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In recent years, numerous universities in the United States have established student exchange programs with universities thoughout the world. Having an international study component to one's education carries with it a statement about the breadth your knowledge of the world around you. At a time when many companies have research and development, management and information divisions (as well as customers!) distributed all around the world, the participation in a formal exchange program is a valuable component to one's resume. For this reason, study abroad experiences are becoming a common component to many students' college educations.
Students at Loughborough University
In the Fall of 2003, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University (UK) and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UMD initiated an undergraduate student exchange program. This program is of particular importance to majors in mathematics and statistics because it allows students interested in participating in an international study experience to do so without delaying their progress towards graduation.
Q: Where is Loughborough University?
Aerial View of LU
A: LU is a medium-size university with a student body size of about 12,000. The university consists of three colleges (Science, Engineering, and Social Sciences & Humanities).
Q: What is the LU mathematic/statistics department like?
A: The LU Department of Mathematical Sciences, located in Sir David Davies Hall, is a bit larger than UMD's. It has a faculty of 35, but also 10+ research associates. The department has over 300 undergraduate math/statistics majors, along with about 30 Master's level students and 20 doctoral students. The departmental home page is here.
Q: How expensive is the LU/UMD Exchange Program?
A: It's not as expensive as you might think. For the term when they are at LU, UMD students enroll for UMD Foreign Studies (Fst 1145) credits, and pay a flat rate program fee of $2,750 to UMD, which covers tuition and international health insurance. Student food and lodging is coordinated and paid through LU. Of course, there is the additional expenses associated with traveling to and from Loughborough, as well as side trips you are likely want to take.
Q: What classes do they offer, and how will my LU classes transfer to UMD?
A: LU web pages have a complete list of their classes (called "modules"). A partial list of course transfer equivalencies is available for the LU classes most commonly taken by UMD students. Specific details of how your LU classes are used to satisfy your UMD degree requirements are determined with the departmental International Studies Advisor.
Q: Are there prerequisites for admission to the LU/UMD Exchange Program?
A: It is recommended that UMD students first sucessfully complete most of their 3000-level math and statistics classes. As such, the exchange program is best suited for UMD juniors and seniors.
Q: When would I go?
A: UMD and LU run on slightly different semester calendars. As such, it is most convenient for LU students to visit UMD during the UMD Fall term, and UMD students to visit LU during the LU Spring term, which starts in early February and runs though early June. Note that Loughborough University students enjoy a 3 week mid-term Spring Break.
Q: How do I find out more?
A: For questions about application materials, housing and passport regulations, you should contact Jerolyn Bruns, Program Coordinator at the UMD International Exchange Office (Kirby Plaza 138). She can be reached at 726-6673, or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about LU classes, degree requirement substitutions, and transfer issues should be addressed to the UMD Math/Stat International Exchange Advisor, who is Dr. Kathryn Lenz (726-7216, or via email@example.com.) While studying at LU, UMD student are advised by Professor Roger Smith of the LU Department of Mathematical Sciences, who is the designated LU Math Sciences International Exchange Advisor. You might also want to browse the web pages of the Loughborough University International Office.
A: The UMD deadline for applying for admission to the LU/UMD Exchange Program is October 31. But tell your academic advisor now if you are contemplating participation in this exchange program, so that your class selections at UMD provide you the best preparation for a fruitful and enjoyable study abroad experience.