Frequently Asked Questions

About the Application & Admission
About the Curriculum
About the Student Experience


About the Application & Admission

1. Do you have a minimum TOEFL score for the WBB program?
WBB is an international program and English is the medium of instruction. Therefore, fluency and proficiency in English is very important to succeed in this program. We expect candidates to meet the university minimum requirements for English requirements; applicants may take reference to HKUST's requirement here.

2. Is SAT/ACT result a mandatory requirement for applying to WBB?
Yes, SAT I (reasoning test)/ACT is a mandatory requirement for applying to WBB. WBB is an international program open to students from all around the world. While we consider your high school transcripts as well as the results of your own curriculum, SAT I/ACT result is required so that the admissions committee can compare and understand the academic credential of each applicant in a more comprehensive perspective.

3. Can I apply for WBB if I have already applied for other HKUST programs under JUPAS or direct entry?
Yes, you can apply for WBB even if you have applied for other HKUST programs under JUPAS or direct entry. In fact, students interested in applying for both the World Bachelor in Business and the HKUST undergraduate programs should complete two separate applications. The WBB program is a self-financed program and is applied through USC Common Application platform, your WBB application will be evaluated separately from other HKUST programs. In another word, applying for WBB will not influence chances for admission to the other HKUST programs.

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About the Curriculum

1. How many and what degrees will I get when I graduate from WBB?
Upon successful completion of studies, the student is awarded three locally-accredited degrees, one from each university. A common certificate will also be issued, with the logos of the three partner universities and signed by the three program directors. The local degree name printed on each diploma is listed below:
University of Southern California: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (World)
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: Bachelor of Business Administration in World Business
Bocconi University: Business (World Bachelor in Business)

2. In addition to the three countries, will I travel to other countries for overseas study trips in WBB?
Yes. In year 1, students may go on a 10-day trip abroad in South America to meet with executives and community leaders there. The trip will provide the WBB students with an exposure to an international market outside the three regions included in WBB. Similar trips and programs will be organized when the students are spending their second and third year at HKUST and Bocconi University.

3. How large is the class size? Are there always 45 students each class?
The target intake for each WBB cohort is 45. However, WBB students will take most of their classes with students from other programs of the university at each location except for the WBB specific courses.

4. Will there be a concentration or major study fields in WBB?
WBB students will graduate with a major in World Business. If students are interested in a particular field, they can choose courses from that area as free electives. WBB academic advisors will be working with students closely to identify the best mean of satisfying their academic aspirations and making plans that best fit the career goal.

About the Student Experience

1. Is accommodation available in all three universities?
Yes, all students will be provided accommodations in university housing in each location, offering them the opportunity to meet friends from all over the world. All three universities provide various residential options both on campus and off campus. Students may also arrange accommodation on their own in each location.

2. Can I join any study trips or internships during summer or winter break?
Yes, students can join study trips or internships during study breaks even though they are not mandatory in the WBB curriculum. All WBB students are enrolled into all three universities, and therefore will have access to the full range of student development and enrichment activities. During the summer and winter breaks, students may participate in all initiatives organized by the three universities.

3. Are there any social or extra-curricular activities which I can join in the three universities?
WBB students will be able to explore the extracurricular activities at each school just like any other students. There will also be activities designed specifically for the WBB group. Students are encouraged to get involved in all campus communities and take part in various events, for instance, case competitions, corporate projects and community work. Of course, all three cities have abundant historical and cultural sites to explore, and their locations are ideal bases from which to make excursions to nearby cities and countries.

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(last updated on 29 April 2014)