HSBC Overseas Scholarship

On the Donor

Since 1997, the Hongkong Bank Foundation contributed in scholarships, bursaries and other development awards to more than 300 students from tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.  It covers a wide range of scholarships such as scholarships for local, mainland and international students, for overseas exchange, for students with disabilities, etc.

Purpose and Scope

The HSBC Overseas Scholarship is open to HKU non-final year full-time undergraduate students who meet the following requirements:

1. Hong Kong permanent residents with the right of abode in Hong Kong;

2. Preferred minimum CGPA of 3.7 or above/top 3% of class in the first semester of the academic year 2022-23;

3. Well-rounded, having participated in extra-curricular and community service activities;

4. No extensive experience of living or studying overseas;

5. In a financial situation which does not permit overseas study or extensive travel overseas; 

6. Commitment to Hong Kong; and

7. 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 the requirements of the intended overseas universities.  All tests must have been taken on February 18, 2021 or later.  Test results will have to be ready on or before February 11, 2023.

2023-24 Application Timeline

Please contact the International Affairs Office (email: for details.

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Awarded by External Body
Value of Award The Scholarship will cover (1) tuition fee of the overseas institution, (2) minimum economy class return airfare and (3) reasonable room and board costs, books, and a small portion of living expenses based on a maximum scholarship amount of not more than HKD300,000. The final amount of scholarship to be awarded to each scholar shall be subject to approval by HSBC.
Renewal Conditions -
Selection by Open application and interview
Type of Scholarships Enrichment Scholarships for Current Students
*Financial Needs apply
Place of Origin of Students Local
Level of Study Undergraduate
Faculty Not specified
Year of Study Non-final year