About the Asia Abroad Scholarship Programme

Through the BVI's "Asia Abroad Programme" Virgin Islanders now have the opportunity to study abroad in the Asia-Pacific! The region is the emerging economic and cultural center of the world in the 21st century with whom the Virgin Islands has had a long-standing relationship for 30 years. The BVI has been economically integrated into Asia’s Financial markets since the 1990s with over 50% of BVI’s Financial Services revenue presently generated in the Asia-Pacific. Asia’s World Ranked Universities, Premier Financial Centers, Top Rated Public Health & Hospital Systems, and Technology Hubs in the modern cities/countries of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, & Japan are ideal for Virgin Islanders to broaden their education and knowledge of the world!

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Tuition Coverages

The Universities provide tuition waivers for study, and the Government & Private Sector provide financial support for housing, airfare, and cost of living expenses. Potential awardees are required to complete separate applications for both University acceptance and Government grants or Private Sector Awards. Successful applicants have the possibility of receiving:

I. Full Tuition Waiver + BVI Government Grant + Private Sector Award

II. Full Tuition Waiver + BVI Government Grant

III. Full Tuition Waiver + Private Sector Award

IV. Full Tuition Waiver

*All awards cover a base of TUITION FREE STUDY! Government Grants and Private Sector Awards are distributed thereafter based on available funding.  

**Students are expected to contribute to their cost of living & travel expenses over the period of their studies in Asia.

***University acceptance is required to receive an award.  

Who can Apply?

Any individual meeting the follwing criteria is eligible to participate in BVI's  Asia Abroad Programme:

  1. Any Virgin Islander that is a Propsective High School Graduate in their Final Year meeting early entry requirements for the chosen Universities may apply for a scholarship towards Bachelor's Degree studies!
  2. Any Virgin Islander with an Acredited High School Diploma meeting entry requirements for the chosen Universities may apply for a scholarship toward Bachelor's Degree studies!
  3. Any Virgin Islander with an Accredited Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master’s Degree meeting entry requirements for the chosen Universities may apply for a scholarship toward Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral Degree studies!


  • Virgin Islander - as defined by the Virgin Islands Constitution 2007 (Virgin Islander: Citizen - holder of a BVI Passport / Belonger - holder of a BVI Belonger's Card)

  • Permanent Resident - as determined by BVI's Immigration Authorities (neither a Citizen or Belonger, but permanently residing in Territory due to unique circumstances)

  • (Note - Permanent Residents are only eligible for University Tuition Waivers)

What can I study?

Virgin Islanders can pursue Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral Degree studies in the following subjects:

  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Media & Communications
  • Marine/Maritime Studies
  • Public Health and Medical Fields, Nursing
  • Education, Agriculture & Fisheries
  • Finance/Financial Services
  • Public Administration/Public Policy, Diplomacy

The BVI Government or other areas assigned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture.will determine which areas of study are in greatest need and select candidates accordingly.

Where can I study?

You have the option of studying at Universities in Asia’s most modern wealthy countries and cities including Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and Shenzhen, China.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Polytechnic University  (Apply Here)  - Bachelor's Degree Scholarships


University of Macau   (Apply Here)  - Bachelor's / Master's Degree Scholarships

University of St. Josep  (Apply Here) - Bachelor's / Master's Degree Scholarships

Macau Institute for Tourism Studie  (Apply Here)  - Bachelor's Degree Scholarships

Singapore - (More Information on Singapore Here)

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore)  (Apply Here)  - Master's Degree Scholarship's (BVI Civil Service)


National Taiwan University  (Apply Here)   - Bachelor's / Master's Degree Scholarships

National Sun Yat Sen University  (Apply Here)  - Master's / Doctoral Degree Scholarships

Taipei Medical Universit  (Apply Here)  - Master's Degree Scholarships

Shenzhen, China

Application Process

STEP 1 - Submit the Interest Form.

STEP 2 - Email the BVI's Hong Kong Office a letter of interest including your Name, Age, Level of Education, Employment, and Study Area of Interest:  (studyinasia@bvihongkongoffice.com.hk).

STEP 3 - Complete online applications to at least 2 (two) of the available Universities by their Winter or Spring deadlines. (The links are above!)

STEP 4 - Submit all supporting documents required by the Ministry of Education for consideration. **(See supporting documents list below)

STEP 5 - Complete an interview with the BVI Scholarship Committee. 

STEP 6 - Be approved for study and funding.


Supporting Documents

In order to be considered for the scholarship applicants are required to submit the following supplementary documents:

  • Proof of Completed University Application (Confirmation page of submitted Online Application)
  • Passport Size Photo (1) (Frontal facing, colour photo without shadows)
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Proof of Parents’ National Status
  • Copy of High School Certificate
  • Copy of High School Transcript
  • CSEC Results, if applicable (Certificate Copy)
  • Copy of College/University Acceptance Letters 
  • Official College/University Transcripts 
  • Personal Statement (Essay)
  • Three (3) letters of reference (non-family) 
  • Family/Personal Contribution and Evidence of Ability to Fund Personal Contribution
  • Surety’s Name & Signature
  • Proof of Surety’s Immigration Status 
  • Proof of Surety’s Financial Capacity (e.g. Bank Statement, Employment Letter, etc.)

Contact Us

For additional information and answers to your questions please contact the BVI HONG KONG OFFICE:

Email: studyinasia@bvihongkongoffice.com.hk

Tel. Whatsapp Hong Kong: +852 9859 1305

Tel Hong Kong: +852 3468 8530

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