Value of Scholarship

The value of the scholarship is HKD300,000. HKU will sponsor the remaining amount for the programme, with the expenses going towards:

  • Tuition fees and mandatory college fees
  • Economy return airfare
  • Reasonable room and board costs, books, and a small portion of living expenses and visa application fees

 

However, the scholarship amount does not cover insurance, personal expenses and other incidentals. Please refer to Cost Guide for details. The final amount is subject to the recommendation by HKU and HSBC's approval.

 


Who Can Apply?

Please check the following for eligibility:

  • Non-final year full-time undergraduate students.
  • Permanent residents with right of abode in Hong Kong.
  • Those with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 3.7 or above/first class honours/top 3% in class/distinction (or equivalent) in the first semester of 2017/18.
  • Those with no extensive experience living or studying overseas.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who are in a financial situation that does not permit overseas study or extensive overseas travel.
  • A commitment to Hong Kong is required.
  • Those with a minimum total TOEFL score of 90 (Internet-based test) with scores for individual sections not lower than 22 on listening, 17 on writing, 21 on reading and 21 on speaking; or a minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5, with no component below 6.0. This requirement is irrespective of the admission requirement of the intended overseas universities.
  • Students who are currently studying any one of the following disciplines may apply. To enable students to have more exposure to their fields of study, applicants will have the flexibility to major in a discipline other than that currently studied while abroad. The discipline, however, must be in the approved bachelor degree courses listed.

 

All disciplines under architecture, business and economics, communication, computer science/information systems, construction and land use, dentistry, design, education, engineering, health care, hotels and tourism, law, medicine, science (basic and applied), social sciences, textiles, arts subjects (linguistics and languages, translation, history, geography, fine arts and applied arts) and environment.

 


Notes for Applicants

  • The scholar must return to Hong Kong after the year overseas to complete his/her degree at HKU. Scholars who do not comply with this requirement must reimburse the full cost of the scholarship.
  • As scholarships will be awarded only to candidates who fulfil all selection criteria and are selected by the HSBC panel, there is no guarantee that all or any candidate(s) nominated by HKU will be invited for interview or receive an award.
  • Students who apply for the HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange 2018-19 and whose target host university is included in the HSBC list of designated overseas universities are also welcome to apply for this scholarship.

 


How to Apply?

 

  • Upload supporting documents:
    The forms are in writeable word format, so please complete the application electronically. For documents needing signatures, please scan and save the document in PDF format before uploading it to the application system.
  • Nominated students must submit original application forms and an official HKU transcript, with TOEFL/IELTS reports submitted at a later stage.
  • Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview
  • Selected students will be nominated to HSBC and might be invited for the HSBC interview in the week of March 5, 2018.
  • Conditional offers will be extended to candidates selected by the HSBC panel with endorsement by the Foundation in April 2018.

 


Supporting Documents

  • Recommendation (Application Form. University Recommendation section could be left blank and IAO will complete the section for nominated students)
  • Undertaking form
  • PF Summary with all reference documents
  • Tuition fee, mandatory college fee, room and board fee, etc. could be referred from the institution's website
  • a minimum economy return airfare should be provided based on a minimum of three quotations
  • Academic record:
    A copy of a print-out of your grade page from the portal giving your latest CGPA at HKU. First year students should submit HKDSE result proof or equivalent qualifications.
  • A certified true copy of your TOEFL or IELTS test report. This is irrespective of the admission requirement of the intended overseas universities.

 


Important Notes

Applicants must apply to the overseas universities directly for admission in 2018/19 as soon as possible. Please check the application deadlines of the overseas universities carefully. HSBC Scholarships will not be offered to students who fail to gain admission to overseas universities. Applicants who are recipients of the scholarship are therefore also recommended to apply for leave of absence from their faculties AFTER they are formally accepted by the overseas university.

 


Conditional and Confirmed Offer

Conditional offers will be extended to candidates selected by the HSBC panel with endorsement by the Foundation in April 2018. These offers will be confirmed upon receipt of the following documents:

  • The official admission letter from the overseas university
  • An application form for the Hong Kong Young Ambassador Scheme or a similar programme that HSBC has approved in writing.
  • A letter from the university confirming the number of credits that the student will take during his/her year abroad. This submitted figure will be regarded as final. Costs of any additional credits taken during the academic year will not be covered.
  • A letter from the overseas university outlining the duration of the academic year and information on the number of courses/credits that a full-time overseas student should take.
  • A completed PF Summary providing a final cost breakdown, which is reviewed by HKU.

 


Questions?

Please include your UID and name when you send enquiry to goabroad@hku.hk.