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Summer Study Abroad Program

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Agricultural University of Iceland, Hveragerdi, Iceland, working in heated garden

Current students can study in Dresden or Karlsruhe, Germany, the cities of Burgos or Madrid, in Spain, Singapore, Italy, or Iceland. New for 2019 are humanitarian engineering projects in Santa Cruz del Quiche in Guatemala with the Barbara Ford Peace Building Center, and in Bosnia (in conjunction with LaTrobe University in Australia).

During each summer we offer a 6-8 week study abroad experience. This is open to a limited number of students who are in good academic standing and have completed their second or third year. A student can earn six credits of independent study (EID 300) by participating in a project under the supervision of faculty at one of the below universities.

Upon return to Cooper, each student must submit to Associate Dean Shay a formal report of his/her activities and an evaluation form. This report is in two parts: a technical report covers project-research activities and a cultural report documents their experience with the country. The technical report on your research project should be a conference quality paper in content, organization and grammar. Submission of the technical report to a peer-reviewed research publication forum (workshop/conference/journal) is strongly encouraged. See the EID 300 syllabus for specific requirements for each paper.

Students are responsible for the cost of travel, food and accommodations. Tuition will not be charged for EID 300.

Participants are encouraged to sight see and take part in the cultural life of the host city. Students who want to travel an extended period (a week, etc.) should do so after their study abroad program is finished. Weekend trips are fine during that time, as long as it does not interfere with one's study. At the end of the assignment, many have traveled the European and Asian continents. 

Application & Deadlines

Application forms for the summer of 2020 extended deadline are here and are due

  • March 1st, 2020 for Iceland, Guatemala, Australia/Bosnia and Italy

For more information about the Summer Study Abroad program please contact Associate Dean Lisa Shay (Lisa.shay@cooper.edu).

Tentative Timeline for study abroad, click here.

You can find a FAQ here.

The list of study abroad projects from 2014 up to the present can be found here.

Partnership Institutions

Spain
Spain
  Germany
Germany
Singapore
Singapore
  Australia and Bosnia
Australia and Croatia
Italy
Singapore
 

 

 

Faculty-led Programs

Iceland
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  Guatemala
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