Language Requirements

Most schools in our exchange program have exempted HKUST nominated students from English requirements. The exceptions to this are several USA, Ireland, and all UK Institutions. For details on the required TOEFL or IELTS, please refer to the ‘Other Notes’ section of these Schools:

USA University’s English Requirement for:
Carnegie Mellon University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Indiana University
Northeastern University
Tulane University
University of Southern California
Washington University in St. Louis

UK University’s English Requirement for:
City, University of London
Lancaster University
Trinity College Dublin
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Leeds
University of Manchester
University of Northumbria
University of Sussex
University of Warwick

In addition, several other exchange partners also have English requirements, which most of our students will meet:

Massey University, University of Hawaii of Manoa, and University of Sydney: TOEFL/IELTS is waived, but a reference letter which outlines your English Language Proficiency is needed.

For any other schools requiring unofficial English proficiency support, more details will be provided after acceptance.

PRC Students Visa Applications

Students born in Mainland or holding PRC passport, must obtain a NUFFIC certificate to study in the Netherlands. A requirement for this certificate is either TOEFL IBT 80 or above OR IELTS 6.0 or above. These test scores must also be valid. Scores that are EXPIRED or EXPRING within the next 8 months during the application process will NOT be accepted. No other tests or scores will be accepted. If you are a Mainland student and do not meet this requirement, please do not apply for Schools in the Netherlands.

Course Registration

If you wish to take an HSS course during your Exchange Term at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, you must have an English TOEFL score of 230 or an IELTS of 6.5. When you apply, you need to present your TOEFL/IELTS score as well.

Useful Websites


Tel: 2827-6362

  • There are only 2 types of IELTS in HK. Students must select the IELTS test (not UKVI). Then select ‘Hong Kong’ for location and ‘Academic – IELTS’ for the test module.
  • Application deadline is 2 weeks before the scheduled exam
  • Results available by mail in 2 - 3 weeks after the exam or in 3 - 5 working days at the IDP office with an extra fee needed.

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority for TOEFL

Tel: 3628-8833

  • The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority only provides TOEFL information and students need to register online for the test.
  • Internet-Based Test 
  • Result available in 2-4 weeks after the exam