GlobITpro Sends Students Abroad:
Four Universities Swap Students and Faculty
By Sam Gilbert, Alex Lindholm, Adam Mallek, Kelli Renstrom, and Nicole Schammel
GlobITpro is a new, semester-long study abroad exchange program for students interested in studying information technology project management, global business, and entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Management Center in Innsbruck, Austria (MCI), and Braunshweig University of Technology (TUB), Braunshweig, Germany. Dr. Matt Germonprez, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of information systems, is coordinator of the Eau Claire GlobITpro program.
GlobITpro is funded by a $194,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The grant enables each GlobITpro university to exchange 3-4 students each semester, supporting each student with $5,000. Money is also available for faculty exchanges.
“The grant opens opportunities for both UW-Eau Claire students and faculty by facilitating the exchange of ideas, cultures, and experiences,” said Germonprez, who was co-author of the grant. “It’s very exciting for all those involved.”
MCI and TUB students in the GlobITpro program will study in the United States during the fall semester. UW-Eau Claire and University of Nebraska-Omaha students will study in both Austria and Germany the spring semester. They will begin their semester at MCI, and then travel to TUB to continue their studies. Students can conclude their studies at either MCI or TUB.
“This is an excellent opportunity for UW-Eau Claire students to study at two premier European universities,” according to Germonprez.
Classes will be taught in English; therefore, no second language is necessary. The curriculum will focus on management and information systems, incorporating communications and operations in a globalized world, according to Germonprez. Students will take 12 credits during the spring semester.
UW-Eau Claire students in the GlobITpro program will pay the same tuition they would pay if they were taking courses at UW-Eau Claire. They will also receive the aforementioned $5,000 grant which they can use for travel, room and board, and other living expenses while in Europe.
GlobITpro is available to UW-Eau Claire student who is a US citizen, has completed at least 24 university credits and has a minimum GPA of 3.0. The selected students are expected to positively represent UW-Eau Claire, regularly attend class, and contribute in teams during their stay in Europe, according to Germonprez.
For more information, contact Dr. Matt Germonprez at firstname.lastname@example.org or view the GlobaITpro website at www.globitpro.org.
From left to right: Sam Gilbert is a senior marketing major from Mahtomedi, MN;
Alex Lindholm is a senior accounting and finance major from Shakopee, MN;
Adam Mallek is a senior marketing major from Wisconsin Rapids, WI;
Kelli Renstrom is a senior marketing major from Maple Grove, MN; and
Nicole Schammel is a senior marketing major from Maple Grove, MN.
They wrote this article for their BCOM Advanced Writing class.