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Global Engineering Career Readiness Summer Program

For admitted international Masters’ students preparing for fall study

Engineering challenges in the 21st century involve increasingly complex systems that require successful interaction and collaboration by teams of engineers that span diverse cultures and geography. Students equipped with skills to actively engage in team-based projects, to lead peers or to bridge interdisciplinary efforts are highly sought as employees in the global engineering marketplace. The College of Engineering at Boston University is committed to developing the skills for success both as graduate students and future employees. The only program of its kind, The Global Engineering Career Readiness Program is a customized, four-week summer immersion program designed to prepare international students for success in the Masters’ program and their future careers.

Students are immersed in American culture and language, and classroom and workplace norms equipping them to actively engage in team-based projects and lead peers. In addition, visits to local tech companies and conversations with engineering leaders help students to fine tune their career readiness skills. Global Engineering Career Readiness Program participants are set up for success as they enter their graduate program and position themselves for employment in the global workplace.

We are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to this program that provide up to 50% of the regular summer program fee to qualified students. To be considered for a GECRP scholarship students’ must register no later than May 1, 2014.

Program Dates

August 4 – 29, 2014

 

Schedule

After check-in, welcome, and an orientation on the first Monday of the program, classes run 9:00 – 12:00 Monday through Friday, and 1:30 – 4:00 on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, a total of 20 hours of instruction per week.

Weekly Class Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 – 12:00 Intensive English for Graduate Study Intensive English for Graduate Study Intensive English for Graduate Study Intensive English for Graduate Study Intensive English for Graduate Study
1:30 – 4:00   Skills for Successful Graduate Studies   Skills for Successful Graduate Studies  

In addition to the class schedule, a program of social and cultural activities is also offered.

Curriculum

Intensive English for Graduate Study (morning classes)

Intensive English for Graduate Study helps students refine their English and academic communication skills. Students are given the opportunity to improve their overall comfort and confidence functioning in both spoken and written English, as well as understanding of U.S. society and academic culture.

Students work on the following skills:

  • Participating in academic seminars and discussions
  • Working in groups/collaboration
  • Understanding academic lectures
  • Taking notes from readings and lectures
  • Developing research skills
  • Writing academic English
  • Reading academic texts
  • Improving oral presentation skills
  • Using academic vocabulary and the specialized terminology of their fields
  • Writing research papers and appropriately documenting sources

Classes are interactive, and require active participation from the students. Students work individually, in pairs, and in groups to complete tasks and projects.

Students are assessed in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and a written evaluation, addressing each skill area, is provided at the end of the program.

Skills for Successful Graduate Studies (afternoon classes)

This course prepares students to be successful as graduate students at Boston University by familiarizing them with the graduate student experience. Through lecture format, group and pair work, class discussion, and class outings, students are oriented to the following areas of graduate student life.

University Offices and Resources

  • The university libraries: purpose, structure, and use
  • Writing assistance at the Educational Resources Center
  • Getting to know student services: medical, counseling, and social
  • Using Blackboard

Written and Verbal Communication with Faculty and Staff

  • Making the most of office hour
  • Dealing with professors’ varying education and interaction styles
  • Effective email communication
  • Working with a faculty advisor

Cultural and Classroom Norms and Behavior Expectations

  • Discipleship model and western model of education
  • The importance and practice of critical thinking
  • Classroom participation, group discussions, presentations
  • Class attendance and why it matters
  • Making effective use of the syllabus
  • Completing assignments – thoroughly and on time
  • Understanding assignment types: reading, research papers, group projects, and presentations
  • Examinations: pop quizzes, midterms and finals
  • Understanding and avoiding plagiarism

Getting Involved in the Boston University Community

  • Participating in extracurricular activities
  • Connecting with a religious community (if applicable)

Laying the groundwork to become a strong applicant for employment

  • Building your resume through campus and community involvement
  • Seeking out American friends
  • Studying English independently

Students are given a written evaluation, outlining their strengths and weaknesses, at the end of the program.

Field Trips and Activities

Throughout the program, activities and trips give students real-life interactions with professionals in the field, and may include the following:

  • Visit to a local engineering firm
  • Informational interviews conducted by conference call with working engineers
  • Preparing and practicing “elevator pitches” and other networking skills
  • Guest lectures / Question & Answer sessions with professional engineers, engineering faculty and/or students
  • Information session with a BU research librarian
  • Tour of the BU Engineering Department

Summer 2014 Program Costs

Program costs per student are as follows:

Tuition (4 wks. 20hrs/wk): $2500

Application fee: $110

Program and Student Services fee: $100

Housing for two weeks (August 2-16): $760
    - includes double-occupancy BU dormitory room
    - 14 meals per week dining plan

Total: $3470

Additional expenses include health insurance and textbooks.

Summer Program Scholarship: Students’s who register for the summer program by May 1, 2014 will be considered for a scholarship of up to 50% of the summer program fee.