HKSYU students may apply for the following subsidy and scholarship for out-bound studying abroad:

(1) Hong Kong Shue Yan University – Dr Li Dak Sum Student Exchange Scholarship

(2) Education Bureau (EDB) of HKSAR Government – 

  1. Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (SSE)
  2. Scheme for Means-tested Subsidy on Exchange to “Belt and Road” Regions for Post-secondary Students (Means-tested SSEBR)
  3. Non-means-tested Subsidies for Post-secondary Students to Participate in Exchange Activities in the Mainland and Belt and Road Regions (Non-means-tested MES and Non-means-tested SSEBR)

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2 (i) EDB – Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (SSE)

Eligibility

 Who is eligible?

  • Local students enrolled in full-time HKSYU undergraduate degree programme at the time of application and throughout the duration of the subsidized exchange activity; AND
  • Local students who are in receipt of means-tested student financial assistance from Student Financial Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA) OR whose families are in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) at the time of application for the subsidized exchange activity.
  • 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, Matching Grant Scheme, Talent Development Scheme and Reaching Out Awards, etc., are also eligible for assistance under the SSE.
  • Students receiving assistance under the SSE may receive subsidies from other sources (including those from the Government and other organisations) to cover expenses in connection with the same exchange activity.
  • Priority will be given to those who have not received any subsidy under scholarship/ sponsorship/ subsidy schemes wholly or partly funded by the Government.

Will I be eligible if I have already received subsidy under the SSE once?

  • Each student will be eligible to receive subsidy under the SSE once throughout their study in programme at the same level of study (e.g. undergraduate) in Hong Kong, irrespective of the amount of subsidy received.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, students are only eligible for subsidy under SSE once each during their sub-degree and undergraduate studies.
  • A student will not be eligible to receive subsidy under the SSE/ Means-tested SSEBR/ Non-means-tested SSEBR if s/he has been subsidised under any of these Schemes for the same destination. Such restriction does not apply to the Non-means-tested MES.

Funding Amount

What is the amount of subsidy?

  • The maximum level of subsidy to be granted to an eligible student for participating in an exchange activity under the SSE varies according to the destination and duration of the exchange activity as set out below:

Table (a)

Destination Subsidy Amount
Asia (including Middle East) HKD 3,000
Africa HKD 7,000
Oceania and Europe HKD 8,000
North America HKD 9,000
Central and South Americaand Caribbean HKD 15,000

Table (b)

Duration Subsidy Amount
14 – 28 days HKD 6,000
29 – 90 days HKD 10,000
91 – 180 days HKD 25,000
Over 180 days HKD 45,000
  • For each exchange activity, the maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to the student is calculated by adding up the subsidy under Table (a) and Table (b) above, then discounted by her/his level of student finance (in terms of parentage of full grant) approved by SFO. In individual cases where the level of student finance approved by the SFO is lower than 50%, the financial assistance level to be adopted in the calculation of the maximum amount of subsidy for the student under the SSE should be adjusted upward to 50%.
  • Example (1), if a student receiving 50% of full grant from SFO joins an exchange activity in Hungry for 100 days, the maximum amount of the subsidy to be granted to the student will be HKD 16,500 i.e. [Table (a) HKD 8,000 + Table (b) HKD 25,000] x 50%.
  • Example (2), if a student receiving 10% of full grant from the SFO joins an exchange activity in Hungary for 100 days, the maxcimum subsidy to be granted would be HKD 16,500 i.e. [Table (a) HKD 8,000 + Table (b) HKD 25,000] x 50% (the financial assistance level to be adjusted upward to 50% in cases where the level of student finance approved by SFO is lower than 50%).
  • Example (3), if a student receiving 50% of full grant from the SFO joins an exchange activity in the United Kingdoms for 185 days, the maximum subsidy to be granted would be HKD 26,500 i.e. [Table (a) HKD 8,000 + Table (b) HKD 45,000] x 50%.
  • In principle, the amount of subsidy granted to an eligible student under the SSE should not exceed the direct costs arising from her/his participation in the concerned exchange activity.

While exchange activities held in different destinations will be subject to different amounts of subsidy as set out in Tables (a) and (b) above, if an exchange activity takes place in a place/ country which cuts across more than one region (e.g. Russia which cuts across Europe and Asia), which subsidy amount should be used in calculating the maximum amount of subsidy for a participating student?

  • For exchange activities held in places/countries which cut across more than one region (e.g. Russia, Turkey), HKSYU may, having regard to the actual travelling expenses involved, exercise our judgement to decide the region and subsidy amount applicable to the concerned activities according to the concepts covered in the preceding question on a case-by-case basis. In principle, the amount of subsidy granted to an eligible student under the SSE should not exceed the direct costs arising from her/his participation in the concern exchange activity.

Eligible Exchange Activities

What exchange activities are eligible?

Only exchange activities that meet the following criteria are eligible for SSE –

  • an outbound activity comprising substantive teaching and learning elements;
  • organised and/or endorsed by HKSYU;
  • lasting for at least two weeks;
  • the hosting institution must be a recognised institution/body in the home country;
  • priority will be given to credit-bearing or award bearing exchange programmes.

Application

How do I apply for financial assistance under SSE?

(1) Exchange Activity Co-ordinated by the International Unit

In submitting your application for student exchange, you should submit your application for subsidy under the SSE at the same time:

  • fill in the application form provided by the International Unit in due course or downloadable from relevant webpage and submit all required documentations
  • use relevant section(s) provided in the application form to provide an authorization for permitting HKSYU and the Education Bureau to obtain your information on your level of assistance/status from SFO/ Social Welfare Department on your behalf for the purpose of applying for financial assistance under the SSE
  • for recipient of SFO financial assistance, submit a copy of the latest approval letter from SFO for your means-tested grants and loans application.

(2) Exchange Activity not Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • For the recipient of SFO financial assistance, submit a copy of the latest approval letter from SFO for your means-tested grants and loans application;
  • Provide documentary evidence showing that you have been offered and have accepted a place for an outbound activity comprising teaching and learning elements;
  • Qualified student will be required to provide an authorization for permitting HKSYU and the Education Bureau to obtain your information on your level of assistance/status from SFO/ Social Welfare Department on your behalf for the purpose of applying for financial assistance under the SSE.

Application Result

When will I receive the subsidy?

(1) Exchange Activity Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • If your application is successful and upon your acceptance of offer from the host university, you will receive your eligible amount of subsidy before your departure for the subsidized exchange activity.
  • You are required to sign an undertaking to return the full amount of the subsidy in the event that you cannot successfully complete the subsidized exchange activity or the courses taken during your study abroad.

(2) Exchange Activity not Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • If your application is successful, and upon your acceptance of offer from the host university, you will receive your eligible amount of subsidy before your departure for the subsidized exchange activity. Having said that, this cannot be guaranteed if there is insufficient time for the International Unit to process your application by the time you submit your application for the Means-tested SSEBR.
  • If your application result is ‘conditional’, you will receive your eligible amount of subsidy when the condition is satisfied.
  • You are required to sign an undertaking to return the full amount of the subsidy in the event that you cannot successfully complete the subsidized exchange activity.

Use of Funding

What can I use the funding for?

The funding should be used for direct costs arising from the subsidized exchange activities/programmes, including:

  • Programme/activity fees
  • airfare, train fare and/or other transportation fees to and from the destination region (one return trip only)
  • local transportation fees
  • accommodation fees
  • living expenses incurred within the exchange period; and
  • other miscellaneous expenses (e.g. insurance, medical expenses, etc).

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2 (ii) EDB – Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to “Belt and Road” Regions for Post-secondary Students (SSEBR)

Eligibility

 Who is eligible?

  • Local students enrolled in full-time HKSYU undergraduate degree programme at the time of application and throughout the duration of the subsidized exchange activity; AND
  • Local students who are in receipt of means-tested student financial assistance from Student Financial Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA) OR whose families are in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) at the time of application for the subsidized exchange activity.
  • 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, Matching Grant Scheme, Talent Development Scheme and Reaching Out Awards, etc., are also eligible for assistance under the Means-tested SSEBR.
  • Students receiving assistance under the Means-tested SSEBR may receive subsidies from other sources (including those from the Government and other organisations) to cover expenses in connection with the same exchange activity.
  • Priority will be given to those who have not received any subsidy under scholarship/ sponsorship/ subsidy schemes wholly or partly funded by the Government.

Will I be eligible if I have already received subsidy under Means-tested SSEBR once?

  • Each student will be eligible for assistance under the Means-tested SSEBR twice at most, subject to the maximum amount of subsidy to be received by her/him under the Means-tested SSEBR, i.e. HKD60,000 discounted by her/his level of student finance approved by SFO throughout her/his study at the same level (i.e. sub-degree or undergraduate).
  • Students are encouraged to undertake exchange activities in different places. If a student has been subsidized to take part in an exchange activity in one of the B&R regions (e.g. Thailand) under the Means-tested SSEBR, s/he will have to participate in another exchange activity in another B&R region (i.e. any one of the B&R regions other than Thailand) in order to be eligible to receive further subsidy under the Means-tested SSEBR or the Non-means-tested SSEBR, and vice versa.
  • A student will not be eligible to receive subsidy under the SSE/ Means-tested SSEBR/ Non-means-tested SSEBR if s/he has been subsidised under any of these Schemes for the same destination. Such restriction does not apply to the Non-means-tested MES.

Funding Amount

What is the amount of subsidy?

  • The maximum level of subsidy to be granted to an eligible student for participating in an exchange activity under the Means-tested SSEBR according to the destination and duration of the exchange activity as set out below:

Table (c)

Destination Subsidy Amount
Asia (including Middle East, excluding the Mainland, Taiwan and Macao) HKD 3,000
Africa HKD 7,000
Oceania and Europe HKD 8,000
Central and South Americaand Caribbean HKD 15,000

Table (d)

Duration Subsidy Amount
5 – 13 days HKD 3,500
14 – 28 days HKD 6,000
29 – 90 days HKD 10,000
91 – 180 days HKD 25,000
Over 180 days HKD 45,000
  • For each exchange activity, the maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to the student is calculated by adding up the subsidy under Table (c) and Table (d) above, then discounted by her/his level of student finance (in terms of parentage of full grant) approved by SFO. Individual cases where the level of student finance approved by the SFO is lower than 50%, the financial assistance level to be adopted in the calculation of the maximum amount of subsidy for the student under the Means-tested SSEBR should be adjusted upward to 50%.
  • Example (1), if a student receiving 50% of full grant from SFO joins an exchange activity in Hungry for 100 days, the maximum amount of the subsidy to be granted to the student will be HKD 16,500 i.e. [Table (c) HKD 8,000 + Table (d) HKD 25,000] x 50%.
  • Example (2), if a student receiving 10% of full grant from the SFO joins an exchange activity in Hungary for 100 days, the maximum subsidy to be granted would be HKD 16,500 i.e. [Table (c) HKD 8,000 + Table (d) HKD 25,000] x 50% (the financial assistance level to be adjusted upward to 50% in cases where the level of student finance approved by SFO is lower than 50%).
  • Example (3), if a student receiving 50% of full grant from the SFO joins an exchange activity in the Republic of Korea for 185 days, the maximum subsidy to be granted would be HKD 24,000 i.e. [Table (c) HKD 3,000 + Table (d) HKD 45,000] x 50%.
  • In principle, the amount of subsidy granted to an eligible student under the Means-tested SSEBR should not exceed the direct costs arising from her/his participation in the concerned exchange activity.

While exchange activities held in different destinations will be subject to different amounts of subsidy as set out in Tables (c) and (d) above, if an exchange activity takes place in a place/country which cuts across more than one region (e.g. Russia which cuts across Europe and Asia), which subsidy amount should be used in calculating the maximum amount of subsidy for a participating student?

  • For exchange activities held in places/ countries which cut across more than one region (e.g. Russia, Turkey), HKSYU may, having regard to the actual travelling expenses involved, exercise our judgement to decide the region and subsidy amount applicable to the concerned activities according to the concepts covered in the preceding question on a case-by-case basis. In principle, the amount of subsidy granted to an eligible student under the Means-tested SSEBR should not exceed the direct costs arising from her/his participation in the concern exchange activity.

Eligible Exchange Activities

What exchange activities are eligible?

Only exchange activities that meet the following criteria are eligible for the Means-tested SSEBR –

  • an outbound activity comprising teaching and learning elements to be held in any Belt and Road region listed at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council website;
  • organised and/or endorsed by HKSYU;
  • lasting for at least five days;
  • the hosting institution must be a recognised institution/body either in Hong Kong or in the exchange destination;
  • priority will be given to credit-bearing or award bearing exchange activities.

Application

How do I apply for financial assistance under the Means-tested SSEBR?

(1) Exchange Activity Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • In submitting your application for student exchange, you should submit your application for subsidy under the Means-tested SSEBR at the same time:
    • fill in the application form provided by the International Unit in due course or downloadable from relevant webpageand submit all required documentations
    • use relevant section(s) provided in the application form to provide an authorization for permitting HKSYU and the Education Bureau to obtain your information on your level of assistance/status from SFO/Social Welfare Department on your behalf for the purpose of applying for financial assistance under the Means-tested SSEBR
    • for recipient of SFO financial assistance, submit a copy of the latest approval letter from SFO for your means-tested grants and loans application.

(2) Exchange Activity not Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • For the recipient of SFO financial assistance, submit a copy of the latest approval letter from SFO for your means-tested grants and loans application;
  • Documentary evidence showing that you have been offered and have accepted a place for an outbound activity comprising teaching and learning elements to be held in any Belt and Road region;
  • Qualified student will be required to provide an authorization for permitting HKSYU and the Education Bureau to obtain your information on your level of assistance/status from SFO/ Social Welfare Department on your behalf for the purpose of applying for financial assistance under the Means-tested SSEBR.

Application Result

(1) Exchange Activity Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • If your application is successful, and upon your acceptance of offer from the host university, you will receive your eligible amount of subsidy before your departure for the subsidized exchange activity.
  • You are required to sign an undertaking to return the full amount of the subsidy in the event that you cannot successfully complete the subsidized exchange activity or the courses taken during your study abroad.

(2) Exchange Activity not Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • If your application is successful, and upon your acceptance of offer from the host university, you will receive your eligible amount of subsidy before your departure for the subsidized exchange activity. Having said that, this cannot be guaranteed if there is insufficient time for the International Unit to process your application by the time you submit your application for the Means-tested SSEBR.
  • If your application result is ‘conditional’, you will receive your eligible amount of subsidy when the condition is satisfied.
  • You are required to sign an undertaking to return the full amount of the subsidy in the event that you cannot successfully complete the subsidized exchange activity.

Use of Funding

What can I use the funding for?

The funding should be used for direct costs arising from the subsidized exchange activities/programmes, including:

  • Programme/activity fees
  • airfare, train fare and/or other transportation fees to and from the destination regions (one return trip only)
  • local transportation fees
  • accommodation fees
  • living expenses incurred within the exchange period; and
  • other miscellaneous expenses (e.g. insurance, medical expenses, etc).

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2 (iii) EDB – Non-means-tested Subsidies for Post-secondary Students to Participate in Exchange Activities in the Mainland and Belt and Road Regions

Eligibility

Who is eligible?

(1) For the Non-means-tested Mainland Experience Scheme for Post-secondary Students (Non-means-tested MES)

  • Local or non-local students enrolled in full-time HKSYU undergraduate degree programme at the time of application and throughout the duration of the subsidized exchange activity

(2) For the Non-means-tested Subsidy on Exchange to “Belt and Road” Regions for Post-Secondary Students (Non-means-tested SSEBR)

  • Only local students enrolled in HKSYU undergraduate programme at the time of application and throughout the duration of the subsidized exchange activity
  • Students taking part in exchange activities to be held in Taiwan or Macao may apply for subsidy under the SSE.
  • 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, Matching Grant Scheme, Talent Development Scheme and Reaching Out Awards, etc., are also eligible for assistance under the Non-means-tested MES.
  • Students receiving assistance under the Non-means-tested MES and/or the Non-means-tested SSEBR may receive subsidies from other sources (including those from the Government and other organisations) to cover expenses in connection with the same exchange activity.
  • Priority will be given to those who have not received any subsidy under scholarship/ sponsorship/ subsidy schemes wholly or partly funded by the Government.

Will I be eligible if I have already received subsidy under the Non-means-tested MES and the Non-means-tested SSEBR once?

  • Each student will be eligible to receive, respectively, subsidy under the Non-means-tested MES and the Non-means-tested SSEBR once throughout her/his study in programe(s) at the same level of study in Hong Kong, irrespective of the amount of subsidy received.
  • Students are encouraged to undertake exchange activities in different places. If a student has been subsidized to take part in an exchange activity in one of the B&R regions (e.g. Thailand) under the Non-means-tested SSEBR, s/he will have to participate in another exchange activity in another B&R region (i.e. any one of the B&R regions other than Thailand) in order to be eligible to receive further subsidy under the Means-tested SSEBR or the Non-means-tested SSEBR, and vice versa.
  • A student will not be eligible to receive subsidy under the SSE/ Means-tested SSEBR/ Non-means-tested SSEBR if s/he has been subsidised under any of these Schemes for the same destination. Such restriction does not apply to the Non-means-tested MES.

Funding Amount

What is the amount of subsidy?

  • The maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to an eligible local [applicable to the Non-means-tested SSEBR] / local or non-local [applicable to the Non-means-tested MES] student for participating in an exchange activity under the two Schemes varies according to the destination and duration of the exchange activity as set out below:

(1) Non-means-tested MES

Table (e)

Destination Subsidy Amount
the Mainland HKD 900

(2) Non-means-tested SSEBR

Table (f)

Destination Subsidy Amount
Asia (including Middle East, excluding the Mainland, Taiwan and Macao) HKD 900
Africa HKD 2,100
Oceania and Europe HKD 2,400
Central and South Americaand Caribbean HKD 4,500

(3) Non-means-tested MES and Non-means-tested SSEBR

Table (g)

Duration Subsidy Amount
5 – 13 days HKD 1,050
14 – 28 days HKD 1,800
29 – 90 days HKD 3,000
91 – 180 days HKD 7,500
Over 180 days HKD 13,500

 

  • For each exchange activity, the maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to the student is calculated by adding up the subsidy under Table (e)/(f) and Table (g) above. In principle, the amount of subsidy granted to an eligible student under the Non-means-tested MES and/or the Non-means-tested SSEBR should not exceed the direct costs arising from her/his participation in the concerned exchange activity.
  • Example (1), if a local or non-local student joins an exchange activity in the Mainland for 95 days, the maximum subsidy to be granted under the Non-means-tested MES would be HKD 8,400 (i.e. Table (e) HKD 900 + Table (g) HKD 7500).
  • Example (2), if a local student joins an exchange activity in New Zealand for 185 days, the maximum subsidy to be granted under the Non-means-tested SSEBR would be HKD 15,900 (i.e. Table (f) HKD 2,400 + Table (g) HKD 13,500).

While exchange activities held in different destinations will be subject to different amounts of subsidy as set out in Tables (f) and (g) above, if an exchange activity takes place in a place/country which cuts across more than one region (e.g. Russia which cuts across Europe and Asia), which subsidy amount should be used in calculating the maximum amount of subsidy for a participating student?

  • For exchange activities held in places/ countries which cut across more than one region (e.g. Russia, Turkey), HKSYU may, having regard to the actual travelling expenses involved, exercise our judgement to decide the region and subsidy amount applicable to the concerned activities according to the concepts covered in the preceding question on a case-by-case basis. In principle, the amount of subsidy granted to an eligible student under the Non-means-tested MES and the Non-means-tested SSEBR should not exceed the direct costs arising from her/his participation in the concern exchange activity.

Eligible Exchange Activities

What exchange activities are eligible?

Only exchange activities that meet the following criteria are eligible for the Non-means-tested MES and the Non-means-tested SSEBR –

  • an outbound exchange activity comprising substantive teaching and learning elements to be held in the Mainland [applicable to the Non-means-tested MES] or any B&R regions listed at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council website [applicable to the Non-means-tested SSEBR];
  • organised and/or endorsed by HKSYU;
  • lasting for at least five days;
  • the hosting institution must be a recognised institution/body either in Hong Kong or in the exchange destination;
  • priority will be given to credit-bearing or award bearing exchange activities.

Application

How do I apply for financial assistance under the Non-means-tested MES and the Non-means-tested SSEBR?

(1) Exchange Activity Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • Fill in the application form provided by the International Unit in due course or downloadable from relevant webpageand submit all required documentations to the International Unit

(2) Exchange Activity not Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • Fill in the application form downloadable from relevant webpageand submit all required documentations to the International Unit
  • Documentary evidence showing that you have been offered and have accepted a place for an outbound activity comprising teaching and learning elements to be held in the Mainland (for the Non-means-tested MES) and any Belt and Road region (fothe Non-means-tested SSEBR)

Application Result

(1) Exchange Activity Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • If your application is successful, and upon your acceptance of offer from the host university, you will receive your eligible amount of subsidy before your departure for the subsidised exchange activity.
  • You are required to sign an undertaking to return the full amount of the subsidy in the event that you cannot successfully complete the subsidised exchange activity or the courses taken during your study abroad.

(2) Exchange Activity not Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • If your application is successful, and upon your acceptance of offer from the host university, you will receive your eligible amount of subsidy before your departure for the subsidised exchange activity. Having said that, this cannot be guaranteed if there is insufficient time for the International Unit to process your application by the time you submit your application for the Non-means-tested MES and the Non-means-tested SSEBR.
  • If your application result is ‘conditional’, you will receive your eligible amount of subsidy when the condition is satisfied.
  • You are required to sign an undertaking to return the full amount of the subsidy in the event that you cannot successfully complete the subsidised exchange activity.

Use of Funding

What can I use the funding for?

The funding should be used for direct costs arising from the subsidized exchange activities/programmes, including:

  • Programme/activity fees
  • airfare, train fare and/or other transportation fees to and from the destination region (one return trip only)
  • local transportation fees
  • accommodation fees
  • living expenses incurred within the exchange period; and
  • other miscellaneous expenses (e.g. insurance, medical expenses, etc).