Student Life

Cultural & Language Immersion Scheme (CALIS)

About the Scheme

CALIS is a 4-week summer study tour 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 in the College of Engineering. Interested students should stay alert to the information sessions scheduled in late November and check the webpage regularly for any updates. We look forward to receiving your application in December this year!

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Work Schedule

Dates Work Description Remarks


 

Briefing Sessions:
12 Nov 2018      1100        LT-7
15 Nov 2018      1100        B4302
16 Nov 2018      1400        LT-11
Content of all briefing sessions are the same.
28 Dec 2018
(5:00 PM)
Application Deadline Hardcopy to Dropbox at Room 4A, 4/F Block 1, To Yuen Building
Week1-2, Sem B Interview Departments and interview panels have full discretion with regard to the interview arrangement and student assessment/nomination. 
Week 3 Announcement of Results  
Week 5 Payment of Airfare Airfare: ~$10,000
Week 7 First Meeting Compulsory: Exact date to be confirmed
Week 8 Payment of Caution Money Caution money: $8,000 (to be returned in Sept after full completion of CALIS)
31 Mar Submission of Project Topic  Compulsory
Week 12 Final Payment Students' 40% of programme fee LESS airfare
30 Apr Submission of 2-page summary on project Compulsory
29 April to 4 May Final Briefing (London Group A and B)
Pre-departure Workshop (London group A and group B)
Time and venue to be advised.
Compulsory
May Announcement of Host Family Assignment  
21 May Pre-departure Workshop (Edinburgh group and Sheffield group with BST)
Time and venue to be advised.
Compulsory
Late May / June Final Briefing
(Edinburgh group and Sheffield group with BST)
Time and venue to be advised.
Compulsory

22 May
14 Jun
26 Jun
29 Jun
Departure Date (Tentative)
London Group A
Sheffield Group
London Group B
Edinburgh Group
Group departure is a MUST

24 Jun
15 Jul
29 Jul
29 Jul
Return Date (Tentative)
London Group A
Sheffield Group
London Group B
Edinburgh Group
Staying behind is NOT allowed


26 Jun
17 Jul
31 Jul
31 Jul
Final presentation and Debriefing (Tentative)
London Group A
Sheffield Group
Edinburgh Group
London Group B
Compulsory

Itinerary (Tentative)

London (Middlesex University)

  • Visits: Buckingham Palace, House of Parliament, London Eye, Greenwich, River Thames, Royal Observatory
  • Weekend Trips: Stratford, Oxford, Brighton, Windsor
  • Sports: Horse riding, cricket, sports day
  • Evening activities: Musical – Phantom of the Opera, Medieval Banquet
  • Service Project: Elderly, school children
  • Homestay

Edinburgh (Edinburgh Napier University)

  • Visits: Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews University, City tour, Glengoyne Distillery, Whitelee Windfarm
  • Weekend Trips: Lock Lomond, Stirling Castle
  • Sports: Rugby, golf, horse riding
  • Industrial Visits: Distillery, windfarm, manufacturing plant
  • Service Project: The homeless, a joint project with the Salvation Army or Church of Scotland
  • 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 (the market leader of wire joiners / tensioners and wire-rope hanger)
  • Service Project: Society for the Blind, primary school
  • Homestay

The above programme is subject to change.

Application

Eligibility:

  1. All non-final year full-time CENG undergraduates
  2. BST students should apply to their own Department

Application Form: Download

Application Period: Deadline: 5:00 PM, 28 Dec 2018 (Fri)

Please submit the completed application forms to the Drop Box located at

College of Engineering

Room A, 4/F, Block 1, To Yuen Building

Late submission will not be entertained under any circumstances

Interview: Week 1-2, Sem B

Departments and interview panels have full discretion with regard to the interview arrangement and student assessment/nomination.  In general, the following criteria will be considered:

  • basic communication abilities in English to be able to benefit from the program
  • attitude
  • initiative
  • teambuilding abilities
  • willingness to serve
  • basic communication abilities in English to be able to benefit from the program

Announcement of Results: Week 3, Sem B

Results will be announced via email

Payment

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 need to pay a caution money of HKD8,000. It is non-transferable and does NOT form any portion of the programme fee. It will be returned to students only after students' 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 rise of fuel cost, the additional cost 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 above-mentioned 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.

General Information

Visa application

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

Enquiry

Ms Maidie Lo
Tel: 3442 9148
Email: maidie.lo@cityu.edu.hk

Miss Wayne Li
Tel: 3442 7735
Email: wayne.li@cityu.edu.hk

College of Engineering

Information Session Powerpoint

CALIS 2019 Info Session