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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - SENG International Internship Program

Application deadline

  • February 6, 2020 

Applying to Research Abroad happens in two steps

As soon as you submit your application to Go Global, you will be contacted by the advisor with instructions for next steps. You can apply to Go Global well in advance of the deadline to get a headstart on the rest of your application.

1. Apply to Go Global once you’ve identified programs you're interested in

  • Submit your Go Global application online. You can apply for up to 3 programs on one application.
  • Go Global will contact you within 2 weeks of submission with instructions on how to apply to the partner and an electronic copy of your UBC transcript.

2. Apply directly to the partner university

  • Each research program will have detailed instructions on how to apply and strict submission deadlines.
  • All research programs will require supporting documents that typically include:
    • Academic references (1 – 3)
    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • UBC transcript

About the program

Program Length: 2 - 4 Months Starting in May or June

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is the largest of the five Schools within Hong Kong. Since its inception, HKUST has consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world, one of the top 10 universities in Asia, and one of the top universities in Hong Kong.

As a university devoted to nurturing researches of high caliber, HKUST has comprehensive research facilities. The University has 9 Centralized Research Facilities and more than 10 School-centered research institutes. The research internship program provides opportunities for those students interested in gaining hands-on research experience. Students work directly with professors and learn firsthand the techniques, protocols, joys and frustrations of practical research.

For more information on this exciting opportunity please visit the International Internship Program page

Research area

  • Engingeering
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities 
  • Environment and Sustainability 
  • Public Policy

Program-specific eligibility

  • Be a 3rd or 4th year student in any of the above disciplines
  • Have an educational background deemed satisfactory by the host department at HKUST 

General Research Abroad eligibility

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent academic term of full-time studies prior to application
  • We are looking at your Term 1 (Fall term) grades for summer research abroad experiences
  • You should have full-time student status as defined by your faculty in the year prior to your research abroad experience
  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not be under academic or non-academic discipline)
  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your exchange departure


On-campus housing is limied and students may need to secure off-campus housing. HKUST offers advice and assistance to visiting research students. Learn more here

Program costs and fees

Students are responsible for the cost of travel, insurance and living associated with participating in this program.

Students accepted into this program will be charged the Go Global fee once acceptance has been confirmed.

There is a program application fee paid directly to HKUST at the rate of HK $300 ($50 CAD)

Students admitted as international interns are required to take a one-credit research project course. The course fee is HK$1,754 ($300 CAD) .

Awards and funding for Research Abroad

Go Global Research Abroad Award: $1000 per research experience

Eligibility: All students accepted into a research abroad program, through Go Global, will be considered for this award. A separate application is not required. If you meet the eligibility criteria, then you will be notified of your award after acceptance into the program.

  • To be eligible for the award, you must have an average of at least 70% on your best 24 credits in the Winter Session of the previous year (with no failed or incomplete courses).
  • If you were on a co-op work term, you must have at least 70% on your best 12 credits in the other term. 

This award is automatically considered, and you don't need to apply.

Students matched to HKUST are eligible to apply for a stipend valued between HK $10,000 - 12,000 ($1600 - $2000 CAD).

Go Global fee and withdrawal policy

The Go Global fee of $415 is applied to the student’s SSC account once accepted into a research abroad program has been confirmed by the student and partner university.

Students are eligible for a partial refund of their Go Global fee ($415 minus the administrative fee of $93.25) if withdrawing from the program due to extenuating circumstances or within 15 days of the deposit being posted.  After 15 days, the fee is completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global.

Transfer credit

UBC does not recognize credit for Research Abroad programs, and does not grant transfer credit for these experiences. If a partner university offers credit for your Research Abroad program, save the transcript or certificate of completion for your future records.

Pre-Departure policy

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences.  In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Advising hours

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver

Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

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