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  1. International Engineering Minor College of Engineering and Computer Science University of Central Florida March 23, 2011

  2. Multinational mergers and acquisitions becoming more commonplace • Siemens Westinghouse • Chrysler-Fiat • International collaborations becoming increasingly common • Essential for US engineers and researchers to experience their professional field from a multinational perspective. • Our national competitiveness depends on it!!! Current Global Situation

  3. Makes you more desirable to employers • In multinational corporations • In companies that do business overseas • Enhances self-confidence • Expand your cultural horizons. • Maybe learn a new language. • See the world and have fun. • And … something to tell your grandkids Advantages to You

  4. Excellent vehicle to become globally competent from a technological and cultural standpoint • Completion of minor goes on transcript – proof of completion • Nineteen carefully selected partner institutions – all over the world. • Focus on Europe, Latin America and Asia See: http://international.cecs.ucf.edu International Engineering Minor

  5. Total of 18-20 hours. • Six to eight credits of a foreign language, preferably at UCF (but possibly overseas) • Three credits of cultural coursework at overseas partner institution • An experience abroad consisting of either: • Nine credits of engineering coursework. Six of these must count towards degree program, or • Twelve credits of internship overseas What does this minor consist of?

  6. Well, no need to do useless things. • Instead of the six language credits, the student will take: • IDS 3333 - World Comparative Studies – 3 credits • GEO 3471 – World Political Geography – 3 credits • Others to be defined in the next catalog • Alternatives to be approved by Dr. Gonzalez (me) What if I already speak a language or the country is Anglophone?

  7. Eligibility • UCF undergraduate in engineering, IT or computer science. • graduate students not applicable for minor, but we also seek GS for study abroad. • Junior or senior standing (not too close to graduation). • 2.5 GPA or recommendation from faculty.

  8. The IE minor requires an experience abroad. • Central focus of program!!! • No exceptions!! • Can be for: • 1 semester (minimum) • 2 semesters • Some of the credits earned overseas must apply to degree. • Financial aid is available. What if I don’t want to go overseas?

  9. Making the arrangements for Pursuing the minor is a five stage procedure: • Academic arrangements • Administrative arrangements • Financial and Logistic arrangements • Experience abroad itself • Post-return activities Procedure

  10. Consult with the IE Minor advisor (Ms. Hilary Falcon, EN I–107) falcon@ucf.eduto: • Enroll in minor program • Select semester for study abroad • Select most appropriate overseas institution • Select coursework to take abroad • Assist w/ language requirements (if applicable) • Get written approval from your department so that coursework applies towards your degree. • If language training is not required, then submit to language fluency evaluation and obtain waiver. • If waiver granted, enroll in appropriate substitute classes Stage I – Academic

  11. Stage II - Administrative • Meet with counselor at the Office of International Studies (OIS) Ms. Maureen Waked maureen.waked@ucf.eduto: • Apply to overseas partner institution of choice • Enroll in appropriate classes at UCF • Obtain help in enrolling at partner institution • Obtain help in making living arrangements • Become informed about country of destination. www.studyabroad.ucf.edu

  12. Financial arrangements • Apply for need-based or merit-based scholarships. • Travel documents • Get your passport. • Apply for and secure visa • Purchase Airline tickets Stage III – Financial and Logistics

  13. Stage IV –Experience Abroad • Pack your bags and go forth! • Do well in classes • Enjoy!

  14. Grades will be sent in by overseas institution to Office of International Studies. • Grade will be converted to A/B/C/D/F and assigned to your UCF course • You may remain in country for additional time • depending on country, visa and length of visit. Stage IV – Upon Return to UCF

  15. Very important, but a bad excuse to not do it • Cost of tuition is same – you pay it at UCF! • Cost of apartment is roughly same • Cost of food is roughly the same • Transportation on site generally cheaper - no car • Air fare: $500 to $2000, depending on location • Visa, passport, fees, etc: $500 to $1,000 • Entertainment – can be high ($2K to $3K) How much will it cost me?

  16. Several potential sources of financial aid • UCF general aid • UCF specific program aid • Third party opportunities • Paid internships • Rich uncle Let’s go over these … Financial Aid Sources

  17. Several sources of small amounts of money are available throughout UCF • Burnett Honors College – grants available to members of the BHC (~ $1,500) • OIS – Small need-based grants are available from OIS (~$1,500) • SGA – Provides small sums of $$ to cover some expenses (~ $300 to $500) UCF General Aid

  18. Specific programs exist expressly to financially support students on study abroad experiences • Very attractive, but only for specific locations • Competitive, but not highly so • Students being currently sought!! • Must be US citizenship • Limitations on majors • Professors who may have research funds for international collaborations UCF Specific Program Aid

  19. Provides up to $5,000 for study to Brazil • Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro (Rio) • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Rio Sul (Porto Alegre) • All undergraduate and graduate engineering, IT and CS students eligible • Must learn (or already speak) Portuguese. • Language training available • At UCF • At PUCRS upon arrival in Brazil FIPSE/CAPES Program - Brazil

  20. Atlantis DeSIRE • Provides up to $5,000 for study to • France (Universite Joseph Fourier - Grenoble) • Poland (AGH Univ. of Science & Technology – Krakow) • Czech Republic (Brno University of Technology) • Undergraduate and graduate students eligible • But some constraints exist • English language instruction possible • … but not guaranteed. FIPSE Atlantis Program - DeSIRE

  21. Recently awarded. • Provides up to $5,000 in support of a study abroad experience • Partner institutions • Universidad de Jaen – Southern Spain • Universidad de Cantabria – Northern Spain • Jonkoping University – Southern Sweden • Focus is on engineering a new global environment • But much flexibility exists on courses FIPSE Atlantis Program – ENGE

  22. Many organizations provide funds for study abroad. • The Gilman Foundation (www.iie.org/gilman) • The Lincoln Scholarship Program (Google it) • The Fulbright Program (www.fulbrightonline.org) • The Whitaker Foundation (www.whitakeraward.org) • National Security Education Program(www.iie.org/nsep) • StudyAbroad.com Third Party Organizations

  23. Study Abroad Scholarships • Domestic Exchange and Study Abroad Programs • International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search • International Scholarships • Financial Aid for Study Abroad • Study Abroad Loans • SIT Study Abroad • Study Abroad Scholarships and Financial Aid Other Resources

  24. Rich Uncle?

  25. Several institutions and countries are currently available Study Locations

  26. Located in Jönköping, about 400 km southwest of Stockholm, 5 hours by train. • Beautiful, medium size city at foot of Lake Vatern (2nd largest in Sweden). • 45 UCF engineering students have participated. Jönköping University - Sweden

  27. Medium size industrial city, 100 km west of Stockholm, 1 hour by train. • Easy access to Stockholm • Seven UCF students have participated. Mälardalen University - Sweden

  28. Universidad de Cantabria - Santander, Spain • Small, high quality university • Located in Santander, a beautiful seaside resort city in the northern coast

  29. Universidad de Jaen, Jaen, Spain • Excellent university • Located in the “Paradise of the Interior” (of Spain). • Near Granada

  30. IQS, Barcelona, Spain • Prestigious institute in Barcelona

  31. Universitéde Pierre and Marie Curie - Paris VI - France • One of the top universities in France • Most engineering and CS disciplines • In Paris, near the heart of left bank • Need we say more?

  32. Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France • Located in the French Alps • Financial aid available • Numerous international students • Programs in EE, CS and CpE taught in English

  33. Technical University of Ilmenau - Germany • One of the most prestigious technical universities in Germany • Small city in the former East Germany. • Located in Thuringia - “The green heart of Germany” • Rolling hills and beautiful countryside. • About 30 min. drive from Erfurt, a beautiful, medieval city.

  34. FH Gelsenkirchen - Germany • Mid-size town in the industrial and cultural center of Germany – the Ruhr Region, European Capital of Culture in 2010. • Loads of traditional and alternative cultural offerings. • Strong on future energy. • Cooperation with Siemens Power Generation: Internships possible.

  35. University of Applied Sciences – Erfurt • Nearly 5,000 students in different faculties including: Applied Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Engineering in Building and Energy Technology • Study in FH-Erfurt and TU-Ilmenau - courses are partly in English • Intern at Siemens or N3EOS • http://www.fh-erfurt.de/fhe/en/ • Beautiful medieval city dating back to 742 A.D. • Capital of the state of Thuringia, located in the centre of Germany (2h->Berlin, 2h->Frankfurt, 4h->Munich…) • 210,000 inhabitants

  36. AGH University of Science and Technology – Krakow, Poland • Excellent technical university. • Krakow is a beautiful historic city • Some courses taught in English • Financial support available

  37. Brno University of Technology – Brno, Czech Republic • Technical university in the Czech Republic • Near Prague and Vienna • EE, CpE, CS and ME majors

  38. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK • Limited to Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering students at the moment.

  39. Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica • General university with many majors • Most engineering disciplines covered • Beautiful country with stunningly beautiful sights

  40. Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica – Cartago, CR • Specializes in engineering and CS • Located in Cartago - the ancient capital of Costa Rica • Low cost of living

  41. Universidad PontificaCatolica de Rio Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil • Good university specializing in aerospace engineering. • Near to Embraer

  42. Universidade Federal De Rio de Janeiro - Brazil • Most prestigious university in Brazil. • Potential for research available

  43. Tongji University, Shanghai, China • Shanghai is China’s second City and center of the economy • Tongji University is one of 2 top universities in Engineering in China • 55,000 Students (2437 International) • 3300Teaching & Research Faculty and Staff • 1.16 BillionRMBResearch Budget ($170 million) Shanghai Maglev (only commercial in the world)

  44. Tokyo Denki University • Research-based • Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Computer Science • Must learn some Japanese • In suburb of Tokyo called Chiba NewTown

  45. Other Current Study Locations • Hong Kong • HK Institute of Technology • Japan • Wakamaya University, Osaka • Yamaguchi University, near Hiroshima • Poland • Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice • Jordan • Princess Sumaya University, Amman

  46. Future Study Locations • Taiwan • South Korea • India • Chile • Mexico • Argentina • Peru • Australia • New Zealand • Turkey

  47. Interested? Then contact: Ms. Hilary Falcon 407-823-2796 EN I 107 hefalcon@mail.ucf.edu Dr. Avelino Gonzalez 407-823-5027 HEC 329 gonzalez@mail.ucf.edu And be sure to visit http://international.cecs.ucf.edu http://www.studyabroad.ucf.edu

  48. Questions?