Ireland: Career Readiness for the STEM Industry

Seminar description

Take this incredible opportunity for first-year students to go abroad with faculty and staff. Make friends, see the world, gain new experiences, and earn credit.

Visit companies, universities and research centers in Ireland—a center of manufacturing and research for global companies. Using the STEM industry—biomedical device, information technology, and pharmaceuticals—as a case study, students will see how companies access the EU market while leveraging the unique aspects of Ireland.

Students will investigate how Ireland’s specific history, culture and economy have led to it embracing this industry. The group will work on guided career readiness exercises and activities aimed at building professionalism and long-term goals. Students will also experience charming and historic cities like Dublin, Galway, and Limerick, while visiting Irish universities popular with STEM students interested in spending a semester abroad.

Seminar details

Term: Winter Break 2017-18

Tentative travel dates: Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017–Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018

Eligible students: Open to CSE and CLA first-year students with an interest in STEM. Admission is by application.

Credit: Students will receive three credits for CSE 2501 or CLA 2501. The course will be evaluated for the Global Perspectives Liberal Education Theme.

Language prerequisite: No language prerequisite

Program leader: Professor Alena Talkachova (Department of Biomedical Engineering) and Andy Gammons (CLA Undergraduate Programs)

Estimated program fee: The program fee includes three credits, round-trip airfare, housing, tours, special events, some group meals, and international health insurance. The fee will be finalized during fall semester before students commit to participating, but is estimated to be between $4,300–$5,300.

Apply now: For students interested in applying, email cseabroad@umn.edu for instructions on how to submit an application. Application deadline is Oct. 15, 2017.

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