Germany – Global Engineering Trek (GET) in Sustainability for Freshmen
In the fields of sustainability and energy, engineers are on the front lines when it comes to turning abstract ideas into innovative solutions. With this in mind, the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) is partnering with the McCormick School of Engineering Global Initiatives Office to create a new tech immersion program for freshmen based in Heidelberg, Germany.
Immediately prior to the start of their sophomore year in the Fall Quarter 2017, students will travel to the "Technologiepark," a technology incubator for startup companies working on the general theme of sustainability and energy. In addition to visiting companies and research universities in Heidelberg, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt, participants will gain exposure to global internship and job opportunities including those related to biotech, organic photovoltaics, and sustainable production chains. It is important to note that participants do not receive academic credit for this program.
- Program dates: September 5 - 15, 2017
- Application deadline for students: March 31, 2017
- Deadline for submission of letters of recommendation: April 7, 2017
- Who should apply? Program is reserved for Northwestern undergraduate students who have completed their freshman year but have not yet begun their sophomore year (also known as “rising sophomores”). The program is designed for students in any McCormick major.
- Academic credit: This study abroad experience carries no academic credit.
- Cost: Cost to participants is $1,000. All airfare, in-country travel related to the program, lodging, and meals will be covered by the program. Financial aid available for those who qualify.
- Scholarship: Need-based financial aid may be available, proportional to the applicant’s current level of academic support.
- Language: No prior knowledge of German is required.
Mike McMahon, ISEN
China - 'Energy Technology & Policy - Wanxiang Fellows Program'
Originally part of President Barack Obama’s “100,000 Strong” initiative, the Wanxiang Fellows Program sends 12-20 Northwestern students to China to work on one of the world’s most important challenges: the development of sustainable green energy technologies. This competitive fellows program takes place during the Summer Quarter and consists of three phases.
First, in the Spring Quarter prior to travel, students will be introduced to environmental and sustainability studies and will visit the Wanxiang America Corporation headquarters in Elgin, Ill.
During the abroad phase, Wanxiang Fellows will spend one month completing two full-credit courses with other Northwestern students in Beijing. Afterwards students will continue their studies at Wanxiang Polytechnic in Hangzhou.
Along with language study, students will learn about clean energy science from researchers at Wanxiang Corporation, and will go on various experiential field trips (i.e. solar manufacturing plant, electric vehicle battery factory, and energy storage stations) for a full two weeks. Upon returning to Northwestern University, the third phase, the students will report on their experience.
- Program dates: June 20 - July 31, 2017
- Application deadline: March 1, 2017
- Who should apply? Open to Northwestern students from all majors meeting NU's minimum application requirements.
- Academic credit: Courses taken through this program are eligible for academic credit.
- Cost: Cost to participants is approximately $4,600.
- Scholarship: Applicants are eligible for IPD study abroad scholarships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities.
- Language: Language of instruction is English, though students will gain exposure to Chinese language and culture.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1
International Program Development (IPD)
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