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C. Y. Tung Scholarship for Semester At Sea (SAS) (2020 Spring Voyage) (Deadline: 16 Sep 2019)

15 JUL - 16 SEP 2019

Semester at Sea

Founded in 1963, Semester at Sea (SAS) is the world’s premier global comparative education programme open to students of all majors from around the world. The programme is administered by the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) and the Colorado State University is the academic sponsor. Over the past five decades, SAS sailed about 110 voyages, educated 55,000 students from 1,700 institutions around the world and travelled to more than 60 countries.

Semester at Sea equips students with the global understanding necessary to become prepared future leaders and global citizens. The academic program, offered in academic partnership with the Colorado State University, integrates comparative experiential study, interdisciplinary coursework, and relevant field labs in multiple countries. For more details, please visit the official website:

The 2020 Spring Voyage (4 January - 20 April 2020) is now open for online application at: The application fee waiver code is "dream". Successful registration requires a deposit of US$1,000. The deposit is not an additional fee and goes towards the program fee. It can be fully refunded if applicants cancel their application 90 days prior to voyage embarkation (i.e. 11 October 2019, US time).

C. Y. Tung Scholarship

The C. Y. Tung Scholarship is donated by the Hon Tung Chee Hwa and his family to honor his father C. Y. Tung. Each voyage that visits China (currently only Spring voyages), a small cohort of US and Chinese students are awarded a USD25,000 scholarship, which almost fully covers the SAS programme fees. During 2014 and 2018, a total of six HKBU students were awarded the C. Y. Tung Scholarship.

The award of C. Y. Tung Scholarship is mainly based on academic merits but outstanding leadership and previous overseas exposure are also advantages. No selection interview is required. To get more information and complete the online application form for C. Y. Tung Scholarship, please click this link: (application is now open until 16 September 2019)

To know how the previous C. Y. Tung Scholars from HKBU experienced their voyage and what they gained, you are recommended to visit their blog/facebook at

Other Scholarships and Financial Aid

In addition to the C. Y. Tung Scholarship, there are also some other scholarships and need-based grants available for application from students joining the SAS. Details can be found at this link: Students may apply for one or more scholarships/grants. However, students who are awarded the C. Y. Tung Scholarship are normally not eligible to receive other scholarships or grants concurrently.

Scholarship applicant must be a confirmed student of SAS in order to be reviewed for scholarship application. Therefore, applicants should have registered for SAS and paid the required deposit fee when they apply for the scholarships and financial aid. The application of most scholarships for SAS 2020 Spring Voyage will be closed on 16 September 2019, and the award results will be annoucned via email on 25 September 2019. According to the organizer, the Spring 2020 Voyage is rapidly filling up - they are expecting to hit capacity for the voyage and begin a waitlist in early August. Therefore, interested students should apply as early as possible.

Information Session

An information session will be held during 12:30pm - 1:30pm on 6 September 2019 (Friday) at iCafe Activities Room (next to Pacific Coffee), Shaw Campus, in which more details about the SAS programme and scholarship application will be introduced. The 2018 C. Y. Tung Scholar from HKBU will also share his precious experiences and hints for successful application in the session. Students who are interested in applying for the programme and scholarships are highly recommended to attend. Please click here for online registration of the information session. 

Please click here for general tips on completing scholarship application forms.

Faculty members are welcome to encourage eligible students to apply.


For enquiries, please feel free to contact Ms. Joey Lau at 3411 7225 or by email to

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