Please refer to the program website for more information.

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