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73 reviews
4.13 / 5 based on 73 reviews
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stephan
International University in Germany, Bruchsal, Germany
Computer Science / IT, Undergraduate, Independent
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
4.2/5
Overall
Personal recommendation
In order to get in contact with locals I totally recommend to take the first step, they wont. There are plenty of activities and clubs where locals socialize. Once in such a club, everybody will be glad to help you out.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
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xytse13
Wirtschaftsuniversitńt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Banking, Undergraduate, Joint Study
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
4.5/5
Overall
Personal recommendation
Go there. It'S create. Awsome location, tons of activities, interessting people and a hell of a time.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
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All aspects of the University of Stress & Tension
Veronica
, Undergraduate
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2.0/5
Overall
TRANSPORT
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- The line is 10 miles long during peak hours, i.e. 7~9am, 12~2pm, 5~7pm.

- Traffic jam on the way from MTR to campus during peak hours.
- There're only two ways to travel up to the campus (it's situated on a slope), so if these roads are blocked, good luck.

- The school offers free shuttle bus to and from campus in the morning and evening respectively. But again, the queue.


STUDENTS / UNIVERSITY LIFE
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- A lot of us love talking and care a lot about grades.

- You'll almost only have time for all things academically related unless you really know how to manage your time like a pro.

- Seem a bit like zombies cause we're permanently exhausted by the coursework. I'm always curious about the percentage of depression and/or anxiety on the campus.

- For this semester, I have a programming lab, a math homework and a quiz every week, plus two programming assignments and two English writing exercises every month. They NEVER stop just because you have other tests/exams or holidays.

- Quite peaceful cause we're all too tired to care about anything other than our studies.

- A lot of societies that you can join upon paying around HKD$100 membership fee. Great way to socialise and build your network.

- A lot of promotion about competitions and schemes that can help you "achieve your full potential". Remember to do your homework, though!


COURSES / TEACHING / GRADING
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- The classic Hong Kong style: stuffing you with information and asking you to vomit it out during mid-terms and exams.

- Assignment after assignment after quiz after mid-term after assignment after ... (help)

- If you're a potato like me, you REALLY need to work hard and smart to get an acceptable grade.

- GPA analysis: >3.5 = genius, 2.5~3.5 = quite good, 2~2.5 = potato, <2 = good luck, lol


HOUSING
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- Halls 1~6:
--> Not the best hygiene.
--> Poor sound insulation.
--> Public bathrooms & toilets.
--> Each has a residing student society, which regularly hosts events and activities for residents. Good luck if you live near a common room.

- Halls 7~9:
--> costs slightly more than Halls 1~6
--> 1 bathroom & toilet for every 4 residents.
--> Slightly better sound insulation.
--> Some common rooms are slightly more hygenic than others, but there's still room for improvement.
--> Halls 8~9 also has a residing student society, but they have a venue for them to host events, so the noise levels are much better than Halls 1~6.
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Pros
Great view, nice people; great for those who want to stretch their limits and see if they could survive a fast-paced environment
Cons
Extremely heavy workload, extreme stress, bad food, unfair hall allocation system, poor support for student bodies
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WANG
Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
Biotechnology, Graduate, Research Assistant
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
4.5/5
Overall
Personal recommendation
build up some kind interactive unions inlude both international,local students and local companies probably
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
ABOUT
Description not available at this time.
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Homepage: www.ust.hk
Phone: +85 2 2358 6110
Address: HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong, P.R.China
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