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 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.



Programme Details


SAP Programme List Summer 2021 


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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!



SAP Application Timeline (for programmes ending on or before August 31, 2021) *


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 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

March 1, 2021

Application Deadline

January 24, 2021

February 7, 2021

March 21, 2021

Nomination Offer & Scholarship Announcement

February 4, 2021

February 19, 2021

March 30, 2021

Acceptance and Deposit Payment Deadline

February 9, 2021

February 24, 2021

April 6, 2021

Submission of report and feedback

As soon as you return, or no later than August 30, 2021

Disbursement of Scholarship

September 2021

*Subject to changes – please refer to the latest updates in 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. Receive Nomination and Scholarship Offer from our office


  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.


  1. Upon completion of Short-term Study Abroad Programme, please submit programme report and response to evaluation questionnaire by the designated deadline.


  1. Receive scholarship/allowance disbursement.



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.
  • You are reminded to ensure that 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. It takes time to request a university transcript. Allow sufficient time for your application and no late submissions will be allowed.
  • Receive official admission offer from host institution.
  • Pay the standard fees to the host institution or to HKU, where applicable.
  • 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.



Financial Assistance for Short-term Programmes


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.


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 is to ensure that scholarship funds benefit more than a small number of students.


General Requirements

  • Currently 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

  • Some SAPs in Summer 2021 are yet to be confirmed if the programme will be conducted in virtual or physical format.
  • In general, only students participating in physical short-term programme are eligible to receive financial assistance for short-term programmes.
  • Please note that it will be subject to final decision around March 2021 if virtual programme will be eligible to receive financial assistance for short-term programmes.
  • 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.

 *Applicable to short-term programmes organized in Summer 2019 till Jun 30, 2022 


Need-based Government Subsidy may also be applicable for students with financial need.