Updates on SAP 2020


In light of the growing spread of COVID19 in various countries and as the safety and well-being of students is our utmost priority, the University has decided to suspend all summer outbound programmes in 2020.


Noted that some institutions have switched to online summer programmes. Please note that students who will be attending to online courses are not eligible for financial assistance, as one of the conditions to receive the IAO financial assistance (e.g. Short-term Abroad Scholarship/Allowance, Reaching Out Award, etc.) amount approved in your Programme Offered email (if applicable), is to complete the programme physically at the host institution in the host country.


Thank you for your attention and understanding on this, we hope you will stay safe and healthy during this unprecedented event.  



Recommended Study Programmes


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


Check out this programme list for the available options. 



Application Procedure for SAP

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


  • In your application, you can specify up to five preferences. However, each successful applicant will only be nominated for one SAP programme.


  • Some programmes may only be offered for a certain application period. Students are advised to check the programme details and to apply as early as possible as some programmes may have quota. Priority will be given to those who apply early.


1. Apply through the online application system (Link).

  • Specify up to 5 programme choices.


2. Submit the required documents to the online application system.

  • Personal Statement (minimum 250 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
  • Submit the optional documents to the online application system.
    • TOEFL/IELTS report (applicable if it is part of the programme-specific requirement)


3. Receive offer of nomination from IAO.


4. 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.

  • 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.


5. Apply to the host institution.

  • Some institutions have waived some requirements for students from HKU. You can refer to the programme details.


6. Most institutions required a scanned copy of the official transcript issued by HKU for their application. It takes time to request a university transcript. Allow sufficient time for your application. No late submissions will be allowed.


7. Receive official admission offer from host institution


8. Pay the standard fees to the host institution or to HKU, where applicable.


9. Lodge your visa application and prepare for departure. Visa applications to the US will take a substantial amount of time and effort, so please ensure you initiate your visa application as soon as you can.


Key Dates for SAP



First Round

Second Round

Application Deadline

February 7, 2020

March 10, 2020

Nomination Offer Announcement

February 19, 2020 (tentative)

March 18, 2020

Acceptance and Deposit Payment Deadline

February 24, 2020

March 24, 2020

Pre-departure Briefing April/May


*Important notes: After receiving the nomination from IAO, you will need to submit an application to the host institution. Application deadline for each programme varies. Please refer to the host insitution's programme page for the application deadlines.


Short-term Abroad Partnerships is open to full-time undergraduate students only.