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Banks in Hong Kong mainly lend money to local citizens and not international students. It is also much easier for candidates to get their loans approved by banks in the same country as they are. But we are also aware of this issue and are currently exploring loan options with banks in India that offer a more competitive rate. If there is any new scheme, we will post it on our website immediately.
Students with financial need can apply for our need-based grant (no need to pay back). This year, we have also launched some new scholarships (e.g. the Outstanding Leadership Award which covers more than half of the tuition fee) for those with potential.
Is there an advantage in applying in R2 as opposed to R3? Will there be fewer seats available for R3 applicants?
I'm looking to schedule my GMAT exam for Dec7 to meet the Dec15 deadline. But with my work schedule, family and Christmas fast approaching, it's been very difficult to find time to study. I would prefer to apply in R3 and have the extra time to prepare for this test, but not at the cost of lower admission odds due to seat availability.
The admissions chance really depends on the number and quality of candidates in that round. And from our past experience, the situation varies from year to year so it is difficult to tell whether there will be any difference in this year's admissions.
However, there are still two key differences between applying in R2 and R3:
1. R3 is set in a much later date. The admissions results may be available as late as Jun. The time can be very tight for international candidates to apply for student visa, quit their jobs and move to Hong Kong since class will start in early Aug. So we recommend international students to apply in R2.
2. Candidates applying in the first two rounds will have the priority in getting some of the scholarships.
We understand that the workload can be heavy for candidates to apply for an MBA and work at the same time. If you are only missing a GMAT score in your application, you can still submit your application and indicate the GMAT test date first by Dec 15. As long as you send us the score within 30 days after the deadline, we will still treat you as a R2 candidate. This way, you can take the test latest by Jan 15 (assuming you will send us the unofficial score report which you get after the test immediately).
Thank you for your quick response. I wasn't aware that I could submit my GMAT score within 30 days after the deadline! In this case, I will submit my application in time for R2 and my unofficial score before the end of the year.
1. Could you please share a list of China case studies? Is there any case related to public sector or SOEs?
2. May I check if there is a rough weightage of GMAT against the entire application, for both HKUST selection and scholarship consideration? I plan to retake GMAT to increase my chance but given other priorities, I'm not sure how much more time is reasonable to invest in this test.
I am from India. In India banks such as Citi offer Experienced management associate (EMA) catering to slightly tenured 5-6yrs experience students. This program is a MA (Management associate) program but for seasoned professionals, as compared to a Management associate program for fresh graduates.
I hope banks/Financial institutes such as Standard Chartered offering Management Associate program has such variants for seasoned professionals and fresh graduates.
From the MA program specifics it wasn't clear if the program was tailored for fresh graduates or experienced professionals.
The management associate programs our graduates join are mostly targeted at MBA students. Since many MBA programs, including ours, only admit candidates with prior work experience, the associates at those programs are not fresh graduates.
Of course, we do not know if there are exceptions in which outstanding fresh graduates with no prior experience but have shown great potential have been recruited. Yet from our experience, those institutions always do separate campus recruitment for undergraduate and MBA students. HKUST undergraduate students join the management trainee/ graduate programs while our MBA students the management associate/international manager programs.
Hiya, Well I am a British national and have just finished applying to HKUST for a PhD. I think I am eligible for the 2nd round of admissions...730 in GMAT, good acads overall Have a couple of questions. When can I expect to hear back from the admission committee?also not sure whether original transcripts are needed or the online ones will suffice.Also,if i can sponsor my studies myself,does that increase my chances of admission at all (my fiance is in Shanghai and I would much rather be near her and do my studies in an awesome institute,even if that means paying for myself)? Lastly, should I email the Proffs or is that not needed? Thanks, A
At HKUST, different programs are handled by different teams. PhD programs will probably have different admissions requirements and procedures compared with our MBA programs. We encourage you to send an email to the office of your target program directly to get their view.
By Jan 13, we will notify you whether you are shortlisted, rejected or put on the waiting list. Please understand that there is no delay in the interview notifications. Last year, R1 applicants were accepted in R3 because they were put in the waiting list. And they were informed of this status by the R1 interview notification deadline.
I just read that some of the R2 applicants have already gone through a round of interview. Is there a criterion for the interview calls? From your previous posts I understood that the calls will be sent out in chronological order (R1 first and then R2). Thanks !
While the applications are reviewed in a chronological order, it doesn't mean that the interview calls or interviews are handled in the same order. Here is a recap of our previous post on this matter.
Generally speaking, the applications are reviewed in the order of their submission date. But it is actually very difficult for us to control whether the interview notifications are sent out in the same order.
Each application will be reviewed by different (and multiple) members of our admissions committee. Their different pace will give rise to different order when we send out the interview notifications after the admissions committee have found the candidate good enough to be shortlisted.
All the interview notifications for round one will be sent out by Jan 13, when candidates will know their final shortlisting status.