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Study Abroad Fund


To encourage PolyU undergraduate students taking up various Study Abroad Activities available, International Affairs Office (IAO) offers Study Abroad Fund to support credit bearing or formally assessed learning activities that enhance students’ international outlook and multicultural competency. Such activity should be related to the discipline(s) of the degree being pursued. 


Recommended Type of Activities

  • Fee-paying Short-term programmes offered by PolyU Partner Institutions, or endorsed by academic units

  • Programme-related study tours or field trips arranged by academic units.

  • International competition or conference (student participating as audience) that are reputable and influential in the field and of beneficial to students in terms of personal, academic and professional development. Endorsement from academic units is recommended.

  • Other offshore learning experience that are credit bearing or formally assessed.

  • Study Abroad Fund does not support internship, service learning, International Student Exchange Programmes or CMTEX (Chinese Mainland & Taiwan Exchange managed by CMAO), Summer@OxBridge or ICCPS subsidy recipients.



  • Full-time undergraduate students in UGC-funded programmes (final-year students are not eligible to apply if the activity happens in Summer)

  • Learning experiences last for at least 5 full calendar days (travel time excluded)

  • Outside Chinese Mainland and Macau


Funding Amount 

  • Outside Asia   HK$5,000 (5 to 27 days); HK$10,000 (28 days or above)

  • Asia                 HK$3,000 (5 to 27 days); HK$6,000 (28 days or above)

(Limited Funding, first-come-first-served)


Application Mechanism and Key Dates For 2019 - 2020 Academic Year

Activity Happens in

Semester 1 to Winter Break 

​(1 September 2019 to 12 January 2020)

Semester 2 to Summer Break

​(13 January 2020 to 31 August 2020)

Application Period

15 October - 15 November

15 April - 15 June

Application Instruction

Individual Application

For students to submit completed application to IAO with proof of confirmed participation to the off shore learning activities

(Online application form:


Group Application

For academic units (Faculty/School/Department) to submit completed application to IAO for a group of students participating in the same programme/activity.


Programme/Activity coordinator to provide below information to IAO via


(1) Programme details

(e.g. Programme/activity objective; learning outcome; hosting institution/organization; programme/activity duration and schedule; logistics arrangements including accommodation, visa and insurance; and programme cost breakdown.)


(2) Confirmed student participation list

Result Announcement

15 Decemeber

15 July

IAO inform assessment result to individual/academic unit

Report Submission

15 February

15 October

Individual Application

Student to submit full activity report and official transcript/certificate of completion in electronic copies to IAO


Group Application

Academic units to submit activity report to IAO for the group of students

Funding Disbursement

30 March 

30 November

Disbursement will be made to individual students.


Government Subsidy

Government Subsidy is available to eligible students undertaking 2019-20 "Study Abroad Fund" funded activities. Please refer to this briefing note for details.