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If you are currently studying outside Hong Kong and wish to do research study at HKUST for a short period of time (one to six months), you may consider applying for enrolment as a PG Visiting Internship Student. Besides gaining valuable research experience in a new environment, you may also enjoy a rewarding cultural exchange experience in Hong Kong.

Before you decide to apply, you are invited to browse the research output of our scholars:

Research Areas@HKUST



To be eligible for PG Visiting Internship Study at HKUST, you should:

  • currently be a registered postgraduate student at a recognized tertiary institution outside Hong Kong;
  • have an educational background deemed satisfactory by the major department as a PG Visiting Internship Student; and
  • have gained agreement in advance from your home institution.


Application Procedures

Step 1

Step 2

  • Submit an online application at least 3 months in advance
    • For internship commences before 2 Sep 2024, please submit your online application here
    • For internship commences on or after 2 Sep 2024, please submit your online application here

Step 3

Step 4

  • Apply for student visa/ entry permit (Not sure if you need one? Check here)

Step 5

  • Subscribe to the HKUST Compulsory Travel Insurance Plan

Step 6

  • Register as a PG Visiting Internship Student at HKUST enrolling in a 1-credit project course



  • Application fee: HK$300
  • Tuition fee: HK$1,754 for the 1-credit project course
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Financial Assistance

PG Visiting Internship Students are in general expected to have adequate financial means to support themselves while they are in Hong Kong.

To promote diversity, the University provides sponsorship to selected international visiting interns under the International Visiting Internship Student Program. The sponsorship is subject to the agreement of supervisor and the availability of funds.


Student Visa/ Entry Permit

It takes times for the Hong Kong Immigration Department to process a student visa/ entry permit application. Please apply right after you have accepted the admission offer. For short term studies, student visas/entry permits are normally granted for durations not exceeding 180 days.  More details on student visa application available here.

Insurance Requirements

All non-local PG Visiting Internship Students should have to subscribe to the HKUST Compulsory Travel Insurance Plan. Please do so at least one month before the commencement of the visiting period.

Please also visit the website of Scholarships & Financial Aid Office for more information on the various insurance plans for HKUST students.


Priority for university housing is given to regular MPhil and PhD students. As such, please be prepared that you may have to arrange your own off-campus accommodation. The Off-Campus Housing Section of Student Housing & Residential Life Office provides general assistance for students looking for off-campus accommodation.