Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange (SSE) & Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to "Belt and Road" Regions (SSEBR) 2018/19 for Post-secondary Students


SSE and SSEBR are set up by the Education Bureau (EDB) of the HKSAR to subsidise financially- needy students who are Hong Kong permanent residents and are enrolled in full-time locally-accredited top-up and full-degree programmes of CityU SCOPE to participate in outbound activities endorsed by the School, which comprise substantive teaching and learning elements.

Objective To ensure that no post-secondary students will be denied access to exchange programmes due to a lack of financial means, and to encourage and support local students to go on exchange activities.
Eligible Students ONLY full-time students (Top-up and Full-degree programmes) who are in receipt of means-tested student financial assistance from Student Financial Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assitance Agency OR whose families are in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA).

(For application purpose, students should provide 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 School will coordinate with the Social Welfare Department via EDB, with the consent of the concerned CSSA recipients, for verification of their CSSA status.)
Eligible Activities

Activities that meet the following criteria are eligible for SSE

  • an outbound activity comprising substantive teaching and learning elements;
  • organised and/or endorsed by CityU SCOPE; and
  • lasting for at least 14 days.

Activities that meet the following criteria are eligible for SSEBR

  • an outbound activity comprising substantive teaching and learning elements to be held in any B&R country/economy;
  • organised and/or endorsed by CityU SCOPE; and
  • lasting for at least 5 days.

The hosting institution must be a recognised educational institution/ body in the home country. For those activities hosted by professional/ specialised bodies in a particular field, they will be considered by the EDB on a case-by-case basis.(Here are some study tours/ activities for student's information.)
Travelling time back and forth between Hong Kong and the exchange destination should NOT be counted towards the duration of the exchange activity. (The outbound activity should be completed on or before 31 Aug 2019 for the 2018/19 academic year.) 
Each student will only be eligible for assistance under SSE ONCE and SSEBR TWICE at most.
Students are not allowed to apply for subsidy under SSE and SSEBR concurrently for the same outbound activity. For any students, the destinations of exchange programmes, whether it is subsidised under SSE or SSEBR, must be different in terms of country/economy.
CityU SCOPE reserves the right to withdraw the SSE/SSEBR subsidy from students who fail to fulfill the funding conditions and criteria set by the School and the EDB.
Amount of Subsidy

The maximum amount of subsidy varies according to the destination and duration of the exchange activity.


Destination Subsidy
Destination Subsidy
(including Middle East)
HK$3,000 Asia
(including Middle East)
Africa HK$7,000 Africa HK$7,000
Oceania & Europe HK$8,000 Europe HK$8,000
North America HK$9,000 NA
South America HK$15,000


  SSE Subsidy Amount
SSEBR Subsidy Amount
5 – 13 days NA HK$3,500
14 – 28 days HK$6,000 HK$6,000
29 – 90 days HK$10,000 HK$10,000
91 – 180 days HK$25,000 HK$25,000
Over 180 days HK$45,000 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. [(A1) $8,000 + (B1) $6,000] x 50%).

The maximum amount of subsidy to be received by the student respectively for SSE and SSEBR is HK$60,000 and HK$53,000, discounted by his/her level of student finance approved by SFO throughout his/her study at CityU SCOPE
The School 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.
Students receiving funding from other sources (including Government and privates ones, e.g. Talent Development Scheme, Reaching Out Awards and sponsorship offered by UK university, etc.) may receive assistance under SSE/SSEBR to jointly cover expenses in connection with the same activity. However, the combined assistance a student may get is capped at the maximum as stated by the above discount formula.
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.
Application Period

From NOW to 28 February 2019 (Result will be released in 2-3 weeks upon receiving application).

Application Procedures

Students who have met the above criteria are invited to submit the following documents in soft copy (pdf or word format) to

  1. The completed Application Form (Click Here to download);
  2. Supporting documents from SFO / CSSA;
  3. Details of the Exchange Programme, e.g. Pamphlet/Leaflet, etc.

(When necessary, the applicant may be interviewed to explain his/her case.)

Reimbursement Process

Upon completion of the SSE/SSEBR activity, students are required to submit a Reimbursement Application Form (Click Here to download) to CityU SCOPE within TWO weeks after returning to Hong Kong. The form will report on:

  1. the activities student participated in during the exchange programme;
  2. the respective expenditures; and
  3. reflections of student.

Notes on Personal Data

The personal data collected through SSE/SSEBR will be used by the CityU SCOPE 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. CityU SCOPE will comply with the relevant provisions of Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486), including seeking consent from applicants/awardees on provision of personal data for the purpose of implementation of SSE/SSEBR.


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