Updates on SAO Summer 2020


In light of the growing spread of COVID19 in various countries and as the safety and well-being of students is our utmost priority, the University has decided to suspend all summer outbound programmes in 2020.


Noted that some institutions have switched to online summer programmes. Please note that students who will be attending to online courses are not eligible for financial assistance, as one of the conditions to receive the IAO financial assistance (e.g. Short-term Abroad Scholarship/Allowance, Reaching Out Award, etc.) amount approved in your Programme Offered email (if applicable), is to complete the programme physically at the host institution in the host country.


Thank you for your attention and understanding on this, we hope you will stay safe and healthy during this unprecedented event.  



Short-term Abroad Opportunities (SAO) - Summer



Recommended Study Programmes


Check out this programme list for the available options. 



Application Procedure


  1. Apply with the host institution directly. Different institutions have different application procedures and deadlines. Please make sure you follow the application procedure of individual institution and complete their application. After receiving your admission, you can login back to the IAO system and complete your registration.


  1. . This registration also serves as the application for IAO's financial assistance for short-term programmes. You can open the application as soon as you plan to apply for a summer programme. The application can only be submitted and be processed for Short-term Abroad Scholarship or Allowance after you received an admission offer from the host institution. Please refer to this page for the requirements and conditions of the financial assistance. 


  1. Supporting documents to be uploaded in application:
  • Official transcript / screen capture(s) of academic results from HKU Portal:
  • Admission confirmation from host institution


  1. Enjoy your short-term abroad experience!


Key Dates for SAO



Deadline for registering with IAO

June 15, 2020

Release of IAO registration result

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Submission of summer programme report

As soon as you return, or no later than August 31, 2020

万博体育买球Disbursement of Short Term Abroad Scholarship or Allowance 

万博体育买球September, 2020

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Important notes: Each programme will have different deadlines from host institution. Please refer to the programme page for the application deadlines from the host institution.