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HSBC Overseas Scholarship 2023-24 (Deadline: 5:30pm of 16 January 2023)

Scholarships
14 NOV 2022 - 16 JAN 2023

HSBC has a long history of supporting educational activities and nurturing young people for the betterment of the community. For the 2023-24 academic year, HSBC is offering HSBC Overseas Scholarship, at a maximum total value of up to HK$1,500,000 with a maximum amount of HK$300,000 per scholarship, to local full-time non-final year undergraduate students in Hong Kong. There is no pre-set number of scholarship awards for each university. 

The scholarship will support the recipients to study abroad for either one semester or one academic year, and return to our University to complete their studies and graduate. Applicants are recommended to choose from this list of overseas universities. Hong Kong Baptist University will nominate 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, and a small portion of living expenses and visa application fees. For more details, please click here.


ELIGIBILITY

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

(1) are Hong Kong permanent residents with the right of abode in Hong Kong;

(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 (basic and applied), social sciences, textiles, and arts subjects (linguistics and languages, translation, history, geography, fine arts and 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 3.70 or above (or top 3% of class, or met HKBU’s standard for first class honours) in the first semester of the academic year 2022-23;
(Although students may not know whether they belong to the top 3% of their class, they should submit their application first, and the Office of Student Affairs will verify whether an applicant is eligible to compete for the Scholarship, i.e., whether he/she belongs to the top 3% group, after the application closes.)

(4) 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 requirements are irrespective of the admission requirements of the intended overseas universities. Please note that the English proficiency tests must have been taken on 18 February 2021 or later. If unavailable by the application deadline below, test results can be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs on or before 3 February 2023 (Friday);

(5) demonstrate strong financial needs (priority will be given to students from a financially disadvantaged background);

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

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

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

(9) are strongly committed to Hong Kong

  • Scholarships will not be awarded to students who enroll in an overseas study course of less than a semester.
  • Scholarship recipients are not allowed to receive awards or financial support from the University or other organisations for the same exchange programme concurrently. 
  • Scholarship recipients are expected to return to their home universities in Hong Kong after their overseas study to complete their degree in Hong Kong; otherwise, they have to reimburse the full cost of scholarship.


APPLICATION

Please click here to download the application form. The form is fillable. Please type in the form.

The Office of Student Affairs will certify your eligibility in the very last section of the application form. Please leave that section blank (i.e., Do NOT ask your faculty/department staff to fill in that part).

  1. Save your completed application form and add PDF attachments of your transcript (student copy), personal essay and recommendation letter as instructed on the application form. Scan all the required supporting documents (i.e., TOEFL/IELTS results, certificate/proof of extra-curricular activities/community services/achievements, etc.). Combine your application form and scanned supporting documents as ONE (1) PDF file.
  2. Name your PDF file in the format of "HSBC Overseas_student ID_full name" (e.g. HSBC Overseas_20201111_Chan Tai Man). We may not be able to identify your submission if you do not name your file as instructed.
  3. Make sure the scans of your documents are clear and legible. Any parts that are missing, unclear, and incomprehensible will NOT be considered.
  4. Try to keep your pdf file under 25MB. You may not need to scan the documents in the highest/top quality if standard quality suffice. Your PDF file should NOT exceed 25MB.
  5. Login to our “Documents Upload Platform” at https://sfa.hkbu.edu.hk/supporting_docs/ with your SSOid. Choose and click “HSBC Overseas Scholarship” in the menu to upload the documents. We will NOT be able to receive your documents if you choose another scheme, so please click the scheme name carefully. The “Documents Upload Platform” will close automatically at the application deadline 5:30pm of 16 January 2022 (Friday). You will receive an auto-email from the system upon successful upload of your PDF file.
  6. To avoid being late, you should upload your PDF well before the deadline, as there may be unexpected technical errors/difficulties that require you extra time to solve. Note that the submission time is subject to our system’s clock on the website, which may or may not be the same as your watch, and the Office of Student Affairs has the discretion to make final judgments on whether the application is considered late.

Copies of certificates, records on SLES, student development portfolio, letters, name cards, emails, magazines, webpages, newspaper clippings and/or other documents that have (1) your name, (2) the position held and (3) the organization name can be used as the supporting documents for your activities/services. However, please highlight the relevant information. 

Partial submissions/late applications will NOT be considered. You should ONLY attach relevant supporting documents with your application form. Form submission via hardcopy or email is not accepted.

  • Please click here for general tips on completing scholarship application forms.
  • Faculty members are welcome to nominate eligible students to apply.
     

SELECTION AND AWARD CONDITIONS

After internal paper vetting, shortlisted students may be invited to attend an internal selection interview in late Jan/early Feb 2023. Up to two candidates will be recommended to HSBC for their final panel interview in March 2023.

  • Students who cannot attend the internal selection interview and/or the panel interview arranged by HSBC due to exchange/ placement/ internship should NOT apply.
  • This Scholarship requires open competition with students from other institutions, there is no guarantee that all or any of the candidate(s) nominated will be invited to the interview or will receive a scholarship.

Conditional offers will be made in April 2023 by HSBC to candidates who fulfil all selection criteria, who are recommended by their respective school, and are selected by the HSBC interview panel.  Offers are finalised upon the reciept of:

  1. an official admission letter from the intended overseas university;
  2. an application form to the Hong Kong Young Ambassador Scheme or a similar programme that HSBC has approved in writing;
  3. a letter from HKBU confirming the number of credits that the applicant will take during his/her semester or year abroad. This submitted figure should be regarded as final;
  4. evidence from the overseas university outlining the duration of the academic year and information on the number of courses/credits that a visiting or full-time overseas student should take; and
  5. a completed pro-forma summary sheet providing a final cost breakdown that is reviewed by the university.

ENQUIRY

Scholarships & Financial Aid Unit
Office of Student Affairs
Hong Kong Baptist University
Room WLB401, Level 4,
The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies, Shaw Campus
Telephone: 3411 2311
Email: sfa@hkbu.edu.hk