UMD: A Globally Connected University

UMD-Winter: Australia: Global Perspectives of International Business in Engineering & 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 intercultural communication 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 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, 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, attitudes, communication skills, and global perspectives of engineering and technology 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.

UMD and non-UMD sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.

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
  • ENES474: Global Perspectives of Engineering (for students who have completed ENES472)

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 and ENES474 are options for students in the Global Minors Program. The following departments have approved ENES472 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 2019.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering 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 $2,150
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 $1,260
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $250
Visa $0
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $2,500
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $300
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.

Jane Fines is the faculty director for the program and serves as the director of International & Leadership Programs in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. She has been at UMD for nearly three decades developing international programs for engineering students, advising students on study abroad, teaching courses for the minors in international engineering and engineering leadership development including international business cultures in engineering and technology (ENES472) and global perspectives of engineering (ENES474), and serving as program director or co-instructor for short-term engineering courses in Australia and Germany.

Brian Dillehay is the co-instructor for the course and serves as program manager in the Office of International & Leadership Programs. He has taught ENES472 on campus as well as abroad in Australia, and the Netherlands and Spain. Brian joined the University of Maryland from AMIDEAST where he administered Fulbright students from the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, he has significant experience teaching and working abroad, primarily in Taiwan. He received his MA in International Training and Education from American University in 2016 and his BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006.

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, Rode Microphones, Qantas Operations Center, IBM, 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 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 Year’s Eve fireworks festivities
  • A welcome dinner, farewell dinner cruise on the Sydney harbor and a few other group meals 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2019 10/01/2018 10/11/2018 12/27/2018 01/16/2019