Global Technology Institute Program Taiwan 2018

Application Instructions

Description of Program

In 2004, the SJSU Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering established a $1 million Global Technology Initiative, with the mission of giving SJSU students a global perspective with a focus on technology and business developments in the Asia Pacific region. Its goal is to expand students’ horizons about the opportunities and challenges of a global economy, to expose them to global environmental and energy problems in which technology plays a central role, and to motivate their learning of global issues and different cultures.

The exciting part of the program is that it’s continually evolving. GTI participants in previous years have completed study-tours in China, India and Taiwan. This year, 25 GTI participants will be participating in an intensive three-week workshop at Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) in Jungli, Taiwan. The International Innovation and Entrepreneur Leadership workshop offers the opportunity for engineering students to create an innovative product and then develop a business model to market it. You will be working with students from other countries on teams during this workshop. Participants will compile an end project presentation and a report, which will be presented and evaluated by a team consisting of professors and business owners.

Application Procedure for All Students

Approximately 25 participants will be selected through the following application process.

  • To apply, the following items must have be completed and submitted by Friday, October 20, 2017 at 5 PM:
    • Filled out and submitted to the webform!
    • Submission of hardcopy transcript(s) for all college courses attempted (including at SJSU) to the College of Engineering dean’s office in ENG 493.
      Note: transcript(s) must include the grades earned in Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 as appropriate. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Highlight your SJSU GPA, overall college GPA and grades for courses in your major on your transcripts.
  • Attend an interview, if invited: After the review of applications, a pool of Semifinalists will be notified and invited to an interview for the final selection. The interviews will be conducted the week of November 13th-17th.
  • Final selection decisions will be made by Friday, December 1, 2017.

Participant Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected based on how they and the College of Engineering can benefit from their participation in this program, and how they can help achieve the mission of the Global Technology Initiative. Participant selection will be a complex process; the selection criteria include, but are not limited to:
  • Grade-point average (GPA)
  • Service to SJSU student organizations or non-SJSU community organizations; past, current and future leadership positions
  • Communication and interpersonal skills, including those demonstrated during the semifinalist interview
  • Work experience in engineering
  • Potential for significant learning about globalization and entrepreneurship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements to Apply

  1. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent U.S. resident. Note: Permanent residents must hold a passport from their country of citizenship. (Students holding passports from Taiwan are not eligible.)
  2. The applicant must be a matriculated undergraduate student at SJSU. Students must have junior or senior standing (at least 60 earned semester credits at time of application)
  3. Graduate students, transitory students, open-university students and alumni are not eligible.
  4. Graduation date must not be earlier than December 2018.
  5. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, both at SJSU and overall.

Requirements for Travel

Tentatively, the three-week program is scheduled between July 6, 2018 and July 27, 2018. The actual traveling dates may shift depending on airfare, availability of plane tickets, and other factors.

Spring Term Course Requirement

Selected participants will be required to register for a special section of a three-unit course – Tech 198 Technology and Civilization in Spring Semester 2018. This course will satisfy the upper division GE requirement for Area V. Participants will receive an incomplete in the course at the conclusion of Spring term pending satisfactory completion of all requirements during and after the GTI Program.

Travel expense

The College of Engineering will pay for the majority of the cost of the GTI program in Taiwan (tuition, room and board, food, etc). Also, the College of Engineering will pay $650 toward the cost of airfare for all participating students. The GTI students are responsible for the balance of the airfare (estimated cost=$750-900). All GTI participants will submit the payment to the GTI travel agent. GTI students who do not submit payment for the trip by 03/14/2018 will be dropped from the program. More details will be provided after the GTI students are chosen. 

Attendance Requirements for Tech 198, Information Session, Pre-trip Lectures, Orientation and Post-trip Debriefing Meetings

Selected participants are required to attend all the Tech 198 classes as well as the activities scheduled for pre-trip and post-trip to Taiwan. Other mandatory debriefing activities and the companion tasks will be specified and scheduled in due course.

Anyone missing any two scheduled meetings or being late twice to scheduled meetings will be dropped from the Taiwan portion of the GTI program. GTI has many important requirements; if you do not feel you will be able to satisfy them all, please do not apply.

Required Travel Documents

Selected participants will be required to secure their own passports immediately after notification of their selection.

Failure to obtain the necessary passport by February 1, 2017 will result in disqualification for the trip.

Vaccination Requirements

Health Requirements

The applicant must be in good health and not suffering from any serious medical condition at the time of application and immediately before the study tour that would put them in risk during travel. If the applicant develops such conditions after being selected as a participant, he/ she must inform the College of Engineering upon diagnosis.

More information about foreign travel.

Insurance Requirements

Participants will be required to purchase insurance. As a student at CYCU, you will be provided health insurance as part of the program.

University Liability Waiver

The applicant must agree to sign a waiver form releasing San Jose State University from all possible liability claims.

Required Student Code of Conduct

  • Participants will be expected to behave as representatives of the SJSU and the U.S.
  • Participants are required to meet all deadlines set by the GTI Director. Failure to submit paperwork in a timely manner might result in your disqualification from the GTI study tour.
  • Proper student conduct applicable to on-campus activities are applicable and are observed throughout the GTI program. Violators will be disciplined upon return to campus.
  • All participants will be required to observe local laws and customs. Violators will be disciplined upon return to campus.
  • No relatives or friends may accompany the participants during any portion of the trip.
  • All participants will begin the trip at the designated location in the U.S. as a group. They will stay with the group throughout the trip, except that they may leave the group at the conclusion of all site visits of the study tour. 
  • No alcohol consumption is allowed at CYCU at any time. Students selected for this program will be given the CYCU Student pamphlet which outlines student responsibilities.
  • See "University Policy S90-5 Student Rights And Responsibilities; Ethics; Student Government; Privacy; Equal Opportunity; Freedom Of Association And Organization; Freedom Of Expression; Discipline; Grievances" for details about acceptable SJSU student conduct.

Food and lodging during travel

  • Lodging will be in CYCU dormitories. For each dorm room, there are four available living spaces, one shower room, and one toilet.
  • Since you will be eating in the CYCU cafeteria, there will be limited vegetarian options. Special diets need to be notified prior to the trip.

Important Dates 

Application Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017, 5:00 pm
Semi-Finalist Notified: Friday, November 3, 2017
Interviews: The week of November 13-17, 2017
Finalists Notified: Friday, December 1, 2017
First day of course: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Tentative Tour Dates: July 6-27, 2018

For any questions contact: Dr. Richard Chung, Director of GTI programs , Email:, (408) 924-3927.