Global Learning Scheme

Student Affairs Office Global Learning Experience   Learning Opportunities in Overseas   Global Learning Scheme  

To encourage students to go abroad and increase their global exposure, Student Affairs Office (SAO) introduces the Global Learning Scheme (GLS) to provide financial support to eligible students who study in recognized global learning programmes.


  • Allow students to learn in a foreign educational institution and facilitate their academic training;
  • Foster students’ cultural literacy and enable them to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds and ultimately enhance their career readiness;
  • Offer an opportunity for students to strengthen their adaptability and independent problem-solving skills; and
  • Expand University’s global footprint by sending outstanding students to foreign partners.

Value of Subsidy:

HK$2,000 – HK$10,000 each, which is dependent on the programme structure and duration, destination, programme fee and availability of other remuneration/sponsorship, to an awardee who has successfully completed a recognized global learning programme and has fulfilled all Scheme requirements. Please note that the subsidy will be given to eligible students as part of financial support and it does not intend to cover all student costs incurred by the programme. The Scheme authority, i.e. SAO, has full discretion in determining the subsidy level of each application and rejecting the application.


  • be a full-time undergraduate student of the University who has completed his/her 2nd-year of studies (for Year-1 entry) or has completed his/her 1st-year of studies (for senior year entry);
  • have applied for a global learning programme which is offered/ recognized by SAO in 2023 summer (please refer to the following “SAO Recognized Global Learning Programme”);
  • achieve an average GPA not lower than 2.5 (marginal case will be considered on case by case basis);
  • not be suspended, on disciplinary hearing, or on academic probation in Spring 2023;
  • be committed to representing the University to promote the positive image of the University to others; and
  • Priority will be given to students who have not been awarded the subsidy before.

SAO Recognized Global Learning Programme (for 2023 summer only):

The list may be updated from time to time

Institute Programme Name Destination Programme Webpage
Istanbul Aydın University
Delightful Istanbul Summer School
Istanbul, Turkey
King's College London
King's Summer Programme
London, UK
University of British Columbia
Vancouver Summer Program
Vancouver, Canada
University of Vienna
Univie: Summer School – International and European Studies
Vienna, Austria
University of Wisconsin-Madison
UW-Madison Summer Term
Madison, USA
Yonsei University
Yonsei International Summer School
Seoul, Korea
York University
Summer English Immersion Program
York, Canada

Please refer to the host website for further information about the Recognized Summer Programmes.

  • Applicants should note the application period and be responsible for applying for the recognized programme by themselves. Before applying, applicants should also check whether they meet the admission requirements and visa application eligibility specified by the host institution(s) and the host countries/regions.
  • Before making financial commitment, applicants should take into account the risk of Covid-19 pandemic and the travel requirements of their respective destination. The University shall not be responsibile for any financial losses of the students (i.e. programme fee, airfare, accommodation fee, etc.).

Important Note:

  • Students can only be awarded the GLS once throughout their studies at the University;
  • The duration of the physical global learning programme should not be less than 5 days, flight schedule inclusive. In general, a longer programme period may have a higher level of subsidy;
  • Priority will be given to students who have applied to the global learning programme that matches their academic studies at HKMU and/or career goals;
  • Priority will be given to Student Ambassadors and MetroScholar Club members under the SAO Career Accelerator Programme who have completed a series of career development training with satisfactory performance;
  • Awardees are required to attend pre-departure training and a briefing session to understand more about the programme details and the latest travelling arrangements;
  • Self-solicited global learning opportunities that are not in the above “SAO Recognized Global Learning Programme” will not be accepted;
  • Once the application has been approved by the Scheme authority, no change of programme will be allowed unless special approval was sought.
  • Awardees of this Scheme may also apply for other subsidies from funding sources outside the University in the same year, e.g. Reaching Out Award offered by Hong Kong Government [LINK]; and
  • The Scheme authority has full discretion in determining the subsidy level of each application and rejecting applications. Students should not presume that their application must be successful before receiving the official approval from the Scheme authority;

Application Method (for GLS):


  • The form below is for GLS APPLICATION only. Students should apply separately for the summer global learning programme, please refer to the respective programme website above.
  • Please submit the online application at between 1 Feb and 30 Apr 2023. In general, early submission will increase your chance of being accepted.
  • The Scheme authority will review all on-going applications by the end of February, March and April. Applicants shall expect to receive their application results before 15th day of each month (i.e. 15 March, 15 April & 15 May).
  • Applications that are incomplete, late or have not been accompanied by the required document(s) will not be considered.
  • Should there be multiple eligible applicants for this Scheme, students’ academic performance, personal statements, and previous contributions to the University will be considered in the selection process. Applicants may be invited for a selection interview if needed.
  • Those who do not receive any news from our office by 15 May 2023 shall assume their applications are not successful.

Obligation of the Awardees:

To receive the subsidy, the awardee must submit the following documents to SAO by 30 Sep 2023:

  1. proof of completion by the host institution (e.g. academic transcript, certificate of programme completion);
  2. copies of round-trip boarding pass;
  3. a self-reflection of not less than 500 words in English;
  4. at least 5 high-resolution photos (no less than 500KB file size each) relevant to the global learning experience and the awardee’s portrait should be seen in the photos; and
  5. complete the student pre-programme evaluation and post-programme evaluation.

If awardees have completed the above tasks and the documents have been verified by SAO, the subsidy will normally be given to the awardees by end-Dec 2023. Please note that awardees will be invited to join an award presentation ceremony scheduled in Autumn Term 2023, and their global learning stories and submitted documents may be published electronically or otherwise.


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