The Co-operative Education Scheme (CES) is a placement programme for final year students. It begins in September and lasts for a period of 8-12 months. The CES comprises two components: final year project and industrial placement. The former is a graduation requirement. The training company is expected to provide appropriate technical support and allow students reasonable time to work on it. The placement component involves day-to-day work to familiarise students with the operation practices of the industry. During the training period, students take courses on a day-release basis for no more than one day per week. The distinct feature of the CES is that upon conclusion of the scheme, students are immediately available to continue employment with the host companies
Content and Structure
Project component: students shall undertake an industry-based project at the host company, which is also their Final Year Project.
Industrial placement component: students gain relevant industrial experience through day-to-day work.
Support from industry
Students can work in HK and the Pearl River Delta. When recruiting an intern, the host company is expected to:
- provide a training relevant to the student’s major study;
- assign an industry-based project for the student who will take it as a Final Year Project;
- allow a day-release of not more than one day per week for students to take coursework at CityU (only during term time);
- provide a training scholarship to the student;
- assign a company mentor to co-supervise the student with a CityU supervisor;
- provide lodging, meal and free transportation between factory and dormitory/border checks for students posted to Mainland China
The host company needs to know:
Students are covered under a Group Personal Accident Insurance Policy and for those who need to travel outside HK, a Group Travel Insurance Policy in addition.
Minimum Wage Ordinance
The Minimum Wage Ordinance does not apply to student interns.
During the attachment period, the interns maintain their status as full-time students of CityU. There is no employer-employee relationship between the interns and the company unless the two parties enter into such a relationship by way of an employment contract. If an employer-employee relationship is set up, contribution of MPF may be necessary.
Interested companies can email Ms. Janice Lam at email@example.com.
Student level and discipline
Students joining CES should be in their final year from the College of Science. Interested students should submit their application in March. Please refer to the Application page for further details.
CSCI4001 - Co-operative Education Scheme for Science Students
- All CES students will be registered on CSCI4001.
- CSCI4001 is an 8-credit unit course assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. Failure to complete the training will result in failure of the course and affect the CGPA significantly.
- CSCI4001 cannot be used to fulfil any programme requirement. The status of CSCI4001 in a programme or how each programme recognises this course is dependent upon individual programme requirements. Any related queries should be directed to students' parent department.
- The grade for CSCI4001 will only be issued after the student has given the final presentation and submitted the duly completed logbook.
- Credit distribution: Sem A (4CUs) + Sem B (4CUs)
CSCI4003 - Co-operative Education Placement Project for Science Students
- CSCI4003 is a 6 CU course and is equivalent to most of the Department Final Year Projects. Students who are not registered on Department FYPs will be registered on CSCI4003 to which the industrial-based project contributes.
- The project under CSCI4003 follows the assessment schedule and criteria of the parent department to which a student belongs. It is also supervised by the academic staff of the same department.
- Failure to complete the training will result in failure of the project and possibly delay in graduation.
- Credit distribution: Sem A (3CUs) + Sem B (3CUs)
Beware of exceeding the maximum credit limit:
Please note that the maximum number of credit units permitted for a degree is as follows:
- 4-year degree: 144 credit units (AR 4.1)
- Advanced Standing I: 114 credit units (AR 6.4.1)
- Advanced Standing II: 84 credit units (AR 6.5.1)
Students who have completed the maximum credit units permitted as mentioned above cannot register for further courses in subsequent semesters/terms except for (a) those pursuing a double major or double degree paying the extra credits exceeding the above maximum credit limit on a self-financed basis; or (b) students who have been granted special approval to exceed the maximum credit limit due to their change of home major. For any queries on this issue. Please check with Academic Regulations and Records Office (ARRO) and/or students' parent department.
If students will exceed the maximum credit limit upon addition of CSCI4001 (8 CUs) and / or CSCI4003 (6 CUs), they should seek advice from the College and Department before they apply.
Co-operative Education Scheme (CES) 2021/22
|Promotion to new and existing training companies||Oct 2020 - Jan 2021|
|Company visits (if any)||Jan 2021|
|Training Companies to confirm offers and job specifications||Jan - Mar 2021|
|Information Session||Early Mar 2021|
|Student Online Application||8 - 12 Mar 2021|
|Department screening||Mid Mar 2021|
|Company interview||Mar - May 2021|
|Signing Acceptance of Offer||Within 3 working days upon offer|
|Student Briefing||18 May 2021|
|Report duty||Sep 2021|
|Supervisory Site Visit||1st: Mid Sep 2021
2nd: Jan - Feb 2022
Final: Apr / Aug 2022
Update: There are no company vacancies for CES 2021/22.
Please submit your online application in March.
- Penultimate year students at the time of application (students will be in their final year when CES commences). Full-time undergraduates, local or non-local in College of Science.
- For non-local students, the final approval rests with the Immigration Department of HKSAR.
- Students on outbound exchange progamme in Semester B can apply through the online system but need to understand that greater chances will be given to students who can attend interviews in HK.
- OIS candidates:
OIS candidates who wish to join CES need to submit an application in March as other fellow students.
Ms. Janice Lam Tel: 3442-6175 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org