To broaden students' global perspectives, gain an in-depth knowledge of a different culture in an immersive environment and promote holistic personal development through participation in learning programmes e.g. summer schools, research internships etc. taking place outside Hong Kong for an extended period of time.
Intended Learning Outcomes
- To cultivate an international perspective in an increasingly globalized environment.
- To experience and appreciate a different culture in an immersive setting.
- To enhance language proficiency and intercultural communication skills.
- To develop independency and maturity.
Recommended features of the learning programmes
- A wide variety of teaching and learning activities comprising classroom learning, hands-on exercises, sports activities, social interactions, cultural exploration and excursions etc.
- Vibrant cultural exchanges with local community and people from different backgrounds.
- Comprise intellectual elements to hone students’ problem-solving skills, and stimulate creativity and innovation.
Feedback from participants
I have always dreamed of studying at Stanford University, one of the most prestigious and innovative institutions in the world. When I learned about the opportunity to enroll in the summer session program, I did not hesitate to apply. I was thrilled to be accepted and eager to experience the academic and social life at Stanford.
Overall, I had an amazing time at Stanford University during the summer session. I learned a lot from my courses and professors, made new friends from different backgrounds and countries, participated in various fun activities on campus and in San Francisco, and immersed myself in the Stanford spirit of innovation and excellence. It was an unforgettable experience that enriched my personal and professional growth. I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I hope to return to Stanford someday.
KAWLE Shreyash Sanjay, Year-3 BSc Computer Science student
Summer Session at Stanford University, California, USA in Summer 2023
Embarking on an extraordinary journey of academic exploration and personal growth, I participated in the Overseas Internship Scheme (OIS) organized by the City University of Hong Kong and hosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. This enriching experience allowed me to delve into the intricate world of computer science research while immersing myself in a new culture and building lifelong connections.
Looking back on this interesting summer, I see that the OIS really helped me grow personally and academically. I went from struggling with abstract ideas to contributing to an advanced project, the topic of which I never experienced before. I came out of it with improved programming skills, a better understanding of American cultures, an improvement in spoken English, and newfound confidence in adapting to new environments, especially exotic places. This overseas experience motivates me to keep looking for chances to learn, grow, and explore as I move forward.
LI Hongzhou, Year-4 BSc Computer Science student
Overseas Internship Scheme at University of Tennessee, USA in Summer 2023
Through interactive sessions and our team projects, I had the opportunity to develop and refine my communication skills. Working collaboratively with students from different backgrounds and cultures allowed me to appreciate the diversity of perspectives and communication styles. It challenged me to adapt my communication approach to ensure effective collaboration within the team. My team has students from Austria, Taiwan, and India. Undoubtedly, the team projects were a highlight of the tour. Working with fellow students toward a common goal challenged me to leverage my creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Collaborating with individuals from diverse backgrounds allowed me to appreciate different perspectives and fostered a spirit of teamwork.
CHENG Yin, Year-3 BSc Computer Science student
Summer in Silicon Valley (study field trip) at San Jose State University, USA in Summer 2023
My experience at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada was memorable, insightful, and immersive. In many ways, I was able to see numerous similarities between my learning experiences here at CityU and UBC. However, there were also a plethora of differences in the academic environment which truly made this experience unique for me.
The summer program was equally a social experience as it was an academic one. After class, UBC organized numerous activities for students. Some of these were tailor made to help students get to know each other, such as the Sports Day. Other cultural activities offered students the opportunity to explore Vancouver and immerse themselves in the Canadian culture. I participated in almost all of these activities, my most favorite being the MLS soccer game and visit to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.
Avi Malhotra, Year-3 BSc Computer Science student
Summer Program at the University of British Columbia, Canada in the Summer Term 2022