Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences partners with the University of Buenos Aires to offer an Andes Field Camp experience.
Students from Cornell and other universities spend July in the Andes of Argentina, completing a course in field mapping and geology.
f course, the student traffic between Cornell
Engineering and the rest of the world does not
flow in only one direction. Cornell Engineering
students also go abroad for a summer, a semester,
or a year of study. Melissa Bazley, associate director
of Engineering Advising, reports that in the 2014-15 academic
year, 60 engineering students will spend a semester or the year
studying in a foreign institution. “This is a significant increase
over the last ten years,” says Bazley. “Engineering students are
starting to see that it’s really not that hard to make it happen.
A significant portion of Bazley’s job is to collaborate with
CU Abroad assisting engineers in the process of finding a
school, ensuring credits will transfer, talking with department
advisors, submitting the required paperwork, and helping
students who want to study abroad plan every step along
the way. “One thing that was holding some people back from
going abroad was this perception that you can’t do it as an
engineering student,” says Bazley. “And now they are seeing
that this is just not true.”
Paul Giannelis ‘16 MAE spent his sophomore spring
semester at the Technische Universitat Dresden in Germany.
“It wasn’t that hard to make it happen,” says Giannelis. “I met
with Melissa and then took the initiative to find a program. The
one I found was run in conjunction with Boston University and
it focused on mechanical engineering. The credits all transferred
and it was a great experience.”
Caroline Caglioni ’15 Env.E echoes Giannelis. “I think
Cornell Engineering students underestimate the likelihood
of finding a program that will work within their major,” says
Caglioni. “I went through the Cornell-Cantabria Exchange
Program in Santander, Spain and it was easy to arrange.”
Professor Todd Cowen of Cornell’s School of Civil and
Environmental Engineering designed the University of
Cantabria program especially for Cornell Engineering students.
“Back in 2007 I had developed a working relationship with
Professor Iñigo Losada at Cantabria,” says Cowen. “I saw how
students in the university systems in Europe had real mobility
to spend time at other universities. I started to think about
how to get U.S. students into European schools. So, we started
an exchange program.” The Cornell-Cantabria Exchange
Program is piloting a track for chemical engineering majors and
seven chemical engineering juniors will be joining seven civil,
environmental, and mechanical engineering majors already at
Cantabria this spring.
Chemical engineering majors can also choose a five-week
summer session at Imperial College. The program, started in
the summer of 2014, is taught by a Cornell faculty member in
cooperation with the teaching assistants at the state-of-the-art ChemEng Discovery Space at Imperial College, (which
was recently rated as the sixth-best university in the world).