Internship & Exchange


ISD works with our industrial partners to provide students with real-world perspective and design and technical skills through projects, internship, and mentorship.  ISD students work on industry-related problems and projects throughout the program and along the way, have ample opportunities to meet and consult with our industrial partners.  In their final year, our students work on company-sponsored Capstone projects that utilize what they’ve learned throughout the program and challenge them to be innovators, designers and/or entrepreneurs.  Students and faculty advisors work closely with the industrial partners having frequent communication sessions, prototyping reviews, and tracking of progress to ensure project success.

Through the interactions with the industrial partners, our students gain valuable knowledge and real-world experience.   In turn, our industrial partners gain fresh insights from our students and also project results that can be used in their company.  Our industrial partners can also have opportunities to recruit excellent students into their company. 


While all HKUST students are encouraged and supported for outside exchange as part of Academy of Interdisciplinary Studies' coordinated exchange program, the strong project-based focus of ISD curriculum is also highly regarded in certain international institutions; and careful study plan mapping with partner institutions enriches the overall exchange experience.

The following institutions’ curriculum and/ or available project-based learning opportunities are considered strong complement to ISD students’ study roadmap for an exchange semester.