University Adjustment

University life is a time of growth and development, as well as a time of challenge! It is our pleasure to be your company to learn, to explore and to flourish together in your time at HKUST.  Our counseling team sincerely walks you through our programs so that you can be better-equipped for your university life.


New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation sessions are organized for all students new to our campus, including local, mainland and international undergraduates (UG), research postgraduates (RPG), taught postgraduates (TPG) - introducing counseling services to students, giving them ideas how fruitful their university life could be, providing them solutions to the challenges they may face, as well as building a platform to make new friends.


Personalized Assistance

Additional assistance tailored for students with different backgrounds and needs are also available:

Why are counseling services private and confidential?

When a client decides to meet with a counselor, he/she needs sufficient emotional support to manage his/her life adversities and mental health concerns. A client may be going through stressful experiences, traumatic life events, fear of judgement and emotional roller coaster ride of mental symptoms. He/She may feel embarrassed, shame, vulnerable and reluctant to share their private feelings and secrets if he/she does not feel safe and comfortable to open up. It is of utmost importance for a counselor to gain trust from a client and build rapport with him/her to ensure the effectiveness of counseling/ psychotherapy. Sometimes, the discussion may involve substance use, sexual activity, and concerns about other behaviors that might violate student conduct code.

In a nutshell, counseling/psychotherapy is considered confidential to protect clients’ personal experiences and the therapeutic relationship. Nevertheless, there are exceptions that the confidentiality would not be uphold, particularly when the counselor is significantly concerned about the safety of client or someone else that the client is talking about.