Student Life

Cultural & Language Immersion Scheme (CALIS)

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.

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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
Contents 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 reimbursed in Sept 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
29 April to 4 May Final briefing (London group A and B)
Pre-departure workshop (London group A and B)
Compulsory
May Announcement of host family assignment  
21 May Pre-departure workshop (Edinburgh group and Sheffield group with BST) Compulsory
Late May / June Final briefing
(Edinburgh group and Sheffield group with BST)
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

Programme

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 – Medieval Banquet
  • Service project for the elderly and 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 for 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
  • Service project for the blind and school children
  • Homestay

The above programme is subject to change.

Application

Eligibility:

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: Download

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

Please submit the completed application forms to the drop box located at Room A, 4/F, Block 1, To Yuen Building

Late submission will not be entertained under any circumstances

Interview: Weeks 1-2, 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 3, Semester 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 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.

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. 

Enquiry

Ms Maidie Lo
(852) 3442-9148
maidie.lo@cityu.edu.hk

Miss Stephanie Chan
(852) 3442-6172
chan.stephanie@cityu.edu.hk

Information Session Powerpoint

CALIS 2019 Info Session