For Students


Physics Study Tour 2018 (ILO/011)

In this study tour entitled “From elementary particles to the Cosmos”, students will visit some cutting edge research facilities in Europe related to particle physics and astronomy. Two major highlights of the trip include CERN in Geneva, Switzerland where the Large Hadron Collider is located and the VIRGO Gravitational-wave Observatory near Pisa, Italy. In addition to the rare opportunity to interact with front-line researchers and witness first-hand how international research collaboration is carried out, students will also gain some hands-on experience through collaborating with physics undergraduates from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and participate in projects on cosmic ray measurements and science communication.

This overseas programme provides student members with opportunities to

Upon completion of the study tour, student participants should be able to:

  • Have experience learning in another country and enhance their knowledge in physics;
  • Develop friendship, ideally long term, with overseas students and professionals and continue to share their learning experience with each other.
  • Promote cultural exchange while enhancing their academic development; and
  • Widen their scope of learning experiences and explore their role as a global citizen.



18 July to 27 July, 2018


The Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland

Content and other details:

Laboratories and Museum visit in the Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland. (See the attached tentative itinerary with pre trip workshop here )

Physics Laboratories and Institutions:

  • Leiden Observatory is the astronomical institute of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. Established in 1633, it is the oldest university observatory in operation today, with a very rich tradition. Leiden Observatory carries out world class research in the formation of structures in the universe and the origin and evolution of galaxies, the detection and characterization of exoplanets, and the formation of stars and planetary systems. (
  • NIKHEF is the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics. The institute performs research into the elementary building blocks of our Universe, their mutual forces and the structure of space and time. (
  • Virgo interferometer, Italy. Virgo is a gravitational-wave interformeter designed, built and operated by a collaboration made up of 20 laboratories in 6 countries (
  • CERN, Switzerland. The CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe's first joint ventures and now has 22 member states. The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors (





  • 10 HKAGE student members (Must be S.4-S.6 during the application period); AND
  • Fluent in English.

Fee :

  • For overseas programmes, to the order of 50% of the programme cost will be on-charged to the student member and the remaining 50% subsidised by the HKAGE, to a maximum of HK$10,000 per student member per academic year. The maximum subsidy for student members who are granted eligible government subsidies are different and may apply for increasing the maximum subsidy limit. Details please refer to the Overseas Programme Subsidy Policy.
  • The net cost will be around HK$7,000 - HK$8,500 per student which depends on the final total number of participants.
  • The programme cost includes the airfare, travel insurance, accommodation, learning activities and excursions.
  • Applicants with financial difficulties may apply for fee remission on the 50% of the  programme cost on-charged to each student member. Details please refer to the Fee Remission Policy.

Travel document and visa:

Students must bring along their travel document which is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure and a visa to the Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland (if applicable)

Application procedure and deadline:

Applicants should complete the followings -

(1) Online Application Form

(2) Parent Consent Form

to the HKAGE on or before 6 April 2018 (Fri) via email to or by fax to 3940 0202 to complete the application process. Late submission will not be entertained.

* A non-token-required programme (For HKAGE Student Members only)

Screening interview:

  • The shortlisted result will be announced on 11 Apr 2018 (Wed) by email. Shortlisted applicants are required to attend a screening interview held on 14 Apr 2018 (Sat) Absences will be considered as withdrawal. Make-up interviews will not be arranged.
  • Screening Interview
    Date: 14 April 2018 (Sat)

    Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Venue: Room G25, Science Center North Block, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Applicant result:

Shortlisted applicants should log in the “Programme Application Result” in the HKAGE website to check the application result after 5:00 p.m. in Mid June, 2018

For enquires, please contact us on 3940 0101 or by email to