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Types of Credits
Transfer of credits may be granted to students in recognition of studies completed
PRIOR TO ADMISSION to HKUST, provided that students' prior study is
disclosed in their applications for admission.
Qualifications obtained outside HKUST

Students may apply for transfer credits based on their pre-tertiary qualifications or studies completed elsewhere at an appropriate level prior to admission to HKUST and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There are three types of credits which will be granted without the need of an application and students will be informed of the transfer by email at the first term of study:

Pre-tertiary Public Examinations

Subject attainments in pre-tertiary public examinations presented to the University for admission purpose will be granted transfer credits if the mappings exist in the Course Equivalence Database (for Examinations).

Language Proficiency
  1. 6 University Common Core English Communication credits

    Students who have attained the required level of language proficiency (details) are eligible for credit transfer if the information has been presented to the University for admission purpose:

  2. 3 University Common Core Chinese Communication credits

    Students who have attained the required level of language proficiency if the information has been presented to the University for admission purpose and passed the Assessment of Communicative Competence in Putonghua (details) are eligible for credit transfer.
Admission Basis

Students admitted on specific basis will be granted block credits as below:
Public Examination
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

General Certificate of Education
Advanced Level (GCEAL)

Hong Kong Advanced Level
Examination (HKALE)
  • 9 University Common Core credits,
    including 3 credits each for Humanities, Social Analysis, and Science and Technology (non-School-Sponsored Courses)
Local Post-secondary Awards
Specific local Associate Degrees

Specific local Higher Diplomas 
  • 9 University Common Core credits,
    including 3 credits each for Humanities, Social Analysis, and Science and Technology (non-School-Sponsored Courses);

  • 12 unassigned free credits

These students may also apply for or be granted transfer credits to other HKUST equivalent courses based on subject attainments or relevant courses taken in the sub-degree programs. However, these credits cannot be used as required or elective credits to fulfill the University Common Core requirements in the following areas: Humanities (H), Social Analysis (SA), Science and Technology (S&T), Quantitative Reasoning (QR) and Arts.

For students admitted on the Public Examinations mentioned above, the maximum total number of credits to be granted is 30. The maximum for students admitted on Local Post-secondary Awards is 60.

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