Financial Support


    Student Exchange Fund

    The Student Exchange Fund (SEF) provides financial support to CityU students who are Hong Kong permanent residents studying in full-time, government-funded bachelor's degree programmes offered by CityU. Eligible students may receive a maximum of HK$12,000 up to HK$24,000 for one semester or HK$20,000 up to HK$38,000 for one year. The grant is to cover up to 50% of the total cost of return economy class airfare, accommodation and incidental expenses.

    To obtain an SEF sponsorship, participants in the Student Exchange Programme (SEP) must fulfill the requirements of SEP, which include but not limited to the followings:

    • meeting the English language requirements set by home and host universities, whenever applicable, on or before the application deadline set by the host university; and

    • successfully completing the approved exchange study programme by attaining the required credit units and/or passing all the courses as stipulated by CityU and the host university.

    CityU reserves the right to withdraw full or partial SEF sponsorship if students fail to fulfill the funding conditions and criteria set by the University. Each eligible student will benefit only once from the SEF.



    Maximum Grant for a Semester-long Exchange
    Region/Country of Study Max. Funding Amount
    (Semester-long Exchange)
    Max. Funding Amount
    (Year-long Exchange)
    Americas, Europe (incl. Russia & Turkey), Middle East HK$24,000 HK$38,000
    Australia, New Zealand HK$22,000 HK$36,000
    Asia, India HK$16,000 HK$27,000
    Mainland China HK$12,000 HK$20,000

    Non-local students and students in non-government funded bachelor's degree programmes are not eligible for support from the Student Exchange Fund. If they are selected for the Student Exchange Programme, they should pay their own expenses or seek alternative funding support.

    Special Fund for Non-local Outbound Exchange Students

    Established in mid-2013, the Special Fund for Non-local Outbound Exchange Students (SF) patronises CityU non-local students who study in full-time, government-funded bachelor's degree programmes and successfully enrol in the Student Exchange Programme. Eligible students will receive a maximum of HK$10,000 (semester-long exchange) or HK$16,000 (year-long exchange) as partial subsidy to an exchange study programme outside Hong Kong. Each student will benefit only once from the SF.


    To obtain an SF sponsorship, participants must fulfill the requirements of SEP, which include but not limited to the followings:

    • meeting the English language requirements set by home and host universities, whenever applicable, on or before the application deadline set by the host university; and

    • successfully completing the approved exchange study programme by attaining the required credit units and/or passing all the courses as stipulated by CityU and the host university.

    CityU reserves the right to withdraw full or partial SF sponsorship if students fail to fulfill the funding conditions and criteria set by the University. Each eligible student will benefit only once from the SF.

    Joseph Lau Student Exchange Awards

    The Joseph Lau Student Exchange Awards (the Awards) have been established since 2012/13 academic year to support CityU outbound exchange students who have financial difficulties. Around 100 awards shall be offered in 2017/18 to subsidise the costs for transportation and living expenses incurred by a semester-long exchange study outside Hong Kong.

    Students who receive Joseph Lau Student Exchange Awards cannot obtain funding from the Student Exchange Fund or Special Fund for Non-local Outbound Exchange Students for the same semester of exchange study. Each eligible student will benefit only once from the Awards.

    Subsidies Offered by the Education Bureau

    Established in 2015, the Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (SSE) is offered by the Education Bureau (EDB) of Hong Kong Government to support financially needy students at City University of Hong Kong (the University) to participate in credit-bearing Student Exchange Programme (SEP). Further to SSE, EDB has also introduced the Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to “Belt and Road” Regions for Post-secondary Students (SSEBR) to encourage and support students in need to go on exchange in the “Belt and Road” (B&R) regions starting from July 2016. List of B&R regions can be found here (the list of B&R countries/economies is subject to review and updating by EDB from time to time).



    Eligibility and Priority for SSE/SSEBR Funding

    Means-tested grant will be provided for financially needy students to participate in the eligible exchange activities if they meet the following criteria -

    • Students are Hong Kong permanent residents;

    • Students are enrolled in full-time locally-accredited undergraduate programmes at the time of application and throughout the duration of the exchange programme;

    • Students are selected by the University to participate in SEP and shall fulfill the requirements of SEP including, but not limited to, the following:

      • meeting the English language requirements set by home and host universities, whenever applicable, on or before the application deadline set by the host university; and

      • successfully completing the approved exchange study programme by attaining the required credit units and/or passing all the courses as stipulated by home and host universities

    • Students are in receipt of means-tested student financial assistance from Student Finance Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency or whose families are in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA). For application purpose, students should provide the University with the latest approval letters from SFO in respect of their mean-tested grants and loans applications. For applicants who are family members of CSSA recipients, the University will coordinate with the Social Welfare Department via EDB, with the consent of the concerned CSSA recipients, for verification of their CSSA status;

    • Students participate in SEP lasting for one semester or up to an academic year, or during summer for not less than 4 weeks;

    • Students receiving funding from other sources (including Government and private ones) may receive assistance under SSE/SSEBR to cover expenses in connection with the same exchange programme. However, higher priority will be given to students who have not received any subsidy under scholarship/sponsorship/subsidy schemes wholly or partly funded by the HKSAR Government.

    Amount of Subsidy

    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 his/her level of student finance (in terms of percentage of full means-tested grant) approved by SFO.

    (1) Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students

    The maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to an eligible student for participating in SEP varies according to the destination and duration of the exchange programme as set out below –

    (1A)

    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

    (1B)

    Duration Subsidy Amount
    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 for Post-secondary Students

    The maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to an eligible student for participating in SEP taking place in the B&R regions varies according to destination and duration of the exchange programme as set out below –

    (2A)

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

    (2B)

    Duration Subsidy Amount
    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 an exchange programme in the UK (a non-B&R region) for one semester (i.e. 91 – 180 days), the maximum amount of the subsidy to be granted under SSE to the student will be $16,500, i.e. [(1A) $8,000 + (1B) $25,000] 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, having regard to the actual travelling expenses and other subsidy/sponsorship received by the student to support his/her participation in the exchange programme. 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 exchange 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. For example, an undergraduate student who is entitled to 50% of full means-tested grant from SFO, the maximum amount of subsidy to be granted to him/her under SSEBR will be $26,500 throughout his/her undergraduate study. The University may take into account the highest percentage of full mean-tested grant rendered by SFO to the student throughout his/her study in programmes at the same level of study in deriving the maximum amount of subsidy applicable to the student.

    Students are not allowed to apply for subsidy under SSE and SSEBR concurrently for the same exchange programme. Therefore, students are required to indicate which Scheme (i.e. either SSE or SSEBR) they will apply for the exchange programme.

    The University reserves the right to withdraw the subsidy from SSE/SSEBR if a student fails to fulfill the funding conditions and criteria set by the University and the EDB.

    * Applicable to students who need to participate in Student Exchange Programme twice as a major programme requirement during their undergraduate study; besides, the two exchange programmes must take place in different countries/economies, irrespective of the source of funding. For example, if a student has been subsidised under SSEBR to participate in one of the B&R regions, e.g. Singapore, he/she will only be eligible to receive further subsidy under SSE or SSEBR to participate in a country/economy other than Singapore.

    University Scholarships

    Students who are selected for the Student Exchange Programme can apply for various scholarships that generous donors have established in support of the University's Student Exchange Programme.