Congratulations and welcome to HKUST! Read through the checklist below to get prepared for your arrival and studies at HKUST.
Go through the email communication for details of program registration, welcome reception, spoken English test and training for Graduate Teaching Assistants.
For Non-Local Students
1. Compulsory Medical Insurance
As a full-time degree-seeking non-local postgraduate student, you are required to join the Compulsory Medical Insurance Scheme for Non-Local Students. The medical insurance fee will be paid at the same time as the tuition fee.
2. Travel Insurance (optional)
You are also suggested to purchase travel insurance to cover any accidents during your trip to Hong Kong and before the program registration with HKUST.
For Local Students
1. Medical Insurance (optional)
You can opt for extra protection and resources to cover medical services other than that provided by the campus clinic by joining the University’s Optional Hospital & Surgical Benefits Plan.
Guaranteed university accommodation will be given in the first 2 years of your full-time research postgraduate studies at HKUST. The Student Housing and Residential Life Office (SHRLO) manages on-campus student residence and provides assistance in finding off-campus accommodation. Learn more
If you receive the hall offers, please check-in on or after the date specified in the offer email. Learn more
Activate your ITSC network account to receive important emails from the University:
You will receive an email notification inviting you to register on your program of study. Follow the instructions to complete the program registration.
Every HKUST Card comes with an e-Purse. By adding value to the e-Purse, you can use it to purchase various university services, including air-conditioning service and laundry service in student hostels, printing in computer barns, and payment for storage lockers, etc. Learn more
All new full-time MPhil and PhD students are required to take the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA), a spoken English test administered by the Center for Language Education (CLE) of the University, before the start of your first term of study at HKUST. Students who are native English speakers may apply for exemption from taking the test.
Students whose spoken English test score is below the threshold score are required to take LANG 5000 Foundation in Listening and Speaking for Postgraduate Students until they pass the course by attaining at least Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test before graduation. Students who obtained a score below Level 4 in the ELPA Speaking Test would not be allowed to serve as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) until they have passed LANG 5000.
All MPhil and PhD students are required to take two Professional Development Courses (PDCs) as part of their program requirements. The PDCs aims to equip students with a comprehensive set of essential transferable skills to enhance their personal growth and career development.
The University-level PDC, PDEV 6770 Professional Development for Research Postgraduate Students, is composed of a series of different workshops and modules that must be attended before completion of RPg studies.
To further prepare RPg students to excel in their future career, discipline-specific PDCs were introduced to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for the development and advancement of their professional career inside and outside academia.
At HKUST, we consider education in Teaching and Learning an integral part of postgraduate studies. As such, all full-time research postgraduate students will be trained about teaching techniques and take up teaching-related tasks as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) under the supervision of the faculty in their departments during the course of study.
PDEV 6800 Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, a graduation required course, is offered in Fall 2019-20 to enhance your teaching effectiveness and professionalism. To welcome you to our GTA community, we invite you to the new GTA Briefing Session scheduled on 23 August. It helps you understand more about the course arrangement, and you will also be meeting your departmental seniors and peers on that day.