For Prospective and Current Students

1. Could students in the FINA program obtain a second major or minor?

Yes, you could choose to take a second major and/or 1-2 minors. Minor programs are provided by the School of Science (SSCI), School of Engineering (SENG), School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS), and some are jointly offered by the School of Business & Management (SBM) and the School of Engineering (SENG).

2. Is there any preparatory courses and exam fee subsidy offered for major students if they apply for financial qualifications such as CFA(Certified Financial Analyst) or FRM (Financial Risk Manager)?

No, there is no specific course offered now, but the finance curriculum equips students with knowledge to prepare for various financial qualifications. Students can apply for preparatory courses outside UST and in various financial institutions.

No, so far the department, school or Scholarships & Financial Aid Office does not provide any exam fee subsidy. However, the public can usually claim 80% of preparatory course fee or a maximum of HK$10,000 from the government's Continuing Education Fund (CEF).

3. What is the maximum number of course credits that students could take each semester?

Please visit HKUST Business School - Undergraduate Programs website for the information.

4. What are the suggested UST courses for CFA examination?

Absolutely EssentialHelpful, if taken
Statistics ISOM 2500 ISOM 3530
Accounting ACCT 2010, 3030 ACCT 4020
Economics ECON 2113, 2123 ECON 3014, 3024
Finance, investment and valuation FINA 2303, 3103, 3203, 4103 FINA 3303, 4303

5. Where can I find information on Course Registration, Final Exam and Graduation?

Please visit Academic Registry Office website for the information.

6. Can I drop my pre-enrolled required courses?

You are not allowed to drop pre-enrolled courses as these courses are required by the curriculum. Dropping a pre-enrolled course may result in failing to meet the pre-requisite requirement for a subsequent course, or graduation requirement. In addition, students have to take note of the following arrangement:

  • MGMT 2130 will be pre-enrolled to FINA (1st major) in Year 3 Spring. Hence, students are not allowed to drop MGMT 2130 once pre-enrolled to you.

Dropping pre-enrolled courses will not be allowed unless it is absolutely necessary. Below are examples of reasons that cannot be used to justify dropping pre-enrolled course requests.

  • To reduce workload
  • To follow a personalized study plan
  • To improve the flexibility of a study plan
  • To replace the required course with a more important course
  • To take the required course during the exchange study period

Here are examples of situations in which dropping a pre-enrolled course could be considered.

- There could be a situation in which the only way to graduate on time is to drop a certain required course and replace it with a course that is only offered in a particular semester. However, even in this situation, student will have to provide additional reason as to why other non-required courses cannot be dropped.

- Students with Level 5 or above in Mathematics Extended Modules are allowed to drop MATH 1013 Calculus IB in order to take MATH 1023 Honors Calculus I.

7. How long does it take to process students’ applications or requests?

The normal processing time for student’s applications or requests is 2 weeks, commencing the day after receiving all necessary documents. However, the actual processing will be depended on the circumstances of individual applications/requests, and the number of applications/requests received at a particular time. You are always advised to submit the applications/requests as early as possible.