CityU Discovery@World Programme

 

Introduction

CityU Discovery@World Programme (CDWP) is a summer programme series tailored to encourage undergraduate students from a varied academic and financial background to gain non-local learning experience before graduating from the University.

Discover the world in a month with CDWP and you will:

  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the host country including its politics, economy, society, history, identity and culture.
  • Appreciate and gain sights on cultural diversity, develop open-mindedness towards different cultures which would be useful for future careers.
  • Explore and enhance global and multicultural perspective through theme-oriented studies, field trips, excursions and cultural learning activities.
  • Foster personal development, e.g. problem-solving and critical thinking abilities, interpersonal and multicultural communication skills, etc.

CDWP Programmes in 2021

CDWP 2021 San Francisco: SFSU Summer in San Francisco

Period: 1 July – 6 August 2021 (R3)
Location: San Francisco, USA
Host Institution: San Francisco State University
Key Features:
  • Visit various San Francisco neighborhoods famous for their unique cultures, e.g. arts, food and business.
  • See firsthand how innovation and entrepreneurship influence every aspect of life in San Francisco, from technology to food.
  • Take two 3-credit courses from a wide spectrum of subjects offered.
  • Admission Requirements:

    English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers):
    TOEFL: min. 61 iBT
    IELTS: min. 6.0 (overall)
    Or equivalent. See complete list of approved tests HERE
    *Applicants are required to provide a copy of transcript(s) in English to assist with advising and course placement

    Fee (HKD): 23,000
    Programme Details: Programme Details
    Course List: Course List
    *Actual courses vary and the confirmed course list will be available in late Spring or before Summer
      


    CDWP 2021 Scotland: Stirling International Summer School

    Period: 3 – 31 July 2021 (Block 2)
    Location: Scotland, UK
    Host Institution: University of Stirling
    Key Features:
  • Immersed into life as a Scottish student to better understand the British education system and culture.
  • Course modules incorporated a distinctive Scottish flavour, allow for critical thinking of international themes. Educational trips to some of the most outstanding locations around Scotland are included.
  • Take courses in 2 modules to gain maximum 6 US-credits/ 10 ECTS-credits.
  • Admission Requirements: CGPA
    at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    *students with a CGPA lower than the requirement may still be considered on an individual basis

    English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers):
    TOEFL: min. 80 iBT (with no subtest less than 17)
    IELTS: min. 6.0 (overall), with 5.5 or above in each skill
    Or equivalent. See complete list of approved tests HERE
    Fee (HKD): 17,500
    Programme Details: Programme Details
    Course List: Course List
      


    CDWP 2021 Amsterdam: VU Amsterdam Summer School

    Period: 3 – 31 July 2021 (Session 1 and 2)
    Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Host Institution: VU Amsterdam
    Key Features:
  • Experience multi-cultures and diversity of Amsterdam.
  • Take up to two 3-ECTS-credit courses to get an intensive, in-depth knowledge about Amsterdam and The Netherlands.
  • Admission Requirements: English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers):
    Applicants may submit a proof of English language proficiency such as TOEFL or IELTS. Students with no proof submitted might be invited for a Skype interview if deemed appropriate.
    Fee (HKD): 15,500
    Programme Details: Programme Details
    Programme Schedule: Programme Schedule
    Course List: Course List
      


    CDWP 2021 Prague: East and Central European Studies, Charles University

    Period: 5 July – 1 August 2021 (Session C)
    Location: Prague, Czech Republic
    Host Institution: Charles University
    Key Features:
  • Learn survival Czech language.
  • Understand historical and contemporary developments of Central and Eastern Europe, including a special focus on Prague.
  • Take up to three 3-credit courses in these areas: Art and Culture, Sociology and Psychology, Literature, History, Economics and Politics, and Languages.
  • Admission Requirements: CGPA:
    at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    *students with a CGPA lower than the requirement may still be considered if a grade explanation is provided along with the application materials

    English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers):
    TOEFL: min. 79 iBT
    IELTS: min. 6.5 (overall)

    Other requirement(s):
    Student’s motivation statement
    Fee (HKD): 12,500
    Programme Details: Programme Details 
    Programme Schedule: Programme Schedule
    Course List: Course List
      


    CDWP 2021 Aarhus: AU Summer University

    Period: 2 – 30 July 2021
    Location: Aarhus, Denmark
    Host Institution: Aarhus University
    Key Features:
  • Attend various cultural and social events to experience the Scandinavian culture.
  • Take one 10-ECTS-credit course to acquire academic knowledge among these fields: Arts, Business and Economics, Business Communication, Political Science and Law, Health, Science and Technology.
  • Admission Requirements: No specific requirements
    Fee (HKD): 10,500
    Programme Details: Programme Details
    Course List: Course List (TBC)
      


    CDWP 2021 Singapore: NTU Singapore GEM Trailblazer Summer Programme

    Period: 30 June – 31 July 2021
    Location: Singapore
    Host Institution: Nanyang Technological University
    Key Features:
  • Immerse in the socio-cultural fabric of Asia through a wide selection of credit-bearing courses and exciting field trip.
  • Take one course to gain up to 4 Academic Units
  • Admission Requirements: English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers):
    TOEFL: min. 90 iBT
    IELTS: min. 6.0 (Writing sub-test)
    Or equivalent. See complete list of approved tests HERE
    Fee (HKD): 9,500
    Programme Details: Programme Details
    Programme Schedule: Programme Schedule
    Course List: Course List
      


    CDWP 2021 Seoul: KU International Summer Campus

    Period: 26 June – 7 August 2021
    Location: Seoul, South Korea
    Host Institution: Korea University
    Key Features:
  • Attend a rich set of cultural and social activities to taste the unique culture of Korea, and to blend in with student participants from all over the world.
  • Take one 3-credit course from these areas: Arts & Design, Business, Economy, Humanities, Korean & East Asian Studies, Korea Language, Sociology & Psychology, Law/Politics/IR, Science, and Engineering.
  • Admission Requirements: No specific requirements
    Fee (HKD): 9,000
    Programme Details: Programme Details
    Programme Schedule: Programme Schedule
    Course List: Course List
     


    CDWP 2021 Taipei: NCCU International Summer School

    Period: 1 – 31 July 2021
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan
    Host Institution: National Chengchi University
    Key Features:
  • Acquire unique and updated viewpoints about Taiwan through attending English-taught academic courses in various areas: culture & art, business, politics and economics, international sinology, etc.
  • Take two courses to gain up to 60 class hours of language learning and 108 class hours of English-taught courses (equivalent to 8 US-credits) in total
  • Admission Requirements: English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers):
    Proof of English language proficiency may be required upon request
    Fee (HKD): 7,000
    Programme Details: Programme Details
    Course List: Course and Activity Information
      

    Remarks:

    1. Details, schedules and course lists of all programmes are subject to change without prior notice.
    2. For credit transfer arrangements, please consult with your home academic unit.

    Eligibility

    All full-time UGC-funded undergraduate students of CityU are eligible to apply. Applicants would also have to meet the admission requirements (if any) listed for the specific programme.

    Students who meet one of the following conditions will have priority:

    • have never participated in any 4-week or above university-organised non-local learning programmes
    • are in their final year of study on a UGC-funded bachelor’s degree programme

    Application

    Submit your ONLINE APPLICATION before 15 March 2021 (HKT 23:59)

    Shortlisted applicants might be invited for an interview if deemed necessary. Application results will be announced via email by late March 2021. Successful applicants will be informed further to complete offer acceptance and payment procedures by late March 2021.

    Fee

    The University provides funding support to subsidize a major part of the student direct cost incurred by transportation to and from Hong Kong, accommodation expenses and tuition/activity fee. The listed programme fee is the final amount to be settled by each participant. In addition to the programme fee, each student participant is required to cover his/her own expenses, including but not limited to, insurance, meals, health care, visa and travels.

    Additional Funding Support

    Programme participants may also apply for the subsidy schemes below provided by the Education Bureau (EDB) of the Government of the HKSAR:

    • Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange (SSE) ^
    • Scheme for Subsidy on Exchange to ‘Belt and Road’ Regions (Means-tested SSEBR) ^#
    • Scheme for Non-means-tested Subsidy on Exchange to ‘Belt and Road’ Regions
      (Non-means-tested SSEBR) # *New

    ^ For students who receive means-tested student financial assistance from the Government of the HKSAR OR whose families are in receipt of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA)
    # Applicable for: CDWP 2021 Prague, CDWP 2021 Singapore AND CDWP 2021 Seoul

    Students who would like to apply for SSE/ Means-tested SSEBR/ Non-means-tested SSEBR should indicate on the online form. View HERE for more details about these subsidy schemes.

    Notes to Applicants

    1. Failure to submit any of the required documents will constitute an incomplete submission, and the application will NOT be processed.
    2. Application results will be announced via email by late March 2021. Students with their application successful will be informed further to complete offer acceptance and payment procedures within one week.
    3. The paid programme fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable under normal circumstances (please refer to the ‘Refund and Withdrawal Policy’ for special arrangements under pandemic). Global Engagement Office reserves the right to withdraw an offer should any student fail to submit the programme fee by the payment deadline.
    4. Participants are required to attend all briefing sessions, pre-trip meetings and activities as requested by the programme organiser.
    5. Participants are expected to travel together with the group and participate in all arranged programme activities. Separate arrival or staying behind after completion of a programme is NOT allowed.
    6. Each programme participant should submit (i) a reflective report (800-word, in English), (ii) 10 quality photos AND (iii) a 2-minute self-filmed video by 16 August 2021.

    Refund and Withdrawal Policy (special arrangements in response to COVID-19 pandemic)

    Selected student participants will have to settle the programme fee to secure the CDWP offer by late March 2021.

    In view of the unpredictable pandemic situation, participating students will be required to indicate and confirm their Final Decision by 24 April 2021 (*for CDWP 2021 Scotland, an earlier decision date is required by the programme organiser: 14 April 2021).

    Final Decision: Continue with the assigned CDWP programme

    • Complete and return the signed Student Undertaking to GEO

    Final Decision: Withdraw from the assigned CDWP programme

    • A written notice of withdrawal shall be submitted via email to GEO
    • A full refund of the paid programme fee will thereafter be arranged

    IMPORTANT!

    Should a participant decide to withdraw from his/her assigned CDWP programme after the Final Decision Date, NO refund will be arranged for the paid programme fee. NO subsidy nor compensation will be provided for any expenses incurred by students, including but not limited to, insurance, visa application and personal expenses.

    Participants will receive the programme fee refund ONLY IF his/her assigned CDWP programme is called off by CityU/ programme organiser before the programme commencement date.

    Information Sessions

    5 March 2021 (Friday)
      Morning Session: 10:30 – 11:30
      Afternoon Session: 14:30 – 15:30

    Information sessions will be arranged online via Zoom.
    Register for the INFORMATION SESSION by 3 March 2021 (HKT23:59).
    Zoom details will be provided upon successful registration.

    The CDWP video may also help you understand more about the programme.

    Contact Us

    Global Engagement Office
    Email: cdwp.geo@cityu.edu.hk
    Tel: 3442 8089