Global Technology Initiative

A One-million-dollar Endowment at SJSU's
Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
Expand your horizons

GTI Goes to China 2013

Application Procedure for Students of College of Engineering
The participants and alternates will be selected through the following application process:

  • Submit application spreadsheet to GTI email and submit hardcopy transcript(s):
    • (a) Submit an application spreadsheet through email to ( before the deadline of 5 PM, Friday, October 12, 2012.
    • (b) Submit a 500-word essay describing how GTI study tour might benefit you in terms of professional advancement, personal growth and leadership development; describe how you would share your learning with the broader SJSU community after the trip.
    • (c) Submit hardcopy transcript(s) for all college work to the dean’s office at ENG 493 by the deadline. Note: transcript(s) must contain the grades achieved in Spring 2012 and Summer 2012. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Highlight your SJSU GPA, overall college GPA and grades for courses of your major on your transcripts.
    • (d) Submit two letters of recommendation from SJSU students.
  • Attend an interview, if invited: Semifinalists (i.e., those selected after the initial screening process) will be notified and invited to an interview for the final selection. The interview process is to be conducted the week of November 12th.
  • All selected participants will be notified by Friday, December 7, 2012.

Application Spreadsheet

Participation Requirements

Selection of participants
It is expected that about fifteen to eighteen students will be selected as participants in the 2013 study tour.

Participant Selection Criteria
Applicants satisfying the requirements 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
  • Work experience in engineering
  • Potential for significant learning of globalization

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
(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.
(2) The applicant must be a matriculated undergraduate student of the College of Engineering at SJSU.
(3) Graduate students, transitory students, open-university students and alumni are not eligible.
(4) Graduation date must not be earlier than December 2013.
(5) Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at SJSU and overall.

Requirements for Travel
Tentatively, the two-week study-tour of China is scheduled between May 25, 2013 and June 5, 2013. The actual traveling dates may shift depending on airfare, availability of plane tickets, and other factors.

Requirements for Tech 198 Registration
Selected participants will be required to register for a three-unit course – Tech 198 – Technology and Civilization. This course will satisfy your upper division GE requirement for area V.

Participant will receive an incomplete in the course until satisfaction of all requirements (including the student presentation, reflection statement, survey and a 10-page essay).

Selected participants must provide a $400 deposit (check made out to the College of Engineering) to secure your spot. If the participant fails to satisfy all trip requirements (pre-trip, trip, and post-trip) or drops out early, the deposit will be cashed to cover trip expenses.

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 China. Participants must attend three Saturday workshops in spring 2013 (time will be notified later) for leadership activities, intercultural communication skills, and travel logistics, or they will not be allowed to travel. Selected finalists will be organized into groups, which will be required to research (prior to the trip) a range of subjects including global supply chains for high tech industries and the companies and universities to be visited during the study tour. Each group will work with the GTI Director, and a small number of group meetings will be scheduled. 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 drop out of the travel. GTI has a lot of 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. For more information, please go to

Failure to obtain the necessary passport by January 23, 2013 will result in disqualification for the trip.

Vaccination Requirements

  • Applicants are required to visit for details about The Center for Disease Control vaccination recommendations for travel to Taiwan and China.
  • The applicant, if selected as a participant, is strongly recommended by CDC to receive vaccination for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Polio, Japanese encephalitis, and malaria, 4 – 6 weeks prior to travel.

Health Requirements
The applicant must be in good health and not suffering from any serious medical 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.

For more information about foreign travel, visit

Insurance Requirements
Participants will be required to purchase insurance from

University Liability Waiver
The applicant must agree to sign a waiver form releasing the 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.
  • Proper student conduct applicable to on-campus activities are applicable and are observed throughout the study tour. 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 any time during the study tour. Evening curfews may be imposed, depending on tour schedule.
  • 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, or visit

  • Food and lodging during travel

    • Double occupancy of hotel rooms will be required. A roommate will be assigned, but the assignment may be on a daily basis.
    • Efforts will be made to arrange for American food if requested, but special diets cannot be accommodated during the trip.

    Important Dates

    Application Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2012, 5:00 PM
    Semi-Finalist Notified: Friday, November 2, 2012
    Interviews: Starting the week of November 14, 2012
    Finalists Notified: Friday, December 7, 2012
    First day of classes: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
    Tentative Tour Dates: May 25, 2013 - June 5, 2013

    For any questions contact: Miss Xiwen Zhang ("May"), GTI Coordinator, Email: or Dr. Richard Chung, GTI Director, Email:, Phone: (408) 924-3927.