English Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer During Study (for courses other than the Common Core English Communication Courses)

Credit Transfer for Common Core English Communication Courses

Students granted credit transfer based on evidence of their English proficiency levels are not required to take the Common Core English Communication Courses.

If you have submitted evidence to the Academic Registry (ARO) and your English proficiency level meets the requirements, you will be granted credit transfer when you register for your programme. Click here to see the qualifications required for credit transfer.

If you feel that you should be granted credit transfer, you can file an application with ARO (Email: crtran@ust.hk; Office: Room 1381; Web site: https://crtran.ust.hk/).

FAQs

What courses should I take in order to fulfill the English Communication Common Core (E Comm) requirement stated here?

All students take LANG1002 and LANG1003 in their first year of study at HKUST.   

Can I get credit transfer for E Comm?

Students may be granted credit transfer based on evidence of their English proficiency levels and are not required to take the English Common Core Courses. 

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 at https://cle.hkust.edu.hk/sites/default/files/Credit_Transfer_2021-22.pdf

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 2021 admission, the grade or score must have been obtained on or after 2019). 

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 the above, and credit transfer is still not granted shortly before the Fall semester begins, you should file an application to The Registry Services Team of ARO.  

Service counter:  
Registry Services, Academic Registry 
Room 1381, 1/F, Academic Building (Lift No. 17-18) 
(Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 12:30pm; 2:00pm – 5:15pm 
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed) 
 
Tel. No.: 3469-2213 
 
Email: CRTRAN@ust.hk 

Can I apply for credit transfer for the E Comm if I obtain the qualifications after admission to the university?

You should present all necessary documents (certificates) to The Registry Services  Team of the Academic Registry (ARO). This needs to be done before the start of the Fall semester

Service counter:  
Registry Services, Academic Registry 
Room 1381, 1/F, Academic Building (Lift No. 17-18) 
(Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 12:30pm; 2:00pm – 5:15pm 
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed) 
 
Tel. No.: 3469-2213 
 
Email: CRTRAN@ust.hk 

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 find that you are challenged by LANG 1002 and LANG 1003 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, probably want to meet with you and may advise you to take a test 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 LANG 1002 and LANG 1003?

No. Students who are granted credit transfer automatically CANNOT take LANG 1002 nor LANG 1003. 

If I take IELTS or TOEFL later and meet the requirements (after the start of the Fall semester), can I be given credit transfer for LANG 1003?

No. Credit transfer for E Comm Courses (6 credits) is not given in parts. If it is not granted to a student in Fall, it will not be given in Spring for LANG1003.