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 early January. Interested students are invited to attend the session for further details.



Work Schedule (Tentative and subject to the approval of the University's funding)

Dates Work description Remarks
Late December Information session Via Zoom
Early January Application period

Application via 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 non-refundable airfare and home-stay deposit ~HK$16,000
Week 12 - 13 First meeting Compulsory: Exact date to be confirmed
Week 13 - 14 Payment of caution money and Final Payment
  • Caution money: $8,000 (to be reimbursed by October after successful completion of CALIS)
  • 40% of programme fee LESS airfare
May Submission of 2-page summary of project Compulsory
May Pre-departure workshop & Final briefing Compulsory (Exact date to be confirmed)
Mid-June A 30-day programme in UK between mid-Jun to July Group departure is a MUST
Staying behind is NOT allowed


Final presentation and debriefing Compulsory - Upon Completion of CALIS and exact date to be advised.


London (Middlesex University)

  • Visits: Buckingham Palace, House of Parliament, London Eye, Greenwich, River Thames, Royal Observatory
  • Weekend trips: Oxford, Brighton, Windsor
  • Industrial visit: Brewery manufacturing plant / Mini Cooper production plant
  • Sports: Hollywood Bowling, Horse riding, cricket, sports day
  • Cultural activities: Musical, British Afternoon tea, visits to museums
  • Service Learning Project

The above programme is subject to change.



All non-final year full-time CENG undergraduates students of the College.

Application form: Via CRESDA

Application period: Early January

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, the 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 the following items :

  • Return Airfare
  • Accommodation : home-stay
  • Travel Card : Oyster Card (London) GBP150
  • Transportation: airport pickup, weekend visits, industrial visits, weekend trips
  • Tickets and entry fees for certain scheduled visits
  • IELTS exam, teaching materials & tutor fees

General daily expenses, data plans 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 the 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:
o    University - 60%
o    Student - 40%

Additional Cost To be Borne by Students

  • Visa application fees
  • Travel and medical insurances policies that will cover COVID-19
  • COVID-19 diagnostic test before travel and/or after arrival, if applicable
  • Inbound Hotel quarantine if applicable

HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund - Non-academic Awards (TDS & ROA)

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

[SDS / Parent Dept will announce in February/March]

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. The cost of visa application and passport renewal is to be borne by the students.

The host university and CityU will issue the necessary supporting documents for visa application after the student list is confirmed and the deposit is made.

COVID-19 Preventive Measures

Applicants are required to check out the latest information on the related website from time to time.

Insurance matters

CityU is providing group travel insurance to participants, please refer to the webpage of the Finance Office at:

However, students are required to take out travel and medical insurance policies that will cover COVID-19 during the whole programme.


Ms Maidie Lo
(852) 3442-9148

Miss Stephanie Chan
(852) 3442-6172