Sponsorship shall be provided for local students in financial need, enabling them to participate in short-term study abroad programmes in 2016-2017.

 

 

 


1. Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (SSE) (for Academic Year 2016-17)

 

Eligibility

  • Local students enrolled in full-time locally-accredited undergraduate programmes when applying and throughout the duration of the study abroad programme.
  • Those in receipt of means-tested student financial assistance from the 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).
  • Students who maintain good academic results and who have the ability to complete the study abroad programme.
  • Those who participate in a summer study abroad programme that: 
    • Is organized or endorsed by HKU and hosted by a recognized institution/body;
    • Ends on or before August 31, 2017;
    • Lasts for at least two weeks;
    • Comprises substantive teaching and learning elements (i.e., internships and volunteer work are generally not eligible)
    • Priority will be given to credit-bearing or award-bearing summer study abroad programmes
  • Students are only eligible for assistance under the scheme once throughout their undergraduate study.

 

Amount

The maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to an eligible student varies according to the destination and duration of the study abroad activity, as set out below:

 

Destination

Subsidy Amount (HK$)

Asia (including Middle East)

3,000

Africa

7,000

Oceania

8,000

Europe

8,000

North America

9,000

South America

15,000

 

 

Duration

Subsidy Amount (HK$)

14 – 28 days

6,000

29 – 90 days

10,000

91 – 180 days

25,000

Over 180 days

45,000

 

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 above, 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 may also be taken into consideration in assessing the amount of subsidy.

 

For example, a student receiving 50% of a full grant from the SFO who joins a study abroad programme in the UK for 40 days will receive a subsidy of (8,000+10,000)*50% = HKD9,000.

 

 


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

 

Eligibility

  • Local students enrolled in full-time locally-accredited undergraduate programmes when applying and throughout the duration of the study abroad programme.
  • Those in receipt of means-tested student financial assistance from the Student Financial Office (SFO) of the Working Family and the Student Financial Assistance Agency, or whose families are in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA).
  • Students who maintain good academic results and have the ability to complete the study abroad programme.
  • Those who participate in a summer study abroad programme that: 
    • Is organised or endorsed by HKU and hosted by a recognised institution/body
    • held in any “Belt and Road” country / economy listed in any B&R country/economy listed at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council website.The list of B&R countries/economies is subject to review and updates from time to time
    • from time to time;
    • ends on or before August 31, 2017;
    • lasts for at least five days;
    • Comprises substantive teaching and learning elements (i.e., internship and volunteer work are generally not eligible);
    • Priority will be given to credit-bearing or award-bearing summer study abroad programmes.
  • Students are only eligible for assistance under the scheme twice at most throughout their undergraduate study, subject to the maximum amount of subsidy to be received under the scheme (HKD53,000) discounted by the level of student finance approved by the SFO. Students are encouraged to undertake study abroad activities in different places and hence will only be eligible for subsidy once for study abroad activities in each of the ‘Belt and Road’ countries/economies.

 

Amount

The Maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to an eligible student varies according to the destination and duration of the study abroad activity as set out below:

Destination

Subsidy Amount (HK$)

Asia (including Middle East)

3,000

Africa

7,000

Europe

8,000

 

Duration

Subsidy Amount (HK$)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to an eligible student varies according to the destination and duration of the study abroad activity, as set out below:

 

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 above, 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.

 

For example, a student receiving 50% of a full grant from SFO who joins a summer programme in Singapore for 10 days will receive a subsidy of (3,000+3,500)*50% = HKD3,250.

 

 

 


Application

  • Application period: April 15 – June 15, 2017
  • Complete online application.
    • Student can only choose to apply for either SSE or SSEBR, with reference to the programme eligibility.
    • Students who are eligible for both SSE and SSEBR will receive the subsidy from SSEBR, but can apply for a subsidy under SSE for future study abroad programmes. (please refer to Important Notes #7)
  • You should prepare the following documents to be uploaded through the online application.
    • The latest SFAA approval letter from the SFO in respect of the mean-tested grants and loans applications  (Sample of Approval Letter)
    • Admission confirmation from the host institution of the summer study abroad programme
  • Sponsorship will be disbursed upon completion of the summer study abroad programme and receipt of the summer programme report.

 

Important Notes

  • Students must declare to HKU that they have not received any subsidy under the Subsidy Scheme during their previous undergraduate study.
  • Students who have previously received assistance from other scholarships or support schemes wholly or partly funded by the government (e.g., the Pilot Mainland Experience Scheme) are also eligible for assistance under SSE and SSEBR. However, the University will adjust downwards the actual amount of subsidy with reference to the actual travelling expenses and participation fees involved.
  • Students may receive scholarships, allowances or subsidies from other sources (including government and private) to cover expenses in connection with the same study abroad programme, which means students who will receive a Scholarship for Short-term Study Abroad Programmes or the Short-term Abroad Allowance can also apply for government sponsorship.
  • Priority should be given to those who have not received any subsidy under scholarship/sponsorship/subsidy schemes wholly or partly funded by the government.
  • If at any time a student indicates they will withdraw from the programme (prior to or during the programme), their eligibility to receive the sponsorship will be lost at the same time.
  • Applicants should meet all eligibility criteria before being approved for the subsidy scheme. The final decision is subject to the review of the application and the necessary documents provided.
  • While the destination of a summer study abroad programme subsidised under SSE can be either a B&R or non-B&R country/economy, in case of the former the destination of the activity a student participates in under SSE should be different from the one(s) subsidised under SSEBR for the same student. For example, if a student has been subsidised under SSEBR to participate in two study abroad programmes held in Singapore and Taiwan, he or she will only be eligible to receive further subsidy under SSE to participate in a third programme held in a country/economy other than Singapore or Taiwan.