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Cultural and Language Immersion Scheme

About the Scheme

CALIS welcomes all non-final year full time students in the College. It is a 4-week summer study tour that takes place in the UK. It aims to improve students’ English proficiency through immersion in the British culture and classroom learning, comprising a variety of activities such as homestay at a local family, community services, weekend excursions and sightseeing.

Itinerary

The following destinations are offered in the summer of 2019:

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: Distilling, 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, London
  • Sports: Sports day
  • Industrial Visit: Gripple
  • Service Project: Society for the Blind, Primary School
  • Homestay

The above programmes are subject to change.

Work Schedule

Information sessions: November
Application deadline: December
Interview: January
Announcement of Result: January
Pre-departure Preparation: From January until departure
Departure: May or June (exact date to be advised)
Return: June or July (exact date to be advised)
Final Presentation: June or July (exact date to be advised)

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 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.