Bioengineering News

Students practice bioengineering in Belgium

A group of undergraduate students resided in Brussels, Belgium during five weeks over the summer of 2009, where they earned six credits by studying at the Clemson University Brussels Center (CUBC). This year, nineteen students participated in the bioengineering program, up from an attendance of fourteen during the program’s pilot year in 2008.
Brussels In Brussels, students receive bioengineering technical elective credits for a variable topics course; this year, the course was on movement science in biomechanics, while in 2008 the course was designated as nanotechnology in bioengineering.
Outside of coursework, students have the opportunity to travel Europe, particularly on weekends and during excursions with CUBC students from other programs.
The international bioengineering program is run by Dr. John DesJardins, who traveled to Belgium this summer with graduate student Randy Hutchison to teach and mentor program participants.
While numerous international study abroad programs are available to students of all majors, this summer program is the only exclusively Clemson bioengineering opportunity. The summer can be a favorable time for students of all majors with busy semester schedules who are looking to continue research in a unique setting after the school year.
“People rarely have the opportunity to experience other cultures and countries for an extended period of time,” said DesJardins, who regards study abroad as having lifelong benefits, particularly in the field of bioengineering—a “small but very international community.”
Applications are available from October through February. For more information, please contact the Office of International Affairs in Martin Hall or DesJardins at jdesjar@clemson.edu.

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