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.

Admission Standards

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.

Application Channels

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

Application Deadlines

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, 2018 for admission and scholarship consideration:

Application deadline (TENTATIVE) December 1, 2018 (HKUST and USC)
Application deadline (TENTATIVE) December 17, 2018 (Bocconi)
Admission decision April 1, 2019
Offer acceptance deadline May 1, 2019


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 2018. Keep in mind that the actual costs are subject to change.


Year 1 @ USC Year 2 @ HKUST Year 3 @ Bocconi


USD 55,320 HKD 210,000 Euro 18,000


USD 16,071* HKD 35,000 - 100,000* Euro 7,000

*Varies based on availability and selection

The fourth-year tuition fee will be charged based on the institution attended.

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. The WBB universities offer merit-based scholarships covering one-half or one-quarter of annual tuition fees. Once awarded, they can be renewed from year to year, if academic requirements are upheld. All applicants will be automatically considered for scholarships based on their academic merit, distinguished accomplishments and skills.

There is no need to file a separate scholarship application. Students should check for other country-specific scholarships, financial aid packages and loans on the websites of the three partner schools. Candidates for regionally accepted merit programs should inquire if the award program can be applied toward the WBB program.