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 2017-18:

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.


Operation Timeline


  Semester 1 and Full Year, 2017-18 Semester 2, 2017-18
Application May 1 - June 30, 2017 July 1 - August 30, 2017
Result announcement by August 31, 2017 by October, 2017
Disbursement September 2017 January 2018











  • 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








Countries/regions outside Hong Kong

Listed B&R country/economy

The list of B&R country/economy is subject to review and updating from time to time.


Academic Year 2017-18 (programme ends on or before August 31, 2018)


At least 2 weeks*

At least 5 days*


  • 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


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

*Excluding travelling time between Hong Kong and the destination

Subsidy 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


Subsidy Amount (HK$)



Asia (including Middle-East)




Oceania & Europe



North America



South America



(ii)     By duration


Subsidy Amount (HK$)




5 – 13 days


14 – 28 days


29 – 90 days


91 – 180 days


Over 180 days


*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.

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.



  • Application period:

    • Semester 1 and Full Year:  May 1 – June 30, 2017
    • Semester 2: July 1 - August 31, 2017
  • Complete online application. (to be opened from May 1, 2017)
  • Upload latest SFAA approval letter from SFO in respect of the mean-tested grants and loans applications (Sample of Approval Letter) to the online application. 
  • The application will be processed on a rolling basis. You are suggested to submit the application as soon as your participation in the exchange programme is confirmed. If approved, the subsidy amount will be disbursed in September for semester 1 and full year exchange programme, and in January for semester 2 exchange programme. 


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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