Student Experience

The Programme aims to nurture future finance managers who can blend technical knowledge with an ability to work effectively with others and make a difference to business and society.

With this in mind, we offer a wide range of value-enhancing activities, so as to enhance the all-round development, business acumen and job-readiness of our students. Some of the enrichment activities include career mentorship program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), finance seminars conducted by industry professionals and sharing sessions by alumni. These events intend to bridge the gap between industry expectations and what our students learn in classrooms.

In addition, our students actively engage in community service, joint-university conferences and international competitions. The Department of Finance strongly supports and encourages students to broaden their horizon by providing related faculty advising.

Regular social networking sessions are organized by the Department to foster a strong bonding among students.

Exchange

The overseas exchange program can benefits students in many areas and provides advantages which can be carried through life. Through studying at leading overseas universities, students enrich their global outlook, expand their horizon as well as improve their interpersonal skills, creativity and cultural awareness. HKUST Business School continually seeks new opportunities to expand our network of quality exchange partners. To date, we have established a total of over 130 partners in world-wide destinations where students can choose to go on exchange. Click here for more information about exchange.

Our FINA students have gained valuable exchange experiences at leading overseas universities, including but not limited to the following list:

  • Boston College
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • UCLA
  • UT Austin
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Virginia

Internships

Internships provides experience of corporate life before graduation and invaluable understanding of and exposure to work practice in the industry. Internships shorten graduates' learning curve in joining an organization and effectively help them optimize work performance.

FINA students have gained internship experience in:

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Citi Bank (Hong Kong)
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Ernst & Young
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Hang Seng Bank
  • Hong Kong Monetary Authority
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterCoopers Hong Kong
  • Silverhorn

Support for Acquiring Professional Qualifications

FINA Program is comprehensive and offers many elective courses for students to develop specialties in specific areas of finance. Meanwhile, it provides flexibility to accommodate students' interest to declare second major and minor studies in other disciplines. As such, our graduates usually do well in the examinations for professional qualifications such as

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Financial Risk Manager (FRM)
  • Professional Risk Manager (PRM)
  • Licensing examinations organized by the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI Institute)

For UG students, the Department of Finance administer the application of CFA awareness scholarship and selection of scholarship recipients for eligible final year FINA and QFIN students who are first time takers of the CFA exam. The existing scholarship is for the June exam only. Final year FINA and QFIN students can apply when the Department sends email to students in early December. Ranking criteria is mainly based on academic performance.

UROP

FINA students can participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. This program nurtures an undergraduate research culture at HKUST. it is designed to give undergraduate students an opportunity to work closely with world-class scholars and participate in a range of research, scholarly and creative activities. In addition to invaluable knowledge, skill sets, and experience, students who join UROP can earn academic credit and stipend at the same time. Click here for more information about UROP