UMD: A Globally Connected University

UMD-Winter: Australia: Global Leadership & International Business in Engineering and Technology (ENES/HONR)

Sydney, Australia
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Preparing to practice engineering in a global economy has become increasingly important for new engineers and other related majors to advance in their careers. In addition to a strong engineering background, there is a greater need for engineers with cross-cultural experience and global leadership skills. Understanding the impact of technology solutions in a global context is crucial for students who are planning a career in engineering or other technology related fields. This course, which is open to all majors, will facilitate the acquisition of these global capabilities in the area of technology and engineering.

The duration of the three-week course will be spent in Sydney. The goal of this program is to provide you with an understanding of cultural aspects pertaining to global business and global leadership skills, thereby increasing your awareness of the cultural factors that motivate decisions and behavior in the business world. You will gain an understanding of how the business cultures in the rest of the world diverge from the American, and develop the cultural understanding, global leadership, attitudes, and communication skills needed to function appropriately within an increasingly global and multicultural working environment.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

Engineering students and students completing the Minors in International Engineering, Engineering Leadership Development, International Development and Conflict Management, Global Terrorism, and Global Poverty will receive priority consideration for admission to the course. Other majors are highly encouraged to apply as the course is open to all students of all majors.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • ENES472: International Business Cultures in Engineering & Technology
  • HONR349T: Honors Colloquium: International Business Cultures in Engineering and Technology
  • ENES316: Global Leadership in Engineering, Business, and Technology

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

Both ENES472 and HONR349T have been approved for the Diversity-Cultural Competence requirement of the General Education program

This program fulfills a requirement for the Minors in International Engineering and Minor in Engineering Leadership Development and ENES472 is an option for students in the Global Minors Program. The following departments have approved ENES472 and ENES316 to fulfill the following major degree requirements: 

  • Computer Engineering- Category F Elective
  • Electrical Engineering- GTE: General Technical Elective
  • Fire Protection Engineering: Technical Elective
  • Mechanical Engineering- TECH4XX out-of-major technical elective

You will stay in apartment-style housing with shared rooms. Internet and laundry facilities are available.

Costs are current for winter 2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $40
Tuition $2,283
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $1,042
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $400
Visa $15
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $2,600
Course Materials $60
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $200
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Ramsey Jabaji is the faculty director for the program and serves as the assistant director of International & Leadership Programs and Instructor for the Minor Engineering Leadership Development in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. He has been at UMD for more than a decade having taught over 20 courses including directing short-term programs in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, China, Spain, France, and Australia.  His research interests focus on advancing college student leadership development and he has been involved in a number of campus and national research projects related to leadership. Ramsey has traveled to over 35 countries and these experiences have influenced his approaches to teaching.

Jane Fines is the director of International and Leadership Programs in the Clark School and has worked in engineering for 27 years. She has taught courses for the minors in international engineering and engineering leadership development including ENES472: International Business Cultures for Engineering and Technology on campus and in Australia. She enjoys having Australia as a living laboratory for teaching ENES472 concepts during the winter course. Jane has also taught ENES474: Global Perspectives of Engineering on campus and ENES269G: Grand Challenges for Engineering-Energy Technology and Policy with Dr. Gary Pertmer in Germany for three summers with the Terrapin Take-off program. Jane enjoys good chocolate and golfing during her travels.

Léna Kavaliauskas Crain, Ph.D. is an instructor in International and Leadership Programs in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and worked in student services for over ten years. Léna has lived and worked in France and traveled to over 40 countries on five continents. These experiences shaped her research, which examines the relationship between culture, pedagogy, and cognition (how culture influences the way we teach and learn). Léna has taught short-term courses in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, the Netherlands, and Australia. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Attend several industry visits (past sites have included Google, BlueScope Steel, Qantas Operations Center, and Holmes Fire)
  • A detailed half-day architectural walking tour by a leading local architect in Sydney culminating with an exterior tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • Cultural activities such as a Bush Walk with an indigenous guide, visit to a wildlife park, cricket match, and a tour of the The Rocks area
  • Visits to several local museums including the Powerhouse Museum and Australian Museum
  • Guest speakers on entrepreneurship and Australian business culture
  • Social activities such as the Sydney Festival and Sydney New Years Eve fireworks festivities
  • A welcome dinner and farewell dinner cruise on the Sydney harbour. 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017 12/28/2017 01/16/2018