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    Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange (SSE) and Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to "Belt and Road" Regions (SSEBR) for Post-secondary Students

     
    The Government provides annual funding to subsidise financially needy students to participate in exchange activities. There are two subsidy schemes, namely, Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange for Post-secondary Students (SSE) and Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to "Belt and Road" Regions for Post-secondary Students (SSEBR). The mode of operation of SSE and SSEBR is very similar, but they are different in objective, scope of the exchange activities covered and level of subsidy to be granted to individual students.

    Eligibility

    Student
    • Local students enrolled in full-time programmes at sub-degree or undergraduate level with Government’s means-tested financial assistance (Note 1);
    • Attained cumulative GPA of not less than 2.0 at OUHK; or fulfilled the entrance requirements (for first-year students); and
    • Demonstrated an ability to complete the exchange activity.

    Note 1: In receipt of means-tested student financial assistance from the Student Finance Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency or whose families are in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) from the Social Welfare Department (SWD).

    Exchange Programmes/Activities
    • An outbound exchange activity comprising substantive teaching and learning elements that must be organised and/or endorsed by OUHK;
    • If the exchange activity is not organised by OUHK, the hosting institution should be a recognised educational institution/body in Hong Kong or the home country;
    • Other things being equal, priority should be given to credit-bearing exchange activities;
    • Internship and volunteer work will not be considered as eligible in general; and
    • Programme Duration and Destination:
      SSE SSEBR
    Duration 14 days or above 5 days or above
    - Travelling time back and forth between Hong Kong and the destination should NOT be counted
    Destination Any countries/regions outside Hong Kong Any "Belt and Road" country/economy
    listed at the Hong Kong Trade Development
    Council website.

    HKTDC website: http://beltandroad.hktdc.com/en/country-profiles

    Subsidy Amount and Disbursement

    Application Procedures and Timelines

    Apply through online application via MyOUHK (Student can login to MyOUHK to check the successful list of self-sourced activities).  Students are required to upload the following documents during online application.

    File Information contained in the Uploaded File File Format File Name
    1 Scanned the “Latest approval letter from SFO in respect of the means-tested grants and loans application” PDF "LT_" + first 7 digits of your Student Number
    (if applicable)
    Only for the activity is NOT organised/arranged by OUHK
    2 Scanned the completed School’s Endorsement (Signature of School’s Programme Leader or Activity Coordinator should be included) PDF "AP_" + first 7 digits of your Student Number
    3 One file which compiles all supporting documents such as activity leaflet/ brochure and offer letter/ receipt of deposit, etc. PDF "DOC_" + first 7 digits of your Student Number

    Maximum upload size is 10 MB.

    Timeline

    Application is accepted in all year round.
      If you submit Application by You will receive Result Notification by After signing the undertaking, you will be disbursed Subsidy by
    Example 1 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017
    Example 2 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018

    Other Terms and Conditions

    1. Each student is eligible for assistance under the SSE once throughout their study in programme(s) at the same level of study (i.e. undergraduate or sub-degree).
       
    2. Each student is eligible for assistance under the SSEBR twice at most, subject to the maximum amount of subsidy, i.e. $53,000, to be received throughout his/her study in programme(s) at the same level of study (i.e. undergraduate or sub-degree).
       
    3. The University may adjust the actual amount of subsidy to be granted to the student downwards from that maximum amount, having regard to the actual travelling expenses and participation fees involved in the exchange activities, other subsidy/sponsorship received by the students, availability of the fund, etc.
       
    4. Students should take into account their personal safety and the safety of the exchange destination in choosing or joining the exchange activity. They should also take heed of travel advice given by government bureaus and departments and the latest outbound travel alerts. Please visit the Hong Kong Immigration Department website to learn more about travel tips and assistance to Hong Kong Residents. Students are also strongly advised to use the online service "Registration of Outbound Travel Information (ROTI)" provided by the Immigration Department. The information you provided allows the Immigration Department to contact and assist you in an emergency outside Hong Kong.
       
    5. The destinations of all exchange activities subsidised under SSE and SSEBR should be different in terms of country/economy.
       
    6. If the exchange activity is an eligible programme under both SSE and SSEBR, the student is normally recommended to be subsidised under SSEBR if he/she has not received assistance under SSEBR twice.
       
    7. The students should give consent for the Government’s SFO/SWD to release their FASP application results/CSSA status to the OUHK for the calculation of subsidy amount under SSE/SSEBR.
       
    8. Students who have previously received assistance from other scholarships or support schemes wholly or partly funded by the Government, e.g. Pilot Mainland Experience Scheme, Matching Grant Scheme, Talent Development Scheme and Reaching Out Awards, etc, are eligible for assistance under SSE/SSEBR.
       
    9. Students receiving assistance under SSE/SSEBR may receive subsidies from other sources (including Government and private ones) to cover expenses in connection with the same exchange activity.
       
    10. Priority should be given to those who have not received any subsidy under scholarship/sponsorship/subsidy schemes wholly or partly funded by the Government.
       
    11. At any time students indicate to withdraw from the activity (prior to or during the activity), the eligibility to receive subsidy will be ceased at the same time. Any received subsidy amount should be returned to the government as well.
       
    12. The personal data collected via the applications will be used by the University and EDB to administer, monitor and report on SSE and SSEBR, and for other related purposes.

    Enquiry

    For enquiries, please contact Ms. Lam of the Student Affairs Office at 2768 6643 (tel) or sao@ouhk.edu.hk.

     
     
     
     
     

    Maintained by: Student Affairs Office( sao@ouhk.edu.hk )
    Modified Date: Feb 09, 2018



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