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Mainland Experience Scheme for Post-secondary Students


The Mainland Experience Scheme (MES) for Post-secondary Students is a pilot project launched by the HKSAR government since 1 July 2011 to subsidize on a matching basis post-secondary students participating in short-term internship or learning programmes in the Mainland. Institutions may use the matched funds for operating programmes under the Scheme for a maximum period of eight years, i.e. up to 30 June 2019.


Through subsidizing post-secondary students to participate in short-term programmes in the Mainland, the government wish to encourage more young people to see for themselves and learn more about the prevailing social, economic and cultural landscape of our country through these programmes. The experience will also facilitate students’ long-term career development.



  • Both local and non-local students who are enrolled in full-time UGC-funded undergraduate programmes,  Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Accountancy and Higher Diploma in Creative Film Production at HKBU are eligible to benefit from the MES.
  • Students must participate in a programme subsidized by MES in order to receive the subsidy.
  • Each student can only enjoy the scheme once, irrespective of the amount of subsidy they receive.

Programme Providers

  • All programmes must be arranged / endorsed by the university, and approved by the EDB.
  • Eligible programmes must be short-term internship or learning programmes held in the Mainland and completed before 30 June 2019 (the programmes must commence on or before 30 June 2019).

MES Programmes for 2018/19 (as of 1 March 2019)


Name of Programme
青海中醫藥服務考察團 2019
「四川依然美麗」- 四川服務學習,歷史文化體驗計劃
EQ Express-Psychological Service Trip to Xi’an
2019 Metropolitan Attachment Programme: China
Gansu Sustainable Service Trip 2019
Cultural Exchange Tour in Sichuan (C.N. Yang Hall)


第十四屆香港內地學子隴上遊學絲綢之路: 從西安到甘南藏區敦煌

Service-Learning Global Internship Programme - Beijing

Cost distribution

  • The matching grant provided by the government can be used to subsidize each participating student up to $3,000 or 50% of the cost per capita (whichever is lower), and it should be used for direct costs arising from the programmes but not for covering day-to-day operational and administration costs. 
  • The remaining programme cost should be covered by the organizer, other donations and/or participants. However, it is advised that the fees to be charged from students should normally not exceed 15% of the cost per capita.

Application procedures

  1. To apply for using the matching grants, programme providers should first submit their programme proposals, using the templates provided here (English version / Chinese version), to the EDB via SFA for processing and consideration (proposals not in the format of the template will not be considered). Programme proposal should be sent via email to at least 8 weeks before the commencement of the programme. To facilitate our preparation of the programme summary and other relevant documents to the EDB, programme proposals for 2018/19 will be collected and submitted to the EDB by 4 batches according to the following schedule:


Deadline for submitting programme proposals to SFA


14 September 2018 (Friday)


26 October 2018 (Friday)


25 January 2019 (Friday)


29 March 2019 (Friday)

  1. The EDB will normally approve the programme proposals, or otherwise, within 2 months upon submission. Since each student can only enjoy the scheme once only, programme provider should let the participants know that they are subsidized by MES in the programme (meaning that they can no longer receive MES from another programme). In addition, to avoid duplication of beneficiaries, programme providers should send their participants’ lists to SFA for verification before confirming their participation and collecting fee from students.
  2. Each approved programme is required to submit an evaluation report to EDB via SFA within 2 months upon the programme completion. The report should include a review of the programme, evaluation of the programme achievements, students’ feedback and a financial report. Detailed requirements and template of the evaluation report will be provided to respective organizers in due course.