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Non-means-tested Mainland Experience Scheme


Non-means-tested Mainland Experience Scheme (Non-means-tested MES) has been launched since July 2019 to subsidize the cost of students pursuing exchange activities in Mainland China.


Applicants of the Scheme can receive a maximum amount of subsidy based on the calculation as listed below:

Outbound Exchange Activity to Mainland China (HK$)Duration^Subsidy Amount (HK$)Maximum Subsidy Amount (HK$)*
900+5-13 days1,0501,950
14-28 days1,8002,700
29-90 days3,0003,900
91-180 days7,5008,400
Over 180 days13,50014,400

^ The duration of an exchange activity should cover the period from the commencement date to the completion date. Travelling time back and forth between Hong Kong and the exchange destination should NOT be counted towards the duration of the exchange activity.
* HKU reserves the right to adjust the actual amount of subsidy downwards, based on the actual expenses and existence of other subsidy/sponsorship granted to the students, etc.


Every full-time undergraduate student can receive subsidy under the Non-means-tested MES ONCE only, irrespective of the amount of subsidy received. Subsidy of the Scheme is provided on a reimbursement basis to eligible students.


How to apply?
To apply the Non-means-tested MES, you are required to complete an online application form and upload the following required documents within ONE MONTHafter the completion of the programme for reimbursement:


For programmes commencing between September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021



Required Documents

i. UID copy, if you are in the final year of study in 2020/21

ii. Transcript or certificate of completion as proof of completion of the programme

iii. Programme itinerary

iv. Sharing in English (at least 300 words)

v. Activity photos (5 photos with at least 300 dpi)



Mainland Affairs Office will process the applications on a rolling basis all year around. Late submissions or incomplete applications will NOT be entertained.


More details regarding the application for Non-means-tested MES, such as eligibility of programmes and students, can be found at