About the Scheme

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Host University: San Jose State University


Objectives of the Study Tour

  • To see how Silicon Valley succeeds as a breeding ground for high-tech companies in the US and worldwide
  • To engage students in a team project so that they can work with talents worldwide
  • To help students position themselves as budding scientists/engineers  in innovative technologies 
  • To encourage CSE students to make a successful career using their professional knowledge


Program Content

It is a 4-week program comprising 4 big components.
Week 1: Solely for CityU students
Weeks 2-4: Joint program with other international students (program to be updated)

The 4 major components:
  • Field trips and Cultural Trips 
  • Company visits
  • Lectures
  • Team projects


Field trips and Cultural Trips (Subject to change due to weather or unforeseen conditions)

  • Computer History Museum
  • San Hose Tech Museum
  • Levi’s Stadium & Museum
  • Stanford University & Stanford Shopping Centre
  • Great America Theme Park
  • San Francisco Exploratorium
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Pier 39


Company visits (Subject to change)

  • US Patent Office
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Cisco
  • Intel
  • Medical device company (to be confirmed)


Lectures (Subject to change)

  • Listening and speaking with confidence
  • Communication skills
  • IP rights
  • History of Silicon Valley & its High-tech Companies
  • Engineering innovation & critical thinking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Presentation & data analysis
  • Career planning for high-tech companies
  • Start up companies
  • Product inspection & trouble shooting


Team projects

Students will team up with participants worldwide to work on a group project

The topic is to be proposed by each team

At the end of the study tour, students will present their project at the “Final Presentation and Competition” session; good performers will earn a prize.

News article of the 2017 program for reference.


  • Start date: 30 June 2018 (Sat) – depart from HK
  • End date: 28 July 2018 (Sat) – depart from San Francisco
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Arriving early or staying behind is NOT ALLOWED
  • All participants are to travel together
Intake quota: 20
During Study Tour
  • Any assigned tasks given by host university 
  • Project presentation (for team project competition)
  • Logbook or blog (to be confirmed)
 On return 
  • Reflective essay
  • 2-minute video clip
  • Feedback questionnaire
  • Sharing session