Wales: STEM Communications for Engineers
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. Wales has over 1,680 miles of rugged coastline and is largely mountainous. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, development of the mining and metallurgical industries transformed the country from an agricultural society into an industrial nation; the South Wales Coalfield's exploitation caused a rapid expansion of Wales' population. Two-thirds of the population live in South Wales, including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and the nearby valleys.
Swansea, the site for this study abroad experience, is a picturesque coastal city and county. The county area includes Swansea Bay and the Gower Peninsula. Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and the twenty-fifth largest city in the United Kingdom. The last official census stated that the city, metropolitan and urban areas combined concluded to be a total of 462,000 in 2011; the second most populous local authority area in Wales after Cardiff.
Swansea University serves as UB's hosting partner for this study abroad program. Swansea University is a public research university and is the third largest university in Wales, serving 20,000 students in seven colleges spread across its two campuses--the Singleton Park Campus and the Bay Campus. Participants will receive classes and accommodations at Swansea's Bay Campus. In 2016, Swansea University was named as the best university in Wales by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 League Table. It was also awarded the inaugural Welsh University of the Year title.
Participants will complete EAS 360: STEM Communications
for three undergraduate credits. EAS 360 prepares students to successfully communicate, across a range of professional genres and media, to technical, professional, and public audiences; to produce communications individually and as part of a team; and to produce communications which are consistent with ethical engineering practice. In the case of the EAS 360 study abroad offering, students will develop and practice these technical communication skills in an intercultural context at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom. Participants will be required to complete pre and post-travel assignments related to course content. While on-site in Wales, participants will engage course material through a blend of classroom instruction on Swansea’s Bay Campus and site visits to industry in the surrounding area. Students will complete assignments that facilitate the application of their learning via the direct engagement of leading scholars and practitioners in Wales.
Participants will reside in Swansea’s student housing at the Bay Campus, which will afford them the opportunity to interact with local students and faculty. UB students will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Swansea’s dining facilities. Students will have many evening free for recreational activities in the surrounding area. In addition, UB leadership and their Swansea counterparts are developing several course-related excursions in the area.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the faculty director for this program--
Kris Depowski O’Donnell at email@example.com.