HKU International Affairs Office


Financial Assistance


Scholarships for Semester Exchange

All eligible participants of the HKUWW Undergraduate Exchange Programmes (including faculty-level exchange programmes) will be automatically considered for the Scholarship for Semester Exchange. 

IAO will assign applicants an appropriate scholarship according to their financial needs and academic standing, once they have met the conditions and have been accepted by their host institution.

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. This ensures that scholarship funds benefit more than a small number of students.

The Scholarship Scheme offers a notional amount of award for students’ semester exchange studies. Students should not consider it a major financial source. Applicants should obtain a CGPA of 3.0 or above before the exchange semester to be eligible for receiving the HKUWW Scholarship Scheme. 

Only students who travel outside Hong Kong and join in-person exchanges will be eligible to receive exchange scholarships.

Scale of the Awards
Destination Exchange for
one semester (HK$)
Full-year exchange 
Canada, Europe, Japan, Israel, South Africa, USA 12,000 24,000
Australia, New Zealand 11,000 22,000
South Korea 7,000 14,000
Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand 5,500 11,000
China HKU China 10,000 Exchange Programme
(to be arranged by the host university)
Sources of Funding

1. HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Scholarships

2. HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund - Reaching Out Award

The Reaching Out Award (ROA) aims to support students who need to travel out of Hong Kong to participate in activities such as exchange programme. A student can only be eligible to receive the ROA ONCE throughout his/her studies. Unless otherwise approved, the ROA cannot be concurrently held with other enrichment scholarships or awards administered by the University. The minimum CGPA requirement is 3.0.

Students who will participate in study abroad programmes organized by International Affairs Office (IAO) will be considered automatically for the ROA. No separate application will be needed.

3. Scholarships from Donations

**Application for Scholarships from Donations is available by invitation ONLY.**

IAO will nominate suitable candidates to one of the scholarships listed below according to the donor's requirements. Individual donors will make final decisions regarding the recipients of their scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be asked to provide a thank-you note to the donors.

Scholarship Application and Disbursement Timeline
Year Date Activity
For Semester 1 and Full-year Exchange
2023 September Announcement of Scholarship Offer
  October - November Scholarship Disbursement
For Semester 2 Exchange
2024 February Announcement of Scholarship Offer
  March - April Scholarship Disbursement