COVID-19 Information for Prospective Students

The University and the world are now facing unprecedented challenges under the COVID-19. We are keenly aware of the challenging situations faced by our prospective postgraduate students. In this regard, the University is making respective arrangements to better facilitate and support our applicants and offer-holders.

For the latest information, please refer to the COVID-19 Info @HKUST website.

1. Updated Academic Arrangements for Winter and Spring 2021/22

  • The targeted default mode of delivery for classes will be in-person on campus.
  • Students are encouraged to make their best effort to come to Hong Kong and make applicable quarantine arrangements by themselves.
  • Some courses/sections would be offered in mixed-mode, blended, or real-time online mode, subject to approval by the University.
  • For more details, please visit here and the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on academic arrangements.


2. Program Registration Arrangement for Winter and Spring 2021/22

  • Students will be notified by the Academic Registry for program registration in due course. Please note that program registration will only be allowed when all the required official documents for offer confirmation are verified.
  • For non-local students, student visa/ entry permit or appropriate visa for study must be obtained. Please allow sufficient time for processing your visa application.
  • For the details of immigration measures for entry to Hong Kong, please visit item 4


3. Quarantine Arrangement

The Hong Kong Government requires inbound travellers to undergo the quarantine depending on place of origin, when entering Hong Kong. For more details, please refer to


4. Immigration Measures for Entry to Hong Kong

  • With effect from 25 March 2020, all non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong. For non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan, they will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days. For those coming to Hong Kong for study with a valid and approved visa, even if it is un-activated, they may be permitted to enter as a Hong Kong resident, subject to quarantine requirement. For more details, please visit:
  • As requested by the Hong Kong Immigration Department (IMMD), non-local students who are currently residing in Hong Kong will need to exit and re-enter Hong Kong before the expiry of their existing limitation of stay to activate their student visa/ entry permit for the new program admitted.  Special requests under exceptional circumstances may be considered by IMMD on a case-by-case basis. Please contact your Department/ Program Office for assistance.
  • Some airline/immigration staff at your departure port might not be fully aware of the above immigration measures for entry to Hong Kong. In case you encounter any difficulties/emergency matters during your travel, you are advised to seek help from International SOS (ISOS) at +852 2528 9900 (collect calls will be accepted) or +1 215 942 8226. ISOS is a medical and security services company that offers 24/7 assistance worldwide. Please quote HKUST Membership number “07AYCA093635” when seeking assistance from ISOS.  Also, you are strongly advised to download the ISOS Assistance App before your departure to Hong Kong.  More information could be found at:
  • For more details on travel restriction, please refer to


5. COVID-19 Vaccination/Testing Requirements

In order to return to the ideals of our community and resume normal teaching and learning and other campus activities, the University encourages all students, staff, staff family members, domestic helpers and regular service contractors to get vaccinated. If anyone cannot be vaccinated for medical/personal reasons, regular COVID-19 testing with results submitted to the University for confirmation will be required.  For details, please visit here

For details on General Requirements of COVID-19 Vaccination Proof, please refer to here.


6. Alternative Test Options for Fulfillment of English Language Requirement

For applicants who are not able to take the TOEFL or IELTS due to the test suspensions, the University is now accepting the following test results as alternatives in meeting the University English Language admission requirements. It is a special arrangement applicable to applicants admitted in Spring 2021/22, Fall 2022/23 or Spring 2022/23 under COVID-19; subject to change when the regular TOEFL or IELTS tests become available again.


Some programs may stipulate additional English Language requirements for admissions. Please refer to the Program Catalog (“Admission Requirements” of respective programs) for more information.


7. Updates on Inbound PG Exchange, PG Visiting Internship and Visiting PG Programs

  • Inbound PG Exchange, PG Visiting Internship and Visiting PG Programs will be resumed in Spring 2021/22.
  • All inbound short-term students are required to be fully vaccinated before they are permitted to register. No exceptions will be granted under any situation.
  • Students are required to upload official vaccination record to HKUST Online Admission System. The University will dispatch the student visa/entry permit ONLY IF details on being fully vaccinated are verified.
  • Also, students are required to input their vaccination details and upload relevant record to the University’s Vaccination / Testing Reporting System (VTRS) before arrival.
  • For details on General Requirements of COVID-19 Vaccination Proof, please refer to here.


Please stay well and healthy during these difficult time. If you have any enquiries related to the above, feel free to contact us.


Last update: 2 Nov 2021