Boston University Adds Third Study-Abroad Site for Engineering Students
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(Boston) – A growing interest among students for a study-abroad experience has prompted the Boston University College of Engineering to open a third international program specifically for engineering undergraduates. The new program in Tel Aviv, Israel joins established programs in Dresden, Germany and Guadalajara, Mexico as destinations for second-semester engineering sophomores.
“Students understand that the international perspective they gain from a semester abroad rounds out their education and gives them an advantage in the global economy,” said Solomon R. Eisenberg, associate dean for Undergraduate Programs at the Boston University College of Engineering. “We are expanding the menu of choices for what students correctly view as a life-changing experience.”
When Boston University opened the program at Technische Universität Dresden in 2001, it was one of the first offered by an American university specifically for engineering undergraduates. Last year, a program opened at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Guadalajara. These, and the new program at Tel Aviv University, offer students cultural immersion and the opportunity to take required technical courses, a liberal arts elective there instead of in Boston at no added cost and without delaying graduation.
Boston University engineering students at the Technische Universität Dresden, the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico, and now Tel Aviv University, take three technical courses, a liberal arts elective and a local language course.
“The beauty of this program is that the classes they take are equivalent to BU courses,” said Joanne Cornell, the director of the Office of Undergraduate Programs. “These schools offer the courses the students need and they teach them in accordance with the way the curriculum is taught here.”
Classes are taught in English, so fluency in the local language is not required, although students learn enough German, Spanish or Hebrew in their language course to integrate into local society. Time is built into the program to allow students the opportunity to experience the country’s culture and do some traveling.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.