Short-term Programmes

Short-term Abroad Partnership (SAP)

What is SAP?

Summer Abroad Partnership programmes are a series of programmes organised through HKU’s collaboration with partnership institutions. You can enjoy partner benefits such as fee-reduction, priority registration, requirement waiver and potential external scholarships through joining a SAP programme.

SAP Application

To join a SAP programme you are required to seek HKU’s nomination to participate and enjoy the partner benefits. First, you are required to submit an internal application to the HKU Summer Institute. Then you would be considered for nomination to one of the SAP programmes. After you accept a nomination offer, you will be sent the instructions on how to complete the application to the host institution for admission, housing, visas, etc. All of these steps take time and you are advised to research the programmes and plan ahead in advance.

SAP Funding

In your participation in a SAP programme, you may be eligible for the Scholarship for Short-Term Study Abroad Programme, or the Short-Term Abroad Allowance. More details can be found here: http://www.aal.hku.hk/studyabroad/support.php?id=11&type=outgoing

Programme fees

Most programmes require direct payment from you to the host institutions, while some payments for some SAP programmes should be made through HKU. You will be instructed on programme fee payment after you accept the SAP nomination. For more details, please refer to the individual programme webpage.

Difference in application timeline

Please refer to SAP application key dates. You are encouraged to apply early to secure a placement nomination and funding support from the University. You should also note that certain programmes only receive applications in earlier batches. Please check the details listed on the programme pages before you apply.

Programme choices

As the application is rolling, you will only be able to apply to the system once. Therefore, we would encourage you to consider filling in all five choices in your application to increase your chance of nomination. However, you may only apply to one SAP programme.

 

You will be considered in the list according to your order of preference, i.e., your first choice will be considered before others. Alternative offers may be given if you cannot meet the eligibility requirements. In case you are not allocated to any programme options from your five choices, you may be considered for an offer in the next placement exercise.

SAP – No GPA Year 1

In your SAP application, you will be asked to submit academic results. Scholarship funding and placement will be evaluated based on your results in the first semester during the academic year of the application. When you apply, please submit a screenshot of your SIS record, which shows the list of courses you are taking. You should expect to receive the nomination offer after the announcement of your first semester exam results.

SAP – No GPA MBBS

For MBBS students, please combine the transcript or portal exam result page so that we could assess both accordingly.

SAP – English qualification

Most SAP programmes have waived the English proficiency requirements for HKU students. As HKU students, you do not need to provide TOEFL, IELTS or other qualifications to prove your English language proficiency, but you are still expected to meet the English proficiency requirement to fully benefit from the learning experience.

 

If the programme you apply for requires proof of your English proficiency, you will need to present your qualification in your SAP application. If you do not yet meet the English qualification required by the host institution, you should specify the expected date of your result in your application. You may upload a document explaining your case into the ‘required document’ field.

SAP – Final Year Eligibility

If you are in your final year of undergraduate study, you can still join a summer programme within the last academic year. Financial assistance and insurance coverage are still open to final year undergraduate students with restrictions, subject to whether the programme takes place during the time when your HKU student status is still valid.

 

If you plan to transfer credits that contribute to your degree, you will need to crosscheck with your faculty on the arrangement to facilitate your timely graduation.

SAP – Chances of being accepted

You should note that a large majority of programmes do not impose a quota for HKU students. The only programmes with a quota limit are Cambridge (Pembroke), Glasgow, Oxford (Exeter) and Stanford. Therefore, most of you will be able to get the chance to study overseas during summer and join a programme of your choosing, so long as you meet the admission requirements specified by the partner institution. Additionally, you may still be considered if you have lower academic achievements than required. Many partner institutions have some flexibility for students nominated by HKU.

SAP – Deadline missed

Generally speaking, no late submission is accepted in the SAP application. If you only just missed the deadline, the University may exercise discretion to consider your application. You will then receive a confirmation email shortly after.

SAP – Drop-out Arrangement

We recognise that many of you may be considering other summer opportunities along with your SAP application. If you are offered nomination to a SAP programme, you will be required to pay a refundable deposit of HKD2,000 to the University within one week to accept your offer. The deposit will be refunded upon completion of the programme and submission of your reports. If you drop out of the programme to take up other opportunities, the deposit will unfortunately not be refundable.

 

If you would like to consider both opportunities, you may want to submit your application at a later time, but please be reminded that you are encouraged to apply early to take advantage of the wide range of programme choices available.

Postgraduate Students

You should note that the majority of existing programmes are designed for undergraduate students. However, some of them also welcome enrolment and participation from postgraduate students. You are more than welcome to join and take advantage of HKU’s partnerships with other institutions. Unfortunately, however, you may not be eligible for funding support provided by the University. If you decide to join a programme, we would like to invite you to apply/register on our system following instructions provided on our website.

Short-term Abroad Opportunities (SAO)

What is SAO?

Summer Abroad Opportunities introduce more than 200 summer programmes offered by our partner institutions.

SAO Application

To participate in a SAO programme, you will need to apply to the host institution directly and also complete the Registration for Summer Study Abroad Programmes. Your registration at HKU will enable you to be considered for funding support and gain access to fellow students’ contacts, and insurance and other partner benefits offered by host institutions. 

SAO Funding

In your participation of an SAO programme, you may be eligible for the Scholarship for Short-Term Study Abroad Programmes or Short-Term Abroad Allowance, determined by your CGPA.  More details can be found at http://www.aal.hku.hk/studyabroad/support.php?id=11&type=outgoing

Programmes not listed in SAO

Summer Abroad Partnership programmes are a series of programmes organised through HKU’s collaboration with partnership institutions. Some programmes are listed under SAO.

 

If a programme offered by a partner institution that you wish to join is not listed under SAP/SAO, please send the details for our review. Once a programme is listed on HKU’s Summer Institute website, you can join it with funding support from the University (subject to the eligibility requirements specified by HKU).

SAO – Final Year Eligibility

If you are in your final year of undergraduate study, you can still join a summer programme within the last academic year. Financial assistance and insurance coverage are still open to final year undergraduate students with restrictions, subject to whether the programme takes place during the time when your HKU student status is still valid.

 

If you plan to transfer credits that contribute to your degree, you will need to crosscheck with your faculty on the arrangement to facilitate your timely graduation.