Scholarships in Hong Kong for International Students

Hong Kong has established itself as one of Asia’s dominant economic powers, and is also emerging as one of the region’s leading study destinations, due to its fusion of Eastern and Western cultures, traditional elements and modern competitiveness. The country has its own way in attracting people to come, regardless of the intention to study, seek jobs or to take vacations. The multicultural and outward-looking society offers some of the most diversified experiences you could hope to access in such a compact space – and the wide use of English both within higher education and in daily interactions, make Hong Kong an appealing choice for many prospective students seeking relatively accessible Asian destination.

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Although higher education in Hong Kong is not as cheap as a majority of other Asian countries, without mentioning that it is unaffordable either, the Government of Hong Kong is ready to help you with financial support to study at this fast-paced, action-packed metropolis by offering you scholarships.

  1. Belt and Road Scholarship

The HKSAR Government offers scholarship to academically outstanding students from countries / regions along the Belt and Road to pursue first-year full-time publicly-funded undergraduate studies in Hong Kong. The scholarship covers tuition fees for each awardee. In addition, bursary would be provided to financially needy awardees under specific schemes.

The scholarship is now available for students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. It will be expanded to other countries along the Belt and Road regions by phases.

  • Belt and Road Scholarship – Indonesia

Up to 10 scholarships are offered each year to outstanding Indonesian students. The scholarship is funded by HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (scholarship), The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (bursary) and Silk Road Chamber of International commerce (bursary).

  • Belt and Road Scholarship – Malaysia

There are 10 scholarships offered each year to outstanding Malaysian students. The scholarship is funded by CMA Li Sau Hung Eddy Special Fund (scholarship), HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (scholarship), and The Chinese Manufacturer’ Association of Hong Kong (bursary).

  • Belt and Road Scholarship – Thailand

The scholarship is offered to up to 10 outstanding Thai students annually, and is funded by Mr. Chan King Wai and Hong Kong King Wai Group Company Limited (scholarship and bursary). Awardees of this scholarship will receive up to HK$120,000 per year to cover their tuition fees. In addition, a bursary of HK$50,000 per year would be provided to financially needy awardees.

  • Belt and Road Scholarship – Myanmar

Up to 10 scholarships would be offered to outstanding Myanmarese students annually. Sources of its funding are The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and CGCC (foundation) Limited (scholarship), and the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (scholarship).

Interested students should submit applications for undergraduate admission to the publicly-funded local degree-awarding institutions as listed below.

Refer to the university’s website for further information on the scholarship.

  1. Hong Kong, China-APEC Scholarship

Companies and universities from Hong Kong have partnered with the Government of Hong Kong to offer the Hong Kong, China-APEC (HKC-APEC) Scholarship to undergraduate and postgraduate students from any APEC economy except Hong Kong. The scholarship is worth $80,000 per year. The Government also offers scholarships for sub-degree (associate degree or higher diploma) students of 20,000 to 30,000 HKD per year.

Each academic year, the government distributes a sum of money, funded by the investment income generated from the Fund, to the nine institutions (the eight University Grants Committee-funded institutions and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts / HKAPA) offering full-time publicly-funded programs at degree of above levels. The sub-degree programs are offered by five institutions: City University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKAPA and the Vocational Training Council.

The HKC-APEC Scholarship is awarded to support and carry forward the APEC Scholarship Initiative which aims to promote the creation of privately and publicly funded APEC-branded scholarship, training, and internship opportunities to benefit students and professionals, especially youth and women from developing APEC economies.

Students of full-time publicly-funded degree or above level programs need to satisfy in the following criteria to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Excellent performance in academic studies
  • Recognize contribution to the institution / society
  • Demonstrated leadership and good communication skills, and/or
  • Strong commitment to the Hong Kong community.

Students of full-time publicly-funded sub-degree programs need to have:

  • High standard of academic performance
  • Demonstration of leadership and good communication skills
  • Valuable contribution to the institution / community, and/or
  • Strong commitment to the Hong Kong community.

For further details on the scholarship, visit http://education.apec.org/.

  1. Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarship Scheme

The Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarship Scheme provides scholarships to outstanding local and non-local students pursuing full-time locally-accredited self-financing sub-degree or bachelor’s degree programs at non-profit-making education institutions. The scholarship is intended to promote the development of the self-financing post-secondary sector, and is set up under the Self-financing Pos-secondary Education Fund.

There are five types of scholarships established under the Scheme, namely:

  • Outstanding Performance Scholarship

The Outstanding Performance Scholarship aims to give recognition to the performance of outstanding students. For bachelor’s degree students, the scholarships for local and non-local students are worth $40,000 and $80,000 each per year. For sub-degree students, the scholarship for local and non-local student is worth $30,000 each per year. Participating institutions will take consideration of the following qualities in each student in deciding whether the student should be nominated for the scholarship or not.

  • High standard of academic performance
  • Demonstration of leadership and good communication skills
  • Valuable contribution to the institution / community, and/or
  • Strong commitment to the Hong Kong community
  • Best Progress Award

The Best Progress Award aims to encourage and recognize students with significant progress and improvement in their studies. The award is set at $10,000 for each of a bachelor’s degree or sub-degree student, irrespective of whether they are local or non-local students. Nominated students should demonstrate efforts in striving for significant improvement in the completion of their studies.

  • Talent Development Scholarship

The Talent Development Scholarship (TDS) aims to give recognition to students who have demonstrated achievements or talent in non-academic areas and provide support for these students to further develop their talent and potential. The scholarship is set at $10,000 for each of both bachelor’s degree and sub-degree students, irrespective of whether they are local or non-local students. The TDS will be offered to students who have demonstrated talent or potential in at least one of the following areas:

  • Sports and games
  • Music and performing arts
  • Culture, arts and design
  • Innovation, science and technology
  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • Reaching Out Award

The Reaching Out Award (ROA) aims to support meritorious students who are nominated by institutions to participate in learning, internship or service programs, as well as national, regional and international events and competitions that are conducted outside Hong Kong and organized / endorsed by institutions. The award is set at $10,000 for each of both bachelor’s degree and sub-degree students, irrespective of whether they are local or non-local students.

  • Endeavour Scholarship

The Endeavour Scholarship is offered to give recognition to deserving post-secondary students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in the pursuit of excellence in academic and other areas. The SEN includes specific learning difficulties, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder, physical disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech and language impairment, and others.

The Endeavour Scholarship is awarded at $10,000 for each of both bachelor’s degree and sub-degree students, regardless of the students’ nationalities.

Nominations are submitted by participating institutions. These institutions include:

  • Caritas Bianchi College of Careers
  • Caritas Institute of Community Education
  • Caritas Institute of Higher Education
  • Centennial College
  • Chu Hai College of Higher Education
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Community College of City university / UOW College Hong Kong
  • School of Continuing and Professional Education
  • Gratia Christian College
  • HKCT Institute of Higher Education
  • HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College
  • Hong Kong Art School
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Academy of Film
  • School of Continuing Education
  • College of International Education
  • Hong Kong College of Technology
  • Hong Kong Institute of Technology
  • Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education
  • Hong Kong Shue Yan University
  • Lingnan University – Lingnan Institute of Further Education
  • SCAD Foundation (Hong Kong) Limited / Savannah College of Art and Design, Inc.
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong – School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Hong Kong Community College
  • School of Professional Education and Executive Development
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The Open University of Hong Kong
  • Teh University of Hong Kong
  • HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education
  • HKU SPACE Community College
  • Tung Wah College
  • Vocational Training Council
  • Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education
  • YMCA College of Careers

For more information on the scholarship, visit www.cspe.edu.hk.

For further details on the eligibility criteria and application procedures, refer to the relevant institution’s website.

Enquiries can be sent by e-mail to [email protected], or by phone 3468 2282.

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