Global Technology Institute Program Taiwan 2019

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. For the past few years, GTI participants will be participating in an intensive three-week workshop at Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) in Jungli, Taiwan. GTI students can either work on a research project at CYCU with a faculty or participate in the International Innovation and Entrepreneur Leadership workshop that offers the opportunity for engineering students to create an innovative product and then develop a business model to market it. In the entrepreneurship program, 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 15-25 participants will be selected through the following application process.

  • To apply, the following items must have be completed and submitted by Friday, October 19, 2018 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 2018 and Summer 2018 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 12th-16th.
  • Final selection decisions will be made on or before Friday, November 30, 2018.

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 GTI. 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 1, 2019 and July 20, 2018. The actual traveling dates may shift depending on airfare, availability of plane tickets, and other factors. Also, the timing of the program might shift by 1 week depending on CYCU.

Spring Term Course Requirement

Selected participants will be required to register for a one-unit course – Engr 180 in Spring Semester 2018. The class will meet from 8:00 am to 8:50 am on Fridays during the Spring 2019 term.

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 03/15/2019 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 Engr 180 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, 2019 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 "S16-15, University Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities" 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 19, 2018, 5:00 pm
Semi-Finalist Notified: Friday, November 2, 2018
Interviews: The week of November 12-16, 2018
Finalists Notified: Friday, November 30, 2018
First day of course: Friday, January 25, 2019
Tentative Tour Dates: July 1-20, 2019

For any questions contact: Dr. Patricia Backer, Director, GTI Program, Email:, Phone: 408-924-3214