First-Year Experience (FYE) @Residence Program

About FYE

The First-Year Experience (FYE) @Residence Program is an extension of existing efforts by the Student Housing and Residential Life Office (SHRL) to enhance residential life education for first-year students. It aims to smooth first-year students’ transition and adaption to new University life and, to engage students in residential life programs of hall communities.

The aims of FYE are:

ADAPTATION: : To live in a peer group led by senior students and residential staff serving as mentors and introducing them to University life;

DIVERSE COMMUNITIES: To develop a sense of belonging and benefit from respectful interaction with fellow students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds and interests;

PERSONAL & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: After learning to make strategic use of the many resources offered at our University, new students will apply what they learn in residence to enrich their own lives.

All FYE participants will be assigned to at least one SUG Mentor. Your SUG Mentor(s) play proactive roles in FYE to support you to adapt to university life and engage in residential life and hall communities. They provide mentorship and guidance to you, as well as initiating hall education activities.

The New Student Orientation marks the start of the FYE Residence Program. It lies the foundation for an active and rewarding year-long residential life at HKUST. There will be three types of events throughout the Residential Year:

  1. SHRL-led activities: The SHRL will organize events which fulfil the aims of the FYE program throughout the Residential Year.
  2. SUG Mentor-initiated activities: SUG Mentors will initiate activities to strengthen the bonding between their mentees and provide them new insights to their residential life experience.
  3. Faculty-initiated activities: Faculty members will be invited to provide an extended classroom learning experience to the FYE participants.

Tentative schedule for FYE activities in RY1819:

September 2018

-Monthly Dinner Gathering

-“Struggle for Survival”

October 2018

-Monthly Dinner Gathering

-Major Selection Sharing

-Faculty-initiated Event

November 2018

-Monthly Dinner Gathering

-“Dialogue in the Dark”

-Faculty-initiated Event

Spring Semester 2019

(for those who successfully extended their hall residence)

- Know Yourself Series: Personality Assessment & Development

-Monthly Dinner Gatherings

-and more…

In addition, Residence Masters would tailor hall-based programs for their residents throughout the Residential Year, with SUG Mentors playing an important role in assisting these programs.


Enrollment and Selection Schedule


  • Aug 7-9 Enroll in FYE by filling the online enrolment formApply
  • Aug 11 As there are limited quotas for FYE in different halls. If there are more applicants choosing a hall as their first preference than the number of quotas that hall provides, a lucky draw will be done to decide who will be admitted into the FYE program by that hall.
  • Aug 16 Student applicants would be notified of program details if they have successfully enrolled in the FYE.

Launch of FYE 

Students who successfully enrolled in FYE would be eligible for on-campus housing in the Fall Term 2018. Extension of the hall residence into Spring Term 2019 will be possible with recommendation from Residence Masters on the basis of particiaption rate of FYE events in the Fall Term 2018.

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