Students do not only gain the knowledge of learning chemical engineering in another language, they also develop the skills necessary to live and survive in a foreign country and culture.
How do you make sure that the course is up-to-date and relevant? What have you had to update this year?
In this course the students spend one academic year studying in a European University in Germany, France or Spain. We have long-term experience in collaborating with these institutions which are recognised amongst the best to study chemical engineering in Europe. This year we are considering including a new partner in Spain (Barcelona), an AIChE accredited university with excellent international links.
What kind of balance do you strike between teaching facts and developing skills?
Students do not only gain the knowledge of learning chemical engineering in another language, they also develop the skills necessary to live and survive in a foreign country and culture. The course is embedded in the European Lifelong learning programme Erasmus, the most successful student exchange programme in the world, which enables students to take part in stimulating learning experiences.
How does research feed into the syllabus?
All students in this course will take a research project while studying abroad. This is done in the second semester under the supervision of an academic. A research dissertation will be written and marked, which will be of similar standards to the ones our students do here.
What structure does your course have? Any shared modules with other courses? What kind of lectures or practical work will students be involved in?
During year one and two students take language modules in our Language Centre. The level will depend on the student’s language skills, but will have to be sufficient at the end of year two to survive in a European University environment. The whole of year three is spent in a University in Germany, France or Spain, where students take a selection of taught modules and laboratory classes. They also undertake a research project supervised by a local academic.
What are the key features of your course?
This course is unique in the UK. It offers the possibility of graduating with an MEng IChemE accredited in four years, with the additional experience of studying in one of the best Universities in Europe.