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Studying abroad during your undergraduate career is often described as an experience of a lifetime. The benefits? Endless. By pursuing an education abroad program, you gain global perspective on the field of ICT, develop your language skills, gain professional experience, see the world (!), form everlasting friendships, and increase your self-confidence. That all goes without mentioning the career benefits like valuable job skills, higher starting salaries, higher acceptance into graduate school...shall we go on? To learn more about studying abroad while at the University of Kentucky, visit UK Education Abroad.
ICT students are encouraged to take a look at the Pathway (PDF at the bottom of this page). The Pathway suggests a summer abroad program between the student's sophomore and junior year and a semester exchange in the spring of their junior year. This example was designed to be completed using the featured programs on pages 2 and 3 of the Major Advising Page (MAP). The first program is designed to acquaint students with German language in order to complete a subsequent semester exchange in Hamburg, Germany. These programs are recommended. Students are welcome to consider other options featured in the MAP. It is essential that the student speak with his/her academic adviser as early as possible in order to include education abroad in their undergraduate degree plan.
Recommended Education Abroad Programs for ICT Majors
UK Partner: IES Berlin, Germany - Language and Culture
We partner with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) each summer to offer UK students a language and culture program in Berlin, Germany. ICT students will explore and engage in cultural experiences, apply classroom knowledge, and earn course credit towards their degree. What's really awesome is that this program combines the development of language skills with English-and German-taught courses that expose you to Germany's fascinating history and present-day culture and society. Students can increase their German language skills and take an elective course in 20th century art, German film, Jewish history, or urban and environmental studies, to name a few.
Program participants will enroll in two courses for six credit hours, and they may take the third course for a total of nine credits at an additional cost. Course-related excursions play a central role in the program, taking you outside the classroom to discover the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Berlin and Germany. The program includes a day trip to the Berlin suburb of Postdam and students may also opt to participate in a multi-day field trip to Prague. More details can be found on IES Abroad.
UK Exchange: HAW Hamburg
The Office of Education Abroad and the ICT program work together to offer ICT majors a more independent study abroad experience for an academic semester. One great example of this collaboration is the exchange program in Hamburg, Germany, which is coordinated through Hochschule fur Angewandte Wissenschaften (HAW) University of Applied Sciences. This particular program is accepting its first round of applications for the Spring 2017 semester.
Program participants will be a part of the Digital Information and Media Culture semester program at HAW Hamburg where they can complete up to 15 transfer credit hours. Courses include: Current Trends in Knowledge, Organization & Information, Management, Digital Culture & Critical Theory, Macro Economy & International Communication Systems, Search Engine Technology & Search Engine Use, and Social Media & Innovation. Additional information about course content can be found on the program website here.
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