UBC Engineering launches Coordinated International Experience programs

From left: Eric Hall, UBC professor Civil Engineering; Elco van Noort, Director Central International Office TU Delft; and UBC’s Peter Cripton, professor Mechanical Engineering; Elizabeth Croft, Applied Science associate dean; Marc Parlange, Applied Science dean, and Andre Ivanov, professor and head of Electrical & Computer Engineering, at TU Delft for the Coordinated International Experience letter of intent signing.

Thanks to the new Coordinated International Experience (CIE) letters of intent signed between the UBC Faculty of Applied Science and the Technical University of Denmark, Delft University of Technology and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, UBC Engineering students will have the opportunity to study full-time for one or two semesters and receive a certificate recognizing their coursework at the exchange institute. The exchanges are slated to begin January 2016.
The CIE’s aim is to make it easier for students to study abroad by providing a pre-selected and pre-approved package of courses that will directly transfer back to their course requirements at UBC. Upon passing the preselected courses at the exchange university, students will receive a certificate confirming they have earned the equivalent of a minor from the partner university. Through the CIE, the universities hope to establish collaborations to foster research, student and overall university excellence.
“Coordinated International Experiences are partnerships in providing our students with the opportunity to learn abroad and develop a global perspective,” says UBC Applied Science Dean Marc Parlange. “Studying at one of Europe’s leading engineering universities will benefit our students as they enter the workforce and enhance their professional skills to engineer solutions to global challenges.”
The letters of intent are part of the Faculty of Applied Science’s goal to have 40 per cent of our undergraduate students have an immersive international experience during their studies.