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What are the teaching arrangements for the Winter and Spring terms 2021/22?
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In general, the arrangements for the Winter and Spring terms will be similar to the Fall term. The default mode of delivery for classes will be in-person on campus. There will be exceptions, as some courses / sections will be offered in mixed-mode, blended, or real-time online mode, as approved on pedagogical grounds. This information will be available prior to the course registration period. Also, some lab classes and TPg programs may make their own arrangements. 

 

If a class has any student(s) who cannot be physically present in Hong Kong and has been approved to study remotely, that class will be held in mixed-mode or mixed-mode lite (depending on pedagogical reasons and classroom infrastructure). 

 

All UG students are encouraged to return to Hong Kong if possible. Students who are Not In Hong Kong (i.e., NIHK-approved) during the Fall term will be contacted soon. If you would like to be considered for renewal of your NIHK status for the Spring term, your application will be vetted by your home School / Interdisciplinary Programs Office (IPO) on a case-by-case basis.

 

Proctored examinations for courses will be held on campus whenever appropriate. Alternative arrangements will be made for NIHK-approved students. No special arrangements will be provided to students who are in Hong Kong.

 

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What is the teaching arrangement for Fall term 2021/22?
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The University will resume normal teaching and learning activities on campus in Fall 2021/22. Therefore, the default mode of delivery for classes in Fall 2021/22 will be in-person on campus. There will be exceptions as some courses / sections will be offered in mixed-mode, blended, or real-time online mode as approved by teaching units based on pedagogical grounds. This information has been made available prior to the course registration period. Also, some lab classes and TPg programs may make their own arrangements. 

 

If a class has any student(s) who cannot be physically present in Hong Kong and has been approved to study remotely, that class will be held in mixed-mode or mixed-mode lite (depending on pedagogical reasons and classroom infrastructure). 

 

Proctored examinations for courses will be held on campus whenever appropriate. Alternative arrangements will be made for students who have been approved to study remotely. No special arrangements will be provided to students who are in Hong Kong. 

 

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I am a non-local student currently in my hometown. Could I choose not to come to Hong Kong for the 2020/21 academic year?
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Based on the teaching arrangement mentioned above, all members of the University should plan to be in Hong Kong well in time for the commencement of each term. Non-local students who are currently not in Hong Kong are advised to make adequate allowances for requirements such as accommodation for quarantine upon your arrival, and other exigencies. 

 

All students who are currently in Hong Kong should be aware that if you travel, re-entry to Hong Kong may be difficult as circumstances and government policies may change. If you have any travel plans, you should ensure that you can return to Hong Kong in time for the Spring term, factoring in possible delays, quarantine, etc.

 

We understand that some students may face restrictions that prevent them from traveling to Hong Kong. The University will continuously provide support to any student(s) who cannot be physically in Hong Kong to study remotely.  

 

About student housing, please click FAQ-Student Housing for more details or check with the Student Housing & Residential Life Office.

 

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I am a non-local student planning to arrive at the campus for the commencement of the Spring term. However, the compulsory quarantine requirement has been extended and I am unable to be on campus in time. Can I attend the classes online for several weeks?
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UG students who cannot attend classes in person due to travelling restrictions or/and quarantine requirements need to contact their academic advisors to get the approval for attending classes remotely.  The University will make accommodation and offer mixed-mode teaching in corresponding classes.  If the deadline for seeking NIHK status has passed, students should contact their academic advisors. Also, any students who have returned to Hong Kong should inform their advisors about their updated location status after their quarantine period ends.

 

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Can I apply for withdrawal from the program or take leave from study in the Spring term 2021/22?
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With the University’s intention to continue normal teaching and learning activities on campus in Spring 2021/22, the default mode for classes would be in-person on campus. However, any student who decides to withdraw or take leave from study before the start of the term, should follow the guidelines below, as set out by the Academic Registry (ARO): 

 

Program Withdrawal (i.e., complete withdrawal from the University) 

If ARO receives a written withdrawal request from the student before the start of Spring term (i.e., before February 4, 2022), no tuition fees are payable, and any tuition paid for the term will be refunded. 

 

If the written withdrawal request is received after the start of the term, any fees paid will not be refunded.

 

Leave from Study

A student may apply for Leave from Study before the start of term (i.e., before February 4, 2022 for Spring 2021/22). When a Leave from Study request is received by ARO before the start of term, any tuition already paid for the term will be kept on your account by the University and used as payment towards the fees due upon your return to study. If the Leave request is received after the start of the term, the tuition fee paid will be used to offset the term tuition. No tuition refunds or transfer will be made.

 

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How will laboratory courses be conducted?
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In general, students will take the laboratory classes on campus following the appropriate safety protocols. However, there may be alternative arrangements for individual courses in view of different considerations. Some may have been modified to be conducted via online mode and still achieve the same learning outcomes. Students who are allowed to access the laboratories are required to observe any social distancing or other precautionary measures set out by each laboratory.  Should there be any further questions concerning the arrangement of laboratory courses, please contact the relevant School/Department directly.

 

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Will there be any seating capacity restriction in classrooms during lessons?
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Seating capacity in classrooms will resume to the normal arrangements. There is no additional restriction, but instructors and students will be required to wear masks in classrooms as long as Health and Safety guidelines require. 

 

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Will the exchange program be available in Spring 2021/22?
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The UG exchange program (exchange-in and exchange-out activities) will gradually resume in the Spring term. Students who join the programs will need to meet the stipulated health and safety measures.

 

The University will continue to explore possibilities of virtual exchange with overseas institutions; and provide more opportunities for alternative activities so that students could engage globally without making any travel.

 

 

Should there be any further questions concerning exchange program, please contact the Office of Global Learning (study.abroad@ust.hk) directly.

 

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Where can I get support from the University apart from academic issues?
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One-on-one counseling is available through flexible means and platforms (including online), based on need. Appointments can be made by calling (852) 2358 6696 or sending an e-mail to counsel@ust.hk. A variety of resources are provided (see webpage) including Self-Help Library and COVID-19 Student Hardship Relief Fund. A 24/7 Helpline for students continues to be in operation ((852) 8208 2688).

 

If students need co-curricular support, please get in touch with Co-curricular Programs at ccp@ust.hk

 

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