Student Life

Study Tours

About the Scheme

Host University: San Jose State University

Objectives of the Study Tour

  • To see how Silicon Valley succeeds as a breeding ground for high-tech companies in the US and worldwide
  • To engage students in a team project so that they can work with talents worldwide
  • To help students position themselves as budding engineers in innovative technologies 
  • To encourage CENG students to make a successful career using their professional knowledge

Program Content

It is a 4-week program comprising 4 major components.

Week 1: CityU - specific program
Weeks 2-4: Joint program with other international students

Four major components:

  • Field trips and Cultural Trips 
  • Company visits
  • Lectures
  • Team projects

Field trips and Cultural Trips 

  • Golden Gate Park
  • Computer History Museum
  • Levi’s Stadium & Museum
  • Stanford University & Stanford Shopping Centre 
  • Silicon Valley Tour
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • San Francisco Tour

Company visits 

  • US Patent and Trade Mark Office
  • Ideas Lab
  • VR Lab Tour
  • Material science or health care technology company
  • Maker Space


  • Silicon Valley Ecosystem
  • Exploring Silicon Valley Companies – Case Studies
  • Intellectual Property Rights Overview
  • Marketing Strategies in the Innovation Economy
  • Global Dialogue for Entrepreneurs
  • History of Silicon Valley & its High-Tech Companies
  • Effective Business Proposal
  • Virtual Reality in Space and VR Lab Tour
  • Entrepreneurship & Fund Raising
  • Career in High Tech’s Ever Changing Enrironment
  • Cyber Security Awareness of College Students
  • Understanding the Innovation Process
  • Adventures in Ventures

The program content is subject to change depending on the weather conditions and availability of the companies to visit.

Team projects

Students will team up with participants worldwide to work on a group project
The topic is to be proposed by each team
At the end of the study tour, students will present their project at the “Final Presentation and Competition” session; good performers will earn a prize.


  • Start date: 25 June 2022 (Sat) – depart from HK
  • End date: 23 July 2022 (Sat) – depart from San Francisco
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Arriving early or staying behind is NOT ALLOWED
  • All participants are to travel together

Intake quota: 20


During Study Tour

  • Any assigned tasks given by host university 
  • Project presentation (for team project competition)
  • Logsheets

 On return 

  • Reflective essay with 5 representative photos with captions
  • A 2-minute video clip for each group
  • Feedback questionnaire
  • Sharing session

Work Schedule

  • Application via CRESDA in Week 2/3
  • Selection Interview in Week 4/5
  • Announcement of result in Week 7
  • Payment in Week 12



  • Full-time undergraduate degree students of College of Engineering at Year-2 or Year-3 level
  • CGPA: 2.0 or above
  • Positive learning attitude, initiative and team-building abilities
  • High level of independence and flexibility to change
  • Excellent self-discipline
  • Year 3 students who have not had overseas experience of ≥ 4 weeks before are given higher priority


  • Application period via CRESDA in Week 2/3 (TBC)


Budget estimate

  • Program Fee (includes accommodation in student dormitory, meals card (breakfast & lunch), transportation for field trips and cultural trips and medical insurance in SJSU)

Approximately HKD58,100
Payment scale:

  • University (60%): Around HKD34,860
  • Student (40%): Around HKD23,240

HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund - Non-academic Awards (TDS & ROA) 2021 - 22 (HK$10,000)

  • 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 later]

General Information

Visa application

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

The host university, namely San Hose State University (SJSU), and CityU will issue the necessary supporting documents for students after the student list is confirmed and deposit is made.

COVID-19 Preventive Measures

SJSU,  requires students to certify that they are fully vaccinated and must submit proof before they can access campus.  

According to the US Centers for Disease Control website, fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine. However, the CDC does require that people get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, isolate and get tested if they develop signs, and follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.  Applicants are required to check out the latest information from time to time.

Insurance matters

For details of insurance policies offered by CityU, please refer to the webpage of the Finance Office. 

Students are required to take out travel and medical insurances policies that will cover COVID-19 throughout the entire period of the Study Tour outside Hong Kong.


Ms Maidie Lo
(852) 3442 9148

Miss Stephanie Chan
(852) 3442 6172