Program Fee & Expenses

Tuition Fees

The total program fee for 2024-25 intake is HK$ 355,000. The program fee covers tuition and course materials, excludes books, computer equipment, software licensing, caution money, visa application, travelling and living expenses in Hong Kong, etc.

Caution Money

Each new student is required to pay a deposit of HK$400 as caution money on first registration. Charges will be made against this deposit if there are any unpaid claims against the student, such as outstanding library dues. The balance will be refunded if the student leaves the University before graduation. At graduation, the student is required to restore the balance of the caution money to its original level and the full amount of the caution money will be credited against the graduation fee.

Graduation Fee

Upon completion of the program of study and before the degree or diploma is awarded, each student is required to pay a graduation fee of HK$400. The fee is normally settled by transferring the full amount of the caution money. 

Student Visa / Entry permit application (for Non-local students ONLY)

A fee of HK$550 will be charged which includes the fee charged by HKSAR Immigration Department (IMMD) and the cost for forwarding the visa/ entry permit label. 

Compulsory Medical Insurance (for Full-time Non-local students ONLY)

The University policy stipulates that compulsory medical insurance is required for all registered full-time degree-seeking non-local undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at HKUST on student visa/entry permit. Students are required to purchase this insurance from the University.
The compulsory medical insurance aims to provide better resources and safety net for non-local students in the event that they need prompt, appropriate and affordable medical services locally or outside of Hong Kong. While students may use the free general consultations and medications of the campus clinic, they might need other medical services such as hospitalization in some circumstances. There are always long waiting lists for public hospital services in Hong Kong, while medical costs in private hospitals are high.
Further details about student insurance schemes can be found at the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office website.