Through Study Abroad Partnerships (SAP), students can enrol in short-term programmes at renowned universities in Australia, Europe, Korea, UK and USA for intensive study and research, or undertake internship in vibrant overseas city to gain practical work skills.


Some host institutions will offer online learning options to their programmes this summer. You may refer to the host institution’s website for details. It would be a great opportunity for you to immerse yourself in a fruitful learning experience from the comfort of your home!


To participate in one of the programmes listed under SAP, you will first need to obtain the nomination offer from International Affairs Office before admittance to any of the programmes.



Eligibility Criteria


  • Full-time undergraduate students
  • Good academic standing: students with a CGPA 3.0 or above have a relatively higher chance of getting a placement in the programme
  • Outgoing and eager to meet new challenges
  • Ready to be an ambassador of HKU
  • Willing to share exchange experience after the study



Points to Note Before You Apply


  • You are reminded that the teaching mode and availability of the programme is subject to change. Please visit the programme websites for more information on the latest teaching arrangement.
  • Although the pandemic situation remains fluid, you are encouraged to apply and our office will be here to provide support as best as we can.
  • When applying to participate in a short-term programme, you will then be automatically considered for a scholarship or allowance. No separate application will be needed.
  • Some programmes may only be offered for a certain application period. You are advised to check the programme details and to apply as soon as possible. Due to limited quota, priority will be given to those who apply early.
  • After receiving the nomination offer from IAO, you will need to submit an application to the host institution directly.
  • Application deadline for each programme varies, please refer to the host institution’s programme page for the application deadlines.



Virtual Information Sessions


To learn more about the programmes, you are strongly encouraged to register and join the upcoming information sessions organised by host institutions.

Visit our Upcoming Events Page for more information!



Programme Details



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Programme Highlights

King's College London

King's Undergraduate Summer School delivers globally-renowned, research-led teaching including lectures, small group seminars, and workshops to make summer classes as engaging and informative as possible. You get live case studies, educational visits and talks from expert guest speakers. You can also apply for credit from your home institution towards your undergraduate degree, enhance your career prospects and build an international network.

  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Highlighted courses: 3D Printing. Business & Management, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Secret & Spies: Modern Espionage
  • Programme: KCL Undergraduate Summer School (2 sessions)
  • Duration: (1) July 4  – 22,  2022 ; (2) July 25 – August 12, 2022
  • Tuition Fee: GBP 1,957.50 – 3,915 (without housing)*


London School of Economics and Political Science

LSE Summer School programmes are based on typical LSE undergraduate courses and are taught to the same high standard. Each course is carefully designed by faculty members to provide you with an authentic experience of LSE teaching, with comprehensive study materials and an intensive curriculum. You will study under lecturers who are actively involved in research, with many having connections that go beyond the university, influencing government policy and the strategies of the world’s top companies. 

  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Highlighted courses: Management of Organisations, Business Analysis and Valuation, America as a Global Power: FDR to Trump, International Political Economy: States and Markets in the 21st Century
  • Programme: LSE Summer School (3 sessions)
  • Duration: (1) June 20 – July 8, 2022 ; (2) July 11 – 29, 2022 ; (3) August 1 – 19, 2022
  • Tuition Fee: GBP 2,600 – 5,100 (without housing)


University of Cambridge - Pembroke College

The Pembroke Cambridge Summer Programme offers you the unique opportunity to enjoy outstanding small-group teaching in a beautiful and inspiring academic setting. The programme combines the intimacy of College life with the excitement of studying with several hundred students from all around the world which helps you make the most of your six weeks in Cambridge.

  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Highlighted courses: Contemporary Issues in Neuroscience, Cambridge and its Writers: 1209 – Present, Advanced Microeconomic Theory
  • Programme: Pembroke Cambridge Summer Programme (3 modules)
  • Duration: (1) July 11 – 29, 2022 ; (2) August 1 – 19, 2022 ; (3) July 11 – August 19, 2022
  • Tuition Fee: GBP 4,518 


University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley Summer Sessions offers more than 600 courses, including Summer-only certificatesEnglish As a Second Language, and online options. Summer visiting international students get the opportunity to enrol in Berkeley courses for credit alongside UC Berkeley degree-seeking students as well as domestic visitors.

  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Highlighted courses: The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Economic Statistics and Econometrics, General Biology Lecture and Laboratory
  • Programme: Berkeley Summer Sessions (7 sessions)
  • Duration: (1) May 23 - July 1 ; (2) June 6 - August 12 ; (3) June 21 - August 12 ; (4) July 5 - August 12 ; (5) July 25 - August 12 ; (6) July 5 - July 22 ; (7) May 23 - August 12, 2022
  • Tuition Fee: USD 571 per unit


University of Oxford - Exeter College

The Exeter College offers a wide range of cross-disciplinary lecture courses taught be leading scholars in their fields. Or, if you enjoy research, are working towards a senior thesis or considering applying to graduate school, you can opt for a self-directed research tutorial and work 1-to-1 with an expert in your field in the ECSP 2022. All teaching is modelled on Oxford University’s world-renowned tutorial system – personalised, small-group, discussion-based learning which is the basis of all undergraduate teaching in Oxford.

  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Highlighted courses: Literatures of Modernism, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Introduction to Astrophysics
  • Programme: Exeter College Summer Programme
  • Duration: June 26 – August 6, 2022
  • Tuition Fee: GBP 3, 850*

*ECSP Scholarships is available. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews (only if applicable).


Yale University

Yale Summer Session is gearing up for Summer 2022 and planning to welcome visiting students back to campus in person. Virtual courses are available too! You can enjoy top-notch academics from an Ivy League school, in-person or virtually, in either of their two sessions. They offers two types of programs: courses for credit, and non-credit certificate programs.

  • Recommended for: Students from all faculties
  • Programme: Yale Summer Session 
  • Duration: (1) May 30 - July 1, 2022 ; (2) July 4 - August 5, 2022
  • Tuition Fee: USD 4,650 - 9,100


University of Glasgow – International Summer School

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The course is open to students who meet eligibility requirements as well as nominated students from the University of Hong Kong and Zhejiang University. It is co-hosted by the College of Arts and the Hunterian Museum combining an introduction to contemporary cultural practices with an analysis of their historical, cultural and socio-economic roots. With Scotland as the primary example, the course enables you to study a variety of art forms (theatre, music, dance, visual arts) via trips to performance venues and museums. You can undertake significant hands-on research with artefacts both at the Hunterian and in Special Collections at the University of Glasgow, and participate in class discussions of theories, methodologies, and interpretation of cultural practices.

  • Recommended for: Students from Faculty of Arts
  • Programme: Scotland's Cultural Landscape - Nation, Heritage and the Arts
  • Duration: June 20 – July 18, 2020
  • Tuition Fee: GBP 2,457*

* inclusive of 10% partnership discount


Custom Internships & Fecaulty-led Programs by Council On International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

A CIEE Summer Global Internship advances your unique skill set and makes your resume stand out in a competitive global job market. Now more than ever, it is critical to enhance your cross-cultural skills for the global job market, by doing an internship abroad.

  • Recommended for: Students from all faculties
  • Programme: Overseas Summer Internship Programme* / Virtual Global Internships Programme
  • Duration: June 13 - August 6, 2022 (except Spain which is May 16 – July 9, 2022)
  • Tuition Fee: USD 6,750

*Deadlines of application vary according to the locations. Applicants are suggested to submit the application directly to CIEE by February 15 if the programme will be held in Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome, Seville, & Tokyo. Programmes in London, Copenhagen & Singapore will not be supported by IAO.



SAP Application Timeline (for programmes ending on or before August 31, 2022*)


There will be three rounds of applications from January to March.  Some programmes are only offered in specific rounds, please take this into consideration when making your application.



Early Round

First Round

Second Round

Application Opens

January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022

March 10, 2022

Application Deadline

January 31, 2022

February 27, 2022

March 20, 2022

Nomination Offer & Scholarship Announcement

February 18, 2022

March 4, 2022

March 29, 2022

Acceptance and Deposit Payment Deadline

February 23, 2022

March 9, 2022

April 5, 2022

Submission of report and feedback

As soon as you return, or no later than August 31, 2022

*Subject to changes – please refer to the latest updates on this page.















Application Procedures to SAP


  1. Apply through Online Application System
    • Specify up to 5 Programme Choices


  1. Upload required Supporting Documents
    • Personal Statement (maximum 100 words)
    • Academic record: Official transcript/screen capture(s) of academic results from HKU Portal:

For non-first-year students: with your latest CGPA

For first-year students: with the list of courses you are taking


  1. Submit the Optional Documents to the online application system
    • TOEFL/IELTS report (applicable if it is part of the programme-specific requirement)


  1. Accept the offer by paying a deposit of HKD2,000 (please refer to Deposit Payment Instruction) and submit the payment slip to the online application system by the given deadline.
    Note: The deposit is refundable upon your completion of the programme and the submission of your report. Under normal circumstances, no deposit shall be refunded if you withdraw from the programme after accepting the offer or if you fail to complete the programme.
  2. Upon completion of Short-term Study Abroad Programme, please submit programme report and response to evaluation questionnaire by the designated deadline.



Application to Host Institution


After your offer is confirmed, you may apply to the host institution.


  • Please visit the host institution’s website and apply directly to the host institution.
  • Make sure you have fulfilled the eligibility requirements as stated by the host institution.
  • Most institutions require a scanned copy of the official transcript issued by HKU for their application. Please allow sufficient time to apply and no late submissions will be allowed.
  • Receive an official admission offer from the host institution.
  • Pay the programme fees to the host institution or to HKU, where applicable.
  • Lodge your visa application and prepare for the departure. Visa applications to the U.S. will take a substantial amount of time and effort, so please ensure you initiate your visa application as soon as you can.



Financial Assistance for Short-term Programmes


In order to be eligible for financial assistance, a student must complete at least 2 weeks of the programme or above physically at the host institution/organisation and host country. Therefore, financial assistance will NOT be available to online short-term programmes.


You will be automatically considered for a scholarship or allowance if you apply for SAP. A separate application is not necessary.


In all the merit-based funding provided by the Registry offices in support of study abroad, each student is only eligible to receive the value that equals the largest award throughout his/her undergraduate studies. Should a student receive more than one award, he/she may be required to return the prior award to the University.


General Requirements

  • Currently a full-time undergraduate student
  • Completion of the designated short-term programme
  • Submission of a programme report by the designated deadline
  • Response to an evaluation questionnaire by the designated deadline


Points to Note for Financial Assistance

  • Available scholarship/allowance specified in your Programme Offer will be subject to change and subject to programme format.


Financial Assistance

Amount (HK$)


Scholarship for Short-Term Study Abroad Programmes


  • Fulfil Programme Eligibility
  • CGPA 3.0 or above as in the first semester of the academic year of application

Short-Term Abroad Allowance


  • Fulfil Programme Eligibility
  • CGPA 2.0 - 2.99 as in the first semester of the academic year of application

*Funded under the HKSAR Government Reaching Out Award funds.