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Established in 2015 and 2016, the Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (SSE) and Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to “Belt and Road” Regions for Post-secondary Students (SSEBR) are offered by Education Bureau (EDB) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to support financially needy students to participate in outbound exchange activities.  Means-tested grant up to $60,000 (for SSE) and $53,000 (for SSEBR) will be provided for financially needy local students (both publicly-funded and self-financing) of full-time locally-accredited undergraduate including top-up programmes to participate in exchange activities outside Hong Kong.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Students
  • Local students enrolled in full-time locally-accredited undergraduate programmes at the time of application and throughout the duration of subsidized exchange activity;
  • In receipt of means-tested student financial assistance (i.e. approved grant under TSFS or FASP) from Student Finance Office (SFO) OR whose families are in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) by the time student applies or is nominated for an outbound exchange programme;
  • Going to participate in an eligible exchange activity as detailed below and
  • Selected through a merit-based mechanism administered by EdUHK.
Eligible Exchange Activities
  • Outbound activity comprising substantive teaching and learning elements;
  • Organized and/or endorsed by EdUHK;
  • Lasting for at least two weeks/five days for SSE & SSEBR application respectively; and
  • If the exchange activity is not organized by EdUHK, the hosting institution must be a recognized institution/body either in Hong Kong or in the home country.

Amount of Subsidy 

  • The maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to a student will be calculated by applying his/her latest level of student finance approved by SFO to the applicable maximum amount of subsidy. Maximum amount of subsidy per exchange activity varies according to different destination and duration of the activity.  For details, please refer to Application Guideline.
  • The approved subsidy will be issued in two installments
    – 70% will be issued before the exchange activity*; and
    – 30% will be issued after the submission of Declaration for Exchange Subsidy Claim Form
    *Subject to date of submission

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

  • Have not received any subsidy under SSE before at the current level of study.  That is, students are only eligible for SSE once each during their undergraduate studies;
  • Have received not more than once subsidy under the SSEBR at the current level of study;
  • Students who have previously received assistance from other scholarships or support schemes wholly or partly funded by the Government are also eligible for assistance under SSE/SSEBR;
  • Students receiving assistance under SSE/SSEBR may receive subsidies from other sources (including Government and private ones) to cover expenses in connection with the same exchange activity;
  • Priority should be given to those who have not received any subsidy under scholarship / sponsorship / subsidy schemes wholly or partly funded by the Government and
  • Subject to subsidy funding available in that academic year

*For details, please refer to the leaflet and PowerPoint introduction.  

Please refer to the below documents for more details.

General Information

For Exchange Activity Organizer

For Student

*For those summer exchange programmes, please refer to here for the programme eligibility*

Applicants should complete application form and submit relevant documentary proofs together with Declaration for Exchange Subsidy Claim Form within one month after the programme end date, the latest, while the exchange activity in a certain academic year should be completed on or before 31 August of that academic year only, whichever comes first i.e. exchange activity in 2018/19 should be completed on or before 31 August 2019.


*Updated as of April 2019