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  • Locations: Chia, Colombia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Engineering, Industrial Engineering Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Housing Options: Home Stay
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:
 

Mobility Program in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Overview

Program Director(s):
Professors Reinaldo Moraga & Alfonso Sarmiento

Program Overview


- IMPORTANT -
Please download the program description:

Mobility Engineering in Colombia 2019.pdf
for the complete program description and comprehensive information on dates, courses, travel, cost, and more.


This study abroad program is coordinated by the Northern Illinois University Study Abroad Office (SAO), in cooperation with the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology and Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  The program will be carried out in collaboration with Universidad de La Sabana (ULS) in Chía, Colombia.
 
The goal of the program is both to bring students and faculty members together. This program intends to address three main areas of action:

  1. Study abroad opportunities for NIU engineering students;
  2. Recruitment of students from South American countries, such as Colombia, in order to improve diversity of our student body;
  3. Collaborative research around common challenges. The ultimate mission of the program is to increase awareness of the education and research capacity in Colombia and in Latin America within NIU students.


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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive 3 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in one of the following NIU courses.

UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT
ISYE 480 Simulation Modeling and Analysis                                              3 semester hours
Description:  Design and analysis of industrial systems using computer simulation models. Choice of input distributions, generation of random variates, design and construction of simulation models and experiments, and interpretation of generated output.
Prerequisite:  ISYE 335 or STAT 350 or UBUS 223, and CSCI 240 and ISYE 371; or consent of department.

GRADUATE CREDIT
ISYE 580 Simulation Modeling and Analysis                                               3 semester hours
Description:  Design and analysis of industrial systems using computer simulation models. Choice of input distributions, generation of random variates, design and construction of simulation models and experiments, and interpretation of generated output.
Prerequisite:  ISYE 335 or STAT 350 or UBUS 223, and CSCI 240 and ISYE 371; or consent of department.


INDEPENDENT STUDY/RESEARCH PROJECT:   Individuals desiring to earn three additional hours of undergraduate or graduate credit may do so by engaging in an independent study-research project under the direction of the program directors.  The research report should be at least 15 pages for undergraduate credit and 25 for graduate credit.

Requirements for Independent Study/Research Project: In order to obtain approval from the program directors, applicants must:
  1. Relate the project to a topic or subject introduced during the program.
  2. Complete and submit the project for final evaluation to the program directors by no later than July 15, 2019.
Participants who enroll for the independent research project will receive 3 semester hours of credit in one of the following NIU courses:

UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT
ISYE 498  Contemporary Topics in Industrial Engineering                          3 semester hours
Description:  May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours, with no more than 3 hours in the same topic area.
Prerequisite:  Consent of department.

GRADUATE CREDIT
ISYE 593  Contemporary Topics in Industrial Engineering                          3 semester hours
Description:  May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours, with no more than 3 hours in the same topic area.
Prerequisite:  Consent of department.
  
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Student Life

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS:  Participants will reside with host families in single bedded rooms with private bathrooms and will be provided two meals daily throughout the period of residency.

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Application Information

APPLICATION FORMS AND DEPOSIT:  Click here to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, non-NIU applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the https://niu.studioabroad.com website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or niuabroad@niu.edu.

$200 Application Fee/Deposit:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 consists of $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline.

The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students' NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website.
 
IMPORTANT - All applications will be categorized as "Pending - No Deposit" until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be changed to inactive.
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
February 1, 2019
Space in this program is limited, so early application is recommended. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.  
    
Upon acceptance into the program, applicants must change their status to "Committed" and complete all post-decisions items in the Study Abroad Portal in order to be considered an active participant, reserve their place in the program, and be registered for the program course by the Study Abroad Office.

Note: Financial Aid and loans will not be disbursed until students are registered for their courses.

Applicants who do not changed their status to "Committed" may be withdrawn from the program.
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Eligibility

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the NIU general admission requirements, and who are interested in Simulation. Currently enrolled students must meet College of Engineering and Technology Engineering course GPA requirements. Graduate level students must also meet NIU Graduate School admission, course and GPA requirements.

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.  
   
NIU students participating in the program cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Office of Student Conduct, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.

For any student to be admitted into a study abroad program, an applicant’s transcript must be on file with the NIU Study Abroad Office.

Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; SAO will make this request on behalf of the applicant.

Non-NIU Students: Non-NIU Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU, who have not previously enrolled at NIU, should send a copy of their transcript (official or unofficial) as soon as possible to the SAO.

Students can send transcripts to the SAO via email to niuabroad@niu.edu, fax a copy to (815) 753-0825, or mail or hand-deliver a copy of their transcript to the following address:

Northern Illinois University
Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
DeKalb, IL 60115
  
Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School.  For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU SAO.  Students who will participate in the program in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled, nor are previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a transcript from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned.  This document must be provided to the SAO before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the program.


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Program Fees

NIU PROGRAM COST:  The program cost pays for the following cost-related services:  
  1. Host family accommodations and two meals daily while the group is in Colombia.
  2. Program-related transportation in Colombia.
  3. Admission fees to cultural and historical sites visited as part of the daily schedule.
  4. Three or six hours of undergraduate or graduate credit
  5. NIU International Travel Insurance
Program Cost:  $2,805*
*The program costs below represents the total in charges and fees that will be paid to NIU for this program.  Please note that the following charges will post individually on your MyNIU account:
•    Study Abroad Program Charge
•    Instructional Cost
•    NIU Academic Program Enhancement Fee (if applicable)

All prices quoted are subject to change.  The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented.  Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.     
  
ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS
•    Airfare
•    Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $130, including 2 passport pictures).
•    Passport size photos.
•    Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa for non-U.S. passport holders.
•    Immunization fees (if immunizations are required)
•    $40 Undergraduate application fee for non-NIU undergraduate students or $10 Student-at-Large application fee for graduate-level students.
•    Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel.
•    Expenses for free-time pursuits.
•    Expenses and purchases of a personal nature.

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Financial Aid

 As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, applicants may be eligible for:  Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or you’re privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization.  Tuition waivers do not apply.
    
If you are an NIU student and plan to apply for aid or loans to supplement this study abroad program you must contact the NIU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office in Swen Parson 245, (815) 753-1395 to discuss your current aid package and what you might be eligible for during the Summer term.  Questions regarding the program budget can be directed to the Study Abroad Office, niuabroad@niu.edu, (815) 753-0857.  
    
Please visit http://www.niu.edu/studyabroad/resources/index.shtml for information on financial resources for study abroad.


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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after February 1, 2019 will not be refunded the $200 program deposit

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after February 1, 2019 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:
  1. The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
  2. NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents; and
  3. The program has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
   
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained. If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory is issued for Colombia, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program. If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory is issued for Colombia, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.

All participants will be asked to review relevant sources of essential information so they are fully informed of the content of current travel warnings for Colombia. Participants will discuss the risks with the program director and relevant CEET administrators.

Participants will be required to register with the US Embassy or Consulate in Colombia before or immediately upon arrival in country and to keep the Embassy or Consulate informed of their whereabouts while in-country.

The information contained in the program documents and forms are presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.

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Passport/Visa Information

All participants are expected to possess a passport in order to participate in this program. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.
Individuals who do not currently posses a valid passport should apply for one immediately and request expedited service.
 
Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

VISA:  Students traveling to Colombia for less than 90 days and who possess a passport from a country with which there is a visa exemption agreement, such as the United States, must enter the country with the entry permit PIP2 which will be given at the airport.  Students from a country with which there is not a visa exemption are responsible for obtaining a visa as well as consulting with the NIU International Student and Faculty Office regarding re-entry to the U.S.

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Contact Information

 QUESTIONS?
Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700
Email: niuabroad@niu.edu

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This program is currently not accepting applications.