Overseas Learning Funding Scheme
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
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
Stanford University lies in the heart of Silicon Valley, and it runs a famous research park, which has incubated tremendous start-ups and state-of-art technology. Through a variety of activities, you could connect with Stanford professors. Most of the professors were approachable and willing to communicate and even took you to their research labs.
What counts most to me in this golden learning opportunity is to explore myself and other possibilities. The experience of being surrounded by Stanford PhD students in courses was amazing, as well as chatting with senior Apple and Google engineers who have gone back to the academia, listening to their experiences and advice, and befriending with them. Overall, I am indeed thankful to my home institution, City University of Hong Kong to fund me on this summer session to have my dream come true.
ZHANG Tiantian, Year-2 BSc Computer Science student
Summer Session at Stanford University in the Summer Term 2022
From all the things I had learnt during the last two months, the most important one must be how to formulate a question in a mathematical model, and transfer the programming expression into mathematical formula. Apart from that, my ability of researching and reading academic articles has greatly improved. The Music X Lab has amazing members with various backgrounds, ranging from automation to digital art media. But we all share one thing in common- we all love music! During the internship, we discussed about music all the time and every member was encouraged to show his/her music talent. I even joined the lab's jazz ensemble and performed at the lab's mini concert. It is music that bridges the distance between us, and I developed great friendship with each member in the Music X lab.
QU Yang, Year-3 BSc Computer Science student
Research Internship at New York University Shanghai in the summer of 2021
I have learnt a lot about the cultural differences. The most representative one is the teaching style. In Stanford, the professors teach in a very interactive way. Students and teachers are learning together. Students ask a lot of questions in the lectures and raise open-ended questions for discussion. Students are also open to all opinions and ask extended questions. Everyone is willing to put forward their opinions, listen to opposing views and revise their own opinions. This is a very good and positive way of communication, and I was very impressed.
YEN Hen-Chen, Year-3 BSc Computer Science student
Summer School at Stanford University in the summer of 2021