Outgoing Students

Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students

The Subsidy shall be provided for financially needy local full-time students to participate in outbound study abroad programmes within both publicly-funded and self-financing undergraduate programmes. There are two schemes available for Academic Year 2016-2017:

1. Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (SSE)

2. Subsidy on Exchange to “Belt and Road” Regions for Post-secondary Students (SSEBR)

If you would like to apply the Subsidy for summer study abroad programmes, please visit this page.

Details of the two Subsidy schemes are as follows:

(a) Schedule

For SSE & SSEBR:

Year

Date

Activity

Details

For Semester 1 and Full Year, 2016-17

2016

May 20 (Fri)

Application

Online application

 

Jun 19 (Sun)

Application

Deadline for online application

 

Jul - Aug

Results release

Release of results

 

Jul - Aug

Disbursement

Subsidy disbursement

For Semester 2, 2016-17

 

Aug 1 (Mon)

Application

Online application

 

Aug 31 (Wed)

Application

Deadline for online application

 

Oct - Nov

Results release

Release of results

 

Oct - Nov

Disbursement

Subsidy disbursement

(b) Eligible students

Scheme

SSE

SSEBR

Criteria

  • Local students enrolled in full-time locally-accredited undergraduate programmes when apply and throughout the duration of the study abroad programme
  • In receipt of means-tested student financial assistance from Student Financial Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency or whose families are in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA)
  • Maintain good academic results and hold the ability to complete the study abroad programme

Maximum number and amount of awards

  • Eligible students can be awarded the subsidy under the SSE once during their undergraduate studies
     
  • Eligible students can be awarded the subsidy under SSEBR twice at most, for two programmes in two different destinations during their undergraduate studies, subject to the maximum amount of subsidy to be received under the scheme, i.e. HK$53,000 discounted by the students’ level of student financial approved by SFO

(c) Eligible programmes

Scheme

SSE

SSEBR

Destination

Countries/regions outside Hong Kong

Major Developing Economies along One Belt One Road (“Belt and Road” regions)

Period

To be held within July 2016 – August 2017

Duration

At least 2 weeks*

At least 5 days*

Nature

  • Outbound exchange activities comprising substantive teaching and learning elements (i.e. internship and volunteer work are not eligible programmes in general)
  • Organised and/or endorsed by the participating institution
  • Hosting institution must be a recognized educational institution/body in the home country

Priority

  • Given to credit-bearing or award-bearing semester exchange programme

*Excluding travelling time between Hong Kong and the destination

(d) Amount

The maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to the student is calculated by adding up the subsidy with reference to the destination and duration listed below, then discounted by the level of student finance (in terms of percentage of full grant) approved by the SFO. The actual cost of the programme and any subsidy and sponsorship received for the programme may also be taken into consideration in assessing the amount of subsidy.

(i)      By destination

Destination

Subsidy Amount (HK$)

SSE

SSEBR

Asia (including Middle East)

3,000

Africa

7,000

Oceania & Europe

Europe

8,000

North America

N/A

9,000

South America

N/A

15,000

(ii)     By duration

Duration*

Subsidy Amount (HK$)

SSE

SSEBR

N/A

5 – 13 days

3,500

14 – 28 days

6,000

29 – 90 days

10,000

91 – 180 days

25,000

Over 180 days

45,000

*Excluding travelling time between Hong Kong and the destination

e.g. A student receiving 50% of full grant from SFO joins an exchange programme in Turkey for 95 days will receive subsidy of HK$(8,000+25,000) *50% = HK$16,500.

(e) Important notes

  1. Students need to declare to HKU that they have not received any subsidy under the Subsidy Scheme during their previous study at their undergraduate study.
  2. Students who have previously received assistance from other scholarships or support schemes wholly or partly funded by the Government (e.g. Pilot Mainland Experience Scheme, Reaching Out Award) are also eligible for the assistance under SSE and SSEBR.
  3. Students may receive scholarship, allowance or subsidy from other sources (including Government and private ones) to cover expenses in connection with the same study abroad programme, e.g. students receiving the HKUWW Exchange Scholarship can also apply for and receive the Subsidy for the same programme.
  4. Priority should be given to those who have not received any subsidy under scholarship / sponsorship / subsidy schemes wholly or partly funded by the Government.
  5. At any time students indicate to withdraw from the programme (prior to or during the programme), the eligibility to receive the sponsorship will be lost at the same time.
  6. Applicants should meet all eligibility criteria in order to be approved. The final decision is subject to review of application and necessary documents provided.
  7. Applicants can only choose to apply for one Subsidy scheme, i.e. either from SSE and SSEBR for one study abroad programme, with reference to the programme eligibility.
  8. While the destination of a study abroad programme subsidized under SSE can be either a Belt and Road or non-Belt-and-Road country / economy, in case of the former, the destination of the activity participated by a student under SSE should be different from the one(s) subsidized under SSEBR for the same student. For example, if a student has been subsidized under SSEBR to participate in two study abroad programmes held in Singapore and Taiwan respectively under SSEBR, he will only be eligible to receive further subsidy under SSE to participate in a third programme to be held in a country / an economy other than Singapore and Taiwan.
  9. Personal data collected is solely for the purpose of implementation of the Subsidy schemes.

(f) Application

To submit an application, please complete the following steps by the application deadline specified in section (a) Schedule of this web page:

1.      Complete online registration for:

(i)   SSE (please click)
(ii)  SSEBR (please click)

2.      Send an email to goabroad@hku.hkwith the following documents and a subject line in the format “SSE/SSEBR: your student no - your full name” ( e.g. “SSEBR: 3035123456 – Chan Tai Man”):

(i)    Latest SFAA approval letter from SFAA in respect of the mean-tested grants and loans applications (Sample of SFAA approval letter):

- For 2016/17 Semester 1/Full Year, please submit 2015/16 SFAA approval letter

- For 2016/17 Semester 2, please submit 2016/17 SFAA approval letter as soon as available

(ii)    HKID card

 

(g) Enquiry

Email your questions to goabroad@hku.hk with your Student ID, Full Name and Semester in the subject line for easy reference.

 

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