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Engineering Field Investigation in a Multidisciplinary & Global Context

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Melbourne and Sydney, Australia
Course # SA 10523
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Spring Break 2018 03/09/18 to 03/18/18

Program Leader

Name Mary Pilotte

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

This is an exciting new spring break study abroad program, designed exclusively for MDE and IDES engineering students in ANY year of their program.  Aimed at providing real hands-on experience in interdisciplinary design and innovation in the multicultural setting of Melbourne Australia, students will work side by side with engineering students from the host institution is Swinburne University of Technology.

Melbourne is a large multicultural city, providing diverse aspects of many cultures in a single place. Spending time in Melbourne is a great way to gain meaningful engineering experience and at the same time develop as global citizens and professional engineers.

Working in teams with students attending Swinburne University to undertake an investigation project, students will work from the state of the art Factory of the Future (at Swinburne U.). Through this experience the students will develop their abilities to;

  • Experience an authentic engineering investigation as professional engineers do
  • Engage in global design practices
  • Learn about state of the art engineering tools/facilities
  • Gather, log, and analyze data using multiple approaches
  • Present engineering findings in a professional oral and written ways

Academic Credit

This study abroad course is worth 1 credit hour.  This credit will appear as IDE 49500: Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Engineering. 


Preference for eligibility into this program is given to students currently enrolled in the undergraduate Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies and Multidisciplinary Engineering programs, in the School of Engineering Education.

GPA requirement: In good university standing (not on probation). 


Program Cost

Estimated program cost is $2850 (if you are still eligible for the Purdue Moves Scholarship $500).  This price includes: airfare, housing, ground transportation, excursions, a few meals, and insurance.  Additional expenses (not covered in this amount) would be passport, Visa fees, meals, excursions and spending money.

If you have already used your $500 scholarship, the estimated cost is $3150.00, plus the nominal expenses listed above.


Application Deadline

Apply via the Purdue Study Abroad website, and submits responses to the following pre-qualifying questions in a brief essay.

  1. The primary reason this study abroad course appeals to me is because...
  2. After reading about this study abroad experience, the one personal skill or attribute that I would bring to the design innovation team is...
  3. Working on a design project in Australia would be unique because...

Once approved and accepted into the program, you must submit a non-refundable $500 deposit within one week of being notified of your acceptance into the program.

****NOTE: A minimum of 10 students must be approved for this program to launch. In the event less than 10 students apply/get approved, any student deposit will be fully refunded.

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