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Computing and Engineering Summer School Program in India

Would you like the opportunity to visit India, the world’s hub for Information Technology (IT) and Engineering?

ECU is organizing a Summer School Program in India for Computing and Engineering students.  The program allows you to participate in a short study program to one of the fastest growing economies and a powerhouse in terms of IT and Engineering sectors. India is an important trade partner with Western Australia and this program will provide you with a chance to gain knowledge to put you ahead in your upcoming career. The program is also a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the Indian culture and enjoy a life changing experience.  

When will the program run?

The Summer School Program in India will run for 4-5 weeks during the ECU summer break period.  Program dates are: 16th January to 15th February 2014.

Where will I go on the program?

The program will provide you with a great experience of India, a country that has more than 30 official languages and one billion people that is well known for its diversity.  You will experience the hectic pace of Mumbai, with a population greater than that of Australia, contrasted with the ancient city of Varanasi and rural villages.

During the program you will visit many Indian cities, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi.

What activities will be included in the program?

Academic study program:

ECU Computing and Engineering students will undertake a specific academic program hosted by three of the best universities in India including: IIT Bombay; University of Mumbai; and IIT BHU Benares Hindu University. 

You will attend special classes and other activities within Computing and other related departments at the host universities in Mumbai and Varanasi and receive university credit for activities which you successfully undertake.  You will participate in classes with local students and work on assigned projects related to your discipline area, collaborating with students and local Faculty members at the host institution.

Industry program

The program will also include a short one-week study tour, which allows you to participate in a structured program of industry engagement activities across other cities in India (Delhi, Agra, Lucknow). You will be exposed to some of the most important industries in India including IT, communications  and engineering.  The program will include visits to other universities, research centres, companies and Non Government Organisations (NGOs), which will help you to gain a new understanding of work, university and social life in India.

Cultural program

The program will include a number of cultural activities such as visits to places of interest, orphanages and other charity organizations. You will have the opportunity to participate in cricket and other sporting activities with the local students, local language and cultural classes and yoga classes.   You will visit temples, forts, UNESCO world heritage sites, experience the oldest living city in the world, rural India, jungle walks, cave paintings and some other extraordinary sites of one of the world’s greatest civilizations.

How much will the program cost?

For more information regarding program costs, please contact Dr Leisa Armstrong (see contact information below).

Can I receive financial assistance towards the program costs?

Participating students will receive an ECU subsidy of $1500 to be used towards the costs of the program (subsidy conditions apply).

You can also undertake fundraising activities to raise funds to contribute towards program expenses and donations to the charity organisations that you will visit in India.

Who is eligible for the program?

This program is open to Computing and Engineering students.  The following eligibility requirements apply for the program:

  • You must be an undergraduate or course work postgraduate student and have completed one full time semester at ECU;
  • You must be in Good Academic Standing and have a course average of 50% or greater; and
  • You must have a passport valid for more than six months (from end date of the program) and obtain a valid visa for travel to India.

Can I gain academic credit for the program?

You may be able to receive academic credit towards your ECU degree for the Summer School Program in India at the discretion of your ECU Course Coordinator.

Computing and Security Science students will be able to receive academic credit for the program through ECU unit, CSG3303, CSG3305 (Applied IT Projects) or for other elective units such as the International Science Project unit ISS3101.

You will be required to carry out the same activities as fellow Indian classmates and to participate fully in campus life during your stay.  You will carry out a number of assessments related to the program including project proposal, project report, seminar and participation.

You must seek approval from the relevant unit and course coordinators to obtain credit for the program (this can be done through the study tour application form).

Who will be leading the program?

You will be accompanied by ECU academic, Dr Leisa Armstrong, who has been running short study programs to India since 2008.  Dr Armstrong is an experienced ECU academic who is a regular visitor to India and conversant in the local Hindi language.  Dr Armstrong has been travelling to India for the last 20 years and has many university and industry contacts throughout India. 

How can I find further information about the program and how do I apply?

For more information about the Summer School Program in India and how to apply, please contact:

Dr Leisa Armstrong (School of Computing and Security Science)

Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6506

Email: l.armstrong@ecu.edu.au

Applications close 20 September, 2013.  Places are limited so enquire now.

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