August 22, 2012 | City College
Students Can Study Abroad at Top Engineering Schools in 17 Countries
In a move that gives its students the opportunity to participate in study-abroad programs at colleges and universities in 17 countries, The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering has joined the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3). Students will be able to participate in these programs at regular City College tuition rates and they can apply their current financial aid packages to pay for them.
“Our participation in Global E3 opens the door to a world of affordable, study-abroad opportunities for our engineering students at some of the best engineering schools on earth,” said Dean Juan Carlos Mercado, director of study abroad and international programs at City College, who announced the agreement jointly with Dean Joseph Barba of the Grove School. “It is a major milestone toward our goal of making it possible for all students of each school and division of the College to participate in such programs.”
Students will have the option to go abroad for the fall semester, spring semester, or entire school year. In some cases, Global E3 students can do supplemental internships after their study abroad to further their experience.
“Now more than ever, young professionals in the STEM fields become more marketable after having professional and academic exposure abroad,” Dean Barba noted. “Young professionals of all fields need to be prepared to enter globalized workforces in which foreign language ability, cross-cultural skills and multinational experience are important along with an academic degree.”
Many STEM students were at a disadvantage when searching for international experience due to the constraints of their demanding curriculum. Until a group of leading universities around the world established Global E3 in 1995, there were very few opportunities for U.S. engineering students to get academic experience abroad. City College has a faculty-led program headed by Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar, associate professor of chemical engineering, who takes a small group every summer to Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology.
Global E3, which is administered by the Institute of International Education, based in New York, now has 26 participating international universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East plus 33 member schools in the United States. Because of the importance of its work, the National Science Foundation, AT&T Foundation and U.S. Department of Education provided start-up funds for the program.
City College engineering students interested in study abroad programs should speak with their academic advisors as well as the staff at the CCNY Office of Study Abroad & International Programs, located in NAC 5/216, to plan their curriculum.
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