HSBC OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME 2011/12

The Hongkong Bank Foundation has a long history of supporting educational activities and nurturing young people for the betterment of the community. For the 2011/12 academic year, The Hongkong Bank Foundation is offering the HSBC Overseas Scholarships, at a maximum total value of HK$4,000,000, to selected local full-time undergraduate students. The scholarships will enable the recipients to spend one year of their degree programme at one of the designated overseas universities and return to our University to complete their studies and graduate. The Hong Kong Baptist University will nominate up to two eligible candidates to compete with students from other universities in Hong Kong for the Scholarships.

Each scholarship will cover (1) tuition fees and mandatory college fees, (2) a minimum economy return airfare, and (3) reasonable room and board costs, books, a small portion of living expenses and visa application fees.

ELIGIBILITY

Application is now open to non-final year undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree programme, and who: 

(1) are Hong Kong permanent residents with right of abode in Hong Kong (full disclosure regarding citizenship is required);

(2) are pursuing studies in disciplines under architecture, business and economics, communication, computer science/information systems, construction and land use, dentistry, design, education, engineering, health care, hotel and tourism, law, medicine, science (applied and basic), social sciences, textiles, arts subjects (linguistics & languages, translation, history, geography, fine arts & applied arts) and environment (UGC-funded programmes only). Students are allowed the flexibility to major in a different discipline while abroad;

(3) have attained a cumulative GPA score of 3.3 or above in the first semester of the academic year 2010/2011. Non-first year students should also have attained a cumulative GPA score of 3.3 or above in the academic year 2009/2010;

(4) have applied for admission/have been accepted for admission to one year full-time study at one of the designated overseas universities;

(5) have an appropriate study plan (it is advantageous for the applicants to seek advice from their departments on what courses to take in the designated overseas institutions so that credits gained overseas could be transferred to their studies in the University);

(6) have a minimum total TOEFL score of 90 (Internet-based test) with scores for individual sections not lower than 22 on listening, 17 on writing, 21 on reading, and 21 on speaking; or a minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5, with no component below 6.0. These are irrespective of overseas universities’ requirements. Please note that the English proficiency tests must be taken on 12 February 2008 or later. If unavailable by the application deadline below, test results can be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs on or before 1 February 2011 (Tuesday);

(7) are well-rounded, participating in extra-curricular and/or community service activities;

(8) have no extensive experience of living or studying overseas;

(9) are in a financial situation which does not permit overseas study or extensive travel overseas; and

(10) are committed to Hong Kong

Scholarship recipients are expected to return to their home universities in Hong Kong after their year overseas to complete their degree in Hong Kong; otherwise, they have to reimburse the full cost of scholarship.

Scholarships will not be awarded to students who enroll in an overseas study course of less than a year or, arranged by HKBU or other organisations, for which financial support for the year abroad is already available either through HKBU or other sources.

APPLICATION

Please click here to download the application form. Completed application form together with copies of all relevant supporting documents (including HKID, HKCEE, HKALE & TOEFL/IELTS results, academic transcripts with grades of Semester 1 of 2010/11, certificates/awards for participation in extra-curricular activities and community services, and letters of appointment/reference letters for work experience, if any) should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs, 8/F Yeung Shui Sang Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, on or before January 14, 2011 (Friday).

Faculty members are welcome to nominate eligible students to apply.

SELECTION AND AWARD CRITERIA

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an internal selection interview in late January 2011. Nominated students are required to attend a panel interview arranged by HSBC in March 2011.

Conditional offers will be made in April 2011 by the Hongkong Bank Foundation to candidates who completely fulfil the selection criteria, are recommended by HKBU and short-listed by the HSBC panel. Confirmation of the scholarship awards will be made no later than the end of August 2011, subject to formal admission by overseas universities, and overall GPA of 3.3 or above at the end of 2010/11 academic year, an application form to the Hong Kong Young Ambassador Scheme (HKYAS) or alternate programmes similar to HKYAS, subject to the approval from HSBC, and a letter from the overseas university outlining the duration of the academic year and information on the number of courses/credits that a full-time overseas student should take.

ENQUIRY

For enquiries, please feel free to contact Ms. Joey Lau at 3411 7225 or by email to laujoey@hkbu.edu.hk.

 

Office of Student Affairs