Go Abroad with GlobITpro
By Lindsay Herlache, Josh Lamers, and Heidi Martinson
GlobITpro is an exchange program for both students and faculty who are interested in Information Technology. The semester-abroad program allows participants to become immersed in new cultures as well as learn valuable skills in Global IT Management. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is in program partnership with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Austria’s Management Center Innsbruck, and Germany’s Technische Universitat Braunschweig. Dr. Matt Germonprez, associate professor of IS at UW-Eau Claire, is one of the directors of GlobITpro.
UW-Eau Claire students have the chance to study 6 weeks in Germany and 11 weeks in Austria while earning 12 credits. German and Austrian students also have the opportunity to study in the United States. Markus Steiner, an Austrian student from Salzburg, is currently studying management, communication, and IS at UW-Eau Claire for the semester. He describes the program as “education at the highest level combined with a lot of new knowledge and hands on experience.”
A few requirements must be met in order to get into the GlobITpro program. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, have taken at least one semester of German, and be interested in IT (though a major in IS or CS is not necessary). The application process includes a written essay explaining reasons for wanting to be involved in the program. A cultural readiness test is also taken before and after the semester abroad.
GlobITpro is funded by the US Department of Education and the European Union Ministry of Education. With this funding, each participating student is awarded a $5,000 grant to be used for expenses during the program. Students pay their home school’s tuition, and then are reimbursed with the grant money. If needed, financial aid is still available for students.
GlobITpro offers many exciting opportunities to students. Students have the chance to experience new cultures, as well as travel to various countries in Europe. Dr. Matt Germonprez states, “The most valuable asset to this program is the personal impact it has on students.” While abroad, students also get to interact with many global organizations including Volkswagen, SAP, and Lufthansa.
GlobITpro is always looking for interested students to participate in this exciting new program. “Every student who has the interest should go for it”, says Markus Steiner. “You build up a huge network, which gives you new experience and knowledge.” Contact Matt Germonprez by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.globitpro.org for more information.
From left to right: Lindsay Herlache is a senior management major from Brooklyn Park, MN;
Josh Lamers is a senior marketing major from Appleton, WI; and
Heidi Martinson is a senior business administration major from Eau Claire, WI. They wrote this article for their BCOM Advanced Writing class.