FAQ

Program

1. How many intakes are there each year? When does the year start? 

There is one intake every year. The foundation summer term for all HKUST students starts in end of July or early August at the HKUST campus.

2. What is the class size each year? 

The typical intake size is around 40 students for the first few intakes and this is expected to expand to about 50-60 within a few years.

3. What is the course length and how many class hours will it cover?

For a 2-credit course, there are a total of 28 contact hours. There is usually one class per week for each course and it takes 8 weeks (with the final week allotted for examination) to complete a course of 2 credits.

4. Is it possible to extend the length of my study?

We normally do not encourage students to extend their length of study. However, we do offer study extensions for students who cannot complete the program within the defined timeframe because of health reasons. All students must complete the whole program within 5 years.

5. Do I need a student visa for studying in Hong Kong?

Yes, students who do not have the right to reside in Hong Kong are required to apply for a student visa for entering into Hong Kong and studying on a full-time master degree program. The MSc Programs Office will coordinate with the Office of Postgraduate Studies to arrange student visas for all incoming students upon admission and prior to the commencement of the program. The duration of the student visa will cover the whole period of study in the program.

 

Exchange

1. Will I be able to join any of the partner schools in your exchange program? 

The opportunity to undertake an exchange is guaranteed to all students but whether you can go to your preferred school depends on the number of spaces available. Those spaces vary year by year. If the demand for a specific partner school is more than the available exchange spaces, students are assessed in terms of their academic and personal qualities to match with partner schools. Students are advised to select a list of preferred exchange partner schools during application, and their exchange opportunity will be assigned according to their priority in the preference list.

2. Do I need to pay tuition fee at the exchange school? 

Students continue to pay HKUST tuition fee for the credits they take at exchange schools. Students have to take care of other expenses such as flights, accommodation and living expenses during the exchange. In some cases, the partner universities may require the exchange student to pay for the costs of participating the Block Seminar and some other course materials.

3. Do I need a student visa for the exchange?

Some locations require students to get a student visa for the exchange. Students are recommended to coordinate with the exchange school for the application of the student visa before the exchange term begins, if needed.

4. Is it possible to change my exchange preference? 

We give the liberty for students to pick their preferred exchange school only at the time of admissions, which is why we require students to prioritize the schools according to their preference. It is the students' responsibility to make sure that their listed choices are based on their evaluation of the schools and their priority of preference. Any changes of choices will not be entertained after submission and when exchange school is assigned.

5. When will I know the result of exchange? 

Exchange allocation will be processed and announced after the second phase of application. Applicants from the third phase of application will not have priority on exchange school selection, and exchange allocation will depend on the availability of exchange seats left after the first two phases. 

6. How did the Program Office allocate the exchange for students? 

The HKUST MIMT Program Office assigns the exchange opportunity by taking consideration from various aspects in order to widen students’ international exposure towards different cultures and communities, in which they might probably not have experienced before. The various aspects for careful consideration include the students’ holistic background, interview performance, preferred school term for exchange, students’ priority of exchange school in the preference list, overall student demand for particular exchange schools, available exchange slot in each school, etc..

Since CEMS advocates a balance of students going to each member school in each school term, there is only a limited number of seats in each school and in each term. Please note that some of the exchange schools are in extremely high demand, but there is no way to accommodate the request of all students to one school. If all the choices in the student’s preference list are already filled up by other students with better qualification/performance, the HKUST MIMT Program Office has no choice but to assign student to another CEMS school with available seats. We encourage students to apply as early as they can. 

 

Internship

1. Will I be able to get an internship during my study and how can I do this? 

Students are required to undertake an international internship after Term 2 (during summer) in which they work for a consecutive period of at least 8 weeks in one company outside their home country. Students are expected to play an active role in securing the internship which must be approved by the school before it starts. Internships can take place at a CEMS Corporate Partner, although this is not compulsory, or at a non-profit organisation.

2. Are there any career services that can help me to obtain an internship? 

In order to facilitate students’ entry into the world of work and help companies track down the right profiles for recruitment, the CEMS network provides a number of services. These include CEMS Career ForumCEMS Virtual Career FairCEMS Job Market and CEMS Student CV Database. Moreover, Students also benefit from free access to online career development platforms offering useful tips and information that help them best prepare for the early stages of their careers.

3. Can I take the internship in Hong Kong?

The main objective of the internship is to turn academic experience and theoretical knowledge into a professional, multi-cultural experience that enables students to integrate an organisation’s culture and processes. The location of international internship together with student’s home country, home school and exchange school must cover at least three countries. 

For local Hong Kong students enrolled in the program, their internships should take place outside Hong Kong. For non-local students from China, Asia, the Americas or Europe, their internships may take place in Hong Kong.

4. Do I need a work visa to do the internship?

Some locations require students to get a work visa in order to do an internship. Students are recommended to coordinate with the company which offers the internship for application of the work visa, if needed.

5. Is the Internship paid or unpaid?

It is up to individual employer's practice. Students should pay attention to the information provided in the internship description.

 

Admissions

1. Do I need to submit all of the materials by the application deadline? 

Yes, you have to submit the online application form including personal statement, application fee, and copies of supporting documents by the application deadline in the Online Application System. Only copies of the supporting documents are required at the application stage. It is strongly recommended that applicants make use of the document uploading function on the online application platform to submit soft copies of documents.

The GMAT/GRE is always required for application and you are required to take TOEFL or IELTS unless your first language is English or your qualification is awarded by a university or an institute where the language of instruction is English. You are advised to have the test scores ready when you submit the application. Otherwise, please schedule your tests as early as possible and put your scheduled test date on the application. In any case, you should submit your scores within one month after the application deadline.

The MSc Programs Office will only process the application with completed set of supporting documents.

You are required to show the original documents and/or submit the certified true copies, with official imprint and signature, by the issuing authorities when you are being admitted to the program

2. I have already got 2 reference letters from my academic referee, is it acceptable? 

For the academic references, you are required to give us the name and the contact method of the referees in your online application. Once you have submitted your application, the system will send an invitation email to the referees directly asking them to fill out the references for you in the online application system. We highly recommend you to communicate with your academic referees for their earliest reply. We will only review the application once all the documents are received. In case the referee did not receive the referee form, you may resend the referee form to them via the system. The referees can upload a scanned copy of the written reference letter as supplementary information. The scanned copy of the written reference letter cannot be used to replace the online reference form.

3. Do I need to possess three (3) languages at the time of application/admission? 

All students must have three (3) languages, which include English and a 2nd and a 3rd language, in order to graduate. The 2nd language is one of the 25 CEMS languages; the 3rd language can be any language. Either of these languages is the mother tongue.

Students entering the program with only two (2) languages must study an equivalent of at least one term of introductory course of a third language at the home term of the MSc program and complete successfully before graduation. The third language is ideally outside the language family of the declared CEMS language other than English. For the second/third languages you have indicated, please supply copies of any documentation that will help prove that you are proficient in your chosen language (e.g. course papers, exam results).

Students already mastering more than two languages may continue to take the current MBC test in the third (or more) language. If they demonstrate capability, this will be formally recognized and included as an additional endorsement on their CEMS graduation certificate.

4. What are the CEMS languages?

The current CEMS Languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Afrikaans, Farsi/Tajik, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, Hungarian, Indonesian/Malay, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin), Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

5. Which level should I attain for the 2nd/3rd language?

The 2nd language must be one of the 33 CEMS languages at intermediate level while the 3rd language should be at least at introductory level. Please check out the recognized language examinations at CEMS website: www.cems.org. 

6. What means of language proficiency proof will be accepted?

English proficiency and competence are assessed by a recent third-party certification (TOEFL/IELTS) or proof of university medium of instruction in English. Students will also need to complete a dedicated English medium Business Communication skill seminar during the MSc program.

For the means of language proof for the 2nd/3rd language can be accepted include: Secondary education, university degree, existing CEMS accredited courses, accredited commercial exams, in-house language exam at CEMS schools, European Management and Business Communication (MBC) test, or mother tongue. Students who do not possess or cannot provide valid language proof for the 3rd language are required to study a language course at the home term during the MSc program study.

7. Is a minimum GMAT/GRE score required for admission? 

We do not have a minimum score requirement but a GMAT score of 600 or above is preferred and a GRE score of 155 is preferred.

8. Can the GMAT/GRE requirement be waived? 

As applicants come from different academic backgrounds, different education institutions, and different countries of origin, the GMAT/GRE score allows us to assess these applicants’ academic ability for an international program. Extensive research also supports that it is a consistent measure reflecting how well an applicant will handle postgraduate studies, particularly on required courses.

9. I have not taken the GMAT/GRE yet. Should I submit the application? 

You could first submit your application and indicate in the application form your scheduled test date. You are advised to schedule GMAT/GRE within a month after the application deadline. An unofficial GMAT/GRE score report will be available right after the test and please upload the unofficial report into the online application system.

10. How long is my GMAT/GRE result valid for? 

Your GMAT/GRE result is valid for 5 years prior to the commencement of study.

11. Do I need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score with my application? 

A TOEFL/IELTS score is required if your first language is not English and your degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was not English.

12. Is a minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission? 

For TOEFL, a score of 100 (Internet test) is preferred. For IELTS, a score of 7 is preferred.

13. How long is my TOEFL/IELTS result valid for? 

Your TOEFL/IELTS result is valid for 2 years prior to the commencement of study.

14. I have more than two years of full-time work experience, will I have more advantage in being selected? 

The HKUST MIMT program is a pre-experience postgraduate degree program tailor-made for fresh graduates or those with no more than two years of full-time post-qualification work experience who possess multi-cultural aptitudes and aim to take up international leadership positions in their careers. Thus, applicants with more than two years of full-time work experience will not have an advantage in being selected and will be recommended to pursue other advanced studies.

We also recognize the vital importance of recruiting a diverse group of students who will both benefit from and contribute to the program. Rather than selecting candidates based on a preconceived formula like academic performance and work experience, students are selected on the basis of their potential for an international career, how they will interact with each other as a group, how the program matches their individual needs and objectives, and the extent to which they are driven by and embrace success.

15. Is a personal interview required?

Yes. A face-to-face interview will be arranged for shortlisted candidates residing in Hong Kong. Otherwise, video interviews via the Internet will be conducted. Phone interview requests are not accepted.

16. What do I need to take to the interview? 

If you are attending a face-to-face interview, you should bring along a personal identity document and the official certificate(s) of your degree/professional qualifications, in addition to any essential supporting documents that you have not provided to the Programs Office.

17. Is there any financial aid or scholarship for the program? 

Eligible candidates will be considered for scholarship. Student’s eligibility for the scholarship will be assessed after online application is submitted and interview is conducted on a case by case basis.

 

Campus Life

1. Is on-campus accommodation available? 

On-campus accommodation at HKUST is not available due to heavy demand. Students will have to explore short-term off-campus accommodation. The University’s Student Housing Office will help to explore information for short-term off-campus housing options for the exchange-in and non-local students.

2. Can I learn Mandarin (Putonghua) or Cantonese, or other languages at HKUST? 

The HKUST Language Centre offers various language courses, including Putonghua and Cantonese and also their Asian / European languages, throughout the year that students can join at an extra cost. These are optional courses and are not credit bearing.

3. Do I need a laptop for study? 

We strongly recommend that students have laptops. There are, however, several computer barns on campus equipped with over a hundred computers. Those who intend to buy a laptop can join the notebook ownership scheme on campus and purchase one at a discounted price for students, though it will take some time before the product can be picked up.

4. How far is the campus from the city center? 

The campus is just 10 minutes' ride away from the nearest Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station at Hang Hau. Supermarket, banks, bookstore and food outlets are also available on campus. The city center, Central, can be accessed by bus or minibus from campus within 45 minutes.