SSE and SSEBR are offered by the Education Bureau (EDB) of Hong Kong Government to support full-time undergraduate students at City University of Hong Kong (the University) to participate in outbound activities organized by the University, which comprise substantive teaching and learning elements.
Students participating in eligible outbound activities may apply for funding support provided by SSE or SSEBR if they meet the following criteria -
Only activities that meet the following criteria are eligible for SSE -
Only activities that meet the following criteria are eligible for SSEBR -
The maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to the student under SSE/SSEBR is calculated by adding up the subsidy under (1A)/(2A) and (1B)/(2B) below, then discounted by the student's level of finance assistance (in terms of percentage of full means-tested grant) approved by SFO.
(1) Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange (SSE)
The maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to an eligible student varies according to the destination and duration of the activity as set out below –
Destination Subsidy Amount Asia (including Middle East) HK$3,000 Africa HK$7,000 Oceania & Europe HK$8,000 North America HK$9,000 South America HK$15,000
Duration Subsidy Amount 14 - 28 days HK$6,000 29 - 90 days HK$10,000 91 - 180 days HK$25,000 Over 180 days HK$45,000
(2) Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to "Belt and Road" Regions (SSEBR)
The maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to an eligible student to join an outbound activity taking place in the B&R regions varies according to destination and duration of the activity as set out below –
Destination Subsidy Amount Asia (including Middle East) HK$3,000 Africa HK$7,000 Europe HK$8,000
Duration Subsidy Amount 5 - 13 days HK$3,500 14 - 28 days HK$6,000 29 - 90 days HK$10,000 91 - 180 days HK$25,000 Over 180 days HK$45,000
For example, if a student receiving 50% of full means-tested grant from SFO joins a language immersion programme in the UK (a non-B&R region) for 2 weeks (i.e. 14 days), the maximum amount of the subsidy to be granted under SSE to the student will be $7,000, i.e. [(1A) $8,000 + (1B) $6,000] x 50%. The University may, at its full discretion, adjust the actual amount of subsidy to be granted to the student downwards from the maximum amount. In principle, the amount of subsidy granted to an eligible student under the SSE and SSEBR should not exceed the direct costs arising from his/her participation in the concerned activity.
Each student will only be eligible for assistance under SSE ONCE throughout his/her study in programme(s) at the same level of study at the University, irrespective of the amount of subsidy received. For SSEBR, each eligible student will be able to apply for assistance TWICE at most, subject to the maximum amount of subsidy to be received by him/her, i.e. $53,000 discounted by his/her level of student finance approved by SFO throughout his/her study at the undergraduate level.
While the destination of an outbound exchange activity subsidized 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) under SSEBR for the same student. For example, if a student has been subsidised under SSEBR to participate in two exchange activities held in Mainland China and Taiwan respectively, he/she will only be eligible to receive further subsidy under SSE to participate in a third outbound activity to be held in a/an country/economy other than Mainland China and Taiwan.
- Students are not allowed to apply for subsidy under SSE and SSEBR concurrently for the same outbound activity.
- Priority will be given to credit-bearing or award-bearing outbound learning activities and to students who have not received any subsidy under scholarship/sponsorship/subsidy schemes wholly or partly funded by the Government.
- Applications for SSE and SSEBR are processed on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability of funding.
- The University reserves the right to withdraw or demand for full refund of subsidy if any student participating in an eligible outbound activity fails to complete the activity or fulfill the funding conditions and criteria set by the University and the EDB.
Notes on Personal Data
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) Ordiance (Cap. 486), including seeking consent from applicants/awardees on provision of personal data for the purpose of implementation of SSE/SSEBR.
Eligible students participating in University-organised non-local learning activities should provide their personal particulars to the home department or programme provider for application to SFO and/or EDB via Global Engagement Office:
- for eligible students participating in Student Exchange Programme, the application for SSE or SSEBR should be made when accepting exchange offer on AIMS;
- for eligible students participating in other eligible outbound learning activities organized or endorsed by the University, the application for SSE or SSEBR should be made to Global Engagement Office in the form of nomination through programme organizing unit at least 6 weeks before the start of the programme, or before June 15th, whichever is earlier.
Global Engagement Office
Tel: 3442 8089