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

 

Established in 2015 and 2016, the Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (SSE) and Subsidy on Exchange to “Belt and Road” Regions for Post-secondary Students (SSEBR) are offered by Education Bureau (EDB) of the Hog Kong Special Administrative Region to support local students in financial need, enabling them to participate in study abroad programmes in 2017-18.

 

Eligible Study Abroad Programmes

SSE

SSEBR

  • Study abroad programme organized or endorsed by HKU and hosted by a recognized institution/body
  • Ends on or before August 31, 2018
  • Comprises substantive teaching and learning elements (i.e., internships and volunteer work are generally not eligible)

Lasts for at least two weeks (14 days)

Lasts for at least 5 days

 
  • 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
  • Priority will be given to credit-bearing or award-bearing short-term study abroad programmes.
 

Eligible Applicants and Selection Criteria

  1. Local students enrolled in full-time locally-accredited undergraduate programmes when applying and throughout the duration of the study abroad programme.
  2. 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).
  3. Students who maintain good academic results and who have the ability to complete the study abroad programme.
  4. Have not received any subsidy under SSE before, and/or have received not more than once subsidy under SSEBR before, at the currently level of study:
  • Students are only eligible for assistance under SSE once throughout their undergraduate study; and
  • Students are only eligible for assistance under SSEBR 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.
  1. Priority will be given to credit-bearing or award-bearing short-term study abroad programmes.
  2. Priority should be given to those who have not received any subsidy under scholarship/sponsorship/subsidy schemes wholly or partly funded by the government.

 

Amount of Subsidy

  1. 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$) under SSE

Subsidy Amount (HK$) under SSEBR

Asia (including Middle East)

3,000

3,000

Africa

7,000

7,000

Oceania

8,000

N/A

Europe

8,000

8,000

North America

9,000

N/A

South America

15,000

N/A

 

Duration

Subsidy Amount (HK$) under SSE

Subsidy Amount (HK$) under SSEBR

5-13 days

N/A

3,500

14 – 28 days

6,000

6,000

29 – 90 days

10,000

10,000

91 – 180 days

25,000

25,000

Over 180 days

45,000

45,000

 

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 the Exchange Scholarship, Scholarship for Short-term Study Abroad Programmes or Short-term Abroad Allowance can also apply for government subsidy.

   

Application

  1. Application period for exchange programme 2017-18:
    • May 1 – October 15, 2017 (closed)
  2. Application period for short-term study abroad programme 2017-18:
    • October 15, 2017 - September 15, 2018
    • The application should be submitted within one month after completion of the short-term study abroad programme.
  3. 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 #4)
  4. You should prepare the following documents to be uploaded through the online application.
    • UID copy, if you are in the final year of study in 2017/18
    • Latest SFAA approval letter from SFO in respect of the means-tested grants and loans applications (Sample of Approval Letter)
    • Admission confirmation from the host institution or programme organizer of the short-term study abroad programme
    • Transcript or certificate of completion as proof of completion of the programme
    • A post-programme sharing of at least 200 words
    • Up to 10 photos taking during the programme
  5. Subsidy will be confirmed upon verification with SFO of the applicant’s latest assistance level and receipt of the post-programme sharing and photos after completion of the programme. If approved, the subsidy will be disbursed within three months after your completion of the programme.

 

Important Notes

  1. Students must declare to HKU that they have not received any subsidy under the Subsidy Scheme during their previous undergraduate study.
  2. If at any time a student indicates they will withdraw from the programme (prior to or during the programme), their eligibility to receive the subsidy will be lost at the same time.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The personal data collected through SSE/SSEBR will be used by the University and EDB to monitor the operation of the Schemes and any other related purposes. The provision of personal data by the applicants/awardees is voluntary. The University will comply with the relevant provisions of Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap.486), including seeking consent from applicants/awardees on provision of personal data for the purpose of implementation of SSE/SSEBR.