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, at 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 a Professional Development Course (PDC) as part of their program requirements. The PDC aims to equip students with a comprehensive set of essential transferable skills to enhance their personal growth and career development. It is composed of a series of different workshops and modules that must be attended before completion of RPg studies.
All full-time MPhil and PhD students will take up teaching-related roles as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) providing academic support under the supervision of Postgraduate Programs Coordinators (PGCs) and supervising faculty in their departments as an integral part of their education in HKUST.
To help with the transition into their roles and enhance their effectiveness and professionalism, GTA Training Program is offered by Center for Education Innovation (CEI) for the participation of all full-time research postgraduate (RPg) students to receive fundamental training on teaching and learning practices in higher education.