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Cultural & Language Immersion Scheme (CALIS)

Cultural & Language Immersion Scheme (CALIS)

Given the volatility of the pandemic in the United Kingdom and taking students' safety as the top priority, CALIS 2021 is suspended.

About the Scheme

CALIS is a 4-week summer study programme that takes place in the UK, with an objective to improve students’ English proficiency through immersion in the British culture and classroom learning. Cultural immersion comprises a variety of activities including homestay at a local family, community services, sports and music, weekend excursions and sightseeing.

CALIS welcomes all non-final year full time students of the College of Engineering. Information sessions are normally held in late November of each year. Interested students are invited to visit this webpage regularly for update.



Work Schedule

Dates Work description Remarks

Week 1, Sem B

Briefing sessions Exact dates to be announced via email
Week 1-2, Sem B Application period Through CRESDA
Week 4, Sem B Interview Departments and interview panels have full discretion with regard to the interview arrangement and student assessment / nomination
Week 5 Announcement of results  
Week 6 Payment of airfare deposit HK$1,000
Week 7 First meeting Compulsory: Exact date to be confirmed
Week 8 Payment of airfare balance  
Week 11 Payment of caution money Caution money: $8,000 (to be reimbursed by October after successful completion of CALIS)
31 Mar Submission of project topic Compulsory
Week 12 Final payment 40% of programme fee LESS airfare
30 Apr Submission of 2-page summary on project Compulsory
May / Jun Announcement of host family assignment  
late Apr or 17 May Pre-departure workshop & Final briefing Compulsory (Exact date to be confirmed)

19 May
23 Jun
Departure Date (tentative)
London group A
London group B
Group departure is a MUST

21 Jun
26 Jul
Return date (tentative)
London group A
London group B
Staying behind is NOT allowed

25 Jun
29 Jul
Final presentation and debriefing (tentative)
London group A
London group B


London (Middlesex University)

  • Visits: Buckingham Palace, House of Parliament, London Eye, Greenwich, River Thames, Royal Observatory
  • Weekend trips: Oxford, Brighton, Windsor
  • Industrial Visit : Mini Cooper Production Plant
  • Sports: Horse riding, cricket, sports day
  • Evening activities: Musical, Hollywood Bowling, Medieval Banquet
  • Service project for the elderly and school children
  • Homestay

Sheffield (Sheffield Hallam University)

  • Visits: Sheffield Cathedral, Mayfield Alpaca Animal Park, Peak District
  • Weekend trips: Newcastle, Edinburgh and London
  • Sports: Sports day
  • Industrial visit - Gripple
  • Service project for the blind and school children
  • Homestay

The above programme is subject to change.



All non-final year full-time CENG undergraduates and associate degree students of the College. Students of the Division of Building Science and Technology should apply to the Division.

Application form: Via CRESDA

Application period: 3 - 20 January 2021

Requirement: CGPA 2.0 or above

Late submission will not be entertained under any circumstances

Interview: Weeks 4, Semester B

Departments and interview panels have full discretion with regard to the interview arrangement and student assessment/nomination.  In general, selection is based on the following:

  • attitude
  • initiative
  • teambuilding abilities
  • willingness to serve
  • English proficiency

Announcement of results: Week 5, Semester B

Results will be announced via email.


Programme Fee

The programme fee covers airfare, accommodation, course fee, IELTS examination fee and some of the programme activity expenses.  It also covers the meal costs partially. General daily expenses, data plan and local transportation are not included in the programme fee. They are to be borne by students separately.

Caution Money

Students are required to pay HKD8,000 as caution money. It is non-transferable and does NOT form any portion of the programme fee. It will be returned to students only after their successful completion of the programme. Students who withdraw at any time for any reason will NOT get any refund. If additional cost is incurred after full payment, e.g. change in exchange rate or fuel surcharge, it will be deducted from the caution money.

The programme activities of CALIS include all the meetings and workshops, the pre-departure briefing, all the scheduled classes and activities in the UK and the post-CALIS debriefing and review meeting. Students are required to attend all the programme activities. Absent from any activity/class or failure to submit any assignment may result in the forfeiture of the caution money in part or in full.


Budget Estimate

Programme Fee
  • Approximately HKD50,000
    Payment scale:
    • University (60%): Around HKD30,000
    • Student (40%): Around HKD20,000
Scholarship (On Competitive Basis)

HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund - Non-academic Awards (TDS & ROA) 2020 - 21 (HKD10,000)

  • Students with CGPA ≥ 3.0 may also apply for this ROA scholarship as additional financial support on a competitive basis.
  • University sponsorship will not be deducted upon students' successful application for the ROA scholarship.

[SDS / Parent Dept will announce in April or May]

General Information

Visa application

Students are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa and checking that their passport hold a 6-month expiry period at least when they enter the UK. Cost of visa application and passport renewal is to be borne by the students.

Insurance matters

Students are strongly advised to purchase their own travel insurance. For details of insurance policies offered by CityU, please refer to the webpage of the Finance Office at: 


Ms Maidie Lo
(852) 3442-9148

Miss Stephanie Chan
(852) 3442-6172