Updates for Summer 2021 will be available in Mid-February. 


Short-term Abroad Opportunities 


We encourage students to make the most of summer time to join overseas study programmes. Students can apply to the host institution directly with a registration with the International Affairs Office and you should submit your application to IAO before departure.


Recommended Study Programmes


Check out this programme list for the available options. 



Application Procedure


  1. Apply with the host institution directly. Different institutions have different application procedures and deadlines. Please make sure you follow the application procedure of individual institution and complete their application. After receiving your admission, you can login back to the IAO system and complete your registration.


  1. Submit your registration with IAO. This registration also serves as the application for IAO's financial assistance for short-term programmes. You can open the application as soon as you plan to apply for a summer programme. The application can only be submitted and be processed for Short-term Abroad Scholarship or Allowance after you received an admission offer from the host institution. Please refer to this page for the requirements and conditions of the financial assistance. 


  1. Supporting documents to be uploaded in application:
  • Official transcript / screen capture(s) of academic results from HKU Portal:
  • Admission confirmation from host institution


  1. Enjoy your short-term abroad experience!


Key Dates for SAO



Deadline for registering with IAO

June 15, 2020

Release of IAO registration result

On a rolling basis

Submission of summer programme report

As soon as you return, or no later than August 31, 2020

Disbursement of Short Term Abroad Scholarship or Allowance 

September, 2020

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


Important notes: Each programme will have different deadlines from host institution. Please refer to the programme page for the application deadlines from the host institution.