Study Abroad Scheme

Financial Support

HKSYU students may apply for the following subsidy(s) for out-bound studying abroad:

(1) Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) – Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan) (Students need to apply through the host university)

(2) Hong Kong Shue Yan University – Dr Li Dak Sum Student Exchange Scholarships (For students who have been nominated by HKSYU for studying abroad) [Please click here for the Application Form]

(3) Education Bureau, The Government of HKSAR (EDB) – 

  1. Enhanced Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students
  2. Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to “Belt and Road” Regions for Post-secondary Students

3 (i) EDB – Enhanced Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (Enhanced 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.

Can I apply if I am receiving non-means-tested loans from SFO?

  • No.

Am I eligible if I have previously received assistance from other scholarships or support schemes funded by the Government?

  • Yes.

Can I receive subsidy from other sources (including Government and privates ones) to cover expenses for the exchange?

  • Yes.

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

  • A student is only eligible for subsidy under Enhanced SSE once each during their sub-degree (Higher Diploma/Associate Degree) and undergraduate studies.
  • You are eligible if you have already received subsidy during your sub-degree study.
  • You are not eligible if you have already received subsidy during your degree study either at HKSYU or another institution.

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 Enhanced 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
South America 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 his/her level of student finance (in terms of parentage of full grant) approved by SFO. For example, 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%.
  • In principle, the amount of subsidy granted to an eligible student under the Enhanced SSE should not exceed the direct costs arising from her/his participation in the concerned exchange activity.
  • HKSYU have participated in both SSE/ Enhanced SSE and SSEBR, while the destination of an exchange activity susidised under SSE/ Enhanced SSE can be either a Belt and Road or non-Belt and Road country/ economy, in case of the former, the destination of the exchange activity participated by a student under SSE/ Enhanced SSE should be different from the one(s) subsidised under SSEBR for the same student.

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 Enhanced 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 Enhanced SSE –

  • an outbound activity comprising 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 Enhanced SSE?

  • In submitting your application for student exchange, you should submit your application for subsidy under Enhanced SSE at the same time:
    1. fill in the application form provided by the International Unit in due course or downloadable from relevanwebpage and submit all required documentations
    2. 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 Enhanced SSE
    3. for recipient of SFO financial assistance, submit a copy of the latest approval letter from SFO for your means-tested grants and loans application.

Application Result

When will the result be released?

  • If you have been successful in your application for study abroad, you will be informed about your application result for subsidy under Enhanced SSE upon verification of your record with the relevant authority, normally no later than four weeks after.
  • You application result can be successful, on reserve or unsuccessful.
  • If your application result is ‘on reserve’, you will be notified about your final application result (i.e. successful or unsuccessful) no later than two weeks after.

When will I receive the subsidy?

  • If your application is successful, and upon your acceptance of offer from the host university, you will receive your eligible amount of subsidy at least two weeks 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.

Use of Funding

What can I use the funding for?

  • The funding should be used for direct costs arising from the subsidised exchange activity, including:
    • airfare, train fare and/ or other transportation fees to and from the host country/ region (one return trip only)
    • local transportation fees
    • accommodation fees
    • living expenses incurred within the exchange period
    • other miscellaneous expenses (e.g. insurance, medical expenses).

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3 (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

Can I apply if I am receiving non-means-tested loans from SFO?

  • No.

Am I eligible if I have previously received assistance from other scholarships or support schemes funded by the Government?

  • Yes.

Can I receive subsidy from other sources (including Government and privates ones) to cover expenses for the exchange?

  • Yes.

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

  • Students are eligible for assistance under the scheme for twice at most, subject to the maximum amount of subsidy of HKD53,000 discounted by the latest level of student finance (if applicable) throughout their sub-degree (Higher Diploma/Associate Degree) and undergraduate studies.
  • Destinations of every exchange activities subsidised under the SSEBR and SSE/ Enhanced SSE should be different in terms of country/ economy.
  • You are eligible if you have already received subsidy during your sub-degree study.

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 SSEBR varies according to the destination and duration of the exchange activity as set out below:

Table (c)

Destination Subsidy Amount
Asia (including Middle East) HKD 3,000
Africa HKD 7,000
Europe HKD 8,000

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 (a) and Table (b) above, then discounted by his/ her level of student finance (in terms of parentage of full grant) approved by SFO. For example, 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%.
  • Each student will only eligible for assistance under the SSEBR twice at most, subject to the maximum amount of subsidy to be received by him/ her under the SSEBR, i.e. HKD53,000 discounted by his/ her level of student finance approved by SFO throughout his/ her study at the same level (i.e. sub-degree or undergraduate).
  • In principle, the amount of subsidy granted to an eligible student under the SSEBR should not exceed the direct costs arising from her/his participation in the concerned exchange activity.
  • Students are encouraged to undertake exchange activities in different places and hence will only be eligible for subsidy under SSEBR once for exchange activities in each of the  Belt and Road countries/ economies.
  • HKSYU have participated in both SSEBR and SSE/ Enhanced SSE, while the destination of an exchange activity susidised under SSE/ Enhanced SSE can be either a Belt and Road or non-Belt and Road country/ economy, in case of the former, the destination of the exchange activity participated by a student under SSE/ Enhanced SSE should be different from the one(s) subsidised under SSEBR for the same student.

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 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 SSEBR –
    1. an outbound activity comprising teaching and learning elements to be held in any Belt and Road country/ economy;
    2. organised and/or endorsed by HKSYU;
    3. lasting for at least five days;
    4. the hosting institution must be a recognised institution/ body in the home country;
    5. priority will be given to credit-bearing or award bearing exchange programmes.

Application

How do I apply for financial assistance under SSEBR?

Exchange Activity Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • In submitting your application for student exchange, you should submit your application for subsidy under SSEBR at the same time:
    1. fill in the application form provided by the International Unit in due course or downloadable from relevanwebpage and submit all required documentations
    2. 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 Enhanced SSE
    3. for recipient of SFO financial assistance, submit a copy of the latest approval letter from SFO for your means-tested grants and loans application.

Exchange Activity not Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • For 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 country/ economy;
  • 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 SSEBR

Application Result

When will the result be released?

Exchange Activity Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • If you have been successful in your application for study abroad, you will be informed about your application result for subsidy under SSEBR upon verification of your record with the relevant authority, normally no later than four weeks after.
  • You application result can be successful, on reserve or unsuccessful.
  • If your application result is ‘on reserve’, you will be notified about your final application result (i.e. successful or unsuccessful) no later than two weeks after.

Exchange Activity not Co-ordinated by the International Unit

  • If you have been successful in your application for the exchange activity, you will be informed about your application result for subsidy under SSEBR upon verification of your record with the relevant authority, normally no later than four weeks after.
  • You application result can be successful, conditional, on reserve or unsuccessful.
  • If your application result is ‘conditional’, you will be notified about your final application result and the detail of condition normally no later than two weeks after.
  • If your application result is ‘on reserve’, you will be notified about your final application result (i.e. successful or unsuccessful) no later than two weeks after.

When will I receive the subsidy?

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 at least two weeks 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.

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 at least two weeks before your departure for the subsidised exchange activity. Having said that, this cannot be guranteed if there is insufficient time for the International Unit to process your application by the time you submit your application for 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 subsidised exchange activity, including:
    1. airfare, train fare and/or other transportation fees to and from the host country/region (one return trip only)
    2. local transportation fees
    3. accommodation fees
    4. living expenses incurred within the exchange period
    5. other miscellaneous expenses (e.g. insurance, medical expenses).

 

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