International, Mainland, Taiwan & Macau Students


Welcome all International, Mainland, Taiwan and Macau students. Hope you have a smooth transition and feel at home at HKUST and Hong Kong. The checklist should help you identify useful and important activities to kick start your university study and life here. 

Important item checklist for International, Mainland, Taiwan & Macau students

The checklist should help you identify important activities to kick start your university study and life here. 
All new students are also invited to attend various Enrichment Talks, Tours and Workshops

Jul - Aug  

  • Activate your HKUST network/ ITSC account at (refer to email notification)
  • Attend Academic Advising & Peer Mentoring sessions (these sessions are very useful and critical for your class pre-enrolment; refer also to respective Schools' orientation information, SBM, SSCI, SENG, SHSS, IPO & individual email notifications for details; absence from these sessions may affect your study progress)

Jul 3-12  Apply Student Accommodation (students who miss the application, please contact

Aug 7 onwards  Enroll English Language Proficiency Assessment and Getting Started & HLTH1010 

Aug 19  Check-in @Student Residence Hall (10:00 onwards)

Aug 19-21  Airport Pick-up Service

Aug 20-21  Complete Program Registration and Collect of Student Card in person

Aug 19-23  Attend ELPA Written and ELPA Speaking 

Aug 20 onwards  Check class pre-enrollment results via "Student Centre" in myPortal

Aug 22-23  Enroll first term classes via myPortal

Aug 23  Attend Orientation for Non-local Students at LT-A (09:30 - 11:00)

Aug 26-28 Join University-wide Orientation and Attend Getting Started & HLTH1010 

Aug 29  Attend "On Your Mark! Get Set!" (for International students) 

Aug 30  Attend "University Years To Go" (for Mainland Students) 

Sep 2  Commencement of the 2019-20 Academic Year

Sep 2-16 Add/ Drop Classes via myPortal

School Welcome & Orientation

Aug 26  School of Science (SSCI) 15:00 - 19:00 at S.H. Ho Sports Hall 

Aug 27  School of Business and Management (SBM)12:00 - 17:00 at S.H. Ho Sports Hall 

Aug 28  School of Engineering (SENG) 10:00 - 17:00 at S.H. Ho Sports Hall 

Aug 30  Interdisciplinary Programs Office (IPO) 11:00 - 14:00 at LG1031 and Sports Hall Lobby

Sep 6  School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS) 18:30 - 21:30 at G/F China Garden Restaurant

HLTH1010 Required Activities

Aug 26-28  Attend Fitness Training

Sep 6-8  Attend Health and Fitness Assessment