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Is Financial Aid available?
YES, to learn what funding sources may be available to help you pay for your program, visit these websites:
Financial Aid:  http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/other/alternative _enrollment_guide.htm
Scholarships:  http://global.usf.edu/educationabroad/out-funding.php#scholarships

Do I need to be a civil engineering major?  Do I need to be in engineering?
No, talk to your advisor or ICD program directors

Can this count toward my master’s degree?
Yes

How do I apply?
First contact Dennis Magolan, Dennism@eng.usf.edu or Linda Phillips, lindap@eng.usf.edu   with a memo explaining: how you have met the prerequisites for Capstone Design (check with your advisor), why you want to travel abroad to do your capstone project, and what you know about the program from your research.  ICD requires your full commitment of up to 200 hours during the semester you return to campus to do the capstone design, so also include in the memo how you will balance your workload to fulfill that commitment.  Teamwork is essential to completing a successful ICD project.  Include how you feel about being a team player. Based on this memo, (your writing skills will be judged as well), a determination will be made if you meet the criteria to take ICD and be successful.  If accepted you will be directed to enroll through the International Affairs office by completing the Education Abroad Application Packet.  Visit: http://global.usf.edu/educationabroad/out-forms.php

What grade point is required?
You must speak with your advisor to get their opinion if you can be successful based on your grade point. From past experience, a strong desire and work ethic were more important than grade point.

Do I need to know a foreign language?
No, however most students taking study abroad classes would say it would enhance the experience if they knew some of the local language. There are self-study language programs.  Translators are also used in-country.

What classes should I take to prepare?
Currently, ICD projects focus on improving local infrastructure, ie. drinking water  and storm water transport systems, roads and waste water systems, in a developing world country.  Students work in teams of 3 or 4 and each team must have skills to do surveying, AutoCad, have good written and oral communication skills, ability to do design calculations for water transport systems, road design and waste water systems as well as other skills to complete an engineering project.  It is also possible for a group of 3 or 4 students from another discipline to work together on a project in their area of expertise, ie. a team of Biomedical Engineering students completed a project in 2008 designing a brace for a polio victim.  This requires approval from your advisor and an instructor in that department to oversee the on campus Capstone Design portion.  Another possibility is for a student from a non engineering discipline (such as communications, public health, environmental sciences, education, architecture, etc.) to take classes before the trip to the developing world country to become a contributing member of a team with 2 or 3 engineering students.

How else may I get survey experience?
Take a summer course at USF or other school or possibly intern with a registered surveyor.

How else may I get AutoCAD experience?
USF offers a class in AutoCad or possibly find a job as a CAD operator

Do I have to be a junior/senior?
Yes, especially since you will need experience gained from classes to successfully do ICD.

Can I enroll if I attend another university?  If so, how?
Yes, see USF International Study Abroad website.

ICD Winter: http://global.usf.edu/educationabroad/progInfo.php?prog_id=52
ICD Summer (USF) http://global.usf.edu/educationabroad/progInfo.php?prog_id=75
ICD Summer (Non USF) http://global.usf.edu/educationabroad/progInfo.php?prog_id=76

 

E-mail questions to DennisM@eng.usf.edu or LindaP@eng.usf.edu