Since 1954, CALS has offered their students unique opportunities to study abroad via the CALS Exchange program. CALS students are able integrate themselves into a partner university abroad, taking classes and living alongside degree-seeking students. The CALS Exchange programs are rooted in, and in many cases designed by, CALS faculty affiliated to an international academic institution or university department that complements your academic program. Students who have previously gone on exchange have found it to be a rewarding experience as it has added an international dimension to their degree, challenged them academically and facilitated the development of new skills, and enhanced their personal growth and self-confidence.
This exchange program is recommended for undergraduate students majoring in Biological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biology, and Environment and Sustainability. Students in majors outside of those recommended may also be able to participate, depending on your interests and academic needs.
What is unique about this program?
HKUST is a publicly funded university that opened in 1991. Comprised of one division and three departments in life science, chemistry, mathematics and physics, the School of Science offers a wide spectrum of programs and opportunities in these four core disciplines. The School is also home to the interdisciplinary Environmental Science Program. The exchange with HKUST has become increasingly popular among CALS students over the last couple of semesters.
What is unique about Hong Kong?
HKUST occupies a stunning 150-acre site overlooking the pristine Clearwater Bay, located on the Sai Kung Peninsula. Hong Kong is a “world city.” Ranking among the top leading international financial centers, it is a model of capitalist economy. Fast-paced and densely populated, Hong Kong is also a leader in modern architecture, growing up instead of out. Living in such a city is a unique experience; imagine a place with spectacular landscapes, excellent transportation, bustling nightlife, high quality of life and some of the best street food in the world. This is what Hong Kong offers its residents and visitors.
We encourage you to reach out to past participants with inquiries regarding your host country and their experiences. The advisor would be happy to introduce you via email.
How do I apply?
Step One: Attend a CALS Study Abroad 101 Session
• These meetings cover policies and factors to consider when selecting a program, the study abroad application and approval process, and other important information. You can find the schedule here.
Step Two: Meet with a CALS Exchange Advisor
• The CALS exchange advisor meets personally with every student interested in going on an exchange. In this meeting, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have and the advisor will help you select the program that fits your interests best. Appointments can be made here.
Step Three: Application
• Apply for the CALS Exchange Program by clicking on the "Apply" button on this webpage. You can apply on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage
• As part of your application, you need to get the proposed courses you want to take abroad signed off by your major advisor AND a CALS advisor
Step Four: Nomination
• Once your application is complete, our office will contact you with next steps.