Selection for WBB is competitive. The program aims to provide a small cohort of 45 truly international students with a solid preparation in the field of business management. The strongest candidates will have an outstanding academic record and an ability to adapt and thrive in different environments. Students’ academic history and writing prompts help us determine preparedness for this rigorous and rewarding program. Click here to read the profiles of some WBB students of the first cohort.
Applicants are evaluated on the content and rigor of their high school course work, their grades, standardized test scores, activities summary, essay, and counselor/teacher recommendations.
- High school transcripts from grades 9 to 12
- SAT I or ACT with writing component scores. Essay scores are required
- TOEFL or other English language certificates
- Activities summary
- Personal statement
- Counselor or teacher recommendations
At the discretion of the admission committee, personal interviews may be required for admission consideration. Other supplementary materials and information may also be required. It is incumbent upon each applicant to visit the appropriate school’s website to understand the filing deadline and materials required.
The WBB admission committee is comprised of program and admission directors from each school acting as full and equal partners. The committee selects the incoming WBB cohort. Interested students are encouraged to visit each school’s website to learn about the specific WBB application processes and recruitment programming. In an effort to accommodate school-specific admission protocols and schedules, WBB applicants are encouraged to select the application channel that best suits their needs. Each student should submit only one WBB application. Applying to WBB will not influence chances for admission to any of the three universities or other programs of interest.
If you are also interested in other programs at HKUST in addition to WBB, please apply directly at http://join.ust.hk/.
Careful adherence to application filing instructions and dates will insure eligibility for admission consideration. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Students applying through the HKUST/USC Application Channel will apply through the Common Application. You are encouraged to contact the USC Marshall School of Business, Office of Undergraduate Admissions for assistance. Interested prospective freshmen students must complete all four application components by December 1, 2014 for admission and scholarship consideration or January 10, 2015 for admission consideration:
- Common Application
- USC Writing Supplement (attached to Common Application)
- World Bachelor in Business Written Prompts (attached to USC Writing Supplement)
- Video Introduction
|Application deadline for scholarship consideration||December 1, 2014 (HKUST and USC)|
|Application deadline for admission consideration only||January 10, 2015 (HKUST and USC)|
|Application deadline for admission and scholarship consideration||February 10,2015 (Bocconi)|
|Admission decision||April 1, 2015|
|Offer acceptance deadline||May 1, 2015|
Tuition and Scholarships
Tuition and Fees
During the first three years, students will pay the tuition and fees of the university where they are in residence. The following are the estimated costs for a student entering the WBB program in Fall 2014. Keep in mind that the actual costs are subject to change.
|Year 1 @ USC||Year 2 @ HKUST||Year 3 @ Bocconi|
|USD 48,347||HKD 200,000||Euro 18,000|
|USD 13,334||HKD 18,000 - 100,000*||Euro 7,000|
*Varies based on availability and selection
The fourth-year tuition fee will be charged at the average tuition fee across the three universities and paid to USC in U.S. dollars.
Please also take into consideration that other costs will occur each year, such as travel expenses (related to moving from one country to another), books, supplies, medical insurance, and personal expenses. WBB advisors will work with families and students to help them define these costs.
WBB is targeted for students with an outstanding academic record. A number of scholarships have thus been established to acknowledge students’ achievements. All applicants will be automatically considered for scholarships based on their academic merit and other accomplishments. There is no need to file a separate scholarship application.