There is no such thing as a "local" company or issue anymore. An international experience will provide you with the necessary skills to work effectively in business, the academic world, and the community. Every BW student should consider gaining international experience through study abroad. The opportunity to experience another culture and gain an international perspective on your career is invaluable to your professional development and will add to your career options.
What benefits can be realized from a study abroad experience?
- Find unique and challenging coursework in computer science around the world
- Understand computing issues from an international perspective
- Expand cross-cultural communication and problme-solving skills and world view
- Prepare to work in an increasingly diverse and international workplace
- Broad academic horizons
- Improve language skills (although most classes are taught in English)
- Experience a different culture
- Build an international network of contacts
Is a study abroad experience affordable?
Yes! When you choose to study at one of the recommended exchange institutions, you will pay BW tuition, room and board. Any financial aid or scholarships will apply and those who qualify can receive a study abroad grant from BW.
There are additional scholarship and grant opportunities for specific regions so please visit the study abroad office for further application details.
Will studying abroad delay my graduation plans?
With careful planning, you can complete all of the requirements for BW core and your computing major within the same time frame as you would without a study abroad experience. However, it is important that you work closely with your advisor and the study abroad office as you plan your experience to determine which school you attend and what semester you travel.
The following is a list of study abroad partner schools whose computing curricula have been reviewed by the Computer Science department. A transfer guide has been developed for each school so that you can see which Computer Science courses have equivalencies available at each university. Additional transfer guides will be added as they become available.
- Al Akhawayn University, Morocco (transfer guide)
- Umeň University, Sweden (transfer guide)
- University College Dublin, Ireland (transfer guide)
- University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia (transfer guide)
How do I start the study abroad process?
BW students can apply to study abroad after fulfilling one semester of study at Baldwin Wallace. The semester programs require that students have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a clear student conduct record. Generally students plan to study abroad during their sophomore or junior years.
To start planning, do the following:
- Visit the Explorations/Study Abroad Office on the 2nd floor of the Student Union
- Check out the Explorations/Study Abroad web site at www.bw.edu/explorations
- Look at the academic courses offered at our exchange partner institutions to plan the classes you might take
- Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your options
- Check out the transfer guides provided above
- Apply midway through the semester before the semester abroad or short-term program
Download the pdf flyer - Study Abroad for Computer Science & Computer Information Systems Majors