Credit Transfer for Common Core English Communication Courses
Some students may be eligible to receive three (3) credits transferred for CORE1402. They will have to take CORE1403 or CORE1404 to satisfy the Common Core requirements.
Click here to see the qualifications required for credit transfer.
To be valid for credit transfer, a grade or score must have been obtained in the two years before a student is admitted to HKUST, i.e. if the student is admitted in 2022, the grade or score must have been obtained in 2020, 2021 or 2022.
Can I get credit transfer for E-Comm?
Students may be granted credit transfer based on evidence of their English proficiency and receive three (3) credits transferred for CORE1402. They will have to take CORE1403 or CORE1404 to satisfy the Common Core requirements.
How do I know if I qualify for credit transfer for E-Comm?
Credit transfer for E-Comm is granted to students with qualifications listed here.
Do I have to apply for credit transfer for E-Comm if I have the qualifications listed in this file?
Students who have submitted English qualifications that meet the University’s credit transfer requirements will have been given credit transfer on admission to the University.
What should I do if I meet the qualifications requirement but have not been given credit transfer for E-Comm on admission?
Make sure that you submitted the required documents (certificates) when you applied to the university. In the case of IELTS/TOEFL/HKAL/HKDSE, check again whether you meet the requirements, including requirements for sub-scores. You must also check that the qualification is still valid - that it was obtained in the two years before you applied for admission to HKUST (if your application is submitted for 2022 admission, the grade or score must have been obtained on or after 2020).
Sometimes the Academic Registry (ARO) has a lot of cases to handle, so it might take a while for them to process all the cases. Please be patient.
If you have checked all of the above, and credit transfer is still not granted shortly before the Fall semester begins, you should send an email to this address:
Can I apply for credit transfer for the E-Comm if I obtain the qualifications after admission to the University?
No. Credit transfer for E-Comm courses needs to be done before the start of the Fall semester.
I have taken one of the examinations listed in this file and my score/subscore is just 1 mark below the requirement, can I still be considered for credit transfer for E-Comm?
No. The requirements are not negotiable. While proficiency is a focus of the courses, students also gain knowledge about aspects of academic literacy from these courses (referencing, incorporating citations, the importance of genre and register etc.). We are sure that you will be challenged by the E-Comm courses that you take, and can continue to develop your English proficiency as well as your academic literacy.
If I have not taken any of the examinations listed but think that I should be eligible for credit transfer for the E-Comm, can I apply for credit transfer?
You should first check that you have not taken any of the examinations listed. Then, email an advisor and provide full details of your background and qualifications. The advisor will look into your case and will probably want to meet with you to determine your English proficiency level.
If you have already taken any of the examinations listed but have not gained the required qualification, you will not be given credit transfer for E-Comm.
If I have been granted credit transfer for the E-Comm, can I still take CORE1402?
No. Students who are granted credit transfer automatically CANNOT take CORE1402.
If I take IELTS or TOEFL later and meet the requirements (after the start of the Fall semester), can I be given credit transfer?
No. Credit transfer for E-Comm courses needs to be confirmed before the start of the Fall semester.