|1 Student exchange programmes Faculty of Spatial Sciences, 2014/2015 November 13, 2013 – 15:00 Paul van Steen 5412.0020 (Blauwe Zaal) |2 Student exchanges.... A few questions.... › › › › › › Why study abroad? For whom? When? How long? Where to? To do what? How to prepare? Information? Costs? Subsidies? How to apply? Selection? Some answers.... |3 Why study abroad? › › › › › › New, additional courses Language Learn about culture, people, country Improve quality CV Personal motives New perspective on own country, culture, discipline (the ‘mirror’ function) › Confrontation with yourself |4 For whom? When? How long? (1) › Bachelor students – in third year: › - semester 1: courses (in stead of 'Minor' at RUG), › - semester 2.b (for example, Bachelorthesis) › Master students - semester 1 or 2 › Approval of curriculum coordinator needed (credits; conflict with FRW curriculum?) › Minimum 3 months, sometimes 4 or 5 months (problem/challenge: different academic timetables) |5 For whom? When? How long? (2) Other conditions: 1. If academic level abroad is equivalent. 2. If host university has space/capacity. 3. If there is a ‘balance’ in students exchanged. 4. If you have sufficient progress in FRW curriculum. |6 What can you do abroad? › Courses - sometimes very ‘different’, language!, time period (serious differences in academic timetables) › Bachelorthesis - not everywhere, FRW staff member is primary supervisor; ONLY abroad in 2b › Masterthesis - not everywhere, FRW staff member is primary supervisor, time period? - NEURUS |7 Some ‘solutions’ to some ‘problems’ › Bachelor: compulsory excursion 2b (in SG&P) - if you go abroad when excursion is offered, you can apply for waiver for excursion (but you need another 5 EC course to compensate) - ‘costs’, benefits › Bachelor and Master: combination of BA project (or MSc thesis) and elective course abroad › Master thesis: if host university only allows for course participation, work 100% independently on MSc thesis |8 Some ‘solutions’ to some ‘problems’ › Bachelor: if you have already developed a delay in your curriculum, include 7th semester in your plans › Master: if you have already developed a delay in your curriculum, include 3rd semester in your plans But: study abroad need not cause delays in your study |9 Where can you go to? (1) Important distinction: 1. FRW partners: Exchanges to partner universities of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences = many options, more flexibility, less competition 2. RUG partners: Exchanges to partner universities of the University of Groningen = very few options, often extreme competition | 10 Where can you go to? (2) A. B. C. D. E. European partners Spatial Sciences (Erasmus) Non-European partners Spatial Sciences European partners other RUG Faculties (Erasmus) Non-European partners University of Groningen Rest of the world A to E: easy (A) to difficult (C, D, E) to arrange; many (A) to very few (D, E) scholarships available; short (A) to very long (D, E) preparation time, etc. | 11 Partners of FRW = Spatial Sciences 1. In Europe: › 30 partners in 15 countries › Very limited access to 200+ partners of other RUG Faculties (e.g., Arts; Economics & Business) › Erasmus scholarship almost ‘guaranteed’ 2. Outside Europe: • North America: USA + Canada • Oceania, Asia: New Zealand, Indonesia | 12 Partners FRW - United Kingdom 1. Coleraine Newcastle Reading + Leeds, Southampton, Cardiff, Edinburgh | 13 Partners FRW - United Kingdom Reading › Courses › Human Geography › October-December, January-March › Campus, residence halls for students | 14 Partners FRW - United Kingdom Newcastle › Courses › School of Geography, Politics and Sociology › September-January, February - May | 15 Partners FRW - United Kingdom Coleraine › Courses, BA project, MSc project › Human Geography, Environmental Sciences › late Sept - late January; late January - early June › Campus, most students stay in Portrush or Portstewart | 16 Partners FRW - NW Europe Joensuu › courses in English › Sept/Dec, Jan/March Stockholm • bachelor/MSc courses • also MSc thesis Agder – new partner Lund - courses! | 17 Partners FRW - East/Central Europe Riga, Jelgava (Latvia) Wroclaw, Krakow (Poland) Vienna (Austria) 2x! Budapest (Hungary) Pecs (Hungary) Istanbul (Turkey) Volos (Greece) | 18 Partners FRW - East/Central Europe Riga › › › BA project, also in 2b MSc thesis Growing number of courses (outside Geography) in English Jelgava - Agricultural Univ. (BA projects) | 19 Partners FRW - East/Central Europe Vienna › › › › University of Economics & Business Administration includes Dept. of Regional and Urban Planning large no. of courses, incl. large number in English 2 full semesters (exchange in 1 semester) | 20 Partners FRW - East/Central Europe Pecs › › BA project, also in 2b MSc thesis › small number of courses in Geography/Nature Sciences Budapest › MSc thesis › MSc courses | 21 Partners FRW - Germany Bremen ( + Oldenburg) Berlin › › Geography, Planning + Ba project / MSc thesis Munster - Geography, Planning Frankfurt am Main › Geography !!! Semesters in Germany October - February, April - August | 22 Partners FRW - SW Europe Zaragoza › ‘traditional’ teaching (in Spanish) › Ba project, MSc thesis Lisbon • BA project, MSc thesis | 23 Partners FRW - Rest of Europe Italy - Milan • planning, architecture, economic geography Greece - Volos • planning, regional development | 24 Partners of Spatial Sciences 1. In Europe: › 30 partners in 15 countries › Very limited access to 200+ partners of other RuG Faculties (e.g., Arts; Economics & Business) › Erasmus scholarship almost ‘guaranteed’ 2. Outside Europe: • North America: USA + Canada • Oceania, Asia: New Zealand, Indonesia? | 25 Partners FRW - USA Seattle Urbana Geneseo Omaha Irvine Phoenix NEURUS partner Gainesville | 26 Partners FRW - USA, exchanges Geneseo, NY › Courses › Ba project › MSc thesis › Campus town › Geography + Planning | 27 Partners FRW - USA, Exchanges Seattle, WA › Priority for MSc students › Priority for students Real Estate, Planning or Economic Geography › courses › ‘trimester’ system: Sep-Dec, JanMarch (Apr-Jun not possible) › ‘in city’ campus location | 28 Partners FRW - USA, Exchanges Omaha, Nebraska › › Geography, International Studies courses | 29 Partners FRW - United States Fees › › Student exchange programmes: students do not pay tuition fees ('collegegeld') However: students do pay local fees, e.g. for oncampus health services, sports facilities; sometimes also for use of computer labs, library | 30 Partners FRW - NEURUS NEURUS Network for European and US Regional and Urban Studies Europe: Groningen, Berlin, Vienna ( + more) Asia: South Korea USA: Irvine, Urbana,Gainesville, Phoenix | 31 Partners FRW - NEURUS NEURUS - for MSc thesis › › › › › › Arrive in USA in January September: seminar EU: present and discuss research proposal MSc thesis September: workshop EU (research methods) January - May: MSc thesis ( + course possible) April: seminar USA: present work-in-progress April: workshop USA (policy implementations) | 32 Partners FRW - New Zealand Auckland › › › BSc and MSc students, Geography and Planning academic year: February-June, July-November 2 students per year | 33 Partners of University of Groningen › › › › › › › › › › › Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand Australian National University, Canberra, Australia University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia Chinese University of Hong Kong Osaka University, Japan Concordia University, Montreal, Canada University of Calgary, Canada McGill University, Quebec, Canada Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada University of South Carolina, Columbia SC, United States Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Unfortunately... serious competition with students from other RUG Faculties… 12 8 4 6 2 PM 6 1 PM 3 20 | 34 Student exchanges.... A few questions.... › › › › › › Why study abroad? For whom? When? How long? Where to? To do what? How to prepare? Information? Costs? Subsidies? How to apply? Selection? Some answers.... | 35 Preparations (1) Collect information › › website FRW (‘Information for students’) travel reports FRW students, Student Support Desk Identify or create time in study programme › decide what to do, and when (timetables!) › find other students (for Ba project) Make shortlist of possible/desired destinations | 36 Preparations (2) Have personal talk with Paul van Steen › 20 min., sign in (see list on room door 0.19) – prepare yourself! Make budget › expenses vs. subsidies Fill in application form › available at Student Support Desk (for FRW + RUG partners) › submit before January 11, 2014 | 37 Costs 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Travel Housing abroad Other survival expenses abroad Decide on ‘local’ travel behaviour Tuition fees (waived if you go to FRW or RuG partner) | 38 Funds 1. 2. 3. 4. IBG/DUO scholarship continues (advance payment) reimbursement OV card (at this moment: € 99/month) rent room Groningen? additional scholarship: • Erasmus (€ 220/month) or Marco Polo • GUF = ‘Groningen Universiteits Fonds’: € 300 or nothing (tip: share in BA project) • other, private funds (Studenten Service Centrum) | 39 Application & Selection (1) 1. Submit application form in time: • before January 11, 2014 for FRW & RUG partners in mailbox Paul van Steen (ground floor) 2. Submission of application form is expression of ‘serious intention’ to participate, but not (yet) a contract 3. In January/February: selection of non-EU destinations, next (in February/March): selection of EU destinations | 40 Application & Selection (2) 4. If demand for FRW partner > contract specification: • we will try to let everybody go • if not possible: selection (motivation, progress in study programme, advise of program coordinators) 5. If demand for RuG partner > contract specification: serious competition, chances not that high | 41 Questions? Questions? | 42 Thank you - See you in Elsewhere!