The Office of International Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences is inviting College undergraduate students to apply for the Spring 2018 semester exchange at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). We have exchange agreements with the HKUST School of Science and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, so there are many courses available that may count towards a major or other requirements in the College.
This is a program administered by the College’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), and I serve as the study abroad advisor for the exchange students (out-bound and incoming). Exchange applications are reviewed by OIA staff, including Katie Kammer (Director of International Engagement and Student Success) and Carolyn Lantz (Director of International Planning).
Please forward this email and the attachment directly to your students, and feel free to post it on your department websites and blogs. This information is also being provided to chairs and directors, so faculty should be aware.
HKUST offers a large selection of courses taught in English and provides excellent support for visiting exchange students. Since these are IU exchanges, students nominated by the College pay their regular IU tuition and fees. In addition, nominated students may apply for funds from the College to support their travel.
In order to be eligible students must:
- Be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Have completed a minimum of one year at IU prior to enrolling at the host university.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
- Complete an essay and provide two letters of recommendation.
- Have a passport by the time applications are due.
Student applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 1st, 2017
Applications will be reviewed by the College and students will be nominated to the host university after an in-person interview and selection process. Accepted students will be notified to complete an online application through their host universities.
Students interested in the program should do the following:
- Carefully read the referenced websites/attachments before submitting an application. Students should NOT contact the host university directly until after they are nominated by the College.
- Arrange for two (2) letters of recommendation from professors or others who can speak to the student’s academic qualifications, as well as any other qualities or information regarding the student’s maturity, preparedness, and interest in the exchange program. Recommendation letters should be sent directly from the recommender to the College Office of International Affairs, collOIA@indiana.edu by the application closing dates.
- Complete the College’s Applications for the exchange. The application forms are attached, or students may obtain one by contacting our office at collOIA@indiana.edu.
- Write an essay that is no longer than two pages explaining why they would like to take part in the exchange. The essay should include information about academic studies thus far at IU and what they plan to study while abroad. The essay should also address why they would like to study in Hong Kong, such as any interest in the language, culture, or other opportunities there. Students should be sure their names are at the top of their essays.
- Send the completed application and essay (in PDF or Word format) by email attachment to the College Office of International Affairs at collOIA@indiana.edu by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 1st, 2017 with the words “Secure Message” or “Confidential” in the subject line.
- Students will be contacted for an in-person interview. OIA will be in touch after the interview process to notify students whether they have been selected.
If you have any questions, please contact the College’s Office of International Affairs at collOIA@indiana.edu.