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Co-operative Education Scheme (CES)

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

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.

FS4001 - CES
  1. All CES students will be registered on FS4001.
  2. FS4001 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.
  3. FS4001 cannot be used to fulfil any programme requirement. The status of FS4001 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.
  4. The grade for FS4001 will only be issued after the student has given the final presentation and submitted the duly completed logbook.
  5. Credit distribution: Sem A (4CUs) + Sem B (4CUs)
FS4003 - CES Placement Project
  1. FS4003 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 FS4003 to which the industrial-based project contributes.
  2. The project under FS4003 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.
  3. Failure to complete the training will result in failure of the project and possibly delay in graduation.
  4. 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:

  1. 4-year degree: 144 credit units (AR 4.1)
  2. Advanced Standing I: 114 credit units (AR 6.4.1)
  3. 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 FS4001 (8 CUs) and / or FS4003 (6 CUs), they should seek advice from the College and Department before they apply.

Co-operative Education Scheme (CES) 2020
Events CES
Promotion to NEW training companies Oct 2018 - Apr 2019
Class visits/ Information Sessions Nov 2018
Promotion to EXISTING training companies Dec 2018 - Feb 2019
Company visits (if any) Jan 2019
Training Companies to confirm offers and job specifications Jan - Mar 2019
Information Days & Experience Sharing Sessions (Cantonese / English) Early Mar 2019
Student Online Application 12 - 13 Mar 2019
Department screening Mid Mar 2019
Company interview Mar - May 2019
Signing Acceptance of Offer Immediately upon confirmation of offer
Student Briefing 29 Aug 2019
Report duty 2 Sep 2019
Supervisory Site Visit 1st: Mid Sep 2019
2nd: Mid Feb 2020
Final: Mid Aug 2020

Applications will open in March. Please stay tuned to this space for more details.

  1. 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.
  2. For non-local students, the final approval rests with the Immigration Department of HKSAR.
  3. 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.
  4. OIS candidates:
    OIS candidates who wish to join CES need to submit an application in March as other fellow students.

Ms. Janice Lam Tel: 3422-6175 Email: