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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.

Starting from July 2019, EDB further offers two non-means-tested schemes for subsidy on exchange, namely, Non-means-tested Mainland Experience Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (Non-means-tested MES) and Scheme for Non-means-tested Subsidy on Exchange to “Belt and Road” Regions for Post-Secondary Students (Non-means-tested SSEBR) to encourage more post-secondary students in Hong Kong to pursue exchange activities in the Mainland and other B&R regions.

Please refer to the chart here for quick classification of Exchange Subsidy Schemes.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Students
SSE Means-tested-SSEBR Non-means-tested MES Non-means-tested SSEBR

Local students

Local students Local and non-local students Local students
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
SSE Means-tested-SSEBR Non-means-tested MES Non-means-tested SSEBR
Outbound activity comprising substantive teaching and learning elementsorganized and/or endorsed by EdUHK;
Lasting for at least 14 days Lasting for at least 5 days
In anywhere outside Hong Kong (Before 1 Sept 2019)
In Belt & Road regions
(After 1 Sept 2019)
In Belt & Road regions, excluding the Mainland/Taiwan/Macao
In the Mainland In Belt & Road regions, excluding the Mainland/Taiwan/Macao
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 

SSE Means-tested-SSEBR Non-means-tested MES Non-means-tested SSEBR
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

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 one installment upon submission of both application form and declaration form*.

*Subject to date of submission


Eligibility & Selection Criteria

  • SSE

    Means-tested-SSEBR Non-means-tested MES Non-means-tested SSEBR
    Students are eligible for SSE once at the current level of study Students are eligible for means-tested SSEBR twice at the current level of study Students are eligible for non-means-tested MES once at the current level of study

    Students are eligible for non-means-tested SSEBR once at the current level of study;

     

    Students applied for means-tested SSEBR twice would not be eligible for non-means-tested SSEBR

  • 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 EDB’s exchange subsidy schemes;
  • Students receiving assistance under EDB’s exchange subsidy schemes 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* (as at April 2019)

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.

同學最遲須於活動完結後一個月內遞交申請、相關文件及使費聲明,而該學年的海外交流活動亦只限於該學年8月31日前申請,以日期較早者為準。
例如:同學須於2019年8月31日前遞交2018/19年之海外交流活動申請。

Updated as at July 2019