Current Students

Faculty Global Exploration Fund (UG) (FGEF)

*In the light of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak and on-campus class suspension arrangements, students do NOT need to travel to the campus to submit FGEF reimbursement application during this period. You can submit the form and supporting documents AFTER on-campus classes resume. (March 2020)

Objective and Overview

With a view to encouraging students’ global exploration and aligning with the University’s targets listed in the University’s Academic Development Proposal 2016-19, the Faculty of Arts is pleased to offer the Faculty Global Exploration Fund (FGEF) (formerly named as Faculty Student Mobility Fund) to Arts students (BA, BA&BEd and BA&LLB) in need, who plan to participate in and have demonstrated commitment to the proposed mainland China (ML) and international (INT) learning experience (activity) starting from the academic year 2017-18.

Students are advised to apply for funding support from the University and the government in the first instance (please refer to the HKU Horizons webpage Since the FGEF cannot be held concurrently with other funding sources (e.g. HKU, government) for financing the same ML/INT learning activity, failing which applicants are required to report to the Faculty in writing immediately, withdraw the application, and if applicable, return the reimbursed amount back to the Faculty. Therefore, students are advised to make a well-informed choice before applying for the FGEF.

Support Amount

From the academic year 2018-19 onwards, each eligible student can seek reimbursement up to HK$20,000 during their degree studies.  The maximum amount of funding of the total major cost (i.e. transportation cost, accommodation cost and course/programme fee) of each approved activity is as follows:

Destination Max. amount of funding
Mainland China HK$ 8,800
Asia (other than mainland China) HK$11,000
Outside Asia HK$20,000

Applications for funding support for a second activity with justifications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


  • For details about the fund, e.g. eligibility, reimbursement details and procedures, etc., please click here to check the application guidelines.
  • Reimbursement form: Please click here to download the reimbursement form
  • Pre-approval is only necessary when the activity does not fully meet the terms and conditions in the application guidelines, please click here to submit a pre-approval application if necessary. 

Important note

  • Applications which do not fully meet the mentioned terms and conditions can be considered on a case-by-case basis, with a pre-approval application at least 6 weeks before the activity date indicated on the online application system.
  • Maximum amount of funding may vary among programmes with potential benchmarking with other funding supporting similar programme.
    For reference:
    ➔ Students participating in exchange programmes organized by the Arts Faculty or IAO (International Affairs Office, HKU)
    - may apply for the FGEF provided that they are not eligible for receiving first-time full scholarship offered by the IAO and/or have not accepted another scholarship for the same activity beforehand
    - the FGEF maximum support amounts will benchmark the IAO award scales, whichever the less will be applied.
    ➔ As for short-term study abroad programmes
    - the FGEF support amount will benchmark the maximum amount of HK$10,000 regardless of students’ CGPA scores and whichever the less will be awarded (with reference to
  • Applicants need to hand in one final submission with all required supporting documents (mentioned in application guidelines) in hard copy to the Faculty Office by the reimbursement deadline (i.e. within 8 weeks after the completion of the activity).
  • Applicants would also need to submit the softcopy of the report and relevant photos to the office for further promotion usage when requested.

August 2019